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Freddie Silva
Saturday, 31 March 2007 - 6:22 PM SL Time

FREDDIE. The name said it all. The very name was enough to bring a smile on our face, as the brain shuffles through countless images of Freddie on celluloid and subconsciously plays back his hit songs.
Freddie, undoubtedly the best comedian that the Sinhala cinema produced, was equally popular among Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and other communities in Sri Lanka.

Freddie who entered the local silver screen by acting in the film SOHOYURO rose to prominence in the late 1950s with a string of perennial hits that still resonate in the air from time to time.
Freddie, whose mere presence was enough to make the audience laugh acted in more than 100 films. His one-liners simply drove the audience delirious. Often paired with the film`s hero or heroine, Freddie has turned many otherwise dull films into highly memorable and entertaining cinematic creations.

Amongst the films that cast his best performance were LASANDA, SUNETHRA, SUKIRI KELLA and SUJEEWA. Apart from his acting, Freddie also had a splendid talent in singing. Many of his songs pointed out shortcomings in society or people.

Freddie Silva`s songs which were sung with inimitable voice and movements, always had a message for society. For example, the song ALUTH KALAWAK castigated the widespread habit of sending petitions against people who try to climb up the social ladder. BALLA described how the wealthy feed their dogs. MOTTAPALA, KUNDUMANI, HANDA MAMA AND ARON MAMA were among the hundreds of popular songs sung by Freddie. The KUNDIMANI song which appears here in Sinhala reflects the life of a Tamil girl in the East. Many of his songs also stressed the importance of amity among different communities.
Freddie said in an interview several months before his death that he was hurt and shocked by the apparent callousness with which some music bands and new generation singers had pirated his songs. This is a bad omen for the performing arts, he said.

His humorous songs and comic stunts are etched deep in our memories. If laughter is the best medicine, Freddie was a doctor who wrote the best prescription for a complete cure for boredom and stress.

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LionGr
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31 Mar 2007 12:33:00 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Hey anna
good to see this article
in an era where we don't give a damn for the local cinema
industry. even i agree he was one of those who really created some natural humor... he really was naturally gifted
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31 Mar 2007 12:36:44 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Lion,

First time meeting you :)Thanks for your thoughts and nice meeting you.

Yes, people like Freddie made a big difference. They make others happy with their performance whether acting or singing, with such graceful ease.

Kundumani song is one of my favourites.
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31 Mar 2007 12:58:47 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Nice meeting as well anna

ya its just that our politicians doesn't know how to protect
our ppl and resourses..
for example if you look at India they really have made an effort to safe guard there's first....

thats one reason as to why Sri Lanka can never come up as a nation...

BTW we have met before well we will get to know each other again soon as well.
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31 Mar 2007 13:44:31 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Bongo anna...remember this song :)

Tan gana Tin gana mame 'u lena
Tan gana ura gana mama 'u gona

Wature inne kibula
wahale inne huna
me un denna nedayo

Yanja mame balagenai
wipathak nene ungenam
un itha ahinsakai..

hinahenam bumainam - mame 'u miniha
leda dei nam kotawai nam - mame 'u miniha
Yanja mame balagenai wipathak wewi ungenam
Athi bayankai miniha :)
Edited By - MaKaSo - 31 Mar 2007 13:45:14 GMT
Bonggo
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31 Mar 2007 13:46:15 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Makaso,

Oh yes, why not :))

It was with Samuel Rodrigo (Amaris Aiya). Very true, the contents of that song!

Lion,

Catch up with you later.
MarkLevinson
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1 Apr 2007 08:31:54 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Maka,
Bongo anna...remember this song :)


No no he is singing 'Kundumani' these days!!
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1 Apr 2007 11:59:17 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Mark Living Son,

No no he is singing 'Kundumani' these days!!


Ei bang boru kiyanney? Kundumani nemei Jikimani :))
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1 Apr 2007 12:44:00 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Naan vanthuttaen...........................:)
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1 Apr 2007 13:30:07 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Naan vanthuttaen..:)


Hahaha...boruda mama keewe:):):)
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1 Apr 2007 22:22:27 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Priya priya,

Ah I am so happy to see you :))

Nalvarthu naan solven
Nallapadi valvathendu

MArk,

Den nam mata hithenawa eththa thamai kiwwey kiyala.
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