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Star attraction on 'Dancing Stars'

Dushyanth and Shiroshi in a scene from ‘Dancing Stars’

Sirasa Tv is on yet another history-making venture as their maiden movie, 'Dancing Stars' is nearing completion. According to its channel head, Susara Dinal, this may be the first time in history that a television channel is producing a movie based on one of its reality shows.

The movie, directed by Dinal, will feature reputed actors Malani Fonseka, Ravindra Randeniya, Sanath Gunatileke, Sabeetha Perera, Rosy Senanayake and Vishaka Siriwardena along with youngsters like Dushyanth Weeraman, Nilanthi Dias, Roshan Ranawana, Shiroshi Romeshika, Hashini Gonagala, Lakshman Mendis, Nalin Gunaratne, Pubudu Chathuranga and others.

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Head of Sirasa Tv, Susara with Ravindra after signing the agreement for the film

The movie is based on the emergence of youth talent in the backdrop of a touching love story. It explores the opportunities young men and women get to display their skills while focusing on topics like class divisions and aspirations of youths.

The script is by Aruna Jayawardana who is also the movie's co-director. Sumith Nandalal is the camerman, Nimal Subasinghe handles the make up department, Derick Samarasundara the art department, Viraj Weliwatte is the production designer while Waruna Karunaratne is the assistant director. Thushan Karunaratne is the production manager and Jeewantha Devapriya is the editor. Lalith Wasantha is in charge of the audio editing while Maliki Wijemanna designed the costumes.

'Dancing Stars' comprises seven songs with music composed by Bathiya and Santhush. The lyrics are penned by Kelum Srimal, Wasantha Dukgannarala, Nilar N. Casim and Aruna Jayawardana. Members of the B 'n' S troupe, Amila Perera, Dushyanth Weeraman, Uresha Ravihari and Shihan Mihiranga are the playback singers.

Sanka and Gayan are the choreographers. Sisil Ratnayake and Dhammika Fonseka, who are a part of the 'Sirasa Dancing Stars' reality Tv show have also extended their support for this project. Shooting commenced on September 25 in locations in Colombo.

The movie is slotted for release in January.

Prabhakaran runs to broader spheres

Thushara Peiris' maiden movie Prabhakaran has started screening in Australia. The movie is unspooling in theatres in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Kingston. Several seminars focusing on Prabakaran had also been organised.

Prabakaran was screened in several countries like Germany, France and Jordan in the last few months.



Citi Hitz turns one

Citi Hitz, the first teledrama and movie channel, had gained utmost popular among the Sri Lankan audience in its stint of one year. Citi Hitz has been On Air since December 2007 and had been working towards giving filmmakers and amatures to the industry an opportunity to promote their creations. The channel is linked with Dialog Tv and does no formal advertising during the programmes.

The channel promises to bring a host of treats and surprises for its viewers in 2009. With one years of experience behind them Citi Hitz hopes to bring Sri Lanka's newest discoveries in cinema to the forefront through special talent search programmes to bring short films to national and international heights. Budding directors will be funded and provided with necessities to create short films which will be aired on the channel.


Aba on your mobile

First he conquered the wide screen and now he is ready to join your mobile phone. When Jackson Anthony's record breaking historic creation Aba left the main circuit cinemas on November 21 it was not only to screen the movie at 38 cinemas close to the village but also to join the league of mobile video games.

With Aba Hatana, Aba will be the first Sinhala movie to launch its own video game much like international movies like the 'Harry Potter' series and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy.

The video game is a production of Gamos Technology Solutions (GTS), the creators of the first Sinhala mobile game Kolamba Watay. Mobile phone users can download Aba Hatana for free at www.abahatana.com

Nildiya Yahana sails to Regal

Saranga and Chathurika

opular director Dayaratne Ratagedara's maiden movie, Nildiya Yahana (Deep Blue Sleep) will take over the wide screen from December 5. The movie introduces young actor Saranga Disasekera to cinema while the charming Chathurika Peiris takes on the female lead.

Roshan Pilapitiya, Tony Ranasinghe, Chandani Seneviratne, Sanath Gunatileke, Dilan Perera, Menika Attanayaka, Daya Alwia, Damayanthi Fonseka, Wilson Karunaratne, Thusitha Haloluwa, Thushan Amarashinghe, Chandrasena Walimuni, Yesilka Wickramarathna, Sahan Wijesinghe, Nuwani Walimuni, Chandrasoma Binduhewa, Norman Palihawadana, Manjula Moragaha, Tissa Bandaranayaka, Sanjeewa Thirimadura and Ajith Kumara Attanayaka also make up the cast in the movie which is produced by Sujeewa Priyashantha Hettiarachchi and Malee Hettiarachchi.



brings fresh talent to the screen:

Director Ariyadasa Peries

Reputed compere Ariyadasa Peries's latest creation Suba, starring Manjula Moragoda and new entrant Apsara Botheju in lead roles, held its Muhurath ceremony at the National Film Corporation recently.

The movie is based on a murderer who has fled after committing a crime and a policewoman who is hot on his trail.

The story, dialogues and script are also by Ariyadasa Peries. Cletus Mendis and Sanoja Bibile is also part of the cast. The music director Roahana Weerasinghe while Latha Walpola, Champa Kalhari, Edward Jayakody, Charitha Priyadarshani and Saman Silva will contribute in vocals.


The cast and crew of Suba


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