D.B.S. Jeyaraj

“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. ...


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...


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Banality of evil

27 August 2016

Namal Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was interviewed recently on television. By and large the tone of the lengthy interview, nearly two hours in duration, was defensive, an attempt at validat...


Fast-track reforms to address skill gaps

26 August 2016

 The Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit (HCS) served as a platform for a dialogue between policymakers, business leaders, industry experts and global thought leaders. The conference also served as a platform to identify solutions to bridge the sk...


An old presidential ethic, or a new political culture?

26 August 2016

  THE X FILES – the more some things change, the more they remain the same… You could think we would know better by now not to make future heroes out of former zeroes. We have had our idolatrous fingers burned by ...


Post-Paada Yathra – Punditry and Polemics

26 August 2016

 Confusing friend and foe with right and wrong is an occupational hazard of partisan commentators. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is no exception to the rule. Despite the voluntary stepping on a discursive banana skin, his latest essay ‘Politic...


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