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  TV Guide Magazine  


 

A young star with a bright future
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
He has been in the industry for more than a decade and had mastered all the techniques in the field of acting. At present he performs a versatile character in the movie ‘Sudu Hansi’ directed by Mohamad Shaffraz.
“I am performing double characters in the movie as Anjana and Clifford,” said Arjuna Kamalanath having a recent conversation with the TV guide amidst his busy schedule.

“The two roles which I perform, Anjana is a youth who comes to town from village and work as a driver and Clifford is a high class educated youth,” he added.
According to Kamalanath the movie will be a good example for many because it discusses about common social issues that we see at present in society.

“I am professionally an actor at the moment and I have performed in 38 movies and in eight teledramas,” said Kamalanath.
Kamalanath further emphasised that his first movie was ‘Mohothin Mohotha’ which was directed by Sunil Soma Peiris.
“‘Mohothin Mohotha’ was my first introduction to cinema and I had to act with veteran actor Ranjan Ramanayke,” he said.

After his first movie he had then again performed in Dharma Sri Wickramasinghe’s ‘Seetha Raa’ in 1999.
“ ‘Seetha Raa’ was the turning point in my life which led to perform myself once again in a movie which was directed by Wickramasinghe named ‘Thisaravi’ in 2000 in which I performed a main role,” he said.
According to Kamalanath the movie was a super hit and after his successful performance in ‘Thisaravi’ he received the opportunity of performing himself in many other super hits such as ‘Kanyavi Rathriya’(Virgin Night), ‘Jolly Hallo’, ‘Sundara Varada’, ‘Ginigath Horawa’ and many others.

“My home town is Moratuwa and I studied at the Prince of Wales’ College in Moratuwa up to my Advanced Level (A/L) examination,” he added.
Kamalanath further emphasised that he never thought of becoming an actor in his entire life though after becoming one it made his life change completely.
“I received the Best Up-and-Coming Actor Award in the year 2004 for the movie ‘Ginigath Horawa’ which was directed by Luvi Vandastratan at the Sarasaviya Film Festival,” said Kamalanath.
According to Kamalanath he had performed the character of Michael who was a boat driver involved in tourism.

“The movie was shot in the beach side of Beruwala and the main actress who performed with me was Anusha Sonali,” he added.
Kamalanath has performed in tele-dramas such as ‘Supiri Tharuwa’, ‘Sansara Prarthana’, ‘Diya Bubula’, ‘Deepa Shika’ and some others.

“Among the few tele-dramas which I performed I mostly like the two characters which I acted as Suranga in ‘Supiri Tharuwa’ and Inspector Ravi in ‘Diya Bubula’,” said Kamalanath.
He further stated that he liked the two characters, Suranga and Inspector Ravi because both the characters which he performed were similar to the characters which you find in movies.

“There will be another new movie released in May this year named, ‘Jaya Pita Jaya’ which is directed by Sunil Soma Pieris,” he added.
Kamalanath further emphasised that the film is an action movie based on a playboy type figure whose name is Vijaya.

“Apart from acting I like to listen to music, watch cricket matches at my leisure,” said Kamalanath
Concluding his conversation with the TV guide Kamalanath stated that he wants to work according to his best of ability for the local movie industry and he would like to deliver his sincere gratitude to the cast and the crew members of ‘Sudu Hansi’ for making it a great success.

Until become the first YES Superstar
The final half 2009 --- the final 6 months --- when things slowly settled into their places and the dream of finding the person who is worthy of being called a superstar came into reality.

The first step in the journey for the first YES Superstar was taken.
In the month of August, trailers ran on YES-FM and Channel One MTV calling for those who have always dreamt of singing other than in the shower and being heard beyond the confines of their family room.
The following month, those who heeded the call came and made their voices heard.
BUT before the sad task of eliminating started, every single one who longed for their dream to be realised were given the opportunity to learn and to know first-hand (from respected members of the Sri Lankan entertainment industry) what is needed to be a success in an industry that have intrigue so many but accepted only a few.

In October, the difficult tasks of saying goodbye to those who simply cannot make the cut were made.
Week by week, a number of hopefuls were shown the door and wished well.
November opened with the first telecast of YES Superstar on Channel One MTV.
The final 12 were chosen and the task of judging who stays and goes was now transferred from the judges – the amazing trio of Ashanthi De Alwis, Soundarie David-Rodrigo and Maxi Rozairo – to the general program.

Which bring us to now – January (7), 2010 – down to six contestants: Jameela, Amy, Jeremy, Shane, Geeth and Joy who is down with a severe flu, his future in the competition currently hangs in the balance.
With a little over a month to go in the competition, the demands of the “journey” have not been an easy one.

For those whose dream of being the first YES Superstar is very much alive and possible, the support of their family, friends and now fans have made the grueling tasks more bearable… but it won’t get any less challenging nor less demanding. That is until the very end when it is down to the final two superstars and one somehow manages to perform stronger, sing better and ultimately deliver more votes..
Only then can that ONE breathe the sigh of relief and say proudly, “The journey’s over and…
I am the first YES Superstar!”


INTERNATIONAL

Abhay to do only solo films
Abhay Deol has a packed year ahead. Right now, he is shooting for Anil Kapoor’s production house ‘Aisha’. Zoya Akhtar has also signed him for her second film also starring Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik Roshan, called ‘Running with Bulls’.
But what we heard is Abhay is flying high on his response to ‘Dev D’, and one needs to believe that he is now having second thoughts about doing Zoya’s film with two other main leads. A source close to Abhay tells us, “Abhay wants to do solo roles. He is no more interested in being a part of any multi- star, as he believes he has become a bankable star and does not want to miss out on that factor like his predecessors Bobby and Sunny did in their heydays.”
EAP Films presents

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Now showing at Savoy Cinema
Directed by Tim Hill, Produced by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Janice Karman, Written by Jon Vitti, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Starring Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson, Jane Lynch
with the voices of:
Matthew Gray Gubler
Jesse McCartney
and Justin Long, Music by Christopher Lennertz, Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Janice Karman , Daniel Powter (song)
Lipps, Inc. (song) ,Cinematography Peter Lyons Collister, Editing by Peter Berger, Studio Regency Enterprises, Bagdasarian Productions Distributed by 20th Century Fox

Plot synopsis
The tree that the chipmunks - Alvin, Simon and Theodore live in is cut down and driven to Los Angeles to become a Christmas tree. Once in LA, the Chipmunks meet struggling songwriter David Seville who had his latest song rejected by JETT Records executive Ian Hawke who was Dave’s college roommate. Dave once had a relationship with his next door neighbour, Claire Wilson. She broke up with him because she felt he was too busy and irresponsible and he had no time for her.

After winding up at Dave’s interview, they hop into his basket and follow him home. Once at home, he discovers the Chipmunks, and is accidentally knocked unconscious. Upon waking, he kicks them out until hearing them sing. Dave then makes a deal with them - they sing the songs he writes, and in exchange he provides food and shelter for them. However, all does not go well, as Dave’s job presentation is ruined by their colouring on it, and when Alvin tries to set the mood for his dinner with Claire, things become weird and she rejects him after he tells her that “My life is being sabotaged by talking chipmunks”. To make it up to Dave, Alvin, Simon and Theodore go to Ian.

Once the Chipmunks sing Dave’s song to Ian, Ian instantly signs them to the label and rehires Dave the next day. After a few singles, the Chipmunks become wildly popular. When Dave expresses concern for their well-being and insists that the Chipmunks are “kids” who don’t need so much craziness in their lives, Ian convinces the Chipmunks that Dave is holding them back.

Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville’s twenty-something nephew Toby (Levi). The boys must put aside music superstardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school’s music programme by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match in three singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes - Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette. Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off