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Dream Star – Season 2 The Final 10
“I was determined to
get through to the final 12” - Janith
Full name: J.A.D. Janith Dilruk
Pet name : “Jani”
Age : 21 years
Tell us about your schooling days
I went to St. Mary’s Boy’s School in Halawatha and I
completed my Advanced Level (A/L) in the Arts stream
How did you get into singing?
It was after my Ordinary Levels (O/Ls). I joined a few local
bands in my area that is where my singing career began.
During this time I joined a band called ‘Hard Black’, they
had a tendency to sing songs in the genre of rock. I think
that experience inspired me to continue in Derana Dream
How did you get involved in Derana Dream Star?
I had a friend, named Angelo, who was well aware of my
talents, he encouraged me to join the show.
When there are so many reality shows, why did you choose
Derana Dream Star?
The show treats the competitors fairly and is very
transparent, that is one of the shows best aspects. Due
recognition is given to the competitors with talent.
Furthermore it is a show made to promote youngsters such as
What do you think about your journey on Dream Star, so
When I entered the competition I was determined to get
through to the final 12. That determination has brought me
this far, and somehow I will do my utmost to move further up
in this competition.
What type of music do you like?
I really like western rock music. Like I said before, that
was one of the reasons for me joining the group ‘Hard
Black.’ If you take Sinhala music, I am very fond of the
singing style of Rookantha Gunathilaka.
I would like to thank my parents for their support and to my
friends, relations, teachers and everyone in Halawatha who
have encouraged me. And I would also like to thank everyone
who has encouraged me through short message service (SMS).
What are your future plans?
My main goal at this moment is to win the title of Derana
Dream Star. After that I plan to pursue my career in music,
while taking some time to further my education as well.
No 40 Biyagama
The most glamorous
event of the year
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
Among so many other tele award ceremonies, the most
glamorous happening on the calendar of the Kingdom of Raigam
is the Tele awards night. The company is happy to announce
that the Raigam Tele Awards Secretariat under the
sponsorship of the Kingdom of Raigam is now busy finalising
the innumerable tasks that go to make the Raigam Tele Awards
night, a night to remember. The 2009 Raigam Tele Awards
Ceremony will be held at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and
Convention Centre (SLECC) on the evening of Friday, May 7
A press briefing related to this glamorous event was held
recently at the Jubilee room of the Galle Face Hotel.
“This will be the sixth Raigam Tele Awards ceremony,” said
chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Kingdom of
Raigam, Ravi Liyanage.
He further stated that five years ago the Raigam Tele Awards
was gifted to the nation by the Kingdom of Raigam with the
object of appreciation of the talents, creativities and
contributions of tele creators and institutions devoted to
the progress of the tele industry and also to be a beacon to
give direction to the gifted artistes of the second
When looking back, all the past Raigam Tele Awards
ceremonies were an undisputed success because they were able
to afford a novel experience to the members of the teledrama
industry while evaluating in the independent manner unique
to Raigam was the main reason behind their success.
“The Accolades, good wishes and response we received were
truly encouraging. We salute all the artistes, critics and
media institutions for their help support and
encouragement,” he added.
Taking into consideration all the constructive criticism and
advice, the Raigam Tele Awards secretariat is ready to make
this year’s Raigam Tele Awards ceremony a memorable one.
Commenting at the same media briefing, managing director of
the Kingdom of Raigam, Ganaka Amarasinghe stated that the
teledramas telecast in 2009 over television (TV) channels
excluding cable TV and paid channels in Sri Lanka will be
considered for awards in 2009.
“On this occasion teledramas telecast daily or weekly and
not exceeding 100 episodes will be evaluated,” said
He also stated that teledramas for the ceremony are now
being received and the final date for the creations to be
accepted for evaluation will be February 20.
“We are happy to announce that this year too the awards
ceremony will feature teledrama episodes, dramas, dance and
other special items to make this awards ceremony a night to
remember,” stated Amarasinghe.
According to Amarasinghe Mega teledramas which created so
much interest recently will be considered only for the
A special feature of the Raigam Tele Awards ceremony is the
awards for personalities and institutions that helped
advancement of the TV and teledrama industry and an honorary
presentation to a very special personality.
“Selection of most popular teledrama actor, actress and
the teledrama as well as mega teledrama will be by viewers
vote. Voting will start on April 1 and viewers will be able
to send their vote via short message service (SMS) to mobile
number 077 3337337 until midnight on May 5,” said
Liyanage again emphasised that their theme for last year’s
award ceremony was ‘Sigiriya’ and this year it would be
‘Love’ represented by the Taj Mahal.
“We thought of focussing our attention towards the theme
‘Love’ this year because most of the teledramas that were
telecast last year were based on that theme,” he added.
A number of 25 participants who correctly name the winners
through SMS will be presented with two tickets to enjoy the
awards ceremony this year. Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake
|Are Vikram and Bala
joining hands again?
Dayanidhi Azhagiri seems
to be speeding on high with more projects simultaneously.
His debut production ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ turned to be the
most happening movie of 2009 including a best movie award at
National level. And again, his recent release ‘Thamizh Padam’
starring Shiva has witnessed an above average opening at box
Recently, he had commenced his other project ‘Thoonga
Nagaram’ – a film based on crime set in backdrops of Madurai,
a land that never sleeps. Now we hear that the producer has
united the grand combo of Vikram and Bala together again.
Yes, the closer sources have confirmed that Bala and Vikram
will be pairing together for a film produced by Dayanidhi
Azhagiri of Cloud Nine Productions.
As of now, Vikram is busy shooting for Manirathnam’s
‘Raavana’ and Selvaraghavan’s untitled film and will
kick-start his other projects with Boopathy Pandian while
Bala will commence his next project ‘Avan Ivan’ shortly by
|KITES IN THE SKY
BIG Pictures and Rakesh Roshan’s eagerly awaited romantic
film ‘Kites’ will be released worldwide in Hindi and English
versions on May 21, in over 60 countries, and the trailer
was unveiled on 1700 screens worldwide on February 12.
The trailer of the Hindi version played on 1700 screens
worldwide on Friday, February 12, to coincide with
Valentine’s Day. The trailer of ‘Kites’ English version will
be released shortly on 1000 screens. The English version of
Kites is presented and re-worked by well known Hollywood
director Brett Ratner (‘Rush Hour Series’, ‘X-Men: The Last
’Kites’ is a compelling romantic saga that goes beyond
barriers, boundaries and cultures. It is a story of passion
that defies every rule of a relationship and one that takes
two lovers on a thrilling journey filled with precious
moments - and unexpected betrayal. Shot in Los Angeles, Las
Vegas and Santa Fe, ‘Kites’ is one of the biggest films ever
produced in India.
Produced by Rakesh Roshan and to be released worldwide by
Reliance BIG Pictures, ‘Kites’ is directed by Anurag Basu,
starring Hrithik Roshan and Mexican star Barbara Mori. It
also stars Kangana Ranaut, Kabir Bedi and Nick Brown.
‘Kites’ music has been scored by Rajesh Roshan,
cinematography by Ayananka Bose and stunt co-ordination by
Hollywood’s Spiro Razatos. The English version is re-edited
by Mark Helfrich (‘Rush Hour Series’, ‘X-Men: The Last
Stand’) with additional background score by Graeme Revell
(‘Sin City’, ‘Grindhouse’, ‘Pineapple Express’).
When contacted, chief executive officer (CEO), Reliance
BIG Pictures, Sanjeev Lamba said, “We have always believed
that Indian films and talent can enjoy the same success and
recognition internationally as in India. We are extremely
delighted to be associated with Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik
Roshan and Anurag Basu, some of the best talents in the
Indian film industry. ‘Kites’ is a first-of-its-kind Indian
film, and it has already generated huge interest. We are
proud to present the first look to a worldwide audience. ”
When contacted, producer Rakesh Roshan and director
Anurag Basu confirmed the news and said, “We are glad that
the post-production is complete and the movie will finally
release in May. It has been a very long, difficult and
|Star Advice: Shraddha
She is pretty, funky, cute, stylish,
dreamy and slim. Porcelain-skinned Shraddha Kapoor is the
promising and polished newbie on the Bollywood block.
Recently the soft-spoken girl shared her hair- and
skin-care, style and make-up tips and secrets with a very
popular star website.
1) My style is very Bohemian and comfortable. I love colour,
and dress according to my mood. I like fashion, but I do not
follow trends. I love to shop everywhere, whether it is at
Colaba Causeway or the high street boutiques in London.
Lately, I love shoes from Gucci. I purchased a grey and
purple bag from Miu Miu and that has become my favourite.
2) I think a pair of well-fitted jeans, a versatile jacket,
a pair of black stilettos, a versatile day-and-night bag, a
dress, tank, tee and shirt in white, Converse shoes and
flip-flops are wardrobe must-haves.
3) I love colourful make-up. I use eye make-up from MAC,
foundation from Bobbi Brown and Chanel and lip and cheek
tint from Benetint. Vaseline is a must-have. It is very
important to remove every trace of make-up before sleeping.
4) I use a hair-pack made of aloe vera, hibiscus leaves or
flowers and curd. You need to mix aloe vera juice or gel
with the dried hibiscus leaves and curd and coat your hair
with the mixture. Keep it on for twenty minutes and rinse it
off with water. The cooling and nourishing pack leaves your
hair incredibly soft, smooth and shiny.
5) Everything in our lives is visual, and our eyes are the
first senses that get stimulated. To relax and refresh your
eyes, close them and place chilled cucumber slices on them.
It is an incredibly relaxing eye-spa in itself.