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  TV Guide Magazine  


 

INDUSTRY IS STAGNATING-BIMAL
By Dyan Pathiravithana
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 involved with.
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 helpful.

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
“Surviving Christmas” - December 24 at 10.30pm.

Drew 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 dogcatcher.
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 3.30pm
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 (Elizabeth Mitchell).
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
 

INTERNATIONAL

Farhan in love triangle

Farhan Akhtar, Kareena Kapoor and Chitrangada Singh will be seen in a sizzling love triangle in director Sudhir Mishra’s next movie.
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 Present ‘Avatar’
Released on December 23 at Liberty Cinema

Directed by James Cameron Produced by James Cameron
Jon Landau Written by James Cameron
Starring
Sam Worthington
Zoë Saldaña
Sigourney Weaver
Michelle Rodriguez
Stephen Lang
Joel David Moore
Giovanni Ribisi
CCH Pounder
Dileep Rao
Matt Gerald
Laz Alonso
Peter Mensah
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 threatened existence.

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 Saldaña).
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.