(October 15, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Veteran film director, screen writer and editor-Titus Thotawatte passed away at a private hospital a short while ago after a prolonged illness. He was 82.
Mr. Thotawatte struck out as a film director and editor with Chandiya in 1965, where the late actor Gamini Fonseka starred in the first villain role of Sinhala cinema.
He later went on to direct and edit 22 films during his long and distinguished contribution to the Sinahala cinema.
He was also the recipient of a National Media Award for his contribution to the TV media Sri Lanka.
Later in the 1980s and 1990s he dubbed English cartoons such Bugs Bunny, and Doctor Dolittle into Sinhala for Sinhala audiences. These continue to be aired on Sinhala TV to date. He also created puppet characters like Eluson.
In 1980, Mr. Thotawatte wrote and directed the popular children’s movie Handaya which was adjusted the Best Picture at the Sarasaviya Film Festival.
He was a past student of Ananda College in Colombo and the Matara Technical College.