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Jackson Anthony’s last rites today

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The final rites of veteran artiste Jackson Anthony will take place at 03.00 p.m. today at the St. Peter & Paul’s Church in Ragama.

The remains of the actor which were placed at a private funeral parlour in Colombo were brought to his residence in Kadawatha yesterday (11).

Hundreds of thousands of people including artistes, politicians, religious leaders and others came to pay their last respects to the late actor.

Mr. Anthony, who was 65 years old at the time of his death, met with an accident at Moragoda on Thalawa Road, Anuradhapura and died while receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital.

On July 22, 2022, the cab in which he and two others were travelling in, collided with an elephant in Moragoda. The injured were admitted to the Anuradhapura Hospital. Mr. Anthony was airlifted to the Colombo National Hospital for further treatment, after which he was treated in the Intensive Care Unit for 14 months.

Mr. Anthony possessed vast experience in the fields of language, literature, history, art, etc. and was an actor who has conquered cinema, stage and television in Sri Lanka. Apart from acting, he also excelled in directing, producing, screenwriting, singing, novel writing, column writing and songwriting.

He was also a famous critic, explorer, historian and presenter. Jackson managed to set a record by winning the best actor award in Sri Lanka 16 times.

As a child, his parents called him Malsi and he received his education from the Hapugoda Primary College and the Bandarawela St. Mary’s College.

He attended the Galahitiyawa Central College, Ganemulla and then was selected to the Colombo University.

Jackson, who first obtained an honors degree in Sinhala language and literature, went on to obtain a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Mr. Anthony was an artist who acted in many popular stage dramas such as Varwuen Yana Minisun, Manavayo, Methanin Maravenu, Marasad, Madura Javanika, Loma Hansa, Dhavala Bhishana, Aeth, Mora and Tharawo Igilethi.

Jackson, who showed his talent in films like Guru Gedera, Ayoma, Loku Duva, Bhavaduka, Bhava Karma, Gani Avi saha Gini Keli, Aswasuma, Agnidahaya, Suriya Arana, Mille Soya and Randiya Dahara contributed to many television productions such as Palingu Manike, Ella langa Walawva, Suseema, Weda Hamine, Kadulla, Akala Sandhya and Pitagamkarayo.

Mr. Anthony, who also mastered the subject of dance, later entered into directing by directing the drama Esala Kaluvara and also directed films like Julietge Bhumikawa,Paradisaya, Aba and Address Ne. Many of his works have won local and foreign awards.

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Victory for Sheysha at World Film Festival in Cannes

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Sri Lankan film – ‘Sheysha’ has emerged winner as the ‘Best Dance Film’ at the World Film Festival in Cannes.

The film directed by Isuru Gunathilaka, portrays a cast led by dance professional Chandana Wickramasingha and actress Umali Thilakarathna.

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Veteran singer and musician Ananda Perera passes away

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Renowned singer and musician Ananda Perera has passed away at the age of 67.

Family sources confirmed that he died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Kandy.

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Shah Rukh feeling ‘much better’ – Juhi Chawla

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Shah Rukh Khan’s longtime co-star and co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, Juhi Chawla, has issued a health update after he was hospitalised due to a heat stroke in Ahmedabad.

In an interview with News18, Juhi assured fans that Shah Rukh is doing much better and will return to support their team in the Indian Premier League finals this Sunday.

“Shah Rukh was not feeling too well last night but he is being attended to and was feeling much better this evening. God willing, he will soon be up, and in the stands on the weekend, cheering the team, as we play the finals,” she said. Juhi and her husband Jay Mehta visited Shah Rukh at KD Hospital in Ahmedabad after the actor suffered dehydration and heat stroke on Wednesday. Shah Rukh’s wife Gauri Khan also visited him there, looking worried.

According to the Gujarat police, the actor was admitted to the hospital after he got a heat stroke. He was in Ahmedabad to watch the IPL match between KKR and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Shah Rukh was accompanied by his daughter Suhana Khan, younger son AbRam, and manager Pooja Dadlani. Juhi and Jay, along with Suhana’s close friends Ananya Panday, Shanaya Kapoor, Navya Naveli Nanda, and Suhana’s rumoured boyfriend Agastya Nanda, were also present in the stadium on Tuesday evening, cheering for KKR.

After the match, Shah Rukh, Suhana and AbRam treated the audience to a run around the Narendra Modi Stadium. Shah Rukh greeted the audience with a namaste and indulged them with his signature arms-spread-wide pose.

On the work front, Shah Rukh was last seen in Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki. The actor will reportedly begin shooting for his upcoming film King in July, in which he will share the screen space with Suhana.

Meanwhile, Juhi was last seen in The Railway Men. She’s done over a dozen films opposite Shah Rukh, from Yes Boss, Darr to Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani. She was also a co-producer with Shah Rukh on films like Asoka and Chalte Chalte.

(hindustantimes.com)

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