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This January, Sri Lanka’s screen queen Malani Fonseka completed 50-years in the Sinhala cinema. However, it is singular that no measures were taken to felicitate this milestone by arranging a film festival of felicitation event on a state level to honour her.

Cinematic artists are deeply critical of this neglect. Though we Sri Lankans failed to felicitate her, Malani Fonseka’s contribution was highly recognized among international circles with her being felicitated at three international film festivals.

In March, Malani Fonseka was felicitated at the Deauville Asian Film Festival(DAFF) in France with a retrospective film screening held to honour her work.

This is considered a rare honour. The only other Sri Lankans who have been felicitated by the DAFF are Dr. Lester James Peries and Sumithra Peries.