Vasanthi Chathurani (Sinhala:වසන්ති චතුරානි) is a Sri Lankan film and teledrama actress. She made her debut as a teenager in Sumitra Peiris's Gehenu Lamai in 1978. Her most acclaimed role in the silver screen was that of 'Nirmala' in Ganga Addara opposite late Vijaya Kumaratunga in 1980. She was crowned Best Actress for her performance in this film, at the Sarasaviya Awards Festival that year.
Chathurani also made her mark as a teledrama actress, in shows such as Iti Pahan, Giraya, Kadulla and Gajaman Puwatha. She won the Sumathi Most Popular Actress Award in 1997 and the Sumathi Best Teledrama Actress Award in 1998, 2002 and 2009.
An extremely natural actress, Vasanthi Chathurani is one of the most successful personalities on Sri Lanka's silver and small screen.
Vasanthi Chathurani, who was born as Wasantha Doreen Peterson schooled at Holy Cross Convent, Gampaha.
Chathurani was a school girl when director Sumitra Peiris chose her for a lead role in Gehenu Lamai in 1978. Thus began her acting career and she was signed up for several films including the award-winning Ganga Addara, where, she as a nineteen-year-old played the role of a mentally-ill girl.
Her career came to a temporary halt, when she got married in 1979, but was once again welcomed by her fans with her performance in Adara Hasuna. Some of her other successful films include Gehenu Lamai, Duwata Mawaka Misa and Sudu Sevanali.
Chathurani recently got into teledrama productions, financing successful teledramas such as Aga Pipi Mal, Sedona and Ranga Soba. All three of them were directed by Premakumara Jayawardene and written by Sumitra Rahubadde. She has acted many genre television serials in Sri Lanka.
Selected TV serials
- Aga Pipi Mal
- Dahas Gawdura
- Dhawala Kadulla
- Diya Matha Ruwa
- Gajaman Nona.
- Idorayaka Mal Pipila
- Mano Mandira
- Pem Piyawara
- Ranga Madala Samu Gani
- Ranga Soba
- Senehase Geethaya
- Senehase Nimnaya
- Ulamage Rathriya
- Yaddehi Gedara
- Yaso Mandira
1980 - Sarasaviya Best Actress Award for Ganga Addara
1997 - Sumathi Most Popular Actress Award
1998 - Sumathi Best Teledrama Actress Award for Durganthaya.
2002 - Sumathi Best Teledrama Actress Award for Kulawamiya.
2005 - Raigam Best Tele Actress Award for Sedona.
2006 - Sumathi Best Teledrama Actress Award for Aga Pipi Mal.
2006 - Raigam Best Tele Actress Award for Aga Pipi Mal.