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Nilmini gets big break in lead role
Wants to star in complex roles

By Sarasi Paranamanna

Among the many who want to be in the star studded fields of cinema and tele drama, Nilmini Kolombathanthri is one lucky girl who has had her dream come true. This enthusiastic new face on the screen had a chat with The Nation, touching on how she is living her dream.

Ever since her childhood Nilmini has been interested in acting and music. Being an enthusiast of performing arts she had wanted to be an actress since she was young. Though she has not gone through any formal training or had pursued studying performing arts or drama as a subject, Nilmini had got the chance to live her dreams using her inborn talent and skill. Teledrama director, Sudham Dayarathne had noticed her talents and had directed her to take up a role in the famous teledrama, ‘Kopi Kade’ which is being telecasted on Independent Television Network (ITN). She has acted as the daughter of the character, Dotty in ‘Kopi Kade’. Up till now Nilmini has acted in four dramas and the latest one which was telecast on TV has been ‘Guru Geethaya’. She has also played roles in famous teledramas like ‘Himagira Nega’ and ‘Pinibara Yamaya’. Apart from teledramas, she had also appeared in several TV commercials and taking up her first lead role in a film Nilmini has stepped in to the cinematic industry as well. “I got a chance to play the role of princess Hemamala in the film, ‘Hemamala Kumariya and Dantha Kumaru’ and that is my first lead role. It is a DVD film,” explained Nilmini.

Talking about her experiences in the field of acting, Nilmini said that she has mostly performed characters of teachers and that she wants to step out of that frame. “I do not want to be in the same place everyday, I constantly want to explore other dimensions because I think it is best way to improve as an actress,” enthused Nilmini. She looks forward to playing a role of a woman who is oppressed and exploited. Living her childhood dream. Nilmini is keen to improve her skills and show her talent as she believes that playing complex roles will bring success to her career. Talking about her favourite actresses in the field, she did not forget to mention that she is inspired by actresses like Anoja Weerasinghe and Swarna Mallawarachchi. “I really like the roles they have played and watching their performances makes me want to act complex roles to improve my skills,” added Nilmini with much eagerness.

Nilmini said that she is currently working on a film named; ‘Sandata Sanda Adarei’ which is directed by Keerthi Ratnayake. Acting is not the only area she is passionate about as she has plans to be a model as well. She has already participated in several photo shoots and said that she is interested pursing the subject to learn more modelling. Further, she said that she is planning to study performing arts as a subject among her veteran mentor like Anoja Weerasinghe”. Lastly, she added that her aspiration is to deliver more strong performances through powerful roles to give something significant to the audience.

Nalan Mendis’ ‘Wasanavewa’ as absorbing as ever

By Pradeep Nishantha Herath and Dyan Pathiravithana

The new teledrama creation of Nalan Mendis, ‘Wasanavewa’ is now being screened on Rupavahini every night except Saturdays at 9 pm.
The story begins when Jayadeva goes from the hard life being a broker to become an owner of a successful land development after opening his own business in that field. He goes on to carefully nurture his company to become a respected businessman. But, his past comes to haunt him however much he tries to hide it by following trends. Partly responsible for this debacle; is his unsophisticated wife Nandawathie who lives in the past.

His household is under his domination and due to that his son Thivanka and daughter Uththara’s lives are under immense pressure. Their expenses have been curbed to teach them thriftiness by Jayadeva who feels they will ruin his wealth in future. Thivanka, who wants to develop studies in the computer field, is not permitted to do so by his father. He reluctantly joins his father’s company under pressure. Jayadeva still treats him similar to other employees who work under him. But Thivanka still continues his studies in the computer field.

Jayadeva wants his daughter married off to an upper class man. He makes her follow various studies to make her skilled enough to keep up in that society. He is unaware of her love relationship with Roshan who is a hardworking youth from a poor background. But Uththara knows her father will never approve their affair.

‘Wasanavewa’ is a composition of Aruna Premaratne starring – Dayadeva Edirisighe, Hyacinth Wijeratne, Yasoda Wimaladarma, Bimal Jayakody, Gamini Hettiarachchi, Rebecca Nirmali, Malini Weeramuni, Cyril Wickramage, Somasiri Alakolanga, Saman Hemaratne, Gamini Jayalath, Niroshan Illeperuma, Harshini Perera, Somasiri Colombage, Kamal Deshapriya and the up and coming Watsala Diyalagode, Kumudu Priyangika, Sadani Sulakkana, Uddika Premaratne, Vishva Lanka, Heshan Manula and Kasun Kumanayake.

The music direction is by Rohana Weerasinghe; Rukantha Gunatilake and acclaimed singer Visharada Mangalika Tennekoon sings the theme song composed by Kumaradasa Saputhanthri. Camera is by Chandana Dharmapriya, editing is by Namal Bandara, Choreography by Suresh Harshajeeva, Assistant direction by Udaya Prasannage, Production Management by Nishantha Pallewatta and Production Organising by Nirosha Illeperuma. ‘Wasnavewa’ is produced by Dileepa Samarasekera and will be broadcast on Stereo. For more details please log onto www.wasanawewa.com.


Sridevi missed tripping on the ramp…

Bollywood actress Sridevi almost came close to tripping twice on the ramp during fashion designer Neeta Lulla’s show at Lakme Fashion Week, 2010.
Sridevi was the showstopper for the show that marked Lulla’s 25th anniversary and she was visibly nervous while sashaying the ramp in the silver-grey gown. She fluffed twice but maintained her composure and completed her ramp walk without tripping.
Asked about Sridevi’s nervousness, Lulla said: “As far as I think, it happens sometimes when you walk the ramp after a long time.”
However, Lulla did not make a big deal out of it and said she was very happy that Sridevi walked the ramp for her.
“It was fantastic that on my 25th anniversary Sridevi walked the ramp and so many people actually made it to the show,” she said.
Sridevi too admitted that walking on the ramp was hard for her.
“It was great but at the same time very hard for me,” she said.

Hrithik Roshan in ‘Agneepath’ remake…

It is confirmed!!! Hrithik Roshan is confirmed for ‘Agneepath’ remake. Director-producer Karan Johar is all set to fulfill his late dad’s wish (a remake of the 1990 movie).
Amitabh Bachchan, who immortalised the character Vijay Dinanath Chauhan with his National Award winning performance, will now be played by the very talented Hrithik Roshan. Hrithik is thrilled about the project.
‘Agneepath’ was directed by the late Mukul Anand. Amitabh Bachchan played the role of a gangster named Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. Though the film did not work wonders at the box office, it acquired a cult status.
“My father often wondered why this film did not get the kind of commercial success it should have. He constantly told me, ‘Karan, we must remake ‘Agneepath’,” stated Karan.
For the remake, Hrithik’s ladylove, might hopefully be played by Priyanka Chopra. Karan is in talks with some of the best in the industry for other roles. He will announce the names soon.
The movie will go on floors by early next year.
Will Hrithik be able to do full justice to the role???

Trisha and Vikram in 3 Roses Tea commercial

South Indian beauty Trisha Krishnan and actor Vikram will be seen on screen after a gap of almost two years.
The pair was seen on screen in the films Sammy (2003) and in Bheema (2008) and now will again be seen on screen.
But Trisha and Vikram will be seen on small screen, instead of the silver screen. Both have signed a TV commercial of ‘3 Roses’ tea and have also participated actively in the ad film shoot, which is being made under the direction of an ad film maker from Mumbai. The ad film will be ready by the end of this week and will be innovatively conceptualised.