earns kudos for versatility
Susitha R. Fernando
'Malani Fonseka is one of the two outstanding names in
Sri Lankan cinema' said Bandula Padmakumara a member of the Organizing
Committee of the Malani
Fonseka Felicitation Ceremony.
James Pieris being the other giant in the local cinema, Malani after
her great contribution to the local cinema easily occupies the next
slot" said Mr. Padmakumara at a conference held to inform the
media about the arrangements made to celebrate the part played by
the versatile and veteran actress in the field of cinema throughout
the last four decades.
comprising journalists, actors, film directors and those others
both involved in and out of the industry has planned a number of
events to felicitate Malani Fonseka.
the theatre, Malani acted in the play titled 'Noratha Ratha' in
1963 which launched her on a successful stage career culminating
in her acting in 14 plays in the following five years time.
debut in the film 'Punchi Baba' in 1968 she has acted in 142 films
during her 35-year cinematic career in addition to many other roles
she played backstage on both the silver and small screen. During
this time she won almost all the annual awards in various categories
in the local scene. Some of them are Deepashika awards for the popular
actress, Presidential awards for the Best actress, and Sarasavi
awards for both Popular and Best actress many times. In addition
she also was honoured with OCIC and Swarna Sanka awards for talent
and creative acting ability.
formal schooling she displayed her inborn talent for acting in almost
all the roles she played on screen.
her talent was exploited for financial gain by some directors film
makers like Lester James Pieris, Dharmasena Pathiraja, Wasantha
Obeysekera, Sugathapala Senarath Yapa, Amaranath Jayathilake, Sunil
Ariyaratne, Wijeya Dharmasri and Parakrama Niriella were able to
identify the versatility in this actress. Malani was the first Sri
Lankan actress to reach international heights winning awards at
Moscow International Film Festival in 1975 and New Delhi Film Festival
this gifted actress a number of events have been organised and the
main event- the film-week with twenty-one films in which Malani
played lead roles will be held starting from April 23 with three
shows at 10 am, 2 pm and 6 pm daily at Elphinstone theatre till
will be as follows:- April 23 -'Thushara' 'Adare Hithenawa Dekama'
and 'Punchi Baba', April 24 'Suhada Pathum', 'Anthima Re' and 'Aradana',
April 25- 'Hondata Hondai', 'Higana Kolla and 'Siri Medura', April
26- 'Madu Samaya' 'Susi' and 'Nidhanaya', April 27- 'Kawda Rajah',
'Kasthuri Suwanda' and 'Siripala and Ranmenika', April 28- 'Wasana',
'Edath Suraya Adath Suraya and Hathara Denama Surayo' and April
29 'Induta Malmitak', 'Awa Soya Adare' and 'Udu Sulanga' will be
screened. This would be the only occasion that 'Udu Sulanga' directed
by H. D. Premaratne will be screened as it was not screened earlier
and was held up due to the production problem. The programme will
end with the final ceremony at BMICH on April 30- which is Malani's
Palama':Old theme on a new time belt
Palama'- 'Cactus Bridge' is the miniplay scheduled to be telecast
in the new
teledrama belt, at 7.00 pm every Tuesday on Swarnavahini.
consisting of 18 episodes was directed by Sumith Kumara while G.
Mampitiya does the production. In the cast are Jagath Benaragama,
Ruwanthi Mangala, Edward Guna-wardena, Biyanka Shayamali, Manike
Attanayake, Daya Alwis, Suminda Sirisena, Daminda Samarakkody, and
Daya Sooriyarachchi, 'Pathok Palama' shows how the shortsighted
policies of young people could be detrimental to themselves as to
well as society.
The story talks
of two young people; boy and a girl who are coming from two different
back grounds and fall in love with each other. They are determined
to go ahead with their plans despite the opposition from their parents.
Kandyan stock, Heentenne School Master and his wife, Heentenne Hamine
are a peaceful couple who lead a traditional family life.
At the commencement
of the story, their son Jagath Heentenne is preparing for the University
falls in love with a young girl, Nirmala. Parents come to know about
this clandestine love affair through the secret information supplied
-by Punchirala, the domestic aide. Mrs. Heentenna summons Nirmala's
mother warns her to stop her daughter's connection with Jagath.
this information, Nirmala's mother Seelawathie, chides her daughter
about this. However the love affair continues unabated. Ultimately
Jagath, disregarding his hereditary lineage, elopes with Nirmala
and gets married to her.
him being cut off from the Heentenne family. The newly wedded couple
settles in a small house situated close to the residence of Dabares'
who are loyal to Jagath's parents. Dabare is a foreman working in
a Project and lives with his wife and daughter. Jagath has no job
and his wife gets conceived during this time. The young couple faces
a lot of financial problems.
that their married life is not easy as they expected. Finally Jagath
finds a job as an embalmer in a funeral undertakers firm. It is
at this time Nirmala gives birth to their baby. Financial problems
get more and more acute leading to family conflicts.
At the end
Jagath decides to rob Dabare's house.
leads to a number of unexpected incidents in Jagath and Nirmala's
family. Jagath is even arrested of murder charges. When all the
problems get resolved, many changes had taken place in their lives.
new tele on Sirasa TV
"Samartha", a miniplay woven around a girl who
starts a mission to uncover the mysterious
murder of her sister is telecast every Monday at 8.25 pm on Sirasa
The main cast
in 'Samartha' includes Angela Seneviratne, Cyril Dharmawardena,
Sanath Wimalaweera, Nayana Kumari Mahendra Perera, Vishaka Siriwardena,
Gayana Sudarshani and Nirdha Uyanhewa.
the protagonist is an orphan who is brought up by her grandmother.
Her elder sister Nipuni and she had been abandoned by their mother
once the father died whilst they were very young.
elder sister, who was working in a restaurant in the hill-country
suddenly disappears and Samartha goes in search of her elder sister
to the restaurant where she worked.
through a number of obstacles she finds out that her elder sister
has been killed. She also comes to know that the owner of the restaurant
where her murdered sister worked, Frank is an illicit drug dealer.
She finds out
her sister has been murdered by Frank's thugs after he had come
to know about the identity of Nipuni. Frank becomes suspicious about
Samartha's behaviour and sacks her from her job.
At this time
Samartha has fallen in love with Ananda, a singer who plays in the
restaurant at night.
who continues with her objective finds out that Frank's wife, Rosy
has a relationship in her life. She begins to unravel this relationship.
At this stage
Frank's main rival is the Balawardena, a politician in the area.
Frank has already become a target of a group of thugs hired by Balawardena.
become their victim? Would Samartha be able to overcome her mission?
All these and
many other queries will be solved at the end.
filmed by Sisira Jayadeva and art direction is by Ajith Hakwella.
and directed by Chandraratne Mapitigama to the production of Sunil
&The Magic Lamp' at Russian Centre
The ever popular children's film 'Aladdin & The Magic
Lamp' will be screened at the Russian Centre in Colombo on the April
26 at 6.00 pm.
movie is directed by Boris Ritserev. Bons Brestrorv, Dodo Vhogovadze,
Sarry Karrie, Andreyi Fait, Otar Koberidze and Ekakrina, Verulashivili
star in 'Aladdin & The Magic Lamp'.
of the film is one and a half hours. For further details contact
Chandi on 685429 at Russian Centre.