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Sirasa Super Star fame proud

Manjula excels in film songs too

By Sarasi Paranamanna
In recent times, the reality shows have brought talented youngsters to the spotlight giving them immense publicity.
However, most stars from reality shows disappear with time and only a few remain steady, in the ever-changing industry of entertainment.

Manjula Nivanthi Perera is one such personality who climbed to the heights of fame through the popular reality show ‘Sirasa Super Star’ and proved her success in the industry with her talent. The humble songstress spoke to The Nation about her journey in the field of music and what is in store for her fans.
“I have always dreamt of continuing a career in music and even when I was a child I sang a lot as music was my passion,” said Manjula Nivanthi.

Pursuing her dream but with many hardships Manjula had created her own music band after she had completed her years in school. Forming the band ‘Dazzle’ had been a first step in entering the field of music, and contesting for ‘Sirasa Super Star’ had brought fame and luck to her life.
Receiving love from people, island-wide Manjula had come to the top eight finalists in ‘Sirasa Super Star’ season two. Through the fame and publicity she got through her achievement in ‘Sirasa Super Star’, Manjula has been able to establish her own identity in the field of music today.

Having worked with veteran music directors like Navarathne Gamage, Kasun Kalhara and well known lyricists like Upul Shantha Sannasgala, Manjula has sung over 10 songs which are her own.
“Sirasa produced five songs for me and I was able to gather a lot of experience as I worked with experts in the industry,” said Manjula. With her skill and talent she had been able to win over the audience during this short period of time. Manjula’s songs have become top hits in both radio stations and TV stations. The popular song of Hiru FM’s radio drama, Anuththara is a work by Manjula which is a major hit these days among the youth. Manjula said that variety in her songs have enabled her grasp the audience. “Whenever I participate in outdoor musical shows I get requests for my songs from different generations and I think the variety in the songs have helped me to reach fans of all ages,” enthused Manjula.

Manjula’s talent has extended towards the silver screen too. She has been singing background music as well. Speaking about how she started singing film songs, Manjula remarked that during the ‘Sirasa Super Star’ show, renowned actor Sanath Gunathilake had commented on her talent promising that he would give her a chance to sing in one of his films, when he had attended the show as a judge. Subsequently, she had got a break to sing a song for the film Ramasaraya.
“The song I sang for Ramasaraya has not been released yet, but the song I sang for the movie Hadawatha Mal Yayai was well received by my fans,” said Manjula enthusiastically. Currently, she is working in another film song. The film is titled, Visirunu Mal.

Talking further about her present projects, she said she is working on her very first music album. She said that her main objective of releasing a music CD is to deliver something creative and entertaining for her fans and that she is taking time to launch her album because she wants the best selection of songs to be in it. She further said she will be releasing a video of one of her songs once she has decided on a director and a sponsor. “ “Most probably I will do a video for the song in Anuththara as most people hear it only through radio, but the most important thing is to find a good director for the video,” said Manjula.

Commenting on stars that are born through reality shows, Manjula said, “I think most stars disappear with time because they do not give what the audience expects from them. We should be mindful of our creations because our fans expect good quality entertainment from us. So, to survive in the industry I think one should use their talents to deliver good performances and being humble is essential since we have a lot to learn,” said Manjula.
As to her future plans, she said that she is hoping to do more creative songs and improve her music band.
“I am also looking forward to learn more about music as a subject and as a hobby and I am planning to learn beauty culture as well for my personal well being” added Manjula.

Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake

ETV – Spirit of a new era

By Sarashi Samarasinghe
ETV has been revolutionising the English Media landscape and has been bringing the best of English TV entertainment to its viewers.
This October, ETV takes Sri Lankan English language television to a whole new level.
ETV is now on Dialog TV and can be watched no matter where you are in Sri Lanka.
All Dialog TV subscribers will now have access to ETV free of charge. The signing ceremony of this new endeavour was recently held at the Longdon Room of Hotel Taj Samudra.
ETV’s strategic move will make the channel reach out to the audience all over the island that enjoys watching high quality English Programmes.

CEO and Managing Director of Vanguard Management Services Pvt.Ltd., Lakshman Bandaranayake and CEO of Dialog TV, Nushad Perera signed the official contract to telecast ETV as a separate free channel on the Dialog TV platform.

Speaking at the ceremony, Bandaranayake said that they have always had a special bonding with the Dialog team and that they are quite confident that this tie up will give them some relief.
“Thirteen years back ETV was a 100% American television channel, but later on the media landscape brought the channel closer to the audience with a great lineup of programmes,” he added.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Perera said that Dialog TV is constantly innovative and at the moment they have reached up to an audience of 200,000.

Now ETV is all about people you know, places you know and issues that matter because ETV’s newest lineup of programmes is a celebration of cosmopolitan lifestyle in Sri Lanka.
With its new channel programming strategy, ETV will be positioned as the channel that brings the best of ‘local lifestyle entertainment’ to your TV screens. ETV is going to be about ‘people you know and the Sri Lankan life you relate to!’
So, keep watching ETV – the spirit of a new era.


John and Bips to celebrate Durga Puja together…

Bollywood hunky man John Abraham will be joining his girlfriend Bipasha Basu for the upcoming Durga Puja in her native place at Kolkata.
The star will be savouring ‘puchkas’ and visiting the pandals with Bipasha at Ballygunge where she grew up.
“Yes, I will be celebrating Durga Puja in Kolkata. I had also stayed in Ballygunge for nine years and I am very attached to that place,” said the actor who is busy promoting his upcoming flick Jhootha Hi Sahi in the capital city Delhi.
“I had a very tight schedule and not much time to spend in Delhi, so I was not able to attend any of the Commonwealth events,” John added.
Linking his real life to reel life, John said that similar to his character of a liar Sid in Jhootha Hi Sahi, he sometimes lies to Bipasha.
“If I lie it shows on my face. But I think white-lies are ok as long it does not hurt or harm someone,” said the actor. Hope you are listening Bips…

Neetu Chandra has narrow shave

‘Godavari’ fame Neetu Chandra, who is a busy actress in Kollywood, was seriously injured in her Tamil film ‘Aadhi Bhagawan’ shooting. A bullet has kissed Neetu Chandra’s lips and she was seriously injured. 
Going into depth of news Jeyam Ravi and Neetu Chandra are paired in a Tamil film ‘Aadhi Bhagawan’ directed by Ameer. Shooting for the film took place in Thailand. A fighting scene was shot recently when a bullet brushed Neetu Chandra’s lips and injured her.
Wall Street Money Never Sleeps

Now Showing at Liberty Cinema

Gordon Gekko has just been released from prison. Despite his initial attempts to warn Wall Street of the forthcoming economic downturn and stock market crash, no one in the financial world believes him due to his conviction for financial crimes. Gekko decides to refocus his attention on rebuilding his relationship with his estranged daughter, Winnie. Due to their time apart, and the fact that Winnie blames Gekko for her brother Rudy’s suicide, she avoids any contact with him.
At the same time, the mentor of young Wall Street trader Jacob unexpectedly dies, and Jacob suspects his hedge fund manager of being involved in the death. Jacob, who is Winnie’s fiancé, seeks revenge and agrees to Gekko’s offer of help, in return for which Jacob agrees to help Gekko with Winnie.