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  TV Guide Magazine  


 

Freshness in acting will always be there…
says Malini

Text and Pix by Pradeep Nishantha Herath
She has received all acclaims an actress could achieve. She is nationally and internationally respected for her contributions to the arts. At the 39th Indian International Cinema festival 2008 she was awarded the Golden Peacock. At the 7th Levanthi International awards in Italy she won the award for the most unique actress and at the 3rd Asia Pacific Cinema awards she was nominated in the category for Worlds Best Actress.
Being among the best 25 actors of Asia she has taken Sri Lanka’s proud image to Global levels. She spoke to us as one who had achieved all that.

Q: Malini you have been selected as one of the best 25 in Asia. What have you to say?
A:
In reality it was not me that was selected but Sri Lanka. Malini Fonseka of Sri Lanka got chosen as number 2. My happiness is that one from Sri Lanka achieved this, more than my being chosen. I must speak especially of the way the selections took place. The Asia Pacific awards took place about three months ago under the sponsorship of CNN, UNICEF and an Australian Cinema company who got together. Since Oscars do not favour the Asian countries, their thinking was the creation of a festival with Oscar awards to favour the Asian countries so that we too get international recognition.

Q: During selections did they go through all your roles or did they watch only Akasa Kusum?
A:
Akasa Kusum was responsible for looking back at my cinema life. That is what made them to look at me and other Sri Lankan artistes. They have taken a close look at Nidanaya too because this award comes under the all time talent. Prasanna Vithanage especially for Akasa Kusum and Dr. Lester James Peiris for my entire career should receive all the honour.

Q: Being chosen out of so many huge names of Sri Lankan artistes to represent this event is quite an achievement is it not?
A:
The importance of it was that selections were not made on the basis of actors and actresses.

Q: What are your expectations beyond this in your career as an artiste?
A:
My desires as an artiste will never diminish for the cinema or acting even at the moment of death. There will always be freshness in whatever role I am asked to play. My quest for awards will never end. If it is possible to lift Sri Lanka’s image elsewhere internationally I will do it. Then Sri Lanka will be close by me in my achievements. Winning an award at the world’s best festival is also a desire of mine.

Q: After winning international honours what made you take up politics?
A:
Actually it is a question I really looked forward to answer. If you did not ask it I would have been sad… (she laughs heartily)
I received requests to come into politics earlier too. But I had no desire. I did not even like to discuss the subject. That was due to where politics was until recently. But lots are yet in same and not much has changed. But the freedom achieved today in the country one can be involved in politics without problems. The problem is the people who are involved in it now have their own agendas. I thought that this is the best time to enter politics. I enter with real delight. To be of service to the country is my aim. Some politicians until they win they are the servants of people after victory, it turn the other way. I can do it properly because I decided to come through the national list.

Q: Will your fans of this country that loved you split as a result of your joining one particular party?
A:
It is like this, to do politics one has to join some party. Coming as an independent candidate you cannot do any useful work. I see this party as the one which has many good policies through which much can be achieved. I joined it because of that.

Q: What are your future plans in politics?
A:
My cinema life will not change in any way. As did aunty Denewaka I will act till I die. The future of the country under these conditions will be good. therefore politics is bound to do well. When the opportunity arises I will perform.

‘Guru Geethaya’

Striving to protect cultural values

After thirty years of service as a principle Gananatha was compulsorily retired by an invisible arm. However, the advanced level students of his school including the chief monk of the village temple were strongly disturbed by this prejudiced incident and started protesting against it.
Even though he was treated badly by the authorities this unselfish schoolteacher continues to teach the students voluntarily and proceeds to give his knowledge generously during and after school hours. Sadly the injustice against him by the vicious people will continue as the story unfolds.

His son Nakula who was brought up in the city in a westernised culture brings his friend Ravindu a property developer and an owner of a supermarket chain to his village of birth.
However, their activity which creates cultural erosion destroys the society in this beautiful and peaceful village. This disgusts the villagers including Gananatha himself.

Meanwhile, Ravindu asks for the hand in marriage from Thara, elder daughter of Gananatha. Thara is a dazzling young lady equally educated as she is beautiful.
During this time she was at home expecting a job after completing her university education.
However, Thara rejects Ravindu’s proposal because she is in love with Chathuranga who, she met at the university and who was the president of the student council during his university years.
This story portraits the conflict and struggle of the characters that uphold the harmony of this beautiful rural village and strive to protect the cultural values against the vicious outside demons who try to destroy the fabric of the society.

‘Guru Geethaya’ was written by K.B. Herath, camera directed by Priyantha Perera and Pushpakumara Rajaguru, music directed by Navarathne Gamage and choreographed by Thushara Jeewanthi.
Characters are performed by Ranjan Ramanayake, Dilhani Ekanayake, Arjuna Kamalanath, Kanchana Mendis, Palitha Silva, Nayana Kumari, Kumara Thirimadura, Nirosha Maithri, Ashen Manjula, Nayana Rambukkanage along with many others.
‘Guru Geethaya’ was directed by Bermin Laili Fernando and will be telecast on Sirasa TV from April 12 onwards on weekdays at 10 p.m.

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Sunny Deol praises his brother Bobby

Sunny Deol is very busy giving interviews. After all, he is also getting into today’s way of media, but he just cannot do it, as he is more of the likes of those who speak from their heart.
He is a media-shy guy, who does not talk until his film is not coming out, but Sunny paaji feels that it is only because of the changing scenario of Bollywood and that it is not only himself who does not fit today’s scenario, but also, his brother Bobby Deol does not seem to fit the bill.

“But he did Dostana, and everyone liked his character,” says the secured brother, who also thinks that, “He is also an action hero, and I guess his way of acting is quite different, as his films like Soldier etc. were also different. So I think, he is doing okay right now,” says Sunny.

But Brother Sunny feels that it is the camps in the industry which do not allow other actors to get work. “Unfortunately, there are camps in our industry, and we have never joined them. We do not have director friends coming up with scripts all the time to make films only with us. Bobby needs a good subject and a good director, nothing else. I do not see a good-looking actor like him, who has his own way of acting and style, but certain groups and camps do not want to work with him, and that is the scenario,” adds Sunny.
But he also feels that once their production house is established, they will come up with good films, “I am sure, once our company gets a little stronger, the Deols too can be a big camp. Then, we do not need anything,” adds Sunny.
Well, Sunny, you really speak from your heart.

Clash of the Titans (2010) At Liberty
Cinema from April 10

Director:Louis Leterrier
Writer:Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Starring:Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes,
Danny Huston,Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng,
lexa Davalos, Izabella Miko, Nicholas Hoult, Pete Postlethwaite
Studio:Warner Bros. Pictures
Genre:Action, Adventure
Official Site:clash-of-the-titans.warnerbros.com
Rating:
“Clash of the Titans” is a remake of the 1981 mythical adventure film about the myth of Perseus. To win the right to marry his love (Andromeda) and fulfill his destiny, Perseus must complete various quests and battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster in order to save the Princess Andromeda. The special effects creatures in the 1981 film were created by stop-motion FX master Ray Harryhausen.

Clash of the Titans (2010): Synopsis
In ‘Clash of the Titans’, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

Clash of the Titans’ is being directed by Louis Leterrier (‘The Incredible Hulk’). Leading the international cast is Australian actor Sam Worthington (‘Terminator Salvation’, ‘Avatar’) as Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus, king of the gods. Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson (‘Taken’, ‘Schindler’s List’) takes on the role of the mighty Zeus, and Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (the ‘Harry Potter’ films, ‘The English Patient’) plays the role of Hades, god of the underworld, who feeds on human fear. Rounding out the cast is Gemma Arterton (‘Quantum of Solace’) as Io, Perseus’ mysterious spiritual guide throughout his journey; Mads Mikkelsen (‘Casino Royale’) as Draco, who takes up his sword to join Perseus’ quest; Jason Flemyng (‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’) as Acrisius, a one-time king turned hideous beast; and Alexa Davalos (‘Defiance’) as Andromeda, a princess doomed to lose her life if Perseus does not succeed.

Clash of the Titans’ is directed by Louis Leterrier from a screenplay by Travis Beacham (‘Dog Days of Summer’) and Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (‘Aeon Flux’), and based on the motion picture ‘Clash of the Titans’, directed by Desmond Davis and written by Beverley Cross. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk (‘We Are Marshall’) and Kevin De La Noy (‘The Dark Knight’). The executive producers are Academy Award® winner Richard D. Zanuck and Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and William Fay.
The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Peter Menzies, Jr. (‘The Incredible Hulk’); production designer Martin Laing (‘Terminator Salvation’); editor Vincent Tabaillon (‘The Incredible Hulk’); editor David Freeman (‘The Full Monty’); Academy Award®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (‘Topsy-Turvy’, ‘The Dark Knight’); Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (‘The Dark Knight’); Oscar®-nominated prosthetics supervisor Conor O’Sullivan (‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’); Academy Award®-winning special effects and animatronics supervisor Neil Corbould (‘Gladiator’); Academy Award®-winning makeup and hair designer Jenny Shircore (‘Elizabeth’); and composer Craig Armstrong (‘Moulin Rouge!’).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Thunder Road Film/Zanuck Company Production, a Louis Leterrier Film, ‘Clash of the Titans’, opening in March 2010. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.