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Super Six poised to bowl over Sinhala
With a star-studded cast that includes Roshan Ranawana
and Sanath Gunathilake and debuts by former Miss Sri Lanka
Aruni Rajapakse, Director Udaya Palliyaguruge’s ‘Super Six’
is a film that combines the influences of romance, comedy,
action and fantasy.
This is the first movie to be launched in Sri Lanka after
the end of the war and is also the country’s largest
commercial budgeted movie, the production cost of which is
A totally Sri Lankan cast of over 600, which includes 160
in supporting cast, 80 technical and a host of extras
handpicked for their talent ensure a one of a kind movie
experience. Palliyaguruge, who holds a degree in Cinema from
the Asian Academy of Film and TV India and Diplomas in Fine
Arts and Mass Media as well as Film Making from the New York
Film Academy USA, coins the genre of this film as “Jollywood’,
stating that it incorporates all emotions and senses known
to the human mind and spirit. “With cricket being Sri
Lanka’s national pastime, Super Six revolves around a group
of youth from Moratuwa participating in the Super Sixes, a
six a side tournament”, he said at the launch of the movie
at a gala event held at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. “There are
unpredictable perils of fate and destiny that are
intertwined in each of these young people’s lives while they
strive to achieve their dreams on the singular platform of
the cricket pitch. But the rivalry between the teams
spillover into their off-the-pitch lives although the
ultimate lessons are the values they learn from each other
in this ‘Super Sixes’ tournament.”
‘Super Six’ begins with the players of the Sri Lankan
cricket team entering the club with an autograph book and a
pen in their hands. They all gaze at the ‘Shark’ cricket
team members and walk towards where Sanath, Boora and Madaya
are and get them to place their autograph. Jude wakes
screaming after seeing a bad dream. In his dream he sees
that his name has been listed out from the Sri Lankan
cricket team. For Jude getting into the Sri Lankan cricket
team means everything to him. The semi finals ‘Super Sixes’,
softball cricket match sponsored by VTV, kick starts the
game between the two challenging teams ‘Sharks’ and
‘Rockers’. Shark’s hopes to save the semi finals are dashed
as Sharks edged close to a comprehensive win.
The film revolves around a group youngsters who live eat
and breathe cricket. They all hail from middle class
families living in Moratuwa flats. The players of the
‘Shark’ team at one time earned all the glory but now fail
to win any match played against ‘Rockers’.
The cast includes Sanath Gunathilake, Mahendra Perera,
Roshan Ranawana, Saranga Dissasekera, Paboda Sandeepani,
Aruni Rajapakse, Hemal Ranasinghe, Duleeka Marapana, Maalika
Sirisenage, Suneth Chitrananda, Sangeetha Sadani, Chitra
Warakagoda, Manike Attanayake, Priyantha Seneviratne, Rodney
Warnakula, Anton Jude and Jeewan Handuneththi.
‘Super Six’ is directed by U. A. Palliyaguruge. The
assistant director is D. Jayantha while the script is
written by Anura Ekanayake, cinematography R.Costa, art
director M. Ayagama, make up I. Udaralanka, costume director
Sumathi Kudaligama and music by Mahesh Denipitiya and Iraj
Weeraratne. The filming commenced from the beginning of this
month and will continue till mid November this year. The
film is planned for release within a year. Various beautiful
locations for shooting within the island and in Malaysia are
Visharada Nanda Malini’s ‘Shwetha Rathriya’,
courtesy Sirasa FM
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
She is one of the greatest songstresses ever born in our
motherland. She was able to address to the hearts and souls
of the younger and older generations within the past four
decades. She is none other than Visharada Nanda Malini, the
legendary Sinhala vocalist in the field of music. Nanda
Malini’s greatness down the ages is such that she belongs to
a different planet in taking music to a new level.
‘Shwetha Rathriya’ which will be one of the heart
rendering song concerts ever happening in this period of
time this year will be Visharada Nanda Malini’s fourth
consecutive song concert. The event will take place on
September 14 at the John de Silva Memorial Theatre Hall in
A media briefing concerning the concert was held recently at
the Water’s Edge in Battaramulla in the midst of many guests
Speaking on the occasion, channel head of Sirasa FM, M.
Marikkar said that they are hoping to stage this concert 25
times around the country for 1 1/2 years.
“We will be initially starting the first concert of the
series from Colombo and will be going around the country
until December next year,” said Marikkar.
According to Marikkar, Sirasa has successfully conducted
musical concerts such as ‘Miyasi Thatakaya’ and ‘Miyasi
Arana’ in the past which carried the true flavour of
authentic Sri Lankan music.
“We carried out 14 concerts of ‘Miyasi Thatakaya’ in various
provinces in the country sometime back and also successfully
held the 1400th ‘Saa’ concert in December last year,” he
The legendary songstress, Visharada Nanda Malini, airing her
views, said that this is going to be her fourth live series
of performances after 22 years.
“My first live performance was in August 26, 1971 together
with Pandit W.D.Amaradeva named ‘Sravana Aradhana’ which
came to a halt after five months of live performance due to
unavoidable circumstances,” said Malini.
According to Malini, she came back on stage once again in
January 19, 1973 with the same concert which was an
individual one at the Lumbini theatre.
“‘Sravana Aradhana’ was my first individual concert which
concluded in May 22, 1979 after doing 530 rounds of the
show,” she added.
Malini further said that her second individual concert was
‘Sathyaye Geethaya’ in 1981 which was staged at the Lumbini
theatre in August 29, 30 and 31 and was concluded in 1984
after staging 500 concerts on the same dates.
“My third successive individual concert was ‘Pavana’ at
the Lumbini theatre in 1987 in July 26, 27 and 28 and
continued till 1988 from December 26,27 to 28,” said Malini.
She further enthused that she was looking ahead for so many
years to have an individual concert once again and now it
has become a reality with the kind support of Sirasa FM.
Senior professor, Sunil Ariyaratne, airing his views on the
occasion, said that ‘Shwetha Rathriya’ is going to be a team
effort and it is one of Malini’s and Sirasa FM’s dreams
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Maharaja Broadcasting
Corporation (MBC), Shanthi Bhagirathan said that MTV/MBC has
been the main provider of entertainment throughout the past
years to the local radio and television audience.
“By providing many good programmes of art and
entertainment Sirasa FM has won the hearts of the listeners
in our country and Sirasa FM today has become more than just
another radio channel,” emphasised Bhagirathan.
She also observed that Sirasa FM has always being able to
recognise various needs and interests of people and hoped
that ‘Shwetha Rathriya’ would be such a kind of an ideal
concert for the local audience.
|After size zero, Bebo goes size
Kareena Kapoor was the one who started the trend size zero,
and now she is going to start a new trend, size minus. Well,
news is that the actress will have a sensuous makeover for
Karan Johar’s film opposite Imran Khan.
Bebo is going to set the screen on fire. According to the
producer Karan Johar, She will be sporting chaddis (shorts)
in the film. The flick is learnt to be titled Short Term
“She has to sport a short haircut and I also want her to try
and get herself into a size minus (not a size zero) because
she has to match Imran Khan perfectly for my film
tentatively titled Short Term Shaadi,” Karan is quoted as
Kareena will start to glamourise herself for the film as
soon as she is back from the shoot of Agent Vinod in Latvia.
She will get a new wardrobe full of sexy, skimpy clothes.
Bebo is no more size zero and wants to get her curves back.
Her beau Saif Ali Khan thinks that she looks like a hanger
in size zero.
Wonder what he is going to nick name her once she is size
to share screen space with Kajol
Bollywood’s handsome hunk, Arjun Rampal, is busy promoting
his upcoming film ‘We Are Family’, in which he stars
opposite Kajol and Kareena Kapoor.
In the flick, the 37-year-old actor is seen playing the role
of a man torn between his ex-wife, played by Kajol, and his
girlfriend Kareena Kapoor.
“It was also a pleasure to work with Kajol since I have been
a huge fan of her.” says Rampal, adding that he finds
himself fortunate to share screen space with her.
Arjun talks about his other co-star Kareena Kapoor comparing
her to Sachin Tendulkar. He says, “Kareena is in a really
good form and is like Sachin Tendulkar of Bollywood”.
The actor, is surrounded by women both in reel as well as
|Priyanka Chopra to act as
Indira Gandhi in a biopic!
Priyanka Chopra’s plate is full with offers for roles in
movies till the end of 2011. Adding to the lot is an offer
from Krishna Shah, a US-based filmmaker. The director has
Priyanka Chopra in mind for the leading character in a
biopic on Indira Gandhi, the late prime minister of India,
after Madhuri Dixit stepped back from the project due to
some personal reasons.
Named Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story, the project is
supposedly a big-budget one. The movie on the life of Indira
Gandhi, a mighty political personality, would be made into
two parts and is touted to have epical attributes.
Krishna Shah is in talks with the renowned make-up artiste
Jenny Shircore, an Academy Award winner. He rests his choice
on Priyanka after seeing the photographs of some Bollywood
actresses. With some prosthetic makeup on her face, Priyanka
can retain the look of Indira Gandhi, believes the director.
Madhuri Dixt, the diva of the 90s, could not work in the
project because her mother-in-law is ill. However, Shah is
in talks with other stars like Emily Watson, Albert Finney,
Tommy Lee Jones and Tom Hanks to play other roles in the
movie. The first part of the biopic will show the political
career of the Iron Lady, as Indira Gandhi was known, and the
second part will be based on her personal life.