SriLanka’s veteran movie director Dr. Lester James Peries has passed away at the age of 99.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently commended the Internationally acclaimed film producer and film director Dr. Lester James Peiris on his 99th birthday (in April 2018) for rendering an immeasurable service to Sri Lankan film industry.
Dr. Peiris who is considered as the father of Sinhala cinema revolutionized the Sinhala film industry with his globally acclaimed film “Rekawa” in 1956.The internationally acclaimed film director, screenwriter, and film producer went on to produce 28 such award-wining movies as Sandesaya, Gamperaliya, Delovak Atara, Golu Hadawatha, Nidhanaya, Madol Duwa, Weera Puran Appu, Kaliyugaya, Yuganthaya, Baddegama, Wekanda Wallauwa and Avaragira.
He has earned several honors and awards including the Sri Lankabhimanya tile, Sri Lanka’s highest honor for a civilian.
He was married to the equally renowned directress Sumitra Peiris since 1964.