D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Vasantha Obeysekere, his house on Lauries Road and ‘Dadayama’

/ Saturday, 6 May 2017 00:02

    Versatile Film Director and Script Writer Vasantha Obeysekere breathed his last on 8 April. Vasantha, born on 29 Dece...


Lester James Peries, the legendary pioneer of authentic Sri Lankan cinema

/ Saturday, 8 April 2017 00:02

    The doyen of Sinhala cinema celebrated his 98th birthday on 5 April     ...


First Sinhala talkie ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ was released 70 years ago

/ Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:20

History was made 70 years ago when the film ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ (Broken Promise) premiered at the Kingsley Theatre in Colombo on 21 Ja...


Action hero Gamini Fonseka was the first superstar of Sinhala cinema

/ Saturday, 24 December 2016 00:10

‘Spotlight’ beams this week on Gamini Fonseka, the first superstar of Sinhala cinema. I had begun preparing this article many ...


When actress Jayalalithaa reigned as uncrowned Queen of Tamil cinema

/ Saturday, 17 December 2016 00:10

The recent demise of alluring actress turned powerful politico Jayalalithaa Jayaram has caused a void in the politics of India’s Tam...


Maestro W. D. Amaradeva created a distinctive genre of Sinhala music

/ Saturday, 3 December 2016 00:10

     Renowned Sri Lankan vocalist, violinist and music composer W.D. Amaradeva passed away in a Colombo hospital on ...


“Marikkar” Ramdas: The Brahmin who transformed into a Muslim

/ Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:05

        “Marikkar” Ramdas has passed away! Sadness spread among numerous fa...


Southern skylark Susheela soars to ‘record’ heights in singing film songs

/ Saturday, 11 June 2016 00:10

   An indispensable feature of Indian language films are the song sequences. The songs are usually picturised on actors ...


An ‘affair’ of the mind between a nubile undergrad and her ageing professor

/ Saturday, 28 May 2016 00:36

Asoka Handagama Asoka Handagama’s latest film ‘Let Her Cry’ is currently being shown in theatres on a limited run from 13...


Kandy-born actor-politico “MGR” reigned supreme in Tamil Nadu cinema and politics

/ Saturday, 20 February 2016 00:05

There was a time when the magical initials MGR were a household name in the Tamil-speaking homes of countries with a substantial populatio...


‘Lanka-friendly’ Indian actress Asin weds entrepreneur Rahul in grand style

/ Friday, 29 January 2016 23:43

An adorable actress with lovely looks being swept off her feet by an efficacious entrepreneur with dashing features into...


Uncrowned monarch of humorous actors in Tamil movies

/ Saturday, 19 December 2015 00:56

By D. B. S. Jeyaraj An integral part of the Tamil Film tradition has been humour. While a few films have been devoted to comedy al...


Villain of Tamil cinema who terrified people with his grimaces and scowls

/ Saturday, 28 November 2015 00:20

The eighth death anniversary of a man named Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar or M.N. Nambiar fell on 19 November. He was 89 years of age at the t...


Gamini Fonseka, Lester James Peries and the milestone movie ‘Nidhanaya’

/ Saturday, 3 October 2015 00:10

Gamini Fonseka    Sembuge Gamini Shelton Fonseka, known generally as Gamini Fonseka – the uncrowned monarc...


Indigenous Tamil cinema in Sri Lanka before ‘Black July’

/ Saturday, 26 September 2015 00:02

 Athanas Jesurasa ​ “Yaarlpaanam” (Jaffna/Yapanaya) regarded by many as the cultural capital of the &ld...


Geetha stars in new role as Galle MP

/ Saturday, 5 September 2015 00:01

Geetha Kumarasinghe ​ Elections are over and a new Parliament has been elected. The political excitement howeve...


Remembering Kadirgamar on his 10th death anniversary

/ Saturday, 8 August 2015 00:00

Lakshman Kadirgamar   ‘Spotlight’ will move away from its usual focus on movies and movie-related topics ...


M.S. Viswanathan and T.K. Ramamurthy, the ‘Monarchs of Light Music’ in Tamil cinema

/ Saturday, 18 July 2015 00:05

The Chief Minster greets the recipients of the award MSV and TKR as Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan look on Watching Tamil mo...


“Kaadhal Mannan” Gemini Ganesan, romantic actor king of Tamil cinema

/ Saturday, 11 July 2015 00:05

In writing last week about legendary film actor Tony Ranasinghe, I referred to the comment by Malani Fonseka about Tony being the...


Tony Ranasinghe: the greatest character actor and romantic lover in Sinhala cinema

/ Saturday, 4 July 2015 01:30

    “Tony as an actor is the best character-based actor not even witnessed in the Indian screen. ...


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On which “beast’s” back does the burden of governance (not) rest?

23 June 2017

I was very hopeful when circumstances necessitated a national government of sorts in a hazy summer concatenation now long forgotten. At the time, we all thought the union of two major mainstream mindsets would result in a smorgasbord of good thing...


Yes or no to Paris Accord; let us reassess climate change

23 June 2017

By K.C. Somaratna Introduction I attended an international conference titled ‘Climate Change: Facing the challenge beyond COP 21’ in Colombo in February 2017. The conference attracted climate scientists from many countr...


Education allocations must target youth unemployment

23 June 2017

There is now a commitment to increase the number of students entering universities by 2020 and also to allocate more funds for vocational training.  The current intake into government universities is around 25,000 per year. Nearly 60% (150,...


Our tryst with mosquitoes!

22 June 2017

This small specie – small in size but quite big in impact – is creating havoc among us these days. The Government has a serious emergency at hand consequent to mosquito bites and specifically the bites of one species – Aedes aegy...


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