Sinhavalokanaya to roar on screen :
Embodying a big scope, a big cast and a big heart Suneth Malinga
Lokuhewa’s maiden cinematic creation Sinhavalokanaya will launch the
cricket World cup season in an entertaining note. The movie which is
based on a two-team battle to verify who is the best at cricket boasts
of a star studded cast which includes seasoned plays as well as some new
|* Story, script and direction: Suneth Malinga Lokuhewa
* Production: Rohan de Silva, Pasan Chandrasekara and Dilan Lamb
* Executive production: Ravi Hans Vatekepotha
* Editing and sound effects: Praveen Jayaratne
* Camera: Prabath Roshan
*Art direction and costumes: Ehaliyagoda Somathileke
* Music: Ravi Hans Vatekepotha
* Dialogs: Kapila Kumara Kalinga
* Make up: Tharaka Adhikari
* Production manager: Palitha Tennakoon
* Assistant director: Ranjan Prasanna
* Fight director: Vasantha Kumaravila
* Still photography: Indika Malawwarachchi
* Melodies: Rookantha Gunatileke, Ravi Hans Vatekepotha and Dilan Lamb
* Choreographer: Shan Perera
* Hairstyles: Sam Perera
* Special effects and creation: Praveen Jayaratne
* Special gimmicks: Wickrama Deegalla
Raini Charuka Gunathilaka, the daughter of singing duo Rukantha and
Chandraleka Gunathilaka, makes her debut in the film alongside Delon
Jayasinghe. Raini came into the limelight following a hit song sung
alongside Gypsies leader Sunil Perera’s son Gayan Perera. She hopes to
prove that she has more than vocal talents in the film.
Other key players include Sanath Gunatileke, Cletus Mendis, Dillhani
Ashokamala, Kanchana Mendis, Damitha Abeyratne, Ashen Manjula, Kumara
Thirimadura, Sanath Kothalawala, Dharshan Dharmaraj, Vasantha
Kumarawila, Janaka Ranasinghe, Chinthaka Piries, Mihira Sirithilaka,
Tharaka Adhikari, Prabath Pathiraja, Jayalal Rohana, G R Perera, Kusum
Renu, Palitha Silva, Gamini Hettiarachchi, Moreen Charuni and others.
The movie is an effort to cater to the island’s obsession over
cricket. For most Sri Lankans cricket had become more than just a mere
game ever since Sri Lanka’s victory in the World Cup in 1996.
Interestingly half of the movie is set in the rural backdrop tracing
back to the colonial era while the other half unfurls in the modern
Provoked to a challenging match by a group of Englishmen some rural
lads dare to take up the offer. The losers have a big price to pay but
the lads are willing to stake their life and honour on the game.
Among the team is the village headman’s son. Though he is not the one
who took up the challenge he wishes to be the leader of the team. Many
clashes and situations of betrayal follow due to this rift between the
The lads have the capabilities but they do not possess the techniques
or knowledge to excel in the sport. They seek the help of a hermit who
hands them an equipment in which they can transcend time. The 11 guys
find themselves in the present where the Sri Lankan team is known as one
of the best teams in the world. They seek the help of Danuka, one of the
best players in the national team and together with a few other players
they train the team for four months to face their match.
Popular Sri Lankan cricketer T M Dilshan had taken part in the acting
in the process of coaching the rural team.
He upgrades them on several of the modern techniques of playing the
The movie comprises three foot-tapping songs which are sung by
Rookantha Gunatileke, Amarasiri Peries, Raini Charuka, Dilan Lamb, Ruwan
Hettiarachchi, Sanka B and Nithin Gunaratne.
Sinhavalokanaya will begin screening at Savoy and other EAP theatres
from January 14.
Bollywood makeup artist in Sri Lanka
Renowned Bollywood makeup artist and hairstylist Cory Wallia will be
visiting Colombo on the invitation of Sri Lanka Association of
Hairdressers and Beauticians (SLAHAB) to conduct a special workshop for
Sri Lankan talent focused on grooming their skills for the National
Awards 2011 to be held in February.
The National Awards 2011 organised by SLAHAB for the 13th time, will
be held on February 27.
bridal make up
gives Katrina Kaif a touch of elegance
It will bring together hair and beauty professionals from all regions
of the island on a united competitive platform.
Wisdom from the Guru himself, famous for Bollywood movie makeup,
fashion shows and bridal makeup will be imparted to the participants at
three workshops sponsored by 7th Avenue Cosmetics Pvt Ltd – the sole
agents of ‘L.A. Girl’ brand in Sri Lanka.
Specialised focus will be on bridal makeup and its differing
techniques while also including techniques in varying skin tone makeup,
modern techniques, preserving makeup and much more. The first will be a
‘look & learn seminar’ at the Bishops College on January 31 from 10 am.
Hands-on workshops for a limited number of participants will be held on
February 1 and 2 from 9.30 am to 4 pm.
Deadline for registrations is on or before January 25.
SLAHAB President Rayaka Jayasuriya said, “Every year we train our
hairdressers and beauticians prior to the National Awards.
We invite international experts so that our members can get exposure
and help to build their confidence to compete at the National Awards.”
As an internationally acclaimed makeup artist, Wallia has done up
Bollywood superstars from Aishwarya Rai to Katrina Kaif. Bridal makeup
is a very popular segment in the beauty industry of Sri Lanka and being
an artist who travels the world over doing bridal makeup, Wallia will
impart valuable knowledge on colour coordination and general tips to
improve the knowledge of members.
For more information contact Dilhani on 011 5631597.
Portman confirms directors for Cloud Atlas
How many hands are too many for a cookie jar? we can understand two
directors working on a movie - that happens all the time. The
Wachowskis, for example, work well together but what would happen if
another was added? How big is that cookie jar?
Natalie Portman seems to think the jar is big enough because in a
recent interview with EW she claimed that the sibling filmmakers will be
joined by Tom Tykwer for an adaptation of David Mitchell’s lauded 2004
novel Cloud Atlas.
The long baking (and ambitious) project has been in development for
over a year now, with Halle Berry at one point attached to star.
Actually, there have been many many people attached to this thing as the
hefty book follows six main characters and takes place over the course
of several thousand years.
Portman admits that her part would be rather small, but isn’t even
convinced that the film will move forward very soon.
“I don’t know what’s going on with financing,” she said, explaining
that her loose involvement with the film goes back to the production
stage of V For Vendetta,
“...I will have some acting role in it if it happens, but probably
Rani first said ‘no’ to NOKJ
The much awaited Hindi flick of the year, No One Killed Jessica, hit
the silver screens on January 7. Director Rajkumar Gupta’s latest
venture is based on the model Jessica Lall’s murder case. The film also
brings two top actresses of the film industry, Vidya Balan and Rani
Rani plays a role of bold journalist in the film while Vidya is seen
as Sabrina Lall, sister of Jessica.
However, Gupta has managed to keep the role of Jessica top secret
before its release. A new comer Myra Karan has been playing the role but
her identity has not been revealed yet. There are no pictures of Myra
even in the film promos and wallpapers.
The censor board has awarded the film with ‘A’ certificate due to use
of filthy languages.
Here are some excerpts of an interview with the lead actress, Rani.
Lot is expected from No one Killed Jessica. Are you hopeful too?
Well, that will depend on how the film fares. I have always been a
very happy-go-lucky person. I feel bad when people write that Rani is
finished, but I also feel good that it gives me an opportunity to bounce
Would you have liked to exchange your role in No One Killed Jessica
No, I’m very happy with my role. Also, we weren’t given any choice.
The makers were sure who they wanted for what role. It’s better to go
with the director’s conviction.
Did your acting style gel with Vidya’s?
From what I could make out while shooting, she is a method actor.
Bollywood hotties in 2011
The New Year has a lot in store for new faces to be launched in
Bollywood and some of the names that are hot on every list are quite
One of the most awaited new comers is of course Nargis Fakhri, the 31
year old who is soon to be seen in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar opposite Ranbir
Kapoor. The hot bod is actually quite a sensation and it is rumored that
Ranbir and Katrina had split because of her.
Reportedly film-maker Karan Johar is soon going to introduce Varun,
the son of ace director David Dhawan.
Yet another kid on the block is Girish Taurani the 23year old son of
Kumar Taurani. This young actor had debuted in his dad’s film Wanted,
directed by Prabhu Deva. Girish is well trained in fight techniques from
London and is a dedicated young actor.
IIleana D’Cruz is the 24 year old young girl who is soon to be seen
in Anurag Basu’s forth coming flick Barfee.
The film also has Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in it.
This young actress from the south is a very promising young actress
and is well known for her penchant for acting.
Narmaada Ahuja, the beautiful daughter of Govinda is soon to make her
presence felt in tinsel town. The girl already has three untitled
projects in her kitty and is touted as being a very promising young
Roshan chops his locks
Roshan Pilapitiya who originally went for the crop in the teledrama
Prathana Mal had to go bald again for his role in Sanath Abeysekara’s
Mahindagamanaya. The actor will be portraying Maha Aritta King’s
Mahindagamanaya is shooting at the newly built Hambantota harbor.
Jeevan Kumaratunga plays King Devanampiyatissa’s role. Channa Deshapriya
is the cameraman while Sunil Premamratne is the art director.
The film is produced by Daminda Upali Fernando on behalf of Best Life
Anarkalli’s plans for the New Year
Anarkalli Aakarsha who will be seen in Roy de Silva’s second English
movie It’s a Matter of Love will give prominence to political activities
this year. The svelte actress turned politician who is a key politician
in the Southern Provincial Council said that she hopes to engage in a
lot of projects for the betterment of the people in 2011.
Dubbing this year as a year ripe for tourism, Anarkalli noted that
the Southern province is one of the most popular tourist destinations in
“I hope to dedicate myself to the tourist projects launched by the
Government in the area,” she said adding that she had managed to balance
her political and acting careers in 2010.