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Umayangana Wickramasinghe

News presenter turned actress

By Sarashi Samarasinghe
She was first introduced to the audience as a news presenter and later on stepped into the teledrama industry as a newcomer. She is none other than the talented and glamorous Umayangana Wickramasinghe.
“I first joined as a news presenter in Derena television (TV) two to three years back and then became an actress,” said Wickramasinghe.

She further stated that at present she is working as a news presenter at Sri TV.
“I followed science subjects in school and after getting through my advanced level (A/L) examination I followed a course in medicine which was conducted by The Ministry of Health Care and Nutrition,” stated Wickramasinghe.

She further said that she also followed various other courses while she applied to TV channels to join as a news broadcaster.
“I also acted in stage dramas such as ‘Neinage Suduwa’ which was conducted by the Sudarshi Institute and acted in Shakespeare dramas such as ‘Othello’ and ‘Hamlet’,” she added.
According to Wickramasinghe she had performed the character of Desdemona in ‘Othello’ and had performed the character of ‘Gertrude’ in Hamlet.
“My first teledrama performance was ‘Katu Imbula’ which was directed by Sudath Rohana,” she emphasised.

At the moment Wickramasinghe is acting as Apsara in ‘Sundarai Premaya’ directed by Chandrarathna Mapitigama and as Dedunu in ‘Ithin Ita Passe’ directed by Panduka Wijesena.
“Apsara is a very simple girl who lives with her parents and all together when looking at the teledrama ‘Sundarai Premaya’ it is a type of comedy which the viewers can enjoy a lot,” she added.
When speaking of ‘Ithin Ita Passe’ she stated that the teledrama is created based on a cartoon which was published in 1975 by Sarath Madhu.

“The character of Dedunu will face a lot of changes in the coming episodes and I hope that it will be a good experience for the viewers, especially for the fans of ‘Ithin Ita Passe’” said Wickramasinghe.
Wickramasinghe further stated that her home town is Borella and she received her primary education at Basilica Maha Vidyalaya (MV) in Ragama and received her secondary education at St.Paul’s Girls’ School, Milagiriya.

“I did a lot of extra curricular activities while I was in school, though I followed the science stream for my A/L examination. I was also an active member of the Sinhala Literary Association in school. Apart from that I had a skill for writing so that I compiled articles for newspapers such as the Divaina and Rivirasa using my ability,” she said.
She further stated that she has achieved a lot in school for her abilities such as drawing and compiling verses.

“I would like to deliver my sincere gratitude to C.R. Dickson Anthony who was a teacher and at present an educational instructor who identified my talents while I was in school and helped me and encouraged me in all my duties,” she added.
Wickramasinghe stated that she has acted in 26 teledramas up to now and there are three more teledramas to be telecast in the near future.
“‘Dewana Maw’ directed by Mohan Niaz, ‘Pingala Danawwa directed by Prasad Wijesooriya and ‘Suriya Sunera’ directed by Saman Fernando are yet to be telecast,” said Wickramasinghe.
According to Wickramasinghe she had received a lot of invitations to perform in a movie and the first movie which she acted, ‘Uyanata Mal Genna’ directed by Chandrarathna Mapitigama will be screened this year.

“I am performing the character of Nethmi who is a matron of an orphanage,” she said.
Wickramasinghe further emphasised that she has four members in her family including her self.
“My mother is Anula Kanthi Kumari who worked at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in the 1970’s and my father is Sunil Wickramasinghe who is working at the Sri Lanka Railways,” she said.
She also emphasised that her brother Mahesh Wickramasinghe is doing his higher studies while her husband Udaya Pathirana is working at a private firm.
Concluding her conversation with the TV Guide she stated that at the moment she is receiving fairly good responses from the viewers for the character Apsara which she is performing in ‘Sundarai Premaya’ and that she would write replies for the letters which she is receiving from her fans when she is free.

( Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake)


Now showing at Savoy cinema - Wellawatta

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Full Cast
Logan Lerman Percy Jackson
Pierce Brosnan Chiron
Uma Thurman Medusa
Rosario Dawson Persephone
Kevin McKidd Poseidon
Sean Bean Zeus
Steve Coogan Hades
Catherine Keener Sally Jackson
Chris Columbus - Director

It is the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson’s Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they are not happy: Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy’s mother. As Percy adapts to his newly discovered status as a demi-god (his father is Poseidon), he finds himself caught between the battling titans of Mt. Olympus. He and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy’s mom, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Of everyone I have read, everyone seems to think this was a terrible movie. I will admit that compared to the book it did kind of suck. Well, it did not suck, but it was SOOOO different. They rearranged the whole plot and cast some of the characters awfully. But yet, if you can put those things aside and look at the movie as a movie—it is excellent. It is not going to be a carbon copy of the books (see Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, etc). What these films are called are ADAPTATIONS. The movie is adapted for the big screen. The author wrote the book. He also signed on for the movie and reviewed the script. So, obviously he was okay with it. The fans should be too. The film was different because they do not know if they are doing a sequel. If they knew for sure, it probably would have been truer to the books. However, this way there was no cliffhanger and that way if there was not a “Sea of Monsters” you would not wonder “What happens next?” The movie in itself was quite good. The scenery is gorgeous and the special effects are not bad for a film with such a low budget. If you read the book you may or may not like the movie. If you are really stubborn and want to hold on to the book, either do not see the film or see it in the hope that your fraction of the total gross will call for a sequel and get the franchise back on track. If you are a little bit more flexible and can push the books out of your head for two hours, you will ABSOLUTELY enjoy it. If you do not know the books you will love the movie. It really is great. Do yourself a favour and go see it.




Shahid becomes possessive

It was not easy way for Shahid to make his career in Bollywood. He has come a long way and has struggled since ‘Ishq Vishq’.
But then fortune smiled on him and he got films like ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Chance Pe Dance’. He has worked hard on films like ‘Kaminey’, ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’, ‘Badmash Company’ and ‘Paathshaala’. But now he wants to take it easy, sitting at home and picking one film at a time.
“The shooting for ‘Mausam’ will start in April and when I will be shooting for this, I will not be working on any other film,” says Shahid. But he also clarifies that this is not because it is his fathers film but, “it is a film which an actor should do in a single stretch without working on anything else. The script is something on which I have to dedicate my time and presence. When you watch it you will love the character I am playing,” says Shahid.
2009 was a busy year for Shahid as he was continuously shooting for films or doing promotions or dubbing but now he is free, he is quite chilled out, “I am looking at some scripts and taking time out for myself and my family. When you work continuously you just do not get time to think. But now I am enjoying every moment. Although it is not good for an actor to sit at home. It is like unemployment,” laughs Shahid.


8 Comedy takes on Kushboo’s lifestyle

Actress Kushboo had a great time a couple of decades before and now is trying to save herself in town now. She is in no way different from other Bollywood actresses, who want to stay under the spotlight by doing some gimmicks. Here is a sneak look into various arenas of the actress, by which she got more popular and her comments on it…
Karuppu: (Virginity) – Thamizha Pidikaadha Vaartha
Blouse: Life Jacket
Stage: Killing Grounds for Tamil
God: Entity, who will not notice even when you wear them in front of them
Tamilians: Build Temples and pull them to courts as well.
Puzhal Prison: Nightmarish dreams
Sundar C: Appointed as Husband and is doing a good job.
Avinthika – Ananthika: They make her feel old
Secret of Success: Knows the sensational issue which will create publicity when uttered and committed in public…


Shazahn Padamsee joins the international rank

Shazahn Padamsee, last seen in ‘Rocket Singh’, has been signed as the brand ambassador for Skechers India, the shoe brand.
An elated Shazahn says “Yes, I have been chosen as the brand ambassador for Skechers. I have shot for a print ad, which will be out soon. It is an amazing feeling to be part of such a young, fashionable brand whose brand ambassadors in the United States of America (USA) are Britney Spears, Ashley Simpson and Christina Aguilera.”
Shazahn is the daughter of advertising and theatre personality Alque Padmasee and singer Sharon Prabhakar. Her deal with Yash Raj was for three films, the standard contract they offer all newcomers - on the hope that if their film succeeds, they have a star on the cheap for another two films.
’Rocket Singh’ was a bit of a squib, however, and being in adverts might bring Shazahn back to the notice of producers and directors.