Actress refusing ‘Tharunyata Hetak’, loses ‘Pabha’ teledrama
By Yohan Perera
Jan 9, 2010
A group of Artistes who had formed ‘Forum for Victory of General Sarath Fonseka’ charged that some of them have been subjected to undue influence by some members in a political camp to join in the media campaign of ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ which promotes a certain candidate.

Popular actress Upeksha Swaranamali who appears in the teledrama ‘ Pabha’ who participated in a joint press conference said she had been suddenly asked not to come for shooting as the authorities have informed that shooting has been cancelled till the election is over. She charged that she was not informed of such a decision until she telephoned the director and inquired.

“I inquired from the director as I was asked not to come for shooting on January 5 the day before,” she said.

She also said this development came after she turned down an offer to join the ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ advertisement. Upeksha said those who are carrying out this campaign told her that she will be given any thing she wants if she joined the media campaign.

Bindu Hewa a popular dramatist said the producer of the stage drama has been threatened that he will not be allowed to stage the drama even once after January 27.

He said these persons also came to see him with an envelope and called him to come for the ‘Tharunyata Hetak media campaign Cyril Dharamawardene who led the media conference said they have decided to back Gen.

Fonseka as he is a non politico who does not belong to any party. “This is a new concept aimed at bringing a change therefore we welcome it,” he said.

He also alleged that the government had deprived the film director Asoka Handagama’ coming up with more films.

He said one has the right to direct any film whether the story is good or bad,” he said referring to his film ‘Aksharaya’ which was banned.

He also alleged that Mr. Handagama has been informed by the Censor Board that they want to look at a performance of his latest stage drama.

He said this is unusual as the usually the Censor Board looks at only the script when giving its approval.

Courtesy: Daily Mirror