Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe :
Hat trick for Dhammika
Alankulama Films' newest project, Dhammika Siriwardana's much talked
about Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe is expected to unspool in theatres towards
the end of May. The movie not only marks Dhammika's directorial debut
but it also sees him perform three roles as director, producer and
What's more, it also brings star couple Roshan Ranawana and Pooja
Umashanker back on screen after their successful combination in Aasai
"Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe addresses the youth population. It explores
themes like how they should maintain a friendship, help each other and
if a relationship should end in marriage. Both the young and old will
find something worth pondering over in the plot," said Dhammika who is
known to make efforts to attain the top spot in whatever venture he
Though it was his business skills which brought him to light he soon
expressed eagerness to explore the arts field. He began producing
teledramas with various directors and passing the 19th production he
tried his hand at directing teledramas. Tasting success with Sidhangana
he decided to aim higher.
He joined hands with Udayakantha Warnasuriya for his maiden film
production Aasai Mang Piyabanna. The movie not only emerged as the most
popular film of the year but also shattered records. After producing a
couple more movies he felt that the time had come for him to take the
challenge of directing a movie.
"Directing teledramas had been like a rehearsal for me but if you try
to make a movie in the same manner as a teledrama it will not be a
success. Movie directing is an entirely different matter," he said
adding that the 52-day hectic shooting schedule in some stunning
locations in the country had been no cakewalk for the team. However all
their hard work had paid off as moviegoers are eagerly waiting to see
the bubbly Pooja and charming Roshan join hands and take them along a
romantic cruise through life.
"Roshan is the most charismatic actor in the field. I believe that
Pooja matches his frame and personality. They are both well suited for
the roles and have given their best for the project," Dhammika reflected
on his choice for the lead roles. Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe centers on a
stirring love story involving the relationships which builds between
Ayeshmantha, the son of a wealthy businessman, and Rashmi, a young girl
with a playful streak.
Both have been treated cruelly by life and this binds them together.
One of the key highlights of the movie will no doubt be its final song.
The foot-tapping number includes some captivating visuals with rhythmic
dance moves. Over 200 actors have taken part in this particular dance
and around 50 reputed artistes in the scene make their appearance beside
Roshan and Pooja.
* Director, Producer, Story and Screenplay: Dhammika Siriwardana
* Executive Producer and Costumes designer: Basuru Siriwardana
* Art Director: Lal Harendranath
* Assistant Director: Donald Jayantha
* Make up: Indika Udara Lanka
* Dance Choreographer: Shan Perera
* Production Manager: Tissa Senarath
* Still Photographer: Mahesh Nishantha
* Melodies: Rohana Weerasinghe, Mahesh Denipitiya, Ranga Dassanayake
* Playback singers: Uresha Ravihari, Shihan Mihiranga, Amal Perera,
* Lyrics: Kelum Srimal, Nilar N. Cassim, Nandana Wickramage
Birthday tribute for Malani
A special concert in tribute to Sri Lanka's renowned actress Malani
Fonseka will be held at the BMICH to coincide with her 63rd birthday on
April 30. The event will take form of a felicitating ceremony to pay
homage to the actress who was recently included among Asia's 25 greatest
actors by CNNGO.
The list includes Indian actors Amitabh Bachchan and Nargis.
Picture by Tennyson Edirisinghe
With a career spanning more than four decades Malani is without doubt
the finest ever actress that the country had ever produced.
Entering the reel with Punchi Baba Malani worked in some of the
finest creations ever produced by the country like Nidhanaya, Bambaru
Ewith, Eya Den Loku Lamayek, Siripala Saha Ranmenika, Yasa Isuru, Akasa
Kusum and many more. She was the first Sri Lankan actress to reach
international heights when she won awards at the Moscow International
Film Festival in 1975.
She had also been nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Asia
Pacific Cinema Awards organized by the Asia Pacific Ciname Academy for
the pivotal role she portrayed in Prasanna Vithanage's Akasa Kusum. This
award ceremony will take place in Australia on November 26 in
collaboration with UNESCO. Around 210 films competed at the event
respresenting 43 countries. Finally 37 films from 16 countries had been
chosen to take part in the program.
Addressing the media at a press conference ANCL Chairman Bandula
Padmakumara explained the importance of honouring the country's Queen of
the Silver Screen for her services to the industry. He said that a
concert as well as a feliciataing ceremony will be part of the
entertainment. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and many other distinguished
guests are expected to take part.
Jolie to play Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty
Angelina Jolie is reportedly close to signing on to play Maleficent,
the infamous wicked fairy godmother, in an upcoming remake of Sleeping
Beauty. Tim Burton will direct the live-action update following the
massive success of Alice in Wonderland, and reports say that Jolie badly
wants the villainous role in Beauty. Jolie is currently shooting The
Tourist, opposite Alice star Johnny Depp. hollywood.com
Daughter for Sangeetha
Popular actress Sangeetha Weeraratne attained motherhood when she
gave birth to a baby girl at Roughvally hospital in Canada on May 31.
The child will be called Dian, taking her name from her mother's
first name. The rest of her name will be decided considering the
initials taken according to her birth time. Sangeetha left the country
after playing a significant role in Udayakantha Warnasuiriya's latest
production Challengers. She had starred in award winning creations like
Uthpalavanna for which she bagged Sarasaviya Award for 2007. The mother
and daughter will return to Sri Lanka in two months. Sangeetha had
revealed that she will be ready to take on projects after taking a short
break to enjoy the bliss of motherhood. RJ
Salman's real life on reel
Yes, you got it right. However it is not going to be exactly a biopic
of the star's life.
Remember the times when Salman Khan had taken into custody, related
to chinkara case? Well, our birdies revealed that those of his jail days
will soon take over the screens.
The film will be titled Qaidi No 210 and will be produced by Ranjit
Interestingly the script will be written by a former inmate, who said
to have been with Salman for three days in jail.
However, Salman won't be doing the lead role, instead Chirag Patil,
son of former cricketer Sandeep Patil, will play Salman. IndiaGlitz
Ryder is one of Howard's Cheaters
Everyone loves a good comeback story and Hollywood has been setting
the stage for another one in the last few years as Winona Ryder slowly
made her way from tabloids headlines into one of the biggest releases of
2009 - J.J. Abrams Star Trek.
She next worked with Darren Aronofsky on his new thriller Black Swan,
due in theaters on December 1. Next she will co-star in Ron Howard's new
comedy Cheaters (formerly titled Your Cheating Heart).
Allan Loeb penned the script about a guy who discovers that the wife
of his best friend and business partner is getting intimate with another
man. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James will top line the Universal Pictures
release, which has no release date as of now. Deadline Hollywood
Jackie searches for love
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus - quite literally in Jaane
Kahan Se Aayi Hai which was released recently. It teams up Riteish
Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez, with the Sri Lankan beauty playing a
woman who descends on Earth from Venus in search of love.
The directorial debut of Milap Zaveri - who wrote rib-tickling
comedies like Masti and Heyy Babyy - is a small-budget movie co-produced
by Mukesh Talreja and Nikhil Advani.
"Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai is extremely youthful, but the subtlety
element is prevalent right through its duration," Riteish had earlier
said. Made on a budget of about Rs.10 crore (Rs.100 million), the
fantasy romantic comedy is releasing worldwide with around 600 prints.
It is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures India.
Also starring Ruslaan Mumtaz, Sonal Sehgal and Vishal Malhotra in
principal roles, Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai boasts of a number of guest
appearances - Farah Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sajid Khan, Amrita Rao, Deepika
Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan and
This is Riteish's and Jacqueline's second film together after Aladin.
"There are some humorous as well as beautiful moments in the film
when Jackie freezes time. One of the hilarious sequences is where she
saves Riteish from an accident. Then, there is also a point where the
two eventually realize their love for each other," Zaveri said. IANS
Mago Digo Dai coming on April 16
A scene from Mago Digo Dai
Film importer and distributor Janitha Marasinghe's debut movie
production Mago Digo Dai will begin screening at Savoy, Wellawaththa,
and EAP theatres islandwide from April 16.
The movie which introduces Gamini Susiriwardena of Sirasa Superstar
fame to cinema also stars Vijaya Nandasiri, Anarkalli Aakarsha, Sanath
Gunathilaka, Ronnie Leitch, Anton Jude, Sunil Hettiarachchi, Wasala
Senarath Dilshani Perera and Sashiranga Wickremasekera in significant
Directed by Lal Priyadeva, the comedy film relates a story of a
police intelligence unit in which main investigators are Sergeant C. K.
Perera and PC I. O. Aari takes to investigating a daring case. RJ
Pippi Longstocking author's life becomes film
Two German production companies are preparing to make the first
feature-length film about the life of Sweden's most popular children's
book author, Pippi Longstocking creator Astrid Lindgren, her daughter
said. German production companies Ogglies Film Production and TV 60 Film
are planning to make the film about Lindgren's early years, up until her
breakthrough with Pippi Longstocking in 1946, Karin Nyman said. AFP
Robin Hood to open Cannes Film Festival
It has been confirmed that Ridley Scott's Robin Hood will open the
Cannes Film Festival. Organizers announced the selection recently in
The Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett-starrer will debut out of
competition today in Cannes. Wiretap