D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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. ...


Farewell, Sir Christopher Lee

/ Saturday, 13 June 2015 00:10

Legendary movie villain played Dracula, Fu Manchu, Scaramanga, Saruman and Dooku ​ Sir Christopher Lee   ...


Cannes award-winning ‘Dheepan’ arouses much interest in Sri Lanka

/ Saturday, 6 June 2015 00:20

  Cannes is a city on the picturesque French Riviera-Mediterranean coast in South-Eastern France. It is classified as a Fre...


P. Leela, ‘forgotten’ singer who sang unforgettable film songs

/ Saturday, 23 May 2015 00:10

Baburaj, Abhayadev and P. Leela in an undated recording session     I was pleasantly surprised thi...


Katharine “Kate” Hepburn holds Oscar record for most wins in acting category

/ Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:31

 Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year 12 May was the birthday of an actress who was described by...


Gregory Peck’s flu cured by ginger-coriander tea when filming in Ceylon

/ Sunday, 10 May 2015 16:45

The ‘Spotlight’ column returns after a lengthy interval. The focus this time is on American actor Gregory Peck. There is no particular rea...


Monumental rise of a mischievous boy from Medamulana

/ Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:47

Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa, known to his country and the world at large as Mahinda Rajapaksa, celebrated his 69th birthday yesterday (18 November). Sri...


Gamini Fonseka and Lester James Peries Cinematic relationship of an actor and director

/ Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:10

Ten years ago on 30 September the brightest light of Sri Lankan cinema went out. Gamini Fonseka, the monarch of Sinhala moviedom, passed away peac...


Jayalalithaa in her actress avatar sparkled on the silver screen

/ Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:37

The recent conviction and consequent imprisonment of Jayalalithaa Jayaram on charges of acquiring disproportionate wealth during her past term of offi...


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Invest in Sri Lanka needs a step change in strategy

31 May 2016

In the backdrop of the financial crisis, when the dreaded flood hit Sri Lanka, my mind went back to the time of 2007/08 when the war was ranging at its highest with the prices of petroleum touching $ 150 and foreign reserves were at just one month...


Recent floods, culprits galore

31 May 2016

The country suffered from an unprecedented drought from January to April and the populace faced the highest temperatures for decades. The monsoon was late and the arrival of rains in early May brought relief, but in a couple of weeks the relief wa...


Handagama’s latest indictment: Fantasising educated middle class should wake up from their dreams

30 May 2016

   A film director famous for indicting others Asoka Handagama, an award-winning film director of international repute, has been known for using his medium to serve contemporary society with indictments. His first movie, &lsquo...


Container fleet growth slows to lowest level

30 May 2016

Container fleet growth slows to lowest level The lowest fleet growth on record will not stop the containership fleet breaking through the 20 million TEU mark this year, according to analysis from Bimco. The shipping association said the fleet wo...


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