TV Guide Magazine
|INDUSTRY IS STAGNATING-BIMAL
With the idea of getting Bimal Jayakody for a chat we went
looking for his house at Boralesgamuwa. Entering the place
we were taken into his living room which looked like it
belonged to a genuinely busy actor. Its simpleness blended
with his hallmark quietness.
Q: Why do you speak less but say so much with
expressions in your films?
A: Well, as a person I am not very noisy but like
getting about life in a quiet manner. But that does not
mean, he humbly expressed, I do not like being called
stereotype. If it looked like that, at most times I will
have to do something about it. But, the teledramas
‘Ehipillamak Yata’ and ‘Degammediyawa’ as you just mentioned
are both similar roles and may have needed me to play the
roles in that manner but it was not intentional. Anyway I
like what you just brought up because I like being
criticised. It gives me strength to improve whatever I am
Anyway, there are people who act and there are the ones who
are naturals, I prefer to be known as a natural but even
naturals get moments where they have to act out a character.
And that has to be undertaken.
Q: Do you have a big following, by that I do not mean
fans, but people who look up to you?
A: You are right, Sri Lanka is a place where unlike in
many countries fans are few and flock to play hero with
their idols when they get the opportunity. However, I have
some people who can be called followers of mine who seek my
advice on the subject of acting. That I treat with great
reverence because to advice them with what I know is also a
way to keep their interest going on mostly the subject of
film or drama and in art in general.
There are some friends and I have only a few, who are my
best critics. They boldly talk about the roles I play and
speak openly about my mistakes.
Q: Tell us about your entry into this field? How did
you learn about acting?
A: Well, I started as a film technician and ended up as
a cameraman. What I did behind the camera and behind the
scenes in general, created an interest in acting. When I
played my first role that experience helped me immensely.
The result was a successful film debut as an actor. I have
never had lessons in acting but gained plenty of awareness
being behind the camera and watching others playing their
roles. When it came to my turn whatever I had gained from
being around, armed me with confidence and that was very
Q: But, in Sri Lanka there are many actors who have
not had any background, not much experience in the field,
except the few roles that were played by them, who suddenly
become directors. Is this fair to the industry?
A: No, not at all. But then that is how it goes. Today
the industry is in the doldrums because of such things. The
only interest most of these people have is the money aspect
of it. To a great extent it is the TV industry that should
be held responsible. What that industry is looking for suits
the role these director turned actors are willing to play,
and they form an unholy trinity with financiers who are also
looking for a way to make a quick buck.
There is no watchdog in this industry looking out for
such unhealthy practices. That is why the industry is faced
with stagnation. The influential politicians who look up to
celebrities in this country easily use their power to form
relationships with such unholy people as explained earlier.
They use each others capabilities and flout all norms when
there is money to be made. It is really a sad situation.
Q: How do you view regulating done on adult movies?
A: It is not a good practice to regulate without
consideration; I am talking about what is being scrutinised.
This, takes away some of the excitement the industry may
bring to its audiences. And by that make people to stay away
from the industry: thereby destabilise it, explaining what
was said earlier about where the industry is headed today.
Today younger film makers will think twice before getting
into this industry. Those who are there remain because they
are involved and cannot venture out into other areas.
Q: Who do think is Sri Lanka’s best actor to get on
the silver screen?
A: Joe Abeywickrama. He is not only a legend; he is also
an institution, just watching his films you can determine
how much he has offered us by way of lessons on acting and
also film making.
|In keeping with the
Christmas spirit, TV Derana presents a series of great
Christmas movies for this festive season
- December 24 at 10.30pm.
Latham (Ben Affleck) is a wealthy advertising executive,
driven by money, which results in him living a shallow,
pointless life. After being dumped by his girlfriend, he
faces the prospect of another Christmas alone, so he decides
to visit his childhood home to rekindle his old holiday
memories. Once there, he discovers that the house is now
owned by another family, the Valcos. Not to be deterred,
Latham offers them $250,000 if they will allow him to spend
Christmas with them and pretend to be a member of their
family. They accept and then have to put up with his
annoying insistence upon doing traditional Christmas
activities. After awhile, Latham starts to care about the
Valcos, and he attempts to repair their marriage. He also
develops an attraction for the Valcos’s daughter.
The movie was directed by Mike Mitchell and included stars
such as James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate, Catherine
O’Hara, Josh Zuckerman etc.
“12 Dogs of Christmas” –
December 25 at 10.00 am
Upon being sent to live with her aunt in the small town of
Doverville, 12-year-old Emma O’Conner finds herself in the
middle of a ‘dog-fight’ with the Mayor and the town
In order to strike down their ‘no-dogs’ law, Emma must bring
together a group of schoolmates, grown-ups and adorable dogs
of all shapes and sizes in a spectacular holiday pageant.
Cast - Mindy Sterling, Eric Lutes, Richard Riehle
“The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Claus” - December 25t at
Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos at the North Pole in
“Santa Claus 3: The Escape Claus”. Tim Allen reprises his
role of Scott Calvin - Aka Santa - as he juggles a full
house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin
Short), who is trying to take over the “big guy’s” holiday.
At the risk of giving away the secret location of the North
Pole, Scott invites his in-laws (Ann-Margret & Alan Arkin)
to share in the holiday festivities, and upcoming birth of
baby Claus with expectant wife, Carol, - Aka Mrs. Claus
Along for the adventure are Scott’s extended family, son
Charlie (Eric Lloyd), ex-wife Laura Miller (Wendy Crewson),
her husband, Neil Miller (Judge Reinhold) and their
daughter, Lucy (Liliana Mumy) who, together with head elf
Curtis (Spencer Breslin), foil Jack Frost’s crafty scheme to
control the North Pole
|Farhan in love
Farhan Akhtar, Kareena Kapoor and Chitrangada Singh will be
seen in a sizzling love triangle in director Sudhir Mishra’s
Sudhir Mishra known for directing the critically acclaimed
‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’, last directed the Shiney Ahuja
and Soha Ali Khan starred ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’. The director
who has only just completed his film with Neil Nitin Mukesh
titled ‘Tera Kya Hoga Johnny’ has zeroed down on the cast
for his next film ‘Dhruv’. The film stars Farhan Akhtar,
Kareena Kapoor and Chitrangada Singh and is scheduled to go
on the boards next year. The dusky Chitrangada, who has been
compared to the late Smita Patel, debuted with Mishra in ‘Hazaron’...
The actress has now become a hot favourite with several
art-house directors in B-town and is eagerly waiting to
start shooting for the film.
She spoke about the film at
Author Arindam Chaudhuri’s book launch ‘Discover The Diamond
in You’, saying ‘It is about two women madly in love with
the same man (Farhan), who is involved in politics.’ Sudhir
Mishra confirmed, saying, “The film has several elements of
my grandfather Dwarka Prasad Mishra’s (Chief Minister of
Madhya Pradesh) personality and has Kareena and Farhan
essaying the role of politicians. Chitrangada plays a femme
fatale of politics and the underworld. Kareena’s character
sees a major transformation from an ordinary girl to a woman
sucked into the world of power.”
According to a source on the sets, “The concept of the
film is very strong and bold. You will see Farhan, Kareena
and Chitrangada in an all-new light, and as soon as the
pre-production work is wrapped up, the shoot will go on. It
is true that the film was to begin shooting in Rajasthan in
September, but Farhan and Kareena got caught up with their
current projects. We should begin shooting from next month.”
|EAP Film Company
|Released on December
23 at Liberty Cinema
Directed by James Cameron
Produced by James Cameron
Jon Landau Written by James Cameron
Joel David Moore
Wes Studi Music by James Horner Cinematography Mauro Fiore
Editing by John Refoua
Stephen E. Rivkin Studio Lightstorm Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
The story’s protagonist, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), is a
former U.S. Marine who was wounded and paralysed from the
waist down in combat on Earth. Jake is selected to
participate in the Avatar programme, which will enable him
to walk. Jake travels to Pandora, a lush jungle-covered
extraterrestrial moon filled with incredible life forms,
some beautiful, many terrifying. Pandora is also home to the
Na’vi, sentient humanoid races, who are considered
primitive, yet are more physically capable than humans.
Standing three metres tall (approximately 10 feet), with
tails and sparkling blue skin, the Na’vi live in harmony
with their unspoiled world. As humans encroach deeper into
Pandora’s forests in search of valuable minerals, the Na’vi
unleashes their formidable warrior abilities to defend their
Jake has unwittingly been recruited to become part of
this encroachment. Since humans are unable to breathe the
air on Pandora, they have created genetically-bred human-Na’vi
hybrids known as Avatars. On Pandora, through his Avatar
body, Jake will be able to walk again. Sent deep into
Pandora’s jungles as a scout for the soldiers that will
follow, Jake encounters many of Pandora’s beauties and
dangers. There he meets a young Na’vi female, Neytiri (Zoe
Over time, Jake integrates himself into the Na’vi clan, and
begins to fall in love with Neytiri. As a result, Jake finds
himself caught between the military-industrial forces of
Earth and the Na’vi, forcing him to choose sides in an epic
battle that will decide the fate of Pandora forever.