Thursday, August 14, 2014

'Veda Hamine' loses battle with cancer

Veteran actress Rebecca Nirmali has passed away during the early hours of yesterday (August 13).
She was 49 years of age at the time of her demise.
The actress had passed away at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital where she was receiving treatment.

Popular actress Rebecca Nirmalee who shot to fame with her iconic role as Veda Hamine, passed away this morning after losing a battle with cancer.

Rebecca who was to celebrate her 50th birthday on November 27 this year, studied at Nivanthaka Chethiya Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura.

The actress who played pivotal roles in more than 150 tele dramas and some films,  started her acting career via stage plays like Lokaya Suddai and Sudu Samanalayo. Later she followed it up with other plays like Uthure Rahula and Amal Biso.

It was Jayantha Chandrasiri who chose her to play Veda Hamine which became an instant hit among the masses.
She has acted in a few films too including the Indian production ‘Kangalil Kaithi Seithen’ directed by Bharathi Raja.

Rebecca made her last significant role in the feature film titled ‘MAW SENEHASA  ( Motherhood – A silent love ) by London based film maker Wimal Alahakoon.

“My experience in London during and after the grand premiere will linger in my memories forever. The premiere itself was well organised. The film was directed by Wimal who played the lead role while his wife Kanthi Alahakoon produced it. Rodney Vidanapathirana scripted the gripping story. The income grossed at the premiere was donated to the retired war heroes fund here in Sri Lanka,” Rebecca told Daily Mirror on her return to Sri Lanka after the film’s premiere in London recently.

The funeral will be held on Thursday at the Borella General Cemetery. Her remains lying at Jayaratne Florists, Borella and will be taken to the Art Gallery at 10 a.m. tomorrow and will remain there till 2.30 p.m.

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