Sri Lankan actor Shyam Fernando Plays the Role of King Mahinda V in the Blockbuster Tamil Movie “Ponniyin Selvan” (Son of the Ponni River)

Sri Lankan film actor Shyam Fernando has made his debut in Indian Tamil cinema by enacting the role of a Sinhala King in the much awaited Tamil mega movie “Ponniyin Selvan” -1. The film directed by legendary film director Maniratnam hit the screens on September 30th 2022. The film is produced by Allirajah Subashkaran who is a British citizen of Sri Lankan Tamil origin.

Ponniyin Selvan has a stellar ensemble cast fincluding Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Prabhu, R Sarathkumar, and Sri Lanka’s Shyam Fernando

Shyam Fernandi plays King Mihindu V or Mahinda the fifth who ruled in Anuradhapura from 982 onwards. In 993 Mahinda V was defeated in battle by the Chozha prince Arunmozhivarman who later reigned as rhe Chozha emperor Rajarajan. The film “Ponniyin Selvan” is mainly about Prince Arunmozhivarman who is also known as Ponniyin Selvan meaning son of Ponni (River)which is the ancient name of the river Cauvery. The Chozha kingdom comprised areas of what is known today as the Cauvery delta.

Ponniyin Selvan is a novel in the history fiction genre written by R.Krishnamurthy under the pseudonym “Kalki”. It tells the story of the early days of Arunmozhiivarman who later became the great Chola Emperor RajaRaja Chola 1 (947 AD – 1014 AD). Sri Lanka was a part of the Chola Empire from 993 to 1070 AD.

Shyam Fernando who plays King Mahinda V is a Sri Lankan cinema, stage drama and television actor He is also a dubbing artiste.

Shyam began his drama career under Somalatha Subasinghe with Play House Kotte. He joined Subasinghe’s children’s productions such as Thoppi Welenda, Hima Kumari, Walas Pawula. He was then selected for the play Veeraya Marila directed by Rajitha Dissanayake.

Fernando started his film career with a role in Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka in 2012, directed by Prasanna Vithanage. His most popular cinema acting came through films Premaya Nam, Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka and Davena Wihagun. Shyam Fernando won the Presidential award for Best actor for his role in Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka

In 2020, he acted in the short film One Blood directed by Chathura Fernando. In August 2020, he won the award for the Best Actor at Hollywood Venus Awards short film festival at Istanbul in Turkey.