Shashi Wijendra was a Sri Lankan Sinhala film actor. He has appeared in around 80 Sinhala movies. Even though by birth he was a Muslim he entered to Sinhala film industry as a Sinhalese. Not only him he started acting in films with his brother Gayan Wijendra. Shashi's most famous film was ' Obata Diura Kiyannam' . He is a award winning star and until today many of his fans did not know that he is a Muslim person. He might thought that being a Sinhalese he can have a better position among majority Sinhalese.
Recently Shashi Wijendra revealed the secret to everyone on a live TV program.
According to Shashi in 1980's king of Sinhala Cinema Vijaya Kumarathunga helped him a lot to become a good actor.
Shahi is now living in Matale with his family. His Muslim name is Hauf Haneefa. He says that now I am a good Muslim follower and I do not want to appear in public again with the name of 'Shashi Wijendra'.