Another first for Raigam

By Ishara Jayawardane

For the first time in the Sri Lanka Cinema industry, Raigam held another unique event which focussed on the panel of judges who were involved in the recently concluded Raigam Tele Awards.
The event was held at the Holiday Inn on May 26.

“This is the first time in the Sri Lanka Cinema Award history in which the panel of judges was brought to a conference table; the head table for all others to question them. If clarification is required they are available to answer those questions” explained chairman, Raigam Corporation, Dr. Ravi Liyanage at the Media briefing held at the Holiday Inn.

Artistes unanimously agreed that the fifth annual Raigam Tele awards night at the Bandaranaike Memorial Convention Hall (BMICH) was excellent. “We have successfully concluded Tele awards 2008” said Liyanage.

Raigam Tele awards held under the patronage of the Kingdom of Raigam are unique as the awards are only for the Tele drama industry. The Raigam Tele awards make it possible for individuals engaged in all aspects of the industry to receive recognition for their contribution to the industry.
This year 40 awards in all were presented. Raigam introduced the following awards
• Upcoming Actor of the year
• Upcoming Actress of the year
• Best humorous piece of acting
• Award for special creative talent – single episode Tele drama
• Awards for child talent.

Apart from the list of award winners, the panel of judges gave away the two jury certificates and seven jury awards for special creative talent. The judges were;
Dr. Patrick Ratnayake (Chairman, Panel of Judges), Dr. Ajantha Hapuarachchi, (Member, Panel of Judges), Jayantha Rukmani Siriwardhana (Member, Panel of Judges), Chandrasiri Bogamuwa (Member, Panel of Judges), Visharada Edward Jayakody (Member, Panel of Judges).


‘Karuwala Gedera’ wins 8 Awards

‘Karuwala Gedera’, the popular teledrama sponsored by Sri Lanka’s pioneer Herbal based Personal Care company Swadeshi, won eight awards at the recent Raigam Tele Awards.
The Awards included Best Direction, Best Production, Best Actor, Best Scriptwriter, Best Art Director, Best Makeup Artist, Best Cameraman and a special Talent Award.

Commenting, a spokesman for Swadeshi said: “Our unwavering commitment to Herbal Personal Care in our Business, and our choice of teledramas to support, reflects Swadeshi’s culture and values. We are pleased that, once again, a teledrama supported by us has won honours.”
Swadeshi, last year, won approbation from the ‘Kala Vimansa Ekamuthuwa’, an association of artistes, for its role as a sponsor of this teledrama. Among the other award-winning teledramas sponsored by the company are ‘Mahathala Hatana’ and ‘Saradiel’.

The pioneer and Market leader in the Herbal Personal Care category in Sri Lanka, the Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC, was incorporated in 1941. The Company manufactures and markets many leading Brands including the top Herbal soap brand Khomba Herbal and the Heritage Beauty soap brand Rani Sandalwood.
Swadeshi Perlwite Laundry Soap claims to be the only Sri Lankan Brand, which has the capability of competing with multinational Brands within the segment.



Land of the Lost (2009)

Space-time vortexes suck. Has been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, is sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now, Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world. Sucked alongside him for the adventure are crack-smart research assistant Holly and a redneck survivalist named Will. Chased by T. rex and stalked by painfully slow reptiles known as Sleestaks, Marshall, Will and Holly must rely on their only ally -- a primate called Chaka to navigate out of the hybrid dimension. Escape from this routine expedition gone awry and they’re heroes. Get stuck, and they’ll be permanent refugees in the Land of the Lost.

  • Genres: Action/Adventure, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Remake
  • Release Date: June 5, 2009 (wide)
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference
  • Distributors: Universal Pictures
  • Production Co.: Krofft Pictures, Mosaic Media Group
  • Studios: Universal Pictures
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Produced in: United States


Lara worked up over Blue promos

Lara Dutta is blue. And this time, it is not her boyfriend Dino Morea who is causing her worries. Lara is miffed with the producers of Blue after seeing the rough cut of the first teaser for the film. The promo, incidentally, has more of Katrina Kaif than Lara Dutta.

This should be fine in the normal course of things, given that Kats is clearly a much bigger star than Lara. But Katrina only has a special appearance in the Akshay Kumar-Sanjay Dutt starrer. And Lara has been billed as its heroine, or at least that is what Lara was given to believe.

So, when she watched the promo, she was fuming. How could the producers focus more on someone who had done a cameo than on the person who was the star of the movie?

A source on the film said part of the reason for this was that Katrina was in a different league. “The fact is that Katrina is definitely hotter than Lara in the market.”

But he added that there was another reason for a little less of Lara in the promo. And that was that there is a lot of Lara to be seen in the movie. And we are not talking about the length of her role! “She is looking hot in the bikini, and we do not want to give it out in the promo itself,” said the source. And not having too many other chick scenes in the movie led to over use of Katrina.

“Lara is feeling sidelined because now she not only has to compete with Katrina, but also Australian pop sensation Kylie Minogue,” he added. He said that the Katrina ‘special appearance’ bit was also turning out to be a little more than that. “Initially Katrina’s role was supposed to be very limited, but during the making of the film, the length of her role increased,” he said.

Another factor that is troubling Lara is the fact that Akshay Kumar and Katrina share a fantastic equation. “Since Sanjay Dutt has hardly taken any interest in the film, the producers consider Akshay’s opinion in every aspect. It was Akshay’s idea that they use Kat in the first teaser.”
Now, it is to be seen whether the production house gives in to Lara’s demand and chops Kat from the promo, or retains it.