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Super Six poised to bowl over Sinhala cinema

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 Rs.77 million.

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 finalised.

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 Colombo.
A media briefing concerning the concert was held recently at the Water’s Edge in Battaramulla in the midst of many guests and invitees.

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 added.
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 coming true.
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 ‘minus’…

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 Shaadi.
“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 saying.
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 minus.
Arjun fortunate 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 real life.
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.