Hemal Ranasinghe

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Hemal Sachindra Ranasinghe is a Sri Lankan actor, model, dancer and a media presenter.[1] Born on 25th August 1984 in Matale, Sri Lanka, he was a student at St. Thomas College, Matale. His father was an Ayurvedic medical practitioner. He has an employment history in John Keells Holdings (JKH), Sri Lanka.[2]

Hemal received the award for ‘Most Popular Actor’ in two national level film award ceremonies: Derana Film Awards (2016 and 2018) and Hiru Golden Film Awards (2016). He received several other national level awards in 2016 including the critics award for Best Actor at the Derana Film Awards; Best Promising Actor at the Hiru Golden Film Awards and Special Jury Award in Sarasavi Sammana.[3][4][5] [6][7]

Tobacco Related Activities

Hemal played the main role in the Adaraneeya Kathwak movie, directed by Priyantha Colombage. The movie was criticized for promoting alcohol and tobacco and violating National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) Act. For more details please see Sinhala Movie "Adaraneeya Kathavak" Accused of Violating the NATA Act page).

Hemal publicly criticized the accusations in several media reports and denied them.[8][9]

Image 1: Hemal Ranasinghe, with a cigarette and an alcohol containing glass (“beer mug”) in his hands in the promotion trailer of the movie Aadaraneeya Kathawak


TobaccoUnmasked team investigated the Sinhala movies in which Hemal acted up to date since the court case related to the movie “Adaraneeya Kathawak”.

Following movies contained tobacco smoking scenes played by Hemal. (Year of released is mentioned within the brackets).

Image 2: A poster released officially on the movie “Colombo” Hemal is holding a cigarette in his hand. Source: Facebook.[12]

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  1. Wikipedia. Hemal Ranasinghe, 01 April 2018, accessed April 2018
  2. Hiru Gossip. Ikigahala andalavath hitha hadaganda be - Hemal, accessed January 2018
  3. Ada Derana Big winners at Derana film awards 2016, 14 May 2016, accessed January 2018
  4. Sunday Times. Sunday Times Derana film awards 2016,22 May 2016, accessed January 2018
  5. Channel NSK. Hiru Golden Film Awards 2016, Actors with Awards, YouTube, 13 September 2016, accessed January 2018
  6. Ruwini Jayawardena. Derana Film Awards 2016 Daily News, 19 December 2016, accessed January 2018
  7. Ada Derana.lk. Winners of the Sixth Derana Sunsilk Film Awards, 27 May 2018, accessed December 2018
  8. S Rajapaksha,අභීමාන වගේ ආදරය කරන්න මා කැමැතියි - හේමාල්, Lankadeepa, 24 June 2016, acccessed August 2017
  9. A Alahakoon, කතා කරලා වැඩක් නෑ. මම ඉන්නේ කලකිරිලා. සිගරට් මත්පැන් ප්‍රවර්ධන චෝදනාව ඍජුවම එල්ලවන්නේ මටයි - හේමාල් රණසිංහ, Divayina, 22 July 2016, accessed August 2017
  10. YouTube. COLOMBO OFFICIAL MOVIE TRAILER 2019, 20 December 2018, Accessed November 2019, archived in http://archive.tobaccounmasked.com/video/colombo-official-movie-trailer-2019/
  11. YouTube. Wansakkari(වංසක්කාරී) - Ice Cream Movie | Official Music Video, 17 February 2019, Accessed November 2019, archived in http://archive.tobaccounmasked.com/video/wansakkari%e0%b7%80%e0%b6%82%e0%b7%83%e0%b6%9a%e0%b7%8a%e0%b6%9a%e0%b7%8f%e0%b6%bb%e0%b7%93-ice-cream-movie_official-music-video/
  12. Facebook. Colombo, 10 June 2018, Accessed November 2019