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Sajith’s sanitary pad pledge and the popular Hindi film ‘Pad Man’

Views - 6291 Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:50

The titles of two popular films figured prominently in the English language mainstream and social media during the course of Sri Lanka’s 2019 Presidential Election campaign. One was the English science fiction film ‘Terminator’ made in the USA


Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan wins prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Views - 9381 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:20

Legendary Hindi film actor Amitabh Bachchan will be the latest recipient of India’s celebrated Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year. The annual award honours a distinguished person in the field of cinema for his or her “outstandi


Sunil Ariyaratne brings W.A. Silva’s ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’ to screen

Views - 4446 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:20

When Professor Sunil Ariyaratne was studying for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level in 1963 at St. John’s College, Nugegoda, one of his favourite textbooks was W.A. Silva’s novel ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’.


Singer-Actress Doris Day’s evergreen signature song ‘Que Sera Sera’

Views - 8297 Saturday, 27 July 2019 11:00

When I was just a little kid enrolled at the Santa Maria Montessori school in Wattala, a song we sang without knowing its meaning then was ‘Que Sera Sera’; when I was a boy studying at S. Thomas’ Preparatory School in Kollupitiya, a song we wer


Cardinal reaches out to Muslims after Sunday violence in Negombo

Views - 6155 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:05

Negombo, called Meegamuwa in Sinhala and Neerkozhumbu in Tamil, is a multi-ethnic coastal town 31 km to the north of Colombo. The ethnic breakdown in Negombo is roughly 75% Sinhalese, 14% Muslim and 9% Tamil people. The population is mainly Christian


M.N. Nambiar: Birth centenary of Tamil cinema’s greatest screen villain

Views - 5860 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:55

Thursday 7 March this year was the birth centenary of Indian film actor Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar known to the world at large as M.N. Nambiar. The great Thespian who made a name for himself by acting in negative roles was hailed by many as the greate


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Views - 5852 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:20

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Remembering Lasantha Wickrematunge on the 10th anniversary of his assassination

Views - 4372 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:15

‘Spotlight’ shines for the first time in the new year. Although devoted in principle to films, film personalities and film-related matters, the column will deviate in practice this week to focus on a renowned Sri Lankan newspaper Editor whose con


Rightfully restored Premier Ranil may hold early Parliamentary elections

Views - 5562 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:01

The seven-week-long curse which blighted this beautiful and bountiful land from 26 October onwards ended over the mid-December weekend.On Saturday 15 December former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa terminated his illegitimate t


A salute to a heroic Speaker

Views - 7660 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:20

The Sri Lankan Legislature has witnessed many controversial happenings over the years. The august assembly’s humdrum existence and insipid routine has often given way to bursts of excitement by the unusual, irreverent conduct of its members.


Lankan pop singer A.E. Manoharan failed to shine as film actor ‘ Ceylon Manohar ’

Views - 8317 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:20

Anthonypillai Emmanuel Manoharan known to the world at large as A. E. Manoharan was a multi-faceted personality possessing many talents. He was a singer, musician, broadcaster and stage and screen actor but it was his singing that brought him great h


In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Views - 7734 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:15

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Tanya Ekanayake releases second solo album, ‘ Twelve Piano Prisms ’

Views - 4945 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:21

‘Spotlight’ shines this week on a remarkable Sri Lankan woman whose qualitative contribution to the realm of music has been noteworthy. Although devoted in principle to films, film personalities and film-related matters, this column will deviate


Tony Ranasinghe was not the conventional Sinhala hero but a new kind of modern hero

Views - 3590 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:12

Ranasinghe Hettiarachchilage Ignatius Anthony de Silva, known to the world at large by his stage cum screen name Tony Ranasinghe, was one of Sri Lankan cinema’s handsomest and most lovable actors. He excelled in playing both lead and character role


Dynamic duality of Tony Ranasinghe

Views - 2673 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:11

Several dashing and debonair actors have graced the Sinhala silver screen over the years. Arguably the most lovable among these cinematic heroes was the dynamic Tony Ranasinghe who acted in both lead as well as character roles.


DMK Chief “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi excelled as a Tamil film script writer

Views - 2772 Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:01

Muttuvel Karunanidhi, known to the Tamil-speaking world as “Kalaignar” (artiste), passed away at the age of 94 in Chennai on 7 August. Karunanidhi had been Chief Minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state for a total of 19 years. He was Chief Ministe


The sweet and sour real life romance of reel actors Savitri and Gemini

Views - 9100 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:20

The recent release and box-office success of the Telugu biographical movie ‘Mahanati’ (Great Actress) has created a great deal of interest in the famous South Indian actress Savitri. The bio-pic simultaneously released in Tamil as ‘Nadigaiyar


Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds): A realistic and authentic film

Views - 4506 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:20

Filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a bright star in the cinematic firmament of Sri Lanka. His second feature film ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds) is currently being screened in Sri Lanka. The film completed in 2016 has been shown at several inte


Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Views - 4401 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:35

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of


‘Rekava’ in 1956 revolutionised Sinhala cinema

Views - 4740 Saturday, 5 May 2018 01:00

The doyen of Sri Lankan cinema, Lester James Peries, has breathed his last. It has been my firm opinion that the master movie maker was Sri Lanka’s greatest film director. When I began the ‘Spotlight’ column focusing on films, film personaliti


P.B. Sreenivas and S. Janaki: Evergreen film songs of an endearing singer duo

Views - 3849 Saturday, 28 April 2018 01:00

Tamil film music has been enriched over the years by the immense contribution of non-Tamil music composers and playback singers of South Indian origin.


‘Wanda Pethi,’ ‘Digakalliya’ and the violence in Ampara

Views - 6719 Saturday, 17 March 2018 01:11

Sri Lanka, struggling for long to recover from the debilitating effects of a protracted civil war and progress resolutely along the road to economic prosperity, suffered a tremendous setback in the last days of February and early days of March with t


Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Views - 4750 Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:00

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted


Evergreen memories of actor-politician Vijaya Kumaratunga

Views - 6739 Saturday, 17 February 2018 01:00

Popular film actor-politician Vijaya Kumaratunga was shot dead in cold blood on 16 February 1988. He was standing near the front gate of his Kirulapone residence on Polhengoda road and talking to an acquaintance when the assailants travelling in a tw


Dharmasena Pathiraja – The Master Movie Maker

Views - 4274 Saturday, 10 February 2018 01:00

Renowned Sri Lankan film maker Dharmasena Pathiraja breathed his last on the morning of 28 January, 2018 at the Lakeside Hospital in Kandy. The 74-year-old academic cum film director, referred to as “Pathi” by almost everybody he interacted with,


“Rani” Deepika reigns as Queen of Hindi filmdom

Views - 3583 Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:55

After days of protests, demonstrations, threats and violence against its release, India’s ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ hit the screens on 25 January.


Sivaji, MGR, Gemini – The three kings of Tamil cinema heroes

Views - 5948 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:50

‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’ is a popular Christmas carol written and set to music by Rev. John Henry Hopkins Jnr in 1857. This is about the wise men mentioned in the Bible who came to Bethlehem with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to


Jacqueline Fernandez: Scintillating jewel of Sri Lanka

Views - 2059 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:45

‘Spotlight’ shines again after many weeks to focus on a luminous Sri Lankan star of Sri Lanka who has been illuminating the Hindi cinematic firmament for several years.


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

Views - 7033 Saturday, 6 May 2017 00:02

    Versatile Film Director and Script Writer Vasantha Obeysekere breathed his last on 8 April. Vasantha, born on 29 December 1937, was 79 years of age when he passed away peacefully in Colombo.  In a creative care


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

Views - 8033 Saturday, 8 April 2017 00:02

    The doyen of Sinhala cinema celebrated his 98th birthday on 5 April     If I were to pose the question “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best Lankan filmmaker


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Roots of the crisis

Saturday, 14 December 2019

The candidates who had genuinely contested the Presidential Election had elaborate and attractive election manifestos. But none of them had a pragmatic program to address the basic question of how to overcome the extensive crisis Sri Lanka is facing.


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Friday, 13 December 2019

It was a famous victory. A shadow of a doubt persists after an election commission member spoke up recently, after the event, about an alleged irregularity somewhere in the voting system works. But this would be churlish, buffoonish and academic to t


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Friday, 13 December 2019

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Friday, 13 December 2019

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