Stars twinkle just for you!
We like to watch the stars up in the sky, don't we? Then what about
the movie stars? We like them too. Some of us use them as role models
and act according to the characters we see on films and television.
We weep when they weep and laugh when they laugh, both on and off
screen. At the end of a movie, they become close to our hearts and we
come to love them. It doesn't matter whether they are Hollywood,
Bollywood or local stars; they are close to the hearts of the audience.
Child stars of Sri Lanka too find their way into the hearts of
children like you easily. Therefore, as we are at the dawn of another
Children's Day, we spoke to some of your favourite stars. Let's see what
they have to say about Children's Day and what the latest happenings in
their star lives are. Let's listen to their voices...
Profile: Dasun Madushanka Mendis is a student of Prince of Wales
College, Moratuwa. His first film was 'Sudu Kalu Saha Alu', but he
became very popular through the film 'Sooriya Arana', where he acted as
a samanera, a child monk. Then he became closer to the hearts of his
fans through the film 'Samanala Thatu'.
"I'm not at all affected by my talent and the fame I have achieved in
society as a child star. I like very much to play and be friends with
all the children in Sri Lanka. Even if it is a street child, it wouldn't
be a barrier to be a friend of mine. I really like to help the needy and
less fortunate children. On this special day, I would be very fortunate
if I get an opportunity to do so.
The film 'Prabhakaran' by Thushara Pieris is the latest film I am
acting in. There, I play the role of a child soldier. Through this film,
I was able to relate to the feelings and life of a child soldier. I even
got the opportunity to meet some of them. I really felt sorry for them.
These children don't meet their parents for a long time. Some have
not seen their parents since they left their homes. It's a pity that
some even die without getting anyone's love and care. Some of the
children told me that they saw vehicles and tarred roads only after they
ran away from the terrorists and when they were free.
The film was shot in Vakarei, Welikanda and Punani areas. On this
Children's Day, I wish all the children a happy and prosperous future.
Especially, I wish a peaceful life for the children who suffer from war.
May this unfortunate war end very soon".
Kathomi Jasmine Therakava
Profile: Kathomi became popular among children through the children's
musical programme Hapan Padura. She also acted in the film 'One shot'
and in teledramas like Arunoda Kalpana and Randiya Dahara. Now she is
participating in television programmes like Dedunu Yaluwo and Ran
"A Children's Day is a very good concept because it's essential to at
least reserve a day to focus on the needs of children. When this day
arrives, people start concentrating about the many issues children face
and their needs.
They also pay attention to the needy children more than on other
days. What I think is that all the children should have an equal
opportunity to live happily. I wish all my friends a happy Children's
Day. Let's celebrate this day with joy and laughter, not with tears and
pain like most children do, unfortunately".
Profile: She gained popularity among the children as Elizabeth in
their favourite teledrama 'Dangamalla'. Although she is an actress, she
is more popular as the singer of the famous song, 'Sulangak vee mang
enava' with Visharada Edward Jayakody.
She is a student of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya and is doing
her Advanced level studies in Biology."Children are the most valuable
treasure anyone can own. We should not celebrate a Children's Day only
for one day in the year. All the children should get their rights and
they should be treated well EVERYDAY. It should not be limited to a day.
"We are fortunate to be educated, and loved by our parents. However,
there are children who are less fortunate, such as the children who are
victims of war, the tsunami other natural disasters and poverty. We
should get together and celebrate this day. I'd like to put a smile on
the faces of these suffering children by singing for them.
That will help them to forget the sorrows at least temporarily
because, music has the power to do so. I'm lucky that I have my mother
to guide me through all my difficulties and helped me achieve this
I feel sorry for children who are not fortunate to live with their
parents. I would like to make a kind request from all the children on
this Children's Day; please obey your parents and be kind to every one.
That blessing will come back to you during all your hard times in life".
Sandali Chaturika Welikanna
Profile: She acts as 'Nanduththara' in the film Uppalavanna. She is a
student of Leeds International School, Panadura. Her first film was
'Samara', where she acted the main role of Samara when she was just
eight years old. Uppalavanna is her fourth film.
"I'm really happy about observing a Children's Day. However, we
shouldn't be tied to a special day to treat children in a special way,
because children are very special in society anyway.
They are the future generation. Everyone should take care of children
throughout the year, not only on a special day. However, since it's
being observed I really like to give a hearty meal for the poor and less
fortunate children because it would make this day a very special day for
I got the opportunity to visit Kebithigollava, after the claymore
mine explotion. There I met different people and made friends with them.
They were very talented. The only barriers were that they didn't have
the facilities and the guidance they needed.
I feel sorry for them. I wish at least from this Children's Day
onwards, all the children in Sri Lanka would be given a happy and bright
future. Most often people need to be jolted to face reality and perhaps
Children's Day would help to do so."
Profile: Sarala is a student of Sangamitta College, Galle. Sarala's
first film was Water; through this film, she won the World's Best
Performing Child Actor award. This is the highest award any Sri Lankan
child has ever won in any performing arts in the history of Sri Lanka.
"Universal Children's Day is a very important day for the children. I
hope on this day, people will also focus their attention on helping
children who have talents, but are unable to develop them due to various
This will help the country to win more awards in this field. I have
many friends who are talented, but unfortunately, they are not able to
improve their talents because of studies. I feel very lucky to have
parents who help me a lot, especially my mother.
Through the film 'Water', a harsh truth was revealed about the
traditions in India which even affect children. I wish at least after
seeing the film, people would think twice about acting against the
wishes of children.
These days I'm acting in the film 'Abha' directed by Jackson Anthony.
I'm acting as a princess. It's a wonderful opportunity. I'm feeling very
lucky as a child. I never consider myself a special child. Someday, I'd
like to be a doctor while continuing to act in films.
I wish all the children in the world are happy at least on Children's
Day. I request all children to help the less fortunate children around
them. Make them happy. This is the best thing you can do to celebrate
this wonderful day dedicated to deal with issues related to children."