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Man of extraordinary potential-nava

Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake
Location: Cinnemon Grand Hotel
Make-up by: Ramzi of Ramzi’s Salon

By Ishara Jayawardane
Nava as he likes to be called, is a man of extraordinary potential and who has led an adventurous life. He has been a sportsman who has represented his country and is now a banker and a model. Let us meet this man with many talents.

Nava enjoys his life as a banker. But his dream has always been modelling. From his childhood he wanted to be a top model as well as being an international model.

Nava who works for Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Global Resourcing showed great potential at an early age while studying at Wesley College. At school he won school colours for hockey. As soon as he left school, Nava joined the Colombo Hockey and Football Club (CH and FC). At CH and FC Nava attended the trials and was selected to the Sri Lanka hockey team. Nineteen year old Nava played in the AFRO cup held in India.

Nava said he had achieved the highest achievement for any sportsman by representing his country. He also said that wearing the Sri Lanka jersey was a proud thing for him.
“I balance both my work and modelling. My company is very supportive of my modeling as long as I do my work” said Nava

On the topic of banking, Nava started four years back and has gained a lot of recognition for his work. In terms of my banking career he wants to be top management personnel.
When asked whether he has any aspirations for the big screen Nava said that he has not acted but if he takes up acting it will be portraying a character by whom he will be remembered by.
Nava’s career in modelling is extensive having taken part in ramp modeling, photo shoots and commercials.

“My ambition is to become a Mr. Sri Lanka or Mr. World one day. I want to be a supermodel. I want to win a Mr. World contest” said Nava enthusiastically.
Nava has done more than ten big fashion shows such as Hameedia, Ramani’s and the launching of Vantage.

“Every model has a dream. Wearing the clothes and walking down the ramp for the company is a dream come true. Every sponsor, every clothing store such as Signature, Hameedia’s and Odel, every brand that they have, I wore and modeled. This is an achievement for me as far as ramp modelling is concerned.
However, Nava feels that where male modelling is concerned there is not enough modelling contests.
“For girls there is Ms Sri Lanka for Ms. World, Ms Sri Lanka for Ms. Universe, Ford Model of the year. But for guys, they do not have it. For international male pageants there is, well little participation from Sri Lanka,” explained Nava.

Nava went on to say that for international male pageants such as Man Hunt and Mr. World, participants in Sri Lanka are just nominated and a person goes for this pageant. So there is no title really.
Nava went on to say that there must be more modelling contests for men.
On the subject of his family Nava said they are a ‘small but strong family’. His father is an engineer and mother is a housewife and his brother works for a leading media company.

Nava also elaborated on how all of this started in terms of his modelling career.
“I want to thank Rozanne Dias. I started my career, when in the office they had this fashion show, Rozanne came over and I got selected as one of the male models. I did not know there was an inner model in me. So while I was doing modelling it was so natural to me. The way I posed and walked, so she identified me.

First and foremost I have to thank Rozanne Dias for pulling out my inner model which was hiding. Every man has talent, this was my inner or hidden talent which she identified,” he said.
In addition to thanking Rozanne Dias who identified Nava one and a half years back, Nava also wants to thank his family members for all their encouragement and his employee and the people working with him for their support.

Nava has done many commercials such as HNB, Fanta and Hutch and two more commercials will be done in the future; Tigo and Sri Lanka insurance.
“As far as beauty is concerned as far as my brain is concerned I want to be an intelligent model. I am thinking as an international personality. If you are not an international personality you cannot win the Mr. World contest. So that is why they say for girls; beauty with a brain.

You need to identify the concept. If you have a good sound educational background and if you do the modelling and you go with the proud Sri Lanka title and go to the international arena, the way you speak, the way you present yourself can get you a lot of things,” added Nava

At Regal, Colombo
An army officer’s routine assignment to pick up a woman informant near Jaffna turns into a nightmare, when the Tigers launch a massive attack on the peninsula and the camp at Elephant Pass. The two adversaries are forced to escape together through the rebel held Wanni and later, cross the abandoned Wilpattu National Park by foot.
Written for the screen
Produce and Directed
by Chandran Rutnam

Executive Producers
Paul Mason
Judith Rutnam
Nihara Jayatilleke
James Rutnam

Ashan Dias
Suranga Ranawaka
Sanath Gunatileke
Athula Pathirane
Joe Abeywickrema
Iranganie Serasinghe
Kumar Mirchandani
Veena Jayakody
M. Rajeshwari
Rohitha Mannage
Ranjith Wickremasinghe
Suminda Silva
Linton Kekulawela
Udani Nayanahansi
M. Kandiah
K. Senthil Kumar
S. G. T. Pushpakumara
Roshan De Silva
Chula Weerasena
Priyantha Rambukenage
Teddy Widyalankara
Niroshan Dias Jayasinha

Director of Photography
Suminda Weerasinghe

Ajit Kumarasiri

Art Director
Lionel Liyanage


14th Sumathi Tele Awards Ceremony concluded on October 24 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium with the participation of senior advisor to the president, Basil Rajapaksa and first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa along with many other delegates.

The Best Actor award was presented to Sriyantha Mendis while The Best Actress award was presented to Vasanthi Chathurani for their marvelous performance in the teledrama ‘Sathgunakarayo’.



KJo’s the man for Katrina
Of late, Katrina Kaif and Karan Johar have been spotted hanging out together at the GQ Awards and at Hrithik Roshan’s birthday bash for his mother. Everyone is talking about their friendship.
A source says, ‘Katrina and Karan get along pretty well. He also interviewed her at the HDIL Couture Week and she also hung out with him and SRK at Subhash Ghai’s anniversary bash. It is most likely that Katrina has finally signed a Dharma film, ‘Dostana 2.’

He continues, ‘Katrina would be perfect for ‘Dostana 2’ as she is gorgeous and sexy and men, whether straight or not, just love her. And the movie focuses mainly on Abhishek and John’s chemistry, the girl is there for the glamour factor. However, Katrina will be compared to Priyanka Chopra which is why she will have to do more than just strut around in Manish Malhotra’s designs, pout and flutter her eyelids. She wants to work with Dharma because that will give her a chance to prove that she is more than just a pretty face. People are still talking about Kareena as Poo in K3G, Kajol as Anjali in KKHH and K3G and Rani as Maya in KANK. The film will be shot abroad and she will be an NRI which explains her accent. So Katrina will be quite comfortable doing the film.’

There were stories about SRK working with Katrina in a Yash Chopra film but it has fizzled out. Katrina has already worked in YRF’s New York and her performance was appreciated.
About working with Karan Johar, Katrina said, ‘Who would not want to work with Karan? He thinks out of the box. He made the hilarious Dostana on one hand and the path-breaking Wake Up Sid on the other hand.’

Mallika gets plastic lips
‘What God does not give, doctor gives.’ These famous words belong to Rakhi Sawant, an actress and Bollywood’s favourite item girl.
As she has got breast augmentation, she is all for cosmetic correction. A few months back, Koena Mitra admitted having undergone rhinoplasty, which also put the record straight that Bollywood babes are not shy to admit. And now it is Mallika Sherawat who went under the knife for her new Hollywood film inspired by San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Devi Harris.

It has now become a trend in Bollywood to change or alter your body parts for perfection. In a recent picture of Mallika Sherawat, you can make out that her lower lip appears fuller and her upper lip seems distorted.
A source close to Mallika revealed “Mallika is right now almost done with the shooting of Hiss and is now starting with a new Hollywood film. She recently attended a charitable fashion event along with Oscar winner Marisa Tomei, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to support American Pulitzer Prize winning NY Times journalist Nicholas Kristof’s charity CARE at LA’s Pacific Design Centre. And here, you can see the difference in her lips.

Rambha’s apology to Chief Minister
South India’s hottie Rambha has apologised to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for walking out of his upcoming project “Pen Singam’. Actress Rambha, who was running out of offer, got enlivened on her great comeback with “Quick Gun Murugan’. The film won her more appreciation and indeed offers in tinsel town.

Also she was offered to perform a prominent role in “Pen Singam’ directed by Baali Srirangam with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi himself penning the script. It has been revealed that Rambha was not reporting on the sets and kept herself frequently flying to Canada as MAGIC WOODS, a renowned corporate agency appointed her as its brand ambassador.