TV Guide Magazine
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
FM once again celebrated its second anniversary on October 1
in an unconventional manner.
“The staff members of Lak FM divided themselves into three
groups and came from Anuradhapura, Kataragama and Kandy and
met the most Venerable Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya Udugama
Sri Buddharakkitha Thera in the wee hours on the first and
handed over an oath,” said chairperson, Lak View
Broadcasting Corporation Pvt. Ltd., Ashika Edirisinghe.
She said that on the same day evening they also visited the
Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya from a vehicle parade.
“When looking back at Lak FM at the completion of two
years, I am extremely satisfied where we stand today as a
fairly new radio channel. According to the Lanka Market
Research Bureau Limited (LMRB) ratings we were placed at the
12th position amongst all channels,” she added.
According to Edirisinghe, they have covered 3/4 of the
country through their channel and they are looking ahead in
covering the North and East as well in the near future.
“We always make space for our listeners and at the moment we
have a good listenership sphere to the programmes such as
‘Diva Ridma’, ‘Sodisiya’ and ‘Lak Minikata’,” said
She also said that they are also looking forward to starting
the second phase of the ‘Village Centre Hospitality’
programme which they have been conducting from last year.
“We helped 115 temples during the first phase of the
programme and in the second phase we are looking forward to
help another 85 temples to make it a total of 200,” she
Edirisinghe also stated that this is the first time that a
radio channel is carrying out this type of programme.
Speaking to The Nation, Chief Executive Officer, Lak View
Broadcasting Co.Pvt.Ltd., Nalaka Sanath Kumara said that Lak
FM was founded according to a concept of former chairman
Lakshman Wasantha Perera.
“After celebrating the second anniversary of our radio
channel, there are a few changes that have been made in our
daily programme lineup,” said Kumara.
According to him, there is a new sports programme which has
been introduced to Lak FM listeners and they are having a
couple of outdoor programmes in addition to programmes such
as ‘Lak Minikata’, ‘Rivi Sanda’, ‘Sodisiya’ along with some
“We have got an accurate and keen staff of 58 and after
celebrating our second anniversary we are still in the
process of modifying our programmes to broaden our listener
ship,” said Kumara.
“We have introduced a new programme called ‘2 to 4’ on week
days from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. while there is a new agricultural
programme named ‘Thunaththa Abhiyasa’ on Saturdays from 8 am
to 10 am,” said head of programming, Lak View Broadcasting
Co.Pvt.Ltd., Namal Thisera.
He further said that this is a programme where farmers can
pose their questions to an agricultural specialist.
“There is another small change in the programme ‘Sanda
Yahanata’ which is from 7 pm to 9 pm every Saturday where we
feature the whole programme based on a particular artist,”
According to Thisera, they are looking ahead in coming up
with a new radio drama series by next year.
“We are planning on having the drama series based on
historical adventures. We are hoping to do the production
this year and to present it to our listeners by next year,”
Concluding the conversation with The Nation, Edirisinghe
stated that they are hoping to start a Tamil radio channel
in the near future for the benefit of Tamil listeners.
“We are a channel aiming to move forward preserving the
language, heritage and culture of this country,” enthused
Lak FM could be heard from 92.0 from Colombo and Kandy,
100.1 from Matale and Deniyaya, 93.3 from Nuwara Eliya.
Ratnayake’s ‘Ira Handa Yata’ symbolises glory of freedom
“Horror of the terrific war; showers the healing, sentiments
of love and compassion”
Director Bennet Ratnayake has very skillfully
cinematographed an era of pain which grabbed the nation for
over three decades. His untiring efforts of making the
viewing masses gain a comprehensive perspective through a
background of the war, has been widespread through
compassion, love, humanity and understanding throughout the
The director’s intention to convey this message of love
and compassion has been a success which is vouched by every
scene. The first scene is the soldiers, getting back home by
bus for their vacation full of hopes, singing joyfully, when
a sudden blast occurs on the way. (making a pathetic
scenario) It continues through the meeting of two wounded
soldiers, Major Mahasen and Corporal Rakitha. Corporal
Rakitha could not further bear-it-up, the critically wounded
Major Mahasen losing his grip of life, being his only
saviour while finding a way to his recovery, Rakitha is
captured by the terrorist. He reveals the whereabouts of
Mahasen in the hope of saving his life. Totally recovered
Mahasen’s life was grabbed by ruthless gunshots because of
his refusal of a rank offered by the terrorist leader. The
tragic death of the major cause’s physical and mental stress
to Rakitha. The storyline sets ahead mirroring Rakitha’s
deep grievance. Rakitha finds the Major’s wife and daughter
and makes every effort to console the wife and the family of
Mahasen. The series of flashbacks helps the audience to
understand the past of Mahasen, the love affair between
Major Mahasen and the vivacious Tamil lady Kiruba Devi in
the refugee camp.
Dying of gun shot injuries, at his last breath Mahasen
murmurs “Kiruba” his wife’s name. This scene is the most
stirring one as I think. It shows the undying love and
passion before the husband and wife whatever the cast and
creed. At his death Mahasen was not aware of his wife’s
pregnancy. Kiruba, the devoted wife tirelessly tries to find
her husband carrying the only hope, the child she was
bearing. It proved cinematically that love, humanity,
understanding and compassion have no limit or end.
The prime locations and the massive surroundings of the film
shoots were filmed live in difficult areas as Batticaloa,
Valaichchinai, Thoppigala, Mawilaru, Welikanda and Dambulla.
The camera has done wonders. Even the disasters taken place
were so live in camera. The musical score is a mix belonging
to each culture. The soothing lyrics are emotional.
Without hesitation Bennet Ratnayake has to be credited
for getting the maximum live acting through his fresh
introductions of Udara Ratnayake and Tasha Darshini. Even
the characters running within seconds were portrayed by
popular actors and actresses. Damitha Abeyratne, Kaushalya
Fernando, Roger Seneviratne, Sathischandra Edirisinghe,
Mahendra Perera, Palitha Silva were among them.
‘Ira Handa Yata’ conveys an unforgettable film metaphor that
will remain deeply in the hearts of cinema goers. A group of
young children ride under the arches of a bridge. The glory
of freedom is very touchingly symbolised in this scene.
in her short dress ...
“Zor ka jhatka haye zoron se laga, haan laga”
This is the first song of the flick ‘Action Replayy’, to
have been released and it’s creating waves all over. The
ever gorgeous Aishwarya Rai is seen in a sizzling hot short
dress, dancing with Akshay Kumar.
Though the beautiful actress is seen moving confidently in
the most bindaas manner adding the oomph factor to the song,
we got to hear that she was quite conscious of her dress
while shooting the number. The actress apparently was not
comfortable with the length of the dress as it was too
According to a source, “Ash did not allow anyone to take
full-length picture of her in that dress while shooting the
Nevertheless, it was a delight watching her in Zor Ka Jhatka.
|Anushka Setty joins
‘Vaanam’ for Simbhu
‘Vaanam’ which is at remake
of the Telugu hit ‘Vedam’ of 2010 is shaping up at fast pace
and is expected to hit screens during the coming Diwali
It is reported that the movie is to be directed by Krish,
who also directed the original.
Now, coming to the main news, it is reported that actor
Silambarasan and Anushka were captured on the film on a
recent date. It is a fact that actor Silambarasan aka simbhu
is a big fan of Anushka and there were rumours that he is
going to marry Anushka and also had a date with her on a
long drive in his luxury car.
|Big B and SRK,
together in ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, season 4
The reality show, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ which will be
aired on Sony Entertainment channel on October 11, will have
both Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan sharing the screen
space for a special episode of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’,
where Amitabh Bachchan is the host.
Reason for SRK’s entry in season 4: A huge buzz and shoot up
of TRP of the show as well as Sony channel.
Sources close to the show says, “The channel is very keen to
have an episode that would have the two hosts of KBC face to
face. The channel knows that this is what will give them a
huge buzz. SRK is having good relations with the channel as
well as the makers of the show, so it is hugely being
anticipated that he might give a nod for this special
episode. Everyone has their fingers crossed.”