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Is Chairman NFC above the court of law ?

We recenty come across a notification issued by the Chairman of the National Film Corporation requesting to collect an additional Rs. 30/= from the second run ‘Aba’ film collection centres, which is highly irregular for the following reasons:-

1.The Chairman of the National Film Corporation was prevented from issuing any directions or notifications by the Court of Law pending a Court decision. Hence this direction amounts to contempt of Court.

2.As per Corporation directions, 55% of the collection is payable from Opening and first run films and 40% from Second run films which has been the rule throughout.

3.When lower rates were charged from release centres, one wonders how the Corporation gives directions to charge a higher rate as the Producers share from the other run films of the outstation small cinemas.

4.The excuse given was that, "Aba" film producers spent much money to produce the film and that they could not cover their costs even after running the film for 100 days. In this regard,

i. Has the producer forwarded the actual costs incurred duly audited by a Chartered Auditor.
ii What is the Producers share and the gross income so far collected from the film?
iii. What is the loss or profit so far?
iv. Has the Chairman, Film Corporation gone through these accounts?

5. In the past too, people did produce films with good artistic quality and incurred losses but were never compensated by the Corporation.

6.We believe that film exhibitors and patrons are not responsible for losses incurred by Producers. There is no such rule and if so does the Producer distribute profits to exhibitors and patrons?

7.We believe that this action is solely for the purpose of helping political stooges at the expense of the exhibitors and poor patrons from the villages.

- Patrons and Exhibitors

Challenge ahead for Derana

Rowan Aniff of Colombo 13 writes...

"Derana" Video Music Awards presentation, held sometime back at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium was not without its drawbacks and short-comings. To start with, the sound system was faulty and at times not audible at all. On several instances the microphones gave way. There was a mix-up in the names when Romesh Kaluwitharana desperately tried to announce the winner of a particular Award.
Narada, the Master of Ceremonies and the female compere were mediocre in their performances and presentation. A more professional outfit would have been a better choice. Some of the jokes cracked that evening did not evoke any laughter from the audience.

Though this show resembled a similarity to those presented by their counterpart "Sirasa", it lacked the finesse and finery of a Musical production of International repute.

The "Wide Angle" a group of music enthusiasts rallied together to launch on their award-winning song "Massinna", even though there was nothing sensational or significant about this number. The only consolation was that this song happened to be rendered by Gayan, the son of a reputed Singer, Sunil Perera and backed by the group "Daddy".

"Derana" should avoid imitating others. They should be more realistic, innovative and authentic in their future efforts if they are to make a name in the most competitive world of entertainment. A mere change of titles will not make any significant effect. An overall transformation is of utmost importance.


P. Ranatunge of Havelock Town, Colombo writes.......

I.T.N. going through many strides and challenges since its inception in 1979 as the pioneer T.V. station has reached the zenith of magnificence as the most popular T.V. channel according to Survey Research Lanka.

The break through to the top most slot kindled with the ever popular ‘Atapattama’ the wonder tele magic that created a sensation in the annals of Sri Lanka T.V. Subsequently the line up of mega tele dramas such as ‘Paba’, ‘Muthu Kirilli’ and ‘Ithin Ita Passe’ kept up the momentum ticking and catapulted I.T.N. to dizzy heights in popularity. Thus the mega line up opened the flood gates of mass audiences into I.T.N. channel. The impact of mega tide has stirred the heart strings of tele viewers to the extent of driving them crazily awaiting to enjoy the audio and visual delicacies served from 7.30 p.m. daily over I.T.N.

Leaving the pros and cons of mega tele dramas to those concerned on the subject, one shouldn't overlook the fact that mass tele audiences invariably prefer for light entertainment back at home in the evenings after hustle and bustle of days chore and various rendezvoused of life. In that regard I.T.N. has appropriately lined up a fantastic tele fiesta.

Among its many dramas that tease, tickle and titillate the hearts and minds of viewers ‘Muthu Kirilli’ is outstanding. Two innovative aspects could be attributed to its success and immense popularity. Firstly the stellar cast of new young talented debutants play superbly in lead and challenging roles, non second to veterans such as H.A. Perera and Irangani Serasinghe in it and almost on par with them.
Mega tele dramas which swayed the local tele scene spontaneously are likely to hold air waves for sometime.

A big applaud to Rajiv Sebastian

Music Lover from Colombo 5 writes....

The Legends of Sri Lankan Pop at the BMICH on Nov. 11 It was a show that was packed with a full housed audience who enjoyed the whole show. Even though started later than the time stated, featuring about 22 artistes, who were youngsters in the 60's and 70's, some specially flown from overseas gave us a rare opportunity to see them all in one night!

Organising a show of this calibre is no easy as we all know, but RAJIV has proved that hard work can bring good results. Well done Rajiv! And a thank you to the sponsors as well, also to the band members.

Compared to some of the shows, at the same venue, this was indeed a spectacular star studded event, with Channa Upuli dancers bringing another artistic talent alive.

A real tribute to the artistes!!

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