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Nadeesha determined to make a mark

By Sarasi Paranamanna
Sri Lanka’s tele drama industry has gone through several paces and now we see a lot of new faces appearing on television everyday. Nadeesha Sandamli is one such fresh face who entered the industry with hopes and expectations to become a successful actress. With her modest nature and talent she has managed to catch the viewers’ attention within a short period of time.

Nadeesha has entered the industry with the assistance of her father’s friend. “My father is a producer, so he has contacts in the tele drama field. That is how his friend helped me to come to this field,” said Nadeesha. Making her debut through the famouse tele drama ‘Manapa Prema’ she has got the opportunity to work with some veteran personalities in the industry. ‘Manapa Prema’ had been directed by the famous tele drama director Chandrarathna Mapitigama, and Nadeesha said, “I was really lucky to work under someone like Mapitigama in my first tele drama itself, it is indeed a privilege”. Nadeesha has played a role of a teacher named Nishani in this tele drama and most of the filming had been done around the Adiambalama area. “The whole experience is unforgettable and I will never forget my first moment in front of the camera,” said Nadeesha in an energetic tone.

The young talented actress is an old girl of St. Sebastian Madya Maha Vidyalaya at Katuneriya. Twenty-year old Nadeesha has also acted in the well-known tele drama, ‘Sundarai Premaya’ which is being telecast these days on Sirasa TV. Nadeesha has already become famous in the during this short time. After her debut she is involved in another tele drama which is yet to be telecast. “My father is the producer of this tele drama but a title for the drama has not been decided yet and we are hoping to telecast it soon,” said Nadeesha explaining her latest contribution to the industry. Viewers can see this young actress unfolding her talent through this tele drama as she has played a role of a playful young girl. “It was an opportunity to prove myself as I had not played a character of this sort before,” she said.
Young Nadeehsa has not only taken part in tele dramas but viewers can also catch her in a TV commercial which will be released soon. “The TV commercial will be marketing MG Bikes and appearing in it was a new experience for me since I really like to experiment in different areas,” enthused Nadeesha talking about her TV commercial. Being the eldest in a family of two, Nadeesha has a younger brother and she stated that apart from acting she is currently helping her father with his business ventures. Nadeesha is an ambitious actress who is looking forward to go a long journey in the industry and her favourite past time is reading. “I read a lot of books during my free time and they are mostly about performing arts because I want to improve myself and excel in acting,” said Nadeesha.

Talking about her future plans, Nadeesha said that she is hoping to become a successful actress and build her career in the field of tele dramas. She further stated that she is also looking forward to taking part in stage dramas as well as films. Giving an important message to her fellow youths who are hoping to start a career in the industry, Nadeesha said, “All I have to say is the people in this industry are very supportive and if you carry yourself properly and create a positive image among others, one will definitely get opportunities in the industry.”


‘Pembara Lakmatha’ enhances pride and dignity of Forces

‘Pembara Lakmatha’, a patriotic song paying tribute to the gallant war heroes on the occasion of the first anniversary of the liberation of the motherland from over three decades of cruel terrorism was gifted to the nation at a launching ceremony held at the Department of Government Information under the patronage of Mass Media and Communication Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella and Director of Government Information, Professor Ariyaratne Athugala recently.

The unique feature of this song is that its lyrics have been penned by Member of Parliament (MP), Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, who at one time rendered a vital national service as Director General of the Civil Defence Force following his retirement from active service in the Sri Lanka Navy.
The lyrics have been written in a manner that fittingly portrays the dignity and pride of Sri Lankans and the wonderfulness of mother Lanka. The music is composed by young and talented musician Visharada Nimal Dissanayake who is presently a music consultant to the national youth brigade and also an affiliate of the National Youth Services Council.

The song is sung by Visharada Nimal Dissanayaka of the ‘Dream Team’ music group and two new generation vocalists Asanga De Alwis and Buddhika Kuruppuarachchi whose mellifluous voices add a new dimension to it.
The song will undoubtedly raise the patriotic fervour among Sri Lankans to new heights.
Since a music video of this song has been issued to television (TV) channels, viewers can enjoy this song from their drawing rooms. This compact disk (CD) and video serves in enhancing the dignity and pride of our heroic forces.
The conserved scenes made available by the Government Information Department for the composition of the visual has helped to add more colour and value to it.
The sponsorship given to the music video by the ‘TV Neth’ satellite channel is gratefully appreciated.
The music video is directed by Youthful TV director, Manjula Yatawathura and edited by Dushyantha Madusanka and Gayantha David.

The video depicts scenes of the heroic battles, archeological sites and environmental scenes of our heritage and updates of the massive on going development projects which followed the military victory through which the creator of the song successfully addresses the hearts of the listeners.
The Peoples Bank and CIC Agri Business have provided sponsorship to this video.
Meanwhile speaking to the TV Guide, Admiral Weerasekara said that he thought of writing a song as such because ‘now we have won the war and there is a new revival of economic and social life.’
“We have been suffering from this war for 30 years, and as far as I am concerned King Parakramabahu the VI was the last sovereign who united the country according to history,” he said.

He further stated that at present such an era similar to the past has now dawn upon our motherland where we can now see a clear economic revival, literal revival as well as social and religious revival.
“Here I have contributed myself in a minor scale towards the present literal revival in our country,” he enthused.

He further disclosed to TV Guide that other than ‘Pembara Lakmatha,’ he has already penned a few other songs together with four books and he has also directed a movie named ‘Gamani’.



Disha Pandey will speak more

The fluffy cherubic girl Disha Pandey could not utter a single word in her debut film ‘Tamizh Padam’. But this time, the actress is seemingly signing few films that have lots and lots of dialogues for her. The actress has now signed three projects amongst which, ‘Mayanginaen Thayanginaen’ has already started rolling.
This film features Nithin Sathya in the lead role and it is a breezy romantic entertainer. The other film, yet to be titled, is directed by Sindhanai Sei fame Yuvan in the lead role. Director Yuvan himself will play the lead role and rest of the star-casts is yet to be finalised. Yuvan Shankar Raja has been signed for the music.
Disha Pandey’s other project is still under pipeline and will be officially announced shortly and the lead character in this film is reported to be a main league of actor.
Saif gets thinner and muscular for spy role

Saif has lost nine kilos and is looking leaner, muscular and smarter. He has also cut his hair short. Saif has done all this for his second home production – Agent Vinod, where he plays the role of a spy. It is said that his look is inspired from the Hollywood star Matt Damon in Bourne Identity.
Sources say that Saif has been guarding his new look carefully. Unfortunately, when he was invited for Amir Khan’s party, his new look was revealed. Also, Kareena had spilled beans about Saif’s new look saying, “Saif has never looked cooler. He has lost nine kilos in three months. He is all toned and rippling muscles,”
“He was with long hair for so long that I had forgotten how dashing he looks in cropped hair. Saif has got his hair cropped really short that is all I can tell you about his Agent Vinod look. He got it done a couple of days back. Since then he was reluctant to step out of his house,” Kareena said.
Salman comes to Paresh Rawal’s aid

Salman Khan, Asin, Paresh Rawal and other unit members were shooting for Anees Bazmee’s ‘Ready’ in Sri Lanka. This was when Paresh Rawal got the news that his mother had expired in India. Paresh broke down on the sets. When the crew members asked the veteran actor to return home to perform his mother’s last rites, Paresh was adamant that he would complete the shooting per schedule and then return for the last rites.
When Salman Khan came to know about this, he quickly met Paresh and asked him to return to India. He explained they would be able to complete the scenes between himself and Asin in the meantime. Paresh finally heeded Salman’s advice and headed back to India.