|Gearing for ‘SIGNIS
Awards – 2010’
The most awaited awards night of the year ‘SIGNIS Awards –
2010’ will be held on November 26 at the Bandaranaike
Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) under the
patronage of SIGNIS Sri Lanka.
The chief guest for the event will be Kalakeerthi D.B.
Nihalsinghe and the main speech will be delivered by Dr.
Addressing a media briefing held recently regarding the
awards ceremony at the Mass Communication Centre, Borella,
Director, National Catholic Organization for Mass
Communication, Rev. Benedict Joseph said “The International
Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual (OCIC) Sri
Lanka is the 424th branch of the OCIC international.”
According to him, the Marianum Institute founded by Rev.
Thomas Cooray on May 2, 1958 has been the foundation of
establishing a branch of OCIC international in Sri Lanka.
“The main intention of this institute was to be active as an
investigation centre for radio and cinema as well as to
function as a commentary institute,” he added.
Rev. Joseph further stated that there were 10 main
intentions in starting OCIC Sri Lanka, namely: to admire the
cinema as a fully inherited art, and as a mass communicative
media to grow cinema education-friendly connections,
exchange of information among their members, artists, cinema
organisations within and among viewers nationally and
internationally, to assist, encourage and to support local
film makers in producing high quality shows which include
human virtues, cinematic picture, educational value and
entertainment, to enhance the power of appreciation,
research and education about the national and the
international cinema, to present awards to the best national
and Sinhala films that are annually being screened, to
select and send Sri Lankan films to other international and
national film festivals through the international catholic
He said that the concept also envisaged for jury
representing the same committee to prepare an annual volume
about cinema to publish different manuscripts and researches
about cinema, to organise affiliated institutes or cinematic
assembly branches in districts, villages and in different
institutes and also to grow cultural proclamations,
spiritual value advancements and humanity within cinema and
“Awards will be presented this year for two cinematic years
2008 and 2009, and there are 13 main film awards and 13 main
tele awards to be presented,” said Rev. Joseph.
According to him, 11 episode tele dramas were telecast in
the year 2008 while 9 films were screened in the same year.
“When looking at the year 2009, 15 episode tele dramas
were telecast and 15 films screened,” he added.
Rev. Joseph emphasised that they are hoping to start a
television and radio diploma programme by mid January next
year and that the programmes include many features such as
producing and voice training.
“We are also hoping to start short-term programme courses
and are looking forward to organise a foreign film festival
in the near future,” he added.
– tumultuous story of a magician
Now Showing at Liberty Cinema
The verdant green landscape, the magnetic blue waters and
the warm bright sunshine of beautiful Goa is home to one of
the greatest magicians of his time, Ethan Mascarenhas.
Presently hosting a radio show that spreads magic and hope
and laughter through his irrepressible wit and humour to
every listener and caller, it is difficult to imagine that
this is a man who has been immobilised with a spinal injury
for the last fourteen years of his life.
Ethan is aided through every moment of his present life by
the epicenter of his world – his nurse, Sofia D’Souza.
Theirs is a love beautiful in its implicit silence,
unwavering in its quiet strength and spirited in their
constant verbal sparring.
On the 14th anniversary of his accident, Ethan decides to
seek control over his own life. He makes a petition to the
court that shocks the world and leaves Sofia in an impasse
that challenges their relationship and their love. Alongside
all the tumult that follows, a young man named Omar Siddiqui
bursts into Ethan’s world with a single-minded desire to
learn magic from the very best. While on one hand Ethan
passes on his magical legacy, on the other, he fights
tooth-and-nail to demand the most basic right that every
human being is entitled to – the right to his own life.
The ethics, the morality, the kindness and cruelty of this
mission creates a storm in all the lives that it envelops
and its resolution forms the startling conclusion of Ethan’s
Hrithik Roshan...... Ethan Mascarenhas
Aishwarya Rai...... Sophie D’souza
Aditya Roy Kapur...... Omar Siddiqui
Monikangana Dutta...... Estella Francis
Shernaz Patel...... Devyani Dutta
Sanjay Lafont...... Father Samuel
Nafisa Ali...... Isabel Mascarenhas
Suhel Seth...... Dr. Nayak
Ash Chandler...... Yasser Siddiqui
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ronnie Screwvala
Music director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali.