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Bodybuilding not necessary to be a model

You do not need to be a bodybuilder to become a male model. Moderate height and build, confidence and the way you carry yourself will no doubt catch many an eye. Of course, a dose of charm and good looks do not hurt either.
Take Oriflame’s Male Face of 2010 second runner up Yohan De Seram for example. The 28-year- old who hails from Kandy wishes to venture far in the local modelling scene.

Yohan had actually had the backing of his employee when applying for the competition.
He says, “I have always wanted to try my hand at the modelling sector but a suitable opportunity did not come my way till Oriflame launched the ‘Male Face of 2010’ competition. As a customer I have developed trust in their products so I knew that this will not be just one of those modelling competitions,” he said.

The past pupil of Girihagama Maha Vidyalaya and Nugawela Central not only possesses a charming profile but has an artistic streak as well. He had taken up art as a subject during his Advanced Levels.
He says that the competition opened doors to a vast knowledge for him as he had not had the slightest knowledge on the subject before.

“I had no idea what modelling was about till I was trained by Brian Kerkoven and Dinesh Chandrasena. It took a lot of hard work but it is worth it in the long run. Modelling is not just about walking off on stage while showing off an outfit. There is much more to it. You need a lot of dedication and will power to become a model,” he added.

“Males are not exactly encouraged to take on modeling as a profession in Sri Lanka. Most of the fashion shows center on female models and males are left in the backdrop. Only a limited number is programmes are available for male models to display some of the new garments on the ramp,” said the youth who is employed at a gem dealing company.

Yohan’s style is simple yet eye-catching. He who had sported longer locks a couple of months back had gone for an up-to-date spiky hairdo. He prefers earthly shades like blues, greens and oranges.
Having clinched his prize at ‘Male Face of 2010’ Yohan went on to win the title of Max television and radio’s ‘Max Model of the year’ competition.

“It is something I look forward to and pin much hopes on. I am confident that I will be able to make a significant impact on the audience. I have had a lot of support from my family, especially my mother. Even my friends had a lot of helpful advice to give,” he added with a smile.

For Yohan, modelling is a passion. Having being featured in a couple of commercials he does not shy away from the limelight. He would even like to pursue acting. He aims at building a career as a draftsman and is hoping to engage in studies to approach his target.

A day to remember

By Pradeep Nishantha Herath
It was a day that anyone could hardly forget. Hundreds of music lovers flocked to the Elphinstone Theatre to experience the true rhythm of music which was also the maiden musical show of the Lion Nimal Senadeera who is a newcomer to the field of music. The ‘Senadee Gee Dehana’ musical show was successfully staged at the Elphinstone Theatre Hall in Maradana recently, organised by the International Association of Lions Clubs, District 306 B2. District Chairperson-Special Events, Sports and Entertainment Lion Nimal Senadeera held it in grand style. The entire crowd including the invitees highly appreciated Lion Nimal Senadeera and his fellow Lions of Biyagama for the effort they made to make this event a very big success.

The above musical show started at 3.30.p.m.after the traditional opening ceremony of lighting the oil lamp by the Chief Guest Lion Ariya B.Rekawa MJF. The welcome Speech was delivered by Lion Nimal Senadeera.

The speciality in ‘Senadee Gee Dehana’ musical show was that it was the first show which was staged solely for 500 orphanage children who lost their parents love, free of charge including a very rich refreshment which was well organised by Lion Nimal Senadeera and his Lions Club of Biyagama. These orphanage children were invited from places like Anuradhapura, Gampaha, and Colombo. Everyone who witnessed the musical show had noticed the great happiness of the orphanage children’s faces and the way they themselves came onto the stage and danced at the end of the programme. This event made everyone including the invitees emotional. This was what Lion Senadeera dreamed of seeing for so many years.

The ‘Senadee Gee Dehana’ featured many popular singers such as, Shasika Nissansala, Nelson Vaas, Sudath Nawalage, Laxman Hilmy, Neil Warnakulasooriya, Ginger, Ann and recent past most famous Derana Little Star Himasha Manuppriya, Shakthi Super Star Finalist Female Singer Meena Prasadini Gamage which also included upcoming singer Lion Nimal Senadeera. The music was by Sarasi one of the most popular music groups in Sri Lanka which kept the audience clapping and dancing throughout the programme.

District Governor Lion Kingsley Bernard and His Gracious Lady Lion Saumya were the Chief Guests for the 6.30.p.m. show which was open to the public and very large in number responded to give their helping hand toward Lion Senadeera’s Sight First Project to which the entire collections are to be utilised. Apart from this a number of well-wishers extended their cooperation by way of providing silver sponsorship-advertisements to the colorful souvenir which was successfully completed and distributed.
Addressing the gathering, Lion Senadeera stated that ‘I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks and my sincere appreciation to, Governor Lion Kingsley Bernard, Team Leader Lion S.K Raveendran and all lions of Biyagama, for the great hearted support extended to make the ‘Senadee Gee Dehana’ musical show a very big success’.



Kashmir-born, Scotland-bred beauty Ferena Wazeir makes her debut in period romance Sadiyaan, which opens this week. She plays a Kashmiri girl, who falls in love with a Hindu boy, in the film.
Hema Malini plays her mother in the film and Luv Sinha plays the other half of the love story. Here is all you need to know about the exotic beauty.

Ferena came to India for the Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, and was spotted by photographer Farrokh Chothia, who introduced her to the world of glamour. She has done shoots for magazines like Elle, Seventeen India, AsiaSpa and others. She has trained and worked under theatre stalwarts like Alque Padamsee and Satyadev Dubey, as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts [also known as RADA] in London.

Her name is of Persian origin and means ‘heavenly flower’ and ‘angel.’ A progressive woman of today and a timeless beauty, Ferena is ready to sway hearts across the country with her winsome persona.
Yash Chopra has described her as an innocent and vulnerable beauty. She is one of the most promising newcomers in Bollywood. Technically, Sadiyaan is not her debut film. She has completed Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya, but that film has not released yet.

Besides Sadiyaan, Ferena will be seen in a Hollywood movie directed by Academy award-winning director Danis Tanovic, where she is playing the lead. She is waiting for Rang Rasiya to release.


Rumours mills can stop grinding. Rani Mukherjee has made it absolutely clear that she and Shah Rukh are friends.
Stories of the two being katti were doing the rounds, saying that she had not been seen at any of his parties. To this, Rani says: “If I am not attending his parties that does not mean we are no more friends. Shah Rukh and I meet whenever possible, and how often have you seen me at parties anyway?”

Rani says that going to public events too much is not her scene. “But I do attend the parties of close people. It is just that I was not in town when his party happened, and so, I was not there,” she quips.
This is a simple enough explanation, which should set to rest the talk of a rift. Rani says that it might not even be possible for anyone to dislike King Khan: “Shah Rukh is someone whom everyone likes. I have been a fan of his since childhood. I am certain no one can get angry with him. He is so full of energy!”

Rani has high praise for all the Khans of the industry, and says she has learned much from her friends. “Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman have always inspired me. I am so glad that I got to work with all three of them and, believe me, I have picked up a lot from them,” Rani says.
Rani met Shah Rukh Khan on the sets of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and they became friends. She is currently shooting for No One Killed Jessica, which also stars Vidya Balan.


Telugu director and actor J D Chakravarthy while speaking to the media said, “In Tamil I had acted in ‘Kannathil Mutthamittal’ and ‘Sarvam’, because an image was created that I will be acting in such type films only.
In ‘Katcheri Arambam’ I got a different kind of role. It was also a challenging one. So far I have acted in 50 films in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam languages, I have also directed two Hindi and Telugu films respectively. I am interested to act in Tamil films. If I get a chance I will direct a straight Tamil film.”


Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (RNBDJ), the highest grossing Yash Raj Films (YRF)-Shah Rukh Khan film till date, which broke all previous box records for YRF, has won the ‘Grand Prix of Peace Category’ Trophy and a Grand Cash prize at the celebrated Okinawa International Movie Festival, which was staged from March 20-28 in Okinawa, Japan.
Released worldwide on December 12, 2008, RNBDJ was directed by Aditya Chopra, starring superstar Shah Rukh Khan in a unique role. He was instantly adored as the immensely lovable and simple-minded Surinder Sahni and the fun-loving Raj. Anushka Sharma made a sparkling debut as the lively and sweet Taani.
By winning the ‘Grand Prix of Peace Category’ Trophy - the most popular award as voted by the audience entirely - RNBDJ proves yet again that it has struck the right chord with millions of people thronging to the Okinawa International Movie Festival from all parts of the world.