TV Guide Magazine
|History making Shanika
visits home town
Shanika Madumali from Polgahawela created history
this year when she won the ‘Sirasa Super Star’ contest ….
And with the pride of a winner she spoke to the ‘TV guide’.
Q: In the final round of Sirasa Super Star were you in
complete control with the role that you had to play. Was
there a threatening feeling facing the final round?
Definitely, I was in full control because I had the backing
from viewers who backed me to be their choice with SMS’s
since the beginning of the second round. I was never in the
deep end. I was the only one to enjoy such popularity. With
that I knew I would be in the final round.
My victory was due to being the people’s choice. They always
kept my hopes up by selecting me as their choice. But, the
nature of the contest was always threatening, therefore the
doubt of winning kept coming back. I kept my spirits up by
believing I the could win.
Q: What went through your mind when the announcement
was made naming you winner?
Uncontrollable joy! I could not believe that I had won.
I just held my head and turned the other way. I even forgot
where I was. Reminiscing of it, today I think how much
people really loved me.
Q: You were the first female star of the ‘Sirasa Super
Star’ parade, what do you feel about it?
As a contestant you have to be able to sing and have a good
personality as well. Many are of the opinion that there will
always be only singers but I was able to beat them all to
become the first songstress to win the ‘Sirasa Super Star’
and I am very proud of that achievement. I am thankful to
‘Sirasa Super Star’ for making the world believe that there
are people like us. It is an unforgettable achievement!
Q: Shanika, you began with a Sujatha Attanayaka song
and ended ‘Sirasa Super Star’ with one too, is there any
special reason behind singing her songs?
I loved Sujatha Attanayaka’s songs from my childhood. Also
my voice suits that singing style. There is no other special
reason. Those who enjoy her songs put their arms around me
during the contest. Therefore, I confess that a part of the
victory belongs to her too.
Q: When facing the contest in the beginning did you
expect to win?
No way. I have watched phase 1 and 2 the thrill out of that
made me send in my application too. Being selected to be one
of the 100 contestants did not have any special appeal.
Going through selections with the elimination rounds people
knew about who Shanika was. Amal Perera said it would be a
pleasure to see me in the final rounds. That was a blessing
for me. When I was chosen for the first 12, I made up my
mind to be one of the two contesting the final. I made it
and that made me happy.
Q: What blessings did you receive from your family
with the win?
My father is not among us today. Even my mother was not by
me when I entered the super star show. My aunt and her
children and some of my relations and friends were the ones
with me. But my mother was at the finals. That was a real
joy. My mother returned from abroad only three weeks prior
to the final. She was deeply moved by my victory. She said
after the win that her joy was to see me happy. My aunt who
stood by me in my victory was my strength and a blessing
that made it happen.
Q: If one were to say that you are swollen headed and
proud, what would you say?
I cannot be concerned with what people say. I know that I am
not swollen headed or proud and all my fans know it. I can
say it with conviction from the responses of my fans. The
Shanika Madumali before she entered ‘Sirasa Super Star’ is
the same today. That I am a superstar has not created
someone different. If you ask anyone who sees me on the
road, they will tell you whether I am a proud person or not.
When popular artistes are so humble why should amateurs like
me be proud?
Q: How was the reaction of the people of Kurunegala
after you won?
It was great they embraced me with joy and the response was
tremendous. They celebrated my victory with big parties in
areas like Kurunegala, Kegalle and Pinnawela. Giving
Kurunegala a win like this the people there were proud of
me, and I was happy to do it for them.
Q: What is your next goal?
I have not studied music beyond a certain level and to
remain in this field that is important to improve my
knowledge about music. So learning music is a necessity to
remain with it. To be close to the people it is important to
give them what they like. Whether they will take to my music
like they did with my singing of popular songs of well known
artistes is left to be seen? My next biggest aim and wish is
to give my fans new creations which they would like.
Q: There would have been many behind your victory. Any
special thanks that should go out to anyone?
My fans were the ones who stood behind me like a shadow
in this victory. I bow to them with all my heart at this
moment. I like to thank, the Chairman of Sirasa TV, Susara
Dinal and S. Marikkar along with Sirasa production team,
with all my heart. I would like to remember with great
affection the students of the two schools I studied at, the
staff and teachers there, the principals, the three forces
and the pradeshiya sabha Polgahawela and the police.
Pix by Rukshan Abeywansha
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
‘Maya Roo’ is a new cinematic venture found in
the recent history of the teledrama industry to quench the
thirst of the viewers who are having an ability of high
The main intention of creating a tele film series as such
was to retain the standards of the local teledrama industry.
“This is a time that the real art of teledrama has fallen
into a precipice from creativity as well as from quality,”
said director Anuruddha Jayasinghe.
He further stated that ‘Maya Roo’ tele film series was
created to attract the attention of the viewers and that the
tele film series is a new excitement filled production.
“The tele film series had a creative entry into the
teledrama industry,” said Jayasinghe.
Each tele film carries a running time of 45 minutes though
it is being telecast in two episodes for the convenience of
the television channel.
“There are 24 episodes in the ‘Maya Roo’ tele film series
and one episode each is being telecast in every week,” said
The most experienced actors and actresses in Sri Lanka will
be performing in each episode and a lot of talented actors
and actresses that are not been seen in common mundane
teledramas are also contributing towards this magnificent
Jackson Anthony, Sriyantha Mendis, Mahendra Perera,
Palitha Silva, Saumya Liyanage, Gihan Fernando, Bimal
Jayakody, Kumara Thiramadura, Roshan Ravindra, W.Jayasiri,
Athula Pathirana, Thumidu Dodamthanna, Nilmini Tennakoon,
Dilhani Ekanayake, Upeksha Swarnamali, Manjula Kumari,
Himali Sayurangi, Grace Ariyawimal, Semini Iddamalgoda,
Piyumi Shanika, Ayesha Weerakoon, Gayani Gisanthika
including many other artistes have contributed towards this
“We have already shot 12 episodes and there are 12 yet to
be shot and the proposed actors and actresses for the rest
of the 12 are Kamal Addaraarachchi, Joe Abeywickrama,
Suminda Sirisena, Buddhadasa Withanarachchi, Jayalath
Manoratne, Siril Wickramage, Roshan Ranawana, Dushyanth
Weeraman, Suraj Mapa, Niroshan Illeperuma, Sarath
Kothalawala, Sangeeetha Weerarathne, Wasanthi Chathurani,
Jayani Senanayake, Nayana Kumari, Damitha Abeyrathne, Sujani
Menaka, Chandani Senevirathne, Kaushalya Fernando,
Chathurika Pieris and Nirosha Perera,” said Jayasinghe.
According to Jayasinghe ‘Maya Roo’ is the only tele series
in the country that a gigantic team of artistes are
The camera directions are by Ruwan Costha, Chandana
Jayasinghe, Prabhath Roshana, Chinthaka Somakeerthi,
Priyantha Malawige and Sherli Sandaruwan.
Production management is by Raja Ranasinghe, production
coordination is by Mahesh Bandara, assistant directions are
by Daminda Madawala, Chaminda Meemanage, choreography by
Priyantha Dissanayake and Wasantha Purnawansa and art
direction by Jagath Imbulbe.
The tele film series is directed by Anuruddha Jayasinghe
while scripted and produced by Nimal Senanayake.
‘Maya Roo’ is telecast every Monday at 8.35 p.m. on
Lara, Riteish and
Boman to host IIFA
After successfully hosting the IIFAs last year in Macau, the
trio consisting of Lara Dutta, Riteish Deshmukh and Boman
Irani will be hosting the award ceremony to be held in Sri
Lanka in June.
The three stars were present at a press conference held
recently when the announcement was made.
“This year will be my fifth where I will be hosting the
IIFAs. Everyone has seen what an amazing event it is. There
is a lot of hard work that goes behind it and we are
tremendously honoured to be a part of this family and we are
extremely excited to bring our brand of wit and wisdom to
Colombo,” says Lara.
Boman who is known for his humour and rapport with his
co-hosts says his association with IIFAs goes back six years
now. “My first IIFA was in Singapore in 2004 and during the
six years that I have attended, I had a huge family and now
I have a great extended family,” says Irani.
Also speaking about hosting the IIFA weekend in June,
Riteish Deshmukh says he is looking to extend his three
years as host. “It is a great association and this is the
third year that I am hosting the IIFAs. The IIFAs has been
and is, an extended family to us. We are proud to be
associated with the Micromax IIFA Awards and the Videocon
“We plan to do things that we have always done. Pull our
friends’ legs and generally have a fun filled weekend. It is
an opportunity for the industry to get together under one
roof and have a good time. And that is what will happen this
time too. The script is to have fun,” adds Deshmukh.
The IIFA Weekend will be held in Colombo from June 2 to 5.
The weekend will consist of a fashion show, a charity
cricket match, a world film premiere and the actual awards
|Raveena in Bengali
One-time bombshell Raveena Tandon might be back on screen
very soon. She has been signed on by National Award-winning
director Raja Sen to do a Bengali film called Laboratory.
The film is based on one of Rabindranath Tagore’s novels
(Char Adhyay). Raveena will play a Sikh woman, who is
married to a Bengali scientist. “I will be playing a Sikhni
called Sohini, who will get married to a Bengali scientist,
who is much older than her. The film is about how my life
So, what made Raja Sen choose Raveena for this
character? He says, “She best suits the character of a Sikh
woman who becomes a Bengali. And I am confident that she
will pull it off because I have seen her in offbeat roles
like Shool and Satta. She is a superb actress.”
Sabyasachi Chakraborty plays Raveena’s husband in the
film. He dies suddenly, and she takes it upon herself to
continue his research. Arpita Chatterjee (Bengali actress)
plays her daughter and Saheb Chatterjee plays Arpita’s
suitor. Ranjit Mullick plays Sohini’s husband’s friend, whom
she has a relationship with.