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predictions on my marriage at this moment”
“The ever popular Athula Adhikari is again involved as the
music director in yet another Derana Dreamstar programme
being staged now. To get the latest news of Athula we
decided to have a chat with him”.
Q: Athula, what is new in your musical surroundings?
A: I am mostly involved in work related to the Derana
Dreamstar programme these days. I have not been involved in
performing in musical shows abroad for the last five years.
But, soon after the Derana Dreamstar, I hope to embark on
some musical shows in Australia, France, America, Italy and
Germany. At present, I am getting prepared for it.
There so many reality programmes why did you choose Derana
Dreamstar the show that creates so many stars as your first
A: I was invited to be the music director for Derana
Dreamstar by Laksiri Wickramage but I am unaware as to why I
was chosen for the job. I thought that maybe they wanted to
use my talents. The offer was not accepted blindly, I
refused it earlier on. That was due to my being distant with
music at the time. However, with reluctance I accepted
Laksiri’s offer to take part in the first episode of the
Derana Dreamstar. Being involved in it I soon realised that
it was a novel idea being experienced. I must remind you
that there were not many reality shows going on then.
There were many viewer compliments for the first ever Derana
Dreamstar show. The show created many a star and able
contestants took part, I had an idea of doing something for
them with music.
Q: What support role do you play to the contestants as
the music director?
A: I am inclined to support anyone who looks to me for
help. Some do not like to ask for help. During recordings
when something needs attention and correcting the music is
halted and I guide them on the correct path. The contestants
lack technical know how. They are given an understanding of
it. In short all what they seek out from me is given.
Senior musicians claim that only stars are created and no
talent is unearthed by these reality shows; what have you to
say about it as a music director of such a show?
Some are of the opinion that seniors are the most able.
Seniority depends on the number of years spent on the field.
There are those with ability amongst seniors too. But, the
new generation has more talented contestants. They bring out
new creations that are their own with which they introduce
novelty. Seniors did not have that opportunity when they
started. Therefore one cannot say that these ‘star shows’ do
not bring out talent. The people choose a popular person
based on talent. Therefore I would like to say that a star
also has talent.
Q: When is the new collection coming out?
A: Already two songs have been recorded. ‘Sandakinnara
Landa’ a love song to which lyrics was written by Ajantha
Ranasingha. I provided the music. You will be able to catch
it on air soon. We are hoping to do a video of it soon. My
collection of numbers with lyrics and music done by both
seniors and new talent will be out by April.
Q: Athula, has your popularity dwindled?
A: A musician with knowledge and talent will always hold
sway in the field of music. I entered the field in 1981 and
became a singer in 1988. From thence I have held my position
in high esteem with the people getting the same level of
acknowledgement even today. Due to my commitment to Derana
Dreamstar and related work there has been a delay with new
productions. That has made people to get the wrong
impression that my popularity has dropped. I am still
getting positive responses from people that make me happy
and they have not reduced.
Q: Is there any truth in the story you getting ready
to quit the field?
A: I am ready to go on for another five years full time
in this field. There after I will present new creations to
my fans in whatever manner possible. Like in the old days I
will not commit myself completely to music. It might even
change you never know.
Q: There is gossip that the small family of Athula and
Samitha has broken up, will you divorce Samitha?
A: No not really. I can say it only if there is
something taking place for sure. At the moment there is no
such decision. The future is to be seen as there is no
certainty in life. With such uncertainties we cannot predict
what is there in store for us. Therefore what you say might
come true or might not come true. That I cannot say for
Q: Can you update us with your family information?
A: My elder girl Kavindya Devindi is thirteen years and
she is a student of Buddhist Ladies College. My son Shane
Athula Adhikari is a student at Gateway International School
and he is seven-years-old.
Sociology, the theme
|By Ishtartha Wellaboda
has been a while since the comedy ‘Political jokes’ by
director Lalith Pannipitiya. The film which stars Wijeya
Nandasiri and Upeksha Swarnamali did not do too well at the
box office. However this time, despite his previous film’s
short-lived success, Pannipitiya has turned his attention to
a new theme and plot. Turning his attention to a
Pannipitiya has directed ‘Sangili’, the true story of an
orphaned child. The story which was initially named ‘Loku
Duwa’ was later on renamed ‘Sangili’ due to copyright
The main character ‘Sangili’ will be played by Dulani
Anurada of ‘Aba’ fame. Anurada’s character’s younger
version, played by Oshadi Liyanage is orphaned at a very
young age and is sent to live under the guardianship of her
aunt and uncle, where she becomes an outcast in the family.
Her aunt, played by Veena Jayakody, who is intimidated by
her niece’s beauty, refuses to give her the traditional
welcome she deserves when she reaches adulthood. Since then
the isolated ‘Sangili’ falls for the little attention that
she receives from the men in her life and is subsequently
raped by her uncle played by veteran actor Sanath
Gunethilake. Since then, she becomes the uncle’s mistress.
Thus she goes through a turbulent journey in life
experiencing various hardships while been betrayed by four
different men who pretend to offer her salvation.
Other actors such as Saranga Disasekara, Vimal Kumara De
Costa, Mohan Hettiarchchi, Lionel Wickrema, Anusha Sonali,
Rebecca Nirmali, and a new comer from the stage Susantha
Kahandarachchi. Actor Naleen Pradeep Uduwela will be playing
the role of a radical Buddhist monk in the film.
The movie was produced by Shirani Dias under the J.M.A Films
banner. The script was written by A.H Karunaratna, while the
camera was handled by Nilantha Mularathna, makeup by Sujath
Wasundara, art direction by Hemachandra Perera and the film
was edited by Praveen Jayarathna.
The film has been shot using the latest high definition
technology with a Sony EX3 camera, though this type of
cameras have been used before Pannipitiya has taken the
technology further by adapting different lens for his film.
The director has promised that his new film will set new
boundaries in the local film industry.
The shooting of the film has commenced in picturesque
locations in the Dambulla Kulanduwa area and Kittulgala. The
crew has picked many picturesque locations to shoot there
especially the area where they have set up the movie set for
Sangili’s little village cottage also appears in the film as
a lush green portrait.
The film is set to hit the theatres under the CEL circuit in
May this year. Be sure not to miss out on this unique film.
|Prediction for Veer
|This director has delivered one of the biggest
blockbusters of all times in ‘Gadar–Ek Prem Katha’.
Now he has one of the biggest stars in the country acting in
Will ‘Veer’ – Salman’s most ambitious project (in his own
words) till date ‘brave’ the box office tide?
Very recently, the celebrity astro-numerologist Bhavikk
Sangghvi ‘courageously’ decodes the fate of the film.
“The title ‘Veer’ adds up to Number 18 (9) – this octave
of Number 9 is not considered auspicious. The symbol of this
number is a rayed moon from which drops of blood are
falling. A wolf and a dog are struggling to lick this blood.
A crab is moving hastily to join them. Creepy, isn’t it?”
He continues “But, luckily, 2010 benefits Numbers 3, 6, 8
and 9 people the most, and Salman falls directly in this
bracket (December 27, 1965). Plus he has now entered his
45th year, and this is the year for ‘apna Sallubhai’ – Be it
personal or professional success!” proclaims Bhavikk, oozing
dollops of confidence.
“In this male-dominated industry, the luck of the main
lead is considered of prime importance, and Salman has
‘lots’ of it this time. Going by this theory, the film is
already a winner in my eyes,” predicts Bhavikk.
|What happens when X and Y come face to
|Catfights are old in the film industry, and taking
someone else’s boyfriend is common throughout the world.
Recently, a few press people were invited for interviews at
Mehboob studio, where Deepika Padukone and Farhan Akhtar
were conducting photo shoots. “Suddenly, Katrina Kaif was
seen walking inside. There was pin-drop silence when
everyone saw Katz, as she was looking freaking hot, without
any make-up on her face. And what was more interesting to
watch were Deepika and Katrina face to face. “As we all
know, Deepika and Ranbir broke up with each other when
Katrina and Ranbir became close friends,” said a source.
“Both of them just had a few seconds’ eye contact, and both
did not even bother to recognise the other. Later, Deepika
became busy with her photo shoots and Katrina went back into
the studio, and everything became normal again,” said a
source who was present there. However, no one dared to ask
Deepika anything as, recently, she walked out of an event
when asked about Ranbir. It was a private photo shoot.
The Ranbir-Deepika break-up is now official, but the
Katrina-Ranbir affair is still not. So, we have to wait for
any announcement from their side.
|Trisha wants to be a Mumbai Kudi
|If there could be one perfect celebrity who is worth
living in Mumbai, it can be none other than actress Trisha
for her very lavish lifestyle… Indeed, when it comes to
profession, she gets her part done well with perfection and
does not fail to miss any parties as well.
As a matter of
fact, she has hosted a large number of parties in town that
sometimes landed her in trouble. Now, she is so excited
about her Bollywood debut ‘Katta Meeta’ with Akshay
Kumar…What makes her so happy is the fact that Akki bhai has
signed her up for a few more projects.
Apparently, the actress and her mom have planned to get
settled in Mumbai for the next couple of years. Of course,
Trisha’s mom is so invigorated with her spirits when it
comes to enjoying a great life… So, it is gonna be a great
time for both mom and daughter.
Maybe, they have already got a big rival there –it is none
other than Asin…