TV Guide Magazine  


Gearing for ‘SIGNIS Awards – 2010’

Sarashi Samarasinghe
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. Sunil Ariyaratne.

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 cinema festival.

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 artists.
“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.

‘Matara Blue Thunder’

win dance show

‘Matara Blue Thunder,’ a group from Matara, took the group title at the recently concluded ‘Derana City of Dance – Season 2’ which was held at the National Youth Services Council indoor stadium, Maharagama.
‘Colombo Crazy Rockers’ emerged runners-up.
Those who took part were gathered from the four corners of the island and faced judges collectively (Groups) or as individuals after being selected to face the final round.
The individual event was taken by Dilshara Ushani (Kurunegala Super Eagle) while H.K. Rangajeewa was adjudged runner-up.
The finalists were selected by short message service (SMS) voting.
The judges were Upeksha Swarnamali, Kevin Nugera, Mohan Sudusinghe and Himali Siriwardene. (DP)
Guzaarish – 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 remarkable journey.
Star cast
Hrithik Roshan...... Ethan Mascarenhas
Aishwarya Rai...... Sophie D’souza
Aditya Roy Kapur...... Omar Siddiqui
Monikangana Dutta...... Estella Francis
Rajit Kapoor
Shernaz Patel...... Devyani Dutta
Sanjay Lafont...... Father Samuel
Nafisa Ali...... Isabel Mascarenhas
Suhel Seth...... Dr. Nayak
Vijay Crishna
Ash Chandler...... Yasser Siddiqui 
Director:   Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producer:   Sanjay Leela Bhansali,  Ronnie Screwvala
Music director:   Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

RC pushed to help CB

Ram Gopal Varma’s bi-lingual film ‘Raththa Charithiram’ was slated for release on November 19 and the promotions were on. But now we hear that the film has been pushed by a week to release on November 26. The postponement is to accommodate ‘Chikku Bhukku’ starring Arya and Shriya.
After hearing RC release, it is said that Arya approached Durai Dhayanidhi whose Cloud Nine Movies is distributing Tamil ‘Raththa Charithiram’ and requested him to push it by a week so that his ‘Chikku Bhukku’ will have a safe run for at least a week.
A similar request was also extended to the hero Suriya and both of them agreed. Similarly Shriya also appealed to Ram Gopal Varma for a change.
Heeding all the requests Durai Dhayanidhi has decided to release ‘Raththa Charithiram’ on November 26. That is what you call camaraderie. Gen-Y always makes a difference you see.