set to wed
By Ramesh Uvais
Some have it, some don't. But she has got it in
abundance. The silver screen's darling with dimples, Sangeetha Weeraratne
has that extra-ordinary ability to leap right out of the screen
straight into the hearts of the people, believes that hardwork,
commitment and loyalty combined with looks and talent are the key
ingredients for her so-far achieved success.
Weeraratne: 'I am getting married on December 10'
just 12 years in the industry, she has achieved what most would
take a lifetime, endorsing her acting talents in more than 50 films
including creations like Saptha Kanya, Aswesuma, Maruthaya, Dorakada
Marawa, Nomiyena Minisun, Kinihiriya Mal, Dawal Migel Re Deniel
No matter how
fulfilling a career may be, at the end of the day, the calling of
the heart and mind far outweigh the posh perks associated with the
lights, the recognition and the studio beats.
Just when she
is at the top, Sangeetha has made the judicious choice between the
personal and the professional.
the TV Times, Sangeetha appeared to be like a butterfly amidst speculation
that she is going to tie the knot with her real life hero.
Her smile widens
at once as I probe her about her Prince Charming and marriage.
I am getting married on December 10 and for me it's a dream come
true as I feel I have found my ideal life partner", she chuckles
with her dimplish smile flashing from all angles.
no ordinary man can be your husband and you're not the type to take
any rash decisions. Do you like to reveal more about your Mr. Right?',
he is Roshantha Kariyapperuma, a Colombo businessman. I have known
him for quite some time. We had casually spoken when we met at social
gatherings and he used to call me once in a way. But I never knew
he was interested in me until he recently made a proposal to my
parents through a common friend," her smile persists as she
describes her tale.
more about meeting Roshantha, Sangeetha says " Of course, it
was a coincidence. Recently when I was in Sweden representing 'Salelu
Warama' I was invited for a reception at the Sri Lankan Ambassador's
residence. Five other Lankan businessmen who were there on a business
mission were also invited and among them was Roshantha. In fact,
Roshantha was seated next to me, on my right and that was also a
coincidence. It was not intentional as seating arrangements were
handled by the Embassy. We discussed a lot of things there, but
certainly not romance and marriage," she emphasises.
touched upon general topics and I never felt him making indications
of any special interest towards me. But I found him to be a perfect
gentleman with a lot of depth. He is very attached to his family,
so I trust he would be an ideal husband. As a Buddhist, I always
look for a person's genuine qualities and the inside of a person
rather than the outward aspects," Sangeetha explains further.
As she grows
excited about her forthcoming marriage, I shift her attention to
her films and family. Having worked with more than 35 well-known
directors, Sangeetha has successfully portrayed heavy roles as well
as the so-called light roles in several box-office hits and has
bagged almost all prestigious awards including the Presidential,
OCIC and Swarna Sanka.
old girl of Methodist College, Colombo who made her debut with 'It's
a matter of time' as a 16-year-old in 1990, is certainly no stranger
to the film world. Her father Timothy Weeraratne is a well known
film director who owns the popular Timothy Studios Group. When he
made the film 'Sangeetha' in 1975, he little guessed that his daughter
would zoom to the silver screen's top bracket with the advance of
and mother Iranganie are certainly my towers of strength even today.
I still remember the advice my father gave me when I first joined
films and those valuable advice have helped me in a great way,"
Sangeetha elaborates adding that Malani Fonseka is her favourite
'How do you
feel about the large fan following you have across the country"'
a wonderful feeling that cannot be described in words. I love my
fans for my popularity depends on them. I love talking, smiling
and signing autographs when I meet people. That has become a way
of life for me and I treasure those moments," she flashes her
usual dimplish smile again.
is the lead girl in three films - Salelu Warama, Onna Babo and Love
2002, that are being screened now, is currently working on two films
while one is awaiting release.
But the adorable
girl who romanced in reel, will in less than six weeks from today,
play her real life role as a bride at the Colombo Hilton amidst
a distinguished star gathering.
the honesty, the looks, the spark and the determination. And we
need not even wish the 'Lux girl' best of luck since she has it
in abundance. She smiles rolling her eyes heavenwards, when I tell
Chandimal sings for charity
and the Second Connection", a popular outfit, will be having
their fifth concert at the BMICH on November 7.
will be staged in aid of Army Disabled Soldiers' Rehabilitation
Project through the Army Seva Vanitha Branch.
the other four concerts held at the BMICH, were for the same cause
and the proceedings has donated towards this project.
This time the
band will be playing about 25 songs with 20 dancing items handled
by Channa-Upuli dancers. Anushan and dance world, Kevin and Sundari
of El Latino and Solar Heat dancing group. The guest Artistes will
be Dalreen and Christopher Paul.
is a band show with a lot of variety involved. It is not just another
musical show and even the song selection will be very different",
plans to release his 16th and the band's first Christmas CD on this
Austasia: Sports and Leisure Club
Who would not want to break away from one's busy schedule
of work and rest their tired limbs and over-worked mind which is
constantly caught up in the rat-race of life? Leisure, fun and entertainment
with exercise have become a necessity of man's daily routine for
it is what keeps him healthy in the quest to become wealthy.
and Leisure Club, one of the popular entertainment centers in Colombo,
has come up with new meaning to the leisure. Relaxation is what
you feel most as you enter the fascinating premises at Thalawatugoda,
which is a state-of-the-art complex. Austasia is home to many leisure
programmes which is needed for mind relaxation, limb loosening and
plenty to offer; in a concept that blends in sport and leisure,
invites families for their dine-outs or day-outs. From an international
standard swimming pool, badminton and squash courts, Austasia boasts
of the only indoor cricket complex, which also accommodates indoor
soccer and indoor cricket nets. A fully-fledged gymnasium with sophisticated
equipment by Fitness Kingdom provides the right balance for exercise
various food courts offer an international spread of cuisine. ROOTS,
the fresh fruit drinks booth to quench is an ideal foil for the
health conscious. "Aussie Island" can stop-over your hunger
with the tastiest of diets. The Pub & Restaurant by Mitsies
overlooking the swimming pool area is a further choice for entertainment.
A family dining with leading bands performing and a giant screen
sports channels add value to a first class restaurant. The Beer
Garden and the Pool Parlour adjacent to the swimming pool, brings
in a clear setting for an unwinding mind.
Kiddies Club' with a cactus cabin and loads of space to run around
and a play area for little one is a safe haven to meet up and mix
with others of hisor her age.
With a well-trained
and accommodating staff at visiter beck and call, Austasia is an
sweran to all customer ultimate needs.
much under one roof, the hospitality and services are unparalleled
and this astonishing complex with its first wing in Thalawatugoda
is the first of many, scheduled to sprout around the country.