Veteran film director Vasantha Obeysekara passed away at the age of 78, today. He passed away while being treated at a private hospital. Obeysekara entered the film industry with Sath Samudura in 1967.
In the 1970s he wrote and directed Ves Gaththo (Masked Men), Valmathuwo (Lost Ones), Diyamanthi (Diamond) and Palangetiyo(Grasshoppers).
Palangetiyo won the Presidential Film Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film.
In the 1980s his film Dadayama (The Hunt) also won the Presidential awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film.
He made several more films in the 80s and 90s.
Obeysekara also worked in the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited in the Editorial staff from 1964 to 1970.