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  TV Guide Magazine  


 

A GIANT STEP INTO THE TELEDRAMA INDUSTRY

By Sarashi Samarasinghe
She is a new comer into the field of acting though she has taken part in five to six television (TV) commercials earlier. She is none other than Dinakshi Priyasad who has taken a new step into the teledrama industry.
“More than acting, I started as a TV presenter in the year 2000 presenting the Sirasa TV ‘Punchi Panchi’ and at present I am presenting the ‘C View’ musical programme which is on Channel C at the Dialog TV,” said Dinakshi.

According to Dinakshi at present she is performing the character of Chapa in the teledrama ‘Wassana Sihinaya’ which is on Derana TV directed by Janaka Siriwardhane.
“Chapa is a girl that suffers from some kind of an illness. She is an orphan and she has to face a lot of troubles which arrives from her brother in law, Rohan. In the meantime she meets up with Kasun and the story carries on,” she added.

Dinakshi further stated that the teledrama started telecasting from September 21 and at the moment she is receiving fare responses from the viewers.
“Most of the viewers have read the ‘Wassana Sihinaya’ novel and according to their responses, they say that I am suitable for the respective character because the character revolves around a schooling girl of the age which I belong now,” stated Dinakshi.

According to Dinakshi her hometown is Nugegoda and she has studied in Holy Family Convent (HFC) in Bambalapitiya up to the ordinary level (O/L) examination and had continued her secondary education at the Royal Institute in the Maths Stream.
“I did my advanced level (A/L) examination this year and now I am looking forward to doing an external degree at the Open University in civil engineering,” she said.
She further stated that she is also hoping to continue her higher studies in architecture as well as in interior designing.

“I was extremely interested in dancing and singing while I was schooling and I have also taken part in many singing competitions as well as in solo singing,” said Dinakshi.
She further emphasised that while she was schooling, she had no special dream as such other than being at a good position in the future.

“I had a thought of becoming a film director once in my childhood because I had a family background related to the film industry,” stated Dinakshi.
When questioned from Dinakshi, which type of a character she was in school, she stated that she was a very quiet character in school.
“I was extremely friendly with all the children in school as well as with my teachers. I have neither been mischievous nor being punished,” she said.

According to Dinakshi she has got five members in her family including her self.
“My father is Dinesh Priyasad who is a movie director and my mother is Shirani Priyasad,” she added. She further said that she has got two younger sisters named Sheshadri Priyasad and Shanudri Priyasad who are still schooling at Royal Institute.
According to Dinakshi she has taken part in TV commercials such as Holcim, Cream Soda, Koththu Mee along with some others.

“I started appearing in TV commercials in the year 2006 and among the TV commercials which I have performed, the ‘Chit Chat King Size’ TV advertisement was the most popular,” she added.
Dinakshi further emphasized that she loves listening to music, dancing, surfing the web (specially the face book) along with watching movies at leisure.

“I am hoping to out a compact disk (CD) in the near future along with my two sisters. I have not decided a name for the CD yet though there will be six songs in the CD,” said Dinakshi.
She further stated that Ruckshan Mark will be providing music for the CD and that she is looking forward to release it by next year.

“I have got two invitations, one for a 40 episode teledrama and the other for a movie. I will be performing in the teledrama and the shooting will start commencing from February next year though I have not yet decided regarding the movie,” she stated. Concluding her conversation with the TV guide, Dinakshi stated that she is giving more priority to her studies while she is hoping to continue in acting if she gets good roles to perform.

 

Pahan Siluwa - best visual music video

By Dyan Pathiravithana

At the recently concluded Sumathi Tele Awards the music video Pahan Siluwa won the award presented for the best visual music video. It was almost a dream come true for the people connected with its creation who did not have such aspirations at the beginning.

These days with so much spoken about our brave soldiers and their deeds Mahesh Munasinghe had this vision of doing something constructive about it while others simply went on discussing their victory. He penned it on an A4. The words so penned almost got lost on a desk under a heap of files, in their office. Mahesh who spoke with us told their story which was indeed very touching the way it all took place was right out of a story book.

Sky Entertainment Private (Pvt) Limited (Ltd) is an organisation involved in promotional activity run by young enthusiastics who happen to be professionals in their line. Mahesh who took the initiative in regard of ‘Pahan Siluwa’ discussed his idea with the management and they came to an agreement production of the video would be undertaken by the organisation at no cost, the entire staff to volunteer their services.
Then Mahesh approached a friend in the army about getting some advice on how to get permission to do this production about the Military action during the war. Colonel Nilantha Jayaweera then told them about his own experience at Muhumale where he served with the Commando’s. It was not only an experience but he had written a song out of it because it was such a moving experience that a soldier would rarely encounter in a war.

Nilantha while on a patrol noticed this child soldier of the LTTE getting shot by their own fire. He then crept across the boarder found the child shot and needing immediate medical attention to save his life. Carrying the child back took him on a motorcycle to Jaffna which was about 80km away quite a distant to get him treated. And while this was going on his own child was down with dengue and needing medical attention but his wife who was searching for someone to help her out could not find anyone….. Nilantha had to come home after three days to attend to the balance areas the child had to be treated on, and he was taken to task by the doctor who treated the child, for not being with the child in a time of need. Accusing him of neglect and saying that the army personnel were the same, only interested in the battle.

But, when they were ready to make the video and sought the Army’s assistance, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was not too keen because he knew nothing of their programme. But when he got to know the intentions reading the script he gladly opened out to them and was willing to go out his way to help them with their production giving them permission not only with the filming but even giving them a chopper for their work.

Although a production of this nature would have topped three million rupees, they were able to make use of the voluntary help given out by the staff of Sky Video and the wholehearted and generous contribution from Dialog and complete it without much ado.
The production crew worked relentlessly through out the program to make it not only cost effective but a creation worthy of that prestigious award none sought.

Director and Editor – Nalin Cooray
Director Photography – Rangana Bandara
Art Director – Nuwan Sanurankha
Make up Artist – Priyantha Dissanayake
Musical Director - Nadeeka Guruge
Lyrics – Lt. Colonel Nilantha Jayaweera

INTERNATIONAL

Sneha, Nayanthara in trouble
Telugu Film stars had recently hosted a grand star night show raising funds for victims affected by floods. It was a star-spangled occasion as not only Tamil film industry’s actors were present, but also many personalities from Kollywood including superstar Rajnikanth, Surya and Prabhu Deva.
But it was a great disappointment for actor Balakrishna who organised the show as Nayanthara and Sneha did not appear for the show. Both the actresses have been doing bigger in Tollywood and now the actor addressed a notice against them.
Well, if they are not answering to this situation, there are possibilities of getting banned in Telugu film industry.
RAJEEV KHANDELWAL THROWN OUT OF CHENAB GANDHI
Nothing seems to be fine with Chenab Gandhi as now there is a buzz that Rajeev Khandelwal is out of this film.
Producer Bhansali and director Vibhu Puri are contemplating replacement of Rajeev in their ambitious historical project. A source close to the production house said, “Chenab Gandhi was supposed to go on the floors in September, but was postponed to next year due to Rajeev’s television shows. However, now Vibhu and Bhansali are in two minds about casting him. They feel that Rajeev may not gel with the likes of Vidya Balan and Amitabh Bachchan, owing to his appeal as an Indian actor. The duo is looking for another actor, but have not informed Rajeev about his ouster as yet.”
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Kurbaan Synopsis
Directed by debutant director Rensil D’Silva (who co-wrote Rang De Basanti) “Kurbaan” (also spelt Qurbaan, Qurban or Kurban) is a romantic thriller set against the backdrop of terrorism. The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Kirron Kher and Om Puri.
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Love, Terror and Sacrifice
Avantika (Kareena Kapoor), a Psychology professor in New York, decides to make her way back to India to be with her ailing father. She temporarily finds work at the prestigious Delhi University and meets Ehsaan Khan (Saif Ali Khan) a substitute teacher at the same University.
Ehsaan may have rubbed her the wrong way trying to steal a cab from under her nose, but his charm is irresistible. Sparks fly and Avantika cannot hold out against it for long. Despite reservations about Ehsaan being a Muslim, her father agrees to bless their wedding. Avantika and Ehsaan are married and leave to start a new life in New York.

As soon as they settle in, Avantika manages to find a job for Ehsaan at a local University. They set out to look for a home for themselves, but Ehsaan does not seem to like any of the houses they see. Finally through an advertisement of an Indian neighborhood, Avantika manages to find a house Ehsaan actually likes.