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Ira Handa Yata Online

The website of the film “Ira Handa Yata”, was launched last week at Vakaneri near Thoppigala. “Ira Handa Yata” is the third cinematic production of locally and internationally acclaimed Cinema Director Bennet Rathnayake, and the website was launched where the film was shot.

The theme of the film “Ira Handa Yata” is based on the sensitive story of the powerful bond between an exemplary solider and a disabled army officer recovering from a serious injury. Picture above shows the formal launch of the website by Director Bennet Ratnayake. Among those present on the occasion included veteran actors Saumya Liyanage and Bimal Jayakody, actress Kaushalya Fernando, camera director Kalinga Deshapriya, producer Deepthi Weerasuriya, assistant director Ranjan Prasanna and many others who were closely involved in the production of the film.

The web address of “Ira Handa Yata” is www.irahandayata.com
Summary of the story, details of the cast and technical staff, a collection of photographs and announcements are available on the website.

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Kangana Ranaut: I missed Cannes but I don’t feel left out

Versatile actress and style diva, Kangana Ranaut talks about the changes in her life, and rubbishes rumours of an affair between her beau Adhyayan Suman and his co-star Shahana Goswami. She also has no problems about not being part of the Kites promotion at the Cannes Film Festival.

Kangana has been in the industry for three years now. She has established herself as a serious actress and style icon. So, how has she changed during this time? “When I started four years ago, I was a teenager and now I am 22. When I’m 40, I will be different. I think we grow or mature and change every year, which according to me is a very good thing. A person’s view or perception of life changes with experience which has an impact on his/her relationships. I feel that I have changed a lot. I started as a teenager and now I feel that I have become a woman now. When I’m 25 or 26, then I would have learnt more from life.

I didn’t even know how to talk when I started but I have learnt that now. When you start working at a young age you need to learn and grow up very fast,” adding, “Everything is changing all the time and we should accept it without fighting it. There are changes in nature and similarly there are changes in our personalities, careers and lives which we must graciously accept and move forward in life.”

She has been dating her beau Adhyayan Suman for over a year now. Recently there were rumours of his link up with Jashnn co-star Shahana Goswami. Kangana is a really cool and secure girlfriend. When asked about her take on the Adhyayan Suman-Shahana Goswami link up, she laughed it off saying, “I think you should ask Shahana and Adhyayan. I don’t think there is anything going on between them.”

Kangana didn’t promote at the Cannes Film Festival and neither is she seen in the promos of the film. So, does she feel left out as all the attention is focussed on Barbara Mori and her chemistry with Hrithik Roshan?

“I don’t feel left out though I missed going to the Cannes Film Festival,” she laughs, adding on a more serious note, “I was hired to do my job, which is acting and I have done that. I don’t care about the publicity. The rest of it is their strategy to promote the movie and they know what is best for the film.”

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The script of Udayakantha Warnasuriya’s film “Paya Enna Hiru Se”, which is being currently screened, has been published as a book. Udayakantha directed this film based on his own script. Picture shows the author, Udayakantha Warnasuriya presenting the first copy of the book to veteran film director D.B. Nihalsinghe. Purchase of the book entitles the buyer to a free ticket for the film.

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Aftab: I wish I could work with Aamna again

Aftab Shivdasani gets talking about his upcoming film, Kambakkht Ishq, his dream role and all things special about his lady love Aamna Shariff.
Tell us something about your role in Kambakkht Ishq?

My role is pretty much a cameo. I play Akshay Kumar’s brother in KI. I play a stuntman, who is head over heels in love with the character of Amrita Arora. Akshay dissuades me, as he does not believe in love, but he too, eventually falls for Kareena Kapoor.

The film is a funny irony about love and the things that follow.
You have worked with Akshay in Awara Paagal Deewana before. How was it working with him again?
We share a very good chemistry. He has great comic timing both in reel and real life, and is just a fantastic personality. It is a pleasure working with him, as you get to learn so much from him time and again.

What was it like, meeting Sylvester Stallone, and how was he as a co-star?
It was an out-of-the-world experience. What struck me was the fact that, he was just so humble and focused. In spite of being an international star, he had no airs about him. He was like any other actor on the set, reporting to work and doing his scenes. I was completely in awe of him.

This is director Sabbir Khan’s debut film. How was it working with a new director?
He might be a new director, but he has a lot of depth, and it was very exciting to work with him. He is shouldering a lot of responsibility, directing a big-budget film. Yet, he is not intimidated or perturbed. He just takes it as it comes.
What do you look for in a role?

It is very important to know the scope you have to perform. Only if the film excites me will I go ahead with it. I also make sure the producers and directors involved are of repute and believe in the project that they want me to be a part of.
You shine in comedies. Is it your favourite genre? What would be your dream role?
Though I do love comedies, I am a big fan of thrillers and horror films. I would love to do a war epic film or a period film one day. It would definitely be a dream role.

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Released Date: June 12, 2009
Liberty Cinema

The film will reunite Ben Stiller with many of the cast from the original film as well as introducing several new characters from history.

The centrepiece of the film will be bringing to life the Smithsonian Institution, which houses the world’s largest museum complex with more than 136 million items in its collections, ranging from the plane Amelia Earhart flew on her solo flight across the Atlantic, Al Capone’s rap sheet and mug shot to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and Archie Bunker’s lounge chair.
Night has fallen upon the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The guides have gone home, the lights are out, the school kids are tucked in their beds . . . yet, something incredible is stirring, as former night guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) finds himself lured into his biggest, most imagination-boggling adventure yet, in which, history truly comes alive.
In this second installment of the Night At the Museum saga, Larry faces a battle so epic, it could only unfold in the corridors of the world’s largest museum.

Now, Larry must try to save his formerly inanimate friends, from what could be their last stand amid the wonders of the Smithsonian, all of which, from the famous paintings on the walls to the rocket ships in the halls, suddenly have a mind of their own.

The first film ever shot in the Smithsonian complex, the fun begins as Larry has left behind the low-paying world of guarding museums, to become a sought-after inventor of Daley Devices infomercial products.

Night At The Museum 2, he seems to have it all – but something is missing in his life, something that draws him back to his old haunt, the Museum of Natural History, where, he once had the magical night of a lifetime.

There, he makes an unsettling discovery. His favourite exhibits, indeed some of his truest friends, have been deemed out-of-date. Packed into crates, they await shipment to the vast archives of the Smithsonian.

Their fate is unknown – that is, until Larry receives a distress call from the miniature cowboy Jedediah (Owen Wilson), who informs him of an impending disaster.
It seems, the newcomers have awoken their new digs, including the Egyptian ruler, Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), who’s in a particularly nasty mood, after 3,000 years of slumber.

Now, he and a trio of history’s most heinous henchmen – namely Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest), Napoleon Bonaparte (Alain Chabat) and Al Capone (Jon Bernthal) – are plotting to take over the museum (and then the globe), as they unleash the Army of the Underworld.
Speeding to the nation’s capital, Larry is clearly in over his head. But he’s got some impressive new friends – from the brilliant Albert Einstein to honest Abe Lincoln to the one exhibit who takes his breath way – the irrepressible Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), who spurs Larry to rediscover his missing sense of fun and adventure.
Along with his old buddies, including Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher) and the Neanderthals, Larry will stop at nothing to regain his friends and restore order to the National Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Air and Space Museum, before the stroke of dawn.
Night At The Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Genre: Comedy
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
Starring: Amy Adams, Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams,
Director: Shawn Levy
Producer: Shawn Levy
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon