TV Guide Magazine
love reigns supreme
By Pradeep Nishantha
Wealth, power and dignity are some of the key features that
people use to show their importance and status in society.
But when it comes to true love, riches, influence or dignity
have no importance or so called value.
‘Uththara’ is a story as such which speaks of a father who
is trying to make his dreams come true through his loving
daughter and of two lovers who are trying to make their
dreams come true with the endless bonding which they have
towards each other.
Niwanthudawa is a popular politician in the country and
has powers in making differences in the present political
situation within the country.
Though Niwanthudawa gives much priority to his political
life than any other his wife Nirupamala and his only
daughter Uththara give second priority to politics in their
After becoming a popular personality in politics,
Niwanthudawa dreams of being in the field forever. Apart
from using wealth and power to accomplish his dreams,
Niwanthudawa also uses his daughter to strengthen his
As the beginning of such a career, Niwanthudawa plans on
getting Uththara married to a powerful opponent party
Although Niwanthudawa has plans as such, Uththara falls in
love with a popular singer and a dancer named Shanilka
Malmuthuwanne who is a new comer to the industry.
The relationship starts between Uththara and Shanilka due to
an indiscipline act which was done by Niwanthudawa.
The collision between Uththara’s dreams and
Niwanthudawa’s hopes end when everyone come across a secret
which was kept hidden only within Niwanthudawa for ages.
‘Uththara’ is now screening at the theaters within the EAP
film circuit. Sadun Rajakaruna is the director of the film
and it was his first ever movie direction.
The main actress Hasini Gonagala starring as Uththara is
a well known super star dancer who is doing her first main
role in the movie. Well known actor Suraj Mapa featuring as
Shanilka is also doing a main character in the film.
The rest of the cast are Sanath Gunathilake, Sarath
Chandrasiri, Anton Jude, Daya Alwis, Wasantha Kumarasiri,
Vishaka Siriwardhena, Moreen Charuni, Upeksha Swarnamali,
Sahan Ranwala, Janith Wickramage, Kumara Thirimaduwa, Shan
Bandu Weerasinghe and Udayangani Saman Kumari.
Lyrics are by Bandula Nanayakkarawasam, Mahesh Rathsara
Maddumarachchi, and Kelum Srimal.
Music Composed by Rohana Weerasinghe, Bathiya Jayakody and
Singers are Pradeep Rangana, Uresha Ravihari, Kasun
Kalhara and Santhush Weeraman. Script Written by Mahesh
Rathsara Maddumarachchi, Assistant Direction by Manjula
Prasanga Karunarathne, Make Up by Narada Dananji Thotagamuwa.
Production Management by Maduranga Jagoda, Art Direction
by Chamikara Bokaragoda. Music Direction by Rohana
Weerasinghe, Camera Direction by Chandana Dharmapriya.
Executive Production by Ashvini Ranasinghe and Produced by
|My Name Is Khan EAP
Film Company Present
Release will be held on February 12 at The Liberty Cinema
In an August 2009 interview, Shah Rukh Khan stated that
My Name Is Khan is “not about terrorism, or 9/11. It is
about a relationship between two people, between an
individual and the State, and between an individual and the
country. In short, there are the three important components:
love story, Islam and a mild form of autism.”
In an earlier July 2009 interview, Khan also noted that
the film focusses on themes concerning “the relationship
between the Western world and Islam and how that has changed
over the past few years.” He describes the film as about
“the journey of one family and how it changes because of
9/11” and suggests “we touch upon that in a very unbiased
and educated way.” In another early interview, he also
stated that, “it is not about a disabled man’s fight against
disability. It is a disabled man’s fight against the
disability that exists in the world — terrorism, hatred,
fighting. My Name is Khan is also about Islam and the way
the world looks at Islam but we are not taking any sides. We
are only trying to say that there are only good people and
bad people. There are no good Hindus, bad Hindus, good
Christians, bad Christians. Either you are a good person or
a bad person. Religion is not the criterion, humanity is.”
In late 2008, journalist Madhureeta Mukherjee (referring
to the post - 2008 Mumbai attacks atmosphere in India)
suggested in an interview with Karan Johar that, “My Name Is
Khan starts at a time when Hindus and Muslims in India have
united like never before.” In response, Johar stated: “I
think it is an exceptionally relevant time, as the unity of
our nation is of paramount importance, and I am very happy
to witness such a movement in front of my eyes. We are all
coming together to fight for a common cause – called
humanity. Everyone knows that terrorism has no religion and
it will never have a religion. As a filmmaker, I believe
that I have a social responsibility and I promise to fulfill
The film begins with the child, Rizwan Khan (Tanay Chheda),
a Muslim who has Asperger syndrome, growing up with his
mother (Zarina Wahab) in the Borivali section of Mumbai.
Later as an adult (Shah Rukh Khan), Rizwan moves to San
Francisco and lives with his brother and sister-in-law.
While there, he falls in love with Mandira (Kajol).
After 9/11, Rizwan and Mandira begin to face a number of
difficulties which causes them to separate. Rizwan then
begins a long journey across the United States to win
Mandira back. In the process of his journey, he “inspires
optimism and joy in the hearts of the people he encounters
by spreading of messages of goodwill wherever he roams.”
|Aamir Khan - A Real
If there could be one
personality in Indian film industry who can be acclaimed as
Mr. Perfectionist, it is none other than Aamir Khan. Right
from the phase of screenwriting to the subtitling of films
and walking through the lanes of World for promotions, the
actor has been striding with perfection.
Though most of the actors boast themselves to be like him,
he is one genuine celebrity worthy to be ennobled as an
inspirer for many youngsters.
As Aamir Khan got to know that he has a great group of fans
following him, especially youth cohorts, he has quit smoking
and consuming alcohol so as to prove his perfection in real
Come on Kollywood stars! Be like Aamir Khan, Rajnikanth and
Chandan: Esha is my new
Chandan Roy Sanyal, who made a sparkling debut as the
crazy, drug-dealing gambler Mikhail in ‘Kaminey’, talks
about his role in ‘Tell Me Oh Khuda’!, and bonding with Esha
“‘Tell Me Oh Khuda’, is the story of three friends and their
journey together. They travel across diverse landscapes from
the mountains of Turkey to the deserts of Rajasthan and the
beaches of Goa. I think it is going to be a rib-tickling
comedy,” says Chandan.
“My character in ‘Tell Me Oh Khuda’, is called Kookie.
While Mikhail was clever and crazy, Kookie is an idiotic and
sweet Casanova. He falls in love with every girl he sees. He
is the Jack of No Trade and Master of None. He is very funny
and the character will remind people of Shah Rukh Khan’s
lovable loser character in ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’. Kookie is
always there for his friends, played by Esha Deol (his
childhood friend) and Arjan Bajwa,” says Chandan.
About his equation with Esha Deol, he says, “We get along
fabulously and I think Esha is my new best friend. Just like
Shahid and I got along well on the sets of ‘Kaminey’ and
that reflected in the camaraderie between Charlie and
Mikhail on screen, the real-life camaraderie between Esha,
Arjan and me will reflect on screen. I think it is important
to grow with your co-stars and characters.
Everyday after pack-up, Esha and I sit and chat about
life, movies, friends, anything and everything. She is a
lovely human being and a great actress. I hope the movie
does well and gives her the success she deserves,” signs off
First the buzz was that things were not well between
Vidya and Rani.
Then there was news that they had made up and would be
working in Rajkumar Gupta’s movie ‘No One Killed Jessica’.
And now the latest is that Rani has opted out of Deepa
Mehta’s film ‘Midnight’s Children’ in which also she was
cast with Vidya, again as sisters. Rani says the reason she
is out is that she does not want to play mother to a
teenager, a 14-year-old, and that is why she is out.
“She is only 31. How can she effectively play the role of
the mother of a 14 year old?” said a source close to the
actress. However not everyone is buying this. “She had
played a mother in ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’,” pointed out a source in
the film unit.
“There might be a personal reason why Rani has opted out
of the film,” the unit source said.
Deepa Mehta says that the reason cited was not age.
“Rani has always wanted to do the film. And we both were
very excited about the film but when she told me the reason,
as a human being I understood. I cannot reveal why she opted
out but it was nothing to do with her age. She is a great
actress and she can play any character,” the director said.
So what could the reason be?