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Dancing might have been her middle name for it not only brought her luck and accolades but also provided her with the opportunity to step into the silver screen at a very young age. At 17, Hashini Gonagala has it all - talent, fame, fortune and the looks to keep her going in the celebrity scene. Thus it is no surprise when the rumour mill did the round that this petite lass had caught the eyes of many of the directors who were on the search for a new face to mesmerize moviegoers.

Q: You have had many offers ever since you clinched the title of ‘Sirasa Dancing Star’ in season one along with Dushyanth Weeraman.

Yes, I believe dancing brought me luck. I was offered characters in several films and the latest is a movie by Roy de Silva. I had to refuse most of the offers that came my way because of my studies.

Q: You entered the movie scene at a young age and even made it the league of bagging main roles. How do you see this?

(Laughs) I’m really happy. It’s true that not everybody gets such a good break- through like I did. Even veteran actress Malini Fonseka entered cinema at a tender age so I consider it an achievement indeed.

Q: How did you get into dancing?

Dancing was one of my inborn talents. From 12 I studied under Channa Wijewardena. Though I like any dancing style, I’m mostly into ballet and hip hop. I hope to come up with a style of my own in the future.

Q: You portray the lead role in Sandun Rajakaruna’s Uththara. How did that opportunity come your way?

Suraj Mapa who is the male lead of the movie had recommended my name to the director. He called me while I was still engaged in practices for the finals of ‘Sirasa Dancing Stars’. Since my parents had no objection, I signed up for the role. Uththara is somewhat like me in character meaning she has a passion for art.

She is the daughter of a minister. She notices immense talent in a young musician and helps him to emerge into the limelight.

They fall in love but her father soon discovers their relationship. He has other plans for her.

The story flows through many clashes and obstacles. It includes a lot of music and dance scenes.

Q: Though Uththara is an innocent and charming character, you have taken on an entirely different role in your second movie, ‘Dancing Star’.

Yes, she is also wealthy but she has a mean streak. She is the daughter of Ravindra Randeniya and Malini Fonseka.

It was thrilling for me to act with them. My character realizes from her mistakes at the end.

Q: How was the experience facing the camera for the first time for the movie?

I did feel a little nervous but I had been used to the camera focusing on our moves while performing for the reality program.

The directors guided me and veteran actress Anoja Weerasinghe too had a lot of words of wisdom to offer. I took part in one of her workshops before the shooting sessions.

Q: Will you take up more roles in the future?

It depends on the offers. I would like to take roles suitable for me in quality productions while helping my father with his business.

I am also studying commerce for my Advance Level examination.

Q: What about singing? Wouldn’t you like to pursue a career in that sector?

(Laughs) I can’t sing so the answer is no.
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