Enough brawn and brain to take him places!:
Picture by Tennyson Edirisinghe
It was interesting talking to Roshan Ranawana at a time he smiles
down on us from massive billboards announcing blockbuster movies. He is
a heart throb; no doubt about that. He has the kind of dashing looks in
real life to stir the heart of women no matter what age. Maybe it’s this
God given great good looks and amazingly well groomed figure that had
lifted him up on a throne he reins today. I believed he has more than
looks and probed for clues.
He is a hero on the silver screen. His latest film about youth in
love chasing butterfly dreams, running to packed houses in Colombo
circuit is bound to expand his fan base Suwandha Danuna Jeewithe has the
potential to make it big. Pooja Umashanker and Roashan make an amazing
pair on screen. They look so great together that his fans wonder whether
all these lovely love scenes are for real. I too was induced to find
“You ask Pooja about me. She is bound to tell you I am like a brother
to her,” he blurted. “I don’t have any intentions other than making a
good portrayal of the role given to me and she does the same. She is a
great actress and is very supportive. She is a good friend and it’s a
lot of fun working together. There is nothing more to our relationship
than being just good friends,” he convinced me.
He sounded genuine and there is this kind of childlike quality in him
that is very appealing. I personally believe that we all should retain
some part of childlikeness in us till our last day. Our environmental
influences eat up the best part of us as we grow and we become shaped
and reshaped to fall in line and blend with the backdrop we live in. If
we could stay aloof it would be incredible and here is a person who is
that much amazing; Roshan is amazing. His fans know best.
“I value the freedom I am enjoying now and hope to maintain it that
way. I don’t have marriage in my head right now. Maybe if I meet the
Miss Perfect I might fall head first. I am a kind of perfectionist. Not
in a stiff way but I expect a 50-50 give and take from both ends.
Understanding each other is the key to any relationship. I would like my
wife to understand my dedication to film as its my career and not infuse
rules and regulations that make me uncomfortable.
I would try my best to understand her in the same light,” he
insisted. Isn’t perfectionism a mirage to pursue I queried. He said that
perfectionism may sound a harsh word to use but, similar outlook in
life, similar mindset, liking the same things, having similar standing
in life, will help and always strengthen relationships. Looks are
important in life to move ahead. Personality more so.
Refined mannerisms, caring for the people around you and good
breeding is what makes people, lovable. I am not looking for riches. But
good values and good life practices are what adds value to life’ he
said, showing more character than what meets the eye. I thought he looks
best when he is serious.
“To be so demanding what have you got to offer in return? What are
your achievements? What are you?” I asked. “I had a happy childhood. I
would be glad to go back to it again. It laid the foundation and shaped
With Pooja in Suwandha Danuna Jeewithe
“I had a very colourful life since I left Asian International School
straight on to the ramp when a teacher introduced me to Ramani and
Micheal Wijesuriya who signed me in for a bridal show in 2001. One good
thing leads to another and I was crowned Mr. Sri Lanka in 2002. I went
to China for Man Hunt International and was placed seventh, first time
Sri Lanka made it to top ten in an International Peagent for men. The
feeling was wow!” he said spontaneously.
“2003 took me to London for Mr. World and to Turkey for Best Model of
the World and was placed third. I also won the Best National Costume
award wearing headgear weighing 5 kilos. It paid off! In 2006 I was
placed eighth at the Mr. International, Singapore. I have maximized on
God-given blessings representing Sri Lanka in most number of pageants.”
He sure has mastered the art of balancing brain and brawn!
Roshan may look like a dream right now, but he too has a dream for
“My ambition is to be the Best Actor someday and I am striving hard
to achieve that feat. I have a dream to enter in to the International
film arena. I love my fans and trust they will be there with me all the