TV Guide Magazine
– Woman of many parts
Gayathri Dias is a woman who plays many roles. Being an
actress, a loving wife and a caring mother she has managed
to climb the heights of success through her business venture
and today, apart from her many roles she is also a
successful business woman and an entrepreneur. This affable,
talented personality had a chat with the Nation about her
journey in acting and beauty culture.
Gayathri has stepped into the field of acting after
participating in the Miss Sri Lanka Pageant. She had won the
title of Miss Photogenic in the Miss Sri Lanka Pageant and
after winning the title of Sirasa Beauty Queen in 1994,
opportunities had flown in to take part in teledramas.
‘Udara Geethaya’ was the tele drama that opened the doors to
Gayathri to start her career in the field of tele dramas.
Then she worked under Eranga Senaratne, and from there a
role in ‘Hoduwawe’ which had brought her fame and love from
her fans. She has acted in eight teledramas but had given a
rest to her acting career after marriage. “I have always
acted just as a hobby and for my liking and after marrying
Channa I gave a break to my acting career as I wanted to
devote my time to my family,” said Gayathri. Gyathri is
married to Channa Perera who is a well known film director
and actor, and she did not forget to mention about the
support she receives from her beloved husband. “He always
encourages me in every way, I even came to the field of
beauty culture through his support,” said Gayathri.
As a successful business woman, Gayathri is now a renowned
beautician, managing three of her own salons. “When I was at
home after my marriage I had a lot of free time and Channa
kept on telling me to do something like beauty culture to
make use of my time. That is how I became a beautician,”
recalled Gayathri going down the memory lane.
Obtaining the basic knowledge from Thirani Pieris, had
aspired her to learn more about this fascinating and
glamorous subject. After getting a thorough knowledge about
beauty culture while she was studying the subject in India
she had decided to make use of her talent in Sri Lanka.
Today, as a well recognised beautician, Gayathri has opened
her own salons in Nugegoda, Malabe and Kiribathgoda.
Showcasing her talent at the international level, Gayathri
has won awards from global contests like Hair Asia Pacific
and Hair World as a beautician. “I participated in the Hair
Asia Pacific Contest in 2002 and won 1st runner up in the
nail art category. In addition, I was awarded the
outstanding Sri Lankan competitor in this contest and I got
the opportunity to participate in the Hair Asia Contest as
well,” said Gayathri, proudly.
Gayathri’s latest teledrama, ‘Pabalu’ which is being
telecast over Independence Television Network (ITN) these
days has once again enabled all her fans to enjoy her acting
skills. Gayathri plays the role of Aparna. “Aparna is a
mother of two grown up children and I readily accepted this
role as it was a different character and I felt I could do
something different since the character was not in
accordance with my usual image,” said Gayathri of her latest
Gayathri has reached out to her fans not only through tele
dramas. She has captured the hearts of audiences once again
through the famous new movie; ‘Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe’. “My
role in this movie is a very positive role and the character
is Pooja Umashankar’s aunt who is always caring,” explained
Gayathri. Apart from this latest movie, Gayathri has acted
in movies such as ‘Asai Man Piyabanna’.
Speaking about her current work in the field of beauty
culture, she said that she is hoping to update her academy
classes as she is willing to share her knowledge with others
who aspire to be successful in the field of beauty culture.
She added that she is hoping to start beauty culture lessons
in Kandy. She also intended conducting more such workshops
including positive lifestyles with her friend, Nayana Kumari.
Finally, as to her future plans, she said, “I am a mother of
two and with my busy life style I will not involve in acting
full time. As I said earlier, I have always performed just
for my own pleasure and I will always look forward to
develop my salons and share my knowledge with others.”
(Pix by Ravindra Dharmathilake)
Varuvaya - Brand New blockbuster
On Shakthi TV
‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’ is one of the most notable movies
in Tamil cinema this year. It was a huge success in theaters
and was well acclaimed by critics. Shakthi TV brings this
brand new blockbuster to your small screen as the movie of
the month, this July.
‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’ is pure magic! It works a lot with
the viewers who easily identify their own flashback or
current memories while watching the lead pair. We know what
its like to cross the sky and get into another dimension
called love. Right from the word ‘action’, the film creates
ripples of expectation among director Goutham’s fans. He has
surely tried his maximum to live up to the expectations.
The movie is made with high values- Exceptional music,
background score, rerecording, classy camera work, foreign
locations, etc. All the technicians involved must receive
that imperative appreciation for they have done their work
with much finesse.
The first in the list of technicians who have to be
appreciated would be, undoubtedly A. R. Rahman. This is his
first movie after the Oscar phenomenon. His music is one of
the main reasons to the much acclaimed hype. The
re-recording and the background score are really amazing. If
you have listened to his songs in your personal stereo, then
its only half of the magic you have experienced.
Do not miss to watch it on Shakthi TV on Sunday July 25 at
Middle East countries ban ‘Lamhaa’
Director Rahul Dholakia’s film Lamhaa, which tells us the
untold story of Kashmir, has been banned in the Middle East.
The movie, which was released last Friday, will not be
screened in UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait.
The exact reason for the censor board to ban this film in
the above mentioned countries is not yet clear.
Bipasha Basu is literally shocked with this news.
She tweeted: “Ban on honest film? What happened to freedom
of expression? Sadly, people of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman
and UAE will not be able to watch our film.”
Sanjay Dutt, who plays a sharp shooter in the film, too was
disappointed with this development and shared Bipasha’s
“First, the film could not be premiered in Kashmir and now
the Middle East has banned the film,” Dutt wrote on Twitter.
Well, I wonder what went wrong.
Pakistan bans Indian film ‘Tere Bin
Indian film Tere Bin Laden which was released last Friday
has been banned in Pakistan because of references to Osama
According to reports, the members of the Pakistani Censor
Board saw the film and unanimously agreed that it was not
suitable for viewing in Pakistan because it spoofs Osama Bin
The film tells the story of a journalist (Ali Zafar) who
dreams of making America his home. But he fails to get a
visa to the country. He hits upon a unique idea when he
chances upon a look alike (Pradhuman Singh) of Osama.
Thereafter, he starts producing fake videos of Osama that
make him famous overnight but also bring him to the notice
of American intelligence agencies.
Vijay forced to remove MGR film’s title
The Malayalam film ‘Bodyguard’ which had Dhilip and
Nayanthara in the lead roles was directed by Siddique. This
film is being remade in Tamil. Vijay and Asin are in the
lead roles. Raj Kiran is donning an important role. Siddique
is also directing the Tamil version. They had planned to
title the film as ‘Kavalkaran’ which was the title of the
yesteryear hit film of MGR. ‘Kavalkaran’ is the film
produced by Sathya Movies which had MGR and Jayalalitha in
the lead roles in the year 1967. Sathya Movies have now
objected to the use the title for Vijay film. Sathya Movies
have written letter to the Producers Council in this regard.
In the letter it has been stated that, “There is news that
the film Vijay is acting is to be titled ‘Kavalkaran’. We
have not given the rights to anyone. Hence,it should not be
permitted to use the title.”
Tamil Nadu Producers Council has also written to the
producer of Vijay’s film. In the letter it has been stated,
“While using the old title, the permission has to be sought
from the concerned producer and also get a No Objection
certificate. So, in the absence of these, there is a rule in
the Council that the title should not be used. Hence a fresh
title should be used.”