Our cover page features the smouldering sirens of the silver screen- Sachini Ayendra and Shehani Kahandawala. The two divas have continuously been in the limelight for their many skills in a variety of genres, be it modelling acting, dancing and singing.
The multi-talented divas have forged ahead in a competitive industry by using the challenges as stepping stones. To thrive in the sphere requires much more than good looks; it demands true talent, confidence, the ability to adapt and a lot more gumption which has given them the edge above many females who have faded away due to the demands of the job and the inability to cope with the stress.
Sachini Ayendra’s, innate ability to act was discovered from a young age as she reveled at the thought of performing. She studied at Hillwood College, Kandy, completing her advanced levels in arts. In addition she was a member of the Young Writers Club, School Choir, Drama Club, Interact Club, the school Debating Team, English Literary Association and took to swimming as a sport. Sachini shot into stardom after she secured the title of Best Model in Kandy at a pageant in 2002 and Miss Sri Lanka in 2003 and subsequently represented Sri Lanka at the Miss World 2003 pageant. After finishing school she completed a successful modeling course by Lou-ching Wong.
Her first film, Aadaraneeya Wassaanaya, directed by Senesh Dissanaike Bandara, was released in 2004. She won the award for best supporting actress at Signis Sri Lanka Film Awards for her performance.She made her television debut playing the title role in the drama ‘Hiruni’ directed by Kumarasiri Abeykoon on Sirasa TV in 2005. Her stage debut was as the character Sarala in the play For Better or For Worse directed by Indu Dharmasena in 2009. Her break-through performance was the movie Sankara as a poor girl working in sugar cane fields living in a remote village in Sri Lanka. Her performance in the movie ‘Heart FM’ in 2007 as a mentally disturbed girl also brought her a lot of praise and a merit award at the Signis Sri Lanka Film festival in 2009. Sachini is the first Sri Lankan to compete in the world championships of performing arts in Los Angeles in the U.S. in 2016. She won two silver medals and one bronze for acting categories classical/open/contemporary. She competed again in the world championships of performing arts in 2017 and won 4 bronze medals for separate categories of acting in addition an honorary mention for best national costume.
On her desire for pursuing the arts, Sachini stated, “One has to certainly love, surmise it to say, enmesh yourself in the arts to continue in this field as it requires a great deal of commitment. In most cases, female artists, especially have seen their careers come to a halt due to various reasons but I have been blessed with a family that has always supported my passion. This field, with its erratic schedules is an advantage for me personally as it gives me the freedom to call the shots in order to balance the multiple roles of being a wife, mother and actress.”
My dream was to become an Air Hostess but life has taken me on a more versatile road, which was unexpected but welcomed nevertheless,” enthused this stunning actress, dancer and singer. Shehani’s affinity towards acting was discovered when she was recruited as a Presenter for a popular TV Station. She displayed a natural flair for acting, which later took precedence over her other career choices, ultimately resulting in acting and singing with her first album scheduled to be released later this year.
With an irrepressible zest for life, the young beauty was chosen as the Brand Ambassador for a world renowned beauty brand, being the first Sri Lankan to represent the brand at prestigious events held overseas. Having made her mark in a number of creative platforms has given rise to her being featured in numerous movies and teledramas which are to be released in the near future.
“My mother is my role model and pillar of strength,” added the vibrant Shehani, when asked about her favourite role model and the support she receives. Shehani’s popularity has grown in leaps and bounds due her charm and bubbly personality. Despite her fame, she has remained humble, which has made her a favourite among the masses.
Reach for the stars
It is important to know that nothing should inhibit you from achieving your dreams and goals, once discovered either at a very young age or by chance, keep pursuing it until you reach the pinnacle. Sachini and Shehani have established themselves in the highly competitive genre of performing arts, due to their ability to explore the unchartered territories and be goal oriented. It is imperative to transform ones weaknesses into strength through constant focus and retain the positivity despite the present challenges.
Raffealla mastery is evident in the cover page featuring Sachini and Shehani in which she accentuates the artistic imagery of the celebrities, while enhancing their natural beauty and portraying it in a star class internally acclaimed fashion.
Models: Sachini Ayendra & Shehani Kahandawala
Photography / Concept: Raffealla Fernando
Stylist: Raffealla Fernando
MUA: Lakshitha Jayasinghe
Wardrobe: 2202 by Heshan
Post Production: Dilsh (www.dilsh.net)
Location: Colombo Tree House
By Rochelle Palipane Gunaratne