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gets big break in lead role
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,”
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.
Mendis’ ‘Wasanavewa’ as absorbing as ever
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
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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
Asked about Sridevi’s nervousness, Lulla said: “As far as I
think, it happens sometimes when you walk the ramp after a
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,”
Sridevi too admitted that walking on the ramp was hard for
“It was great but at the same time very hard for me,” she
|Hrithik Roshan in
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.