TV Guide Magazine
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
“I first joined as a news presenter in Derena television
(TV) two to three years back and then became an actress,”
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
“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
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,”
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
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,”
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
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
Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
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.
It was not easy way for Shahid to make his career in
Bollywood. He has come a long way and has struggled since
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
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…
joins the international rank
Shazahn Padamsee, last seen in ‘Rocket Singh’, has been
signed as the brand ambassador for Skechers India, the shoe
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