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  TV Guide Magazine  


 

Dhammika has made a name as a stuntman and director

By Dyan Pathiravithana
You can very safely say that Dhammika Pushpakumara is a self-made artiste. To get into the world of a performer without any background may be a difficult task for most but he chose what was within his line to become one. To be a stuntman, you need more skills than what it takes to do characters; you require acting skills too to be playing your role according to the needs of the director.

Although Dhammika has not been involved in arts during school days, he was a sportsman taking part in track and field, gymnastics and karate. He was the captain of the gymnastic team. These sports no doubt gave Dhammika the background needed to play chosen roles as a stuntman and fighter. A stuntman needs a lot of balance and acrobatic skills to perform. So does a fighter. If you watch Jackie Chang you will know what it is. Although Dhammika does not class himself any close to Chang he likes to emulate his idol’s style when playing roles.

There is enough evidence in the roles played by Dhammika to confirm how stunt directors have got maximum use of his skills to enhance action of their movies. During a film career spanning almost 14 years he has taken part in about 100 movies and 15 tele-dramas. That shows directors are keen to use him for what he brings into the parts played by him. He has already done stunts for about 12 productions abroad which include countries such as Germany, America, Italy, Pakistan and India too.

Apart from acting and his stunt work he has been a stunt director in 35 films such as ‘Underworld’, ‘Pissu Treble’, ‘Sanduni’, ‘Mihidum Wasanthaya’, ‘James Bond’ and ‘Sudu Hansi’. Some of the teledramas which he starred in were ‘Nilanjana’, ‘Vasuda’, ‘Kavya’ and ‘Akala Sandhya’. Out of these the one that brought out his performances as an actor and noted by the public was ‘Nilanjana’. Soon you will be seeing about 20 films where he performed as stunt director. He has served the industry very humbly for the past 14 years. His ambition is to do an action movie.

Mention must be made of his talents as a singer when discussing his capacity as an artiste. He manages the band ‘Rhythm Stars’ and is quite a versatile singer when entertaining crowds or doing a video. Without any background in singing he has managed to win the hearts of his many fans with his memorable style. It is said that he believes in himself because he enjoys being an artiste and that has proven to be true when watching him perform or do videos.

He has produced a compact disk (CD) named ‘Adara Kathandaraya’. Some songs of the CD were done with visuals while the lyrics were by Helen Attanayaka and Saddhananda Thero. The music was directed by Milan Fernando and Kelum Srimal. They are televised on ‘Hada Rendi Peya’ directed by Nilantha Kuruppuarachchi and presented by Lahiru Mudalige which is broadcast on Swarnavahini and also on Max TV.

Dhammika has included some of his stunts in these visuals and was appreciated by the fans and hopes to include stunts in his future visuals too. The directions of the visuals were done by Darsha Kapuge and Gayan Magalage. He had been ably supported by people of his village who appreciated and had confidence in him to finance the high costing project of the production of his CD.He undertook to promote ‘Adara Kathandare’ via a live performance and readily takes part in mainstream shows of other presenters. He performed ‘Adara Kathandare’ in a musical held in Moscow. While there, he will do the visuals for his new CD. Some personalities and organisations that helped Dhammika in his mission are Sri Lal Priyadeva, Jayantha Dharmadasa, Channa Wijewardene, Lahiru Mudalige, Nilantha Kuruppuarachchi, Sunil Soma Pieris, Swarnavahini, Sirasa TV, TNL, ITN, Rupavahini, Ernest Waduge, the people of his village, Max TV, Derana TV, Pushpakumara Mathugama, Mahesh Nissanka, Buddhika of ITN, Rangana of TNL, Arjuna Kamalanath and Robin Fernando.

Anyone needing to get in touch with Dhammika can do so on 0777- 203620.

 
Kasthuri

Kasthuri is the story of a woman whose fate was penned down by her own father who never believed in the significance of education of a girl child and ruined her opportunities to be a true woman of a substance. It is indeed a saga of a woman who had lost her mother as a kid and unfortunately had a father who saw her nothing more than somebody who can be fit only for the regular household work.

He was such a tyrant that he forcibly disallowed her going to school when she was just seven years old. At such tender age, when most kids would be busy attending school and playing, Kasthuri was confined to the four walls of the kitchen. For Kasthuri, her house and the village represented the entire world, which could not offer her anything substantial in life.

On other hand, Ram, a well educated boy holding a plush job as a software engineer dreams about getting married to an equally brilliant, smart and educated woman. He would often tease his female colleagues about their looks and used to criticise them sarcastically. He has an absolute high expectation about his life partner. But destiny had something else stored for Ram and there comes an unexpected move in his life and the story takes a real twist. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, he is forced to marry Kasthuri which absolutely shatters him. To add to his misery, he actually meets his soul mate, somebody whom he had always dreamt of and who fits his description of an ideal wife which further deteriorates the situation. You need to wait and watch the high voltage melodrama which takes place in Ram and Kasthuri’s life on weekdays at 11.30 a.m. on Shakthi TV.

 
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Synopsis: When the Maryland School of the Arts (MSA) goes to Paris for an international dance competition, one of the dancers - Moose (Adam G. Sevani) - misses his flight back to Baltimore. He soon makes friends with an American away from home and a beautiful French sophisticate. They introduce Moose to the red-hot Parisian underground dance scene, and before long he is wowing the local dancers with his unique moves as they prepare for an underground dance competition. With time running out before the big event and their routine stolen by a rival crew, Moose turns to his loyal MSA crew in Baltimore for help. Can Moose, the MSA crew and the French crew pull together a new dance number at the last minute? And will it be good enough to beat the world’s best street dancers?

New York’s intense street dancing underground comes alive in eye-popping Digital 3D in the third instalment of the STEP UP franchise as the raw, passion-fuelled culture goes global. A tight-knit group of street dancers, including Luke (Rick Malambri) and Natalie (Sharni Vinson), team up with NYU freshman Moose (Adam Sevani), and find themselves pitted against the world’s best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.

Tyler Gage (CHANNING TATUM) has grown up all his life on the rough streets of the city, and he knows he is unlikely to ever make it out of there. But after a brush with the law lands Tyler with a community-service gig at the city’s MSA, everything changes. That is when he meets Nora (JENNA DEWAN), the school’s prima ballerina, an alluring diva who is desperately searching for someone to replace her injured partner before the school’s all-important Senior Showcase. Spying Tyler’s moves, Nora cannot help but notice he is got a raw but natural gift. She decides to take a chance on Tyler, but as they begin to train, the tension between them, and their polar-opposite backgrounds, skyrockets. The only thing standing between Tyler and the void are his dreams of making it off the streets -- and the only thing standing in the way of Nora’s obviously brilliant future is the Senior Showcase. Now, with everything on the line, Tyler will have just one performance to prove to Nora, and to himself, that he can step up to a life far larger than he ever imagined.

Touchstone Pictures and Summit Entertainment present STEP UP, featuring the directorial debut of acclaimed choreographer Anne Fletcher, who came to the fore with the runaway teen hit ‘Bring It On.’ The film stars newcomers Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, as well as R&B superstar Mario, who appears as an aspiring musician, and Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe® winner Rachel Griffiths. Also featured in the cast is rap legend ‘Heavy D,’ as well as Damaine Radcliff, Drew Sidora and De’Shawn Washington.

Genre: Drama
Running time: 107 min
Director: Jon M. Chu
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Producer(s): Patrick Wachsberger, Erik Feig, Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot
Screenplay: Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer
Cast: Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith ‘Remedy’ Stallworth, Kendra Andrews, Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss, Joe Slaughter.