A little boy who experienced his first cinematic venture casting as Anoja Weerasinghe’s son in Wijaya Dharmashri’s film ‘ Gurugedara’ in 1989, stepped foot on a performing stage for the first time in ‘ Samanala Kanda ‘ Thissa Jayawadane’s stage drama in 1986. The same little boy grew up to be a talented actor who excelled in stage, cinema and teledrama performances. This actor who has gained the opportunity of receiving international recognition and appreciation is Jagath Chamila.
After Joe Abeywickrama won a Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Actor for his portrayal of a grieving father in ‘Pura Handa Kaluwara’, Jagath Chamila is the only actor who reached the international level.
Jagath Chamila has been nominated in the Best Actor category at the ‘New York City International Film Festival’ for his role in Priyankara Vittanachchi’s film “Sam’s Story”. Four other actors from US, Denmark, Cuba and Canada have also been nominated for the award. The New York City International Film festival will be held from June 13 to June 20.
The film “Sam’s Story” is based on the critically acclaimed book of the same name written by Capt. Elmo Jayawardena that won the Gratiaen Prizein 2001. The story is woven around ‘ Sam’, the protagonist, who is a poor, mentally challenged boy from a Sri Lankan village.