Immortality means Geetha Kumarasinghe launching her website...
There should be nothing more exciting in a website launch than
perusing the website itself? Right? Wrong.
Partygoers last week slotted the Website surf for another day.
So, almost before the party was over at the Water's Edge, this writer
logged on to the website, not with any difficulty. There was no traffic
- all of Geetha's friends were either traipsing on the floor or being
tipsy at the Edge, and the perusal of the website itself was kept by
them for another day - that's assuming they were hoping to peruse it at
It's an easy enough website, quite user friendly - and I clicked on
the part that says biography. That's when I got the first real whiff of
an idea about what the Geetha Kumaraisinghe website purports to do to
Geetha Kumarasinghe. Its a website that aims at keeping her ageless,
frozen in time, at least in terms of pure chronological numbers.....
The website says Geetha Kumarasinghe was born on 5th July - and for
all we know, it could have been last year, and Kumarasinghe may be, at
this very moment, cooing in her diapers.
Numbers didn't create as much of an impression as the prose did,
however. Geetha Kumarasinghe, says the writer, is the 'crowning jewel of
the Sri Lankan cinema'. (None will argue with that, he writes.) I can
almost see Malini Fonseka flaking off from a side one side of that
But do we get mushy. The website's writer ends up stating that Geetha
relates to the quintessential essence of Sinhala womanhood. As far as
tautologies go, it's not difficult to comprehend that it's probably the
writer's almost orgasmic zeal that led him to squeeze out the essence
from the quintessence...
......(the exact sentence: 'As an actress Geetha Kumarasinghe manages
to relate to the quintessential essence of Sri Lanka women in virtually
every role that she performs.') It wasn't excessive, almost, after the
English announcer's insistent zeal (at the Water's Edge launch...) in
describing Geetha Kumarasinghe as a star who 'sustained' through her
career, when he meant persevered, albeit against all the odds.
Ungrammatical use of adjective is not exactly a crime, but Geetha
Kumarasinghe is launching here, the most trumpeted website of our age.
Then came on Geetha Kumarasinghe herself, determined almost with
every sinew of her being - and every dimple on her face - to prove that
she is ageless as her website holds her out to be in the age column of
She rocked, no doubt about it, she rocked. Maybe she tried too hard
just for one particular jot in that performance, which was done with the
aid of a high tech accoutrement of large screen devices, those of which,
even with all the magnifying couldn't show a single blemish on the
No doubt, even at her rather tender age now - as opposed to her
formative years twenty or so years ago in Sinhala cinema - Geetha
Kumarasinghe was always the vamp.
But to have the same white heat of defiance that she displayed
perhaps almost a score of years ago when she played that heavy-duty role
of a woman of easy virtue in Karumakkkarayo? Maybe that's why Geetha
Kumarasinghe has fans who choose to exult over her in terms of 'essence
of quintessence' in her website, and maybe it's why she chooses fans who
don't want the year of her birthday put down on her website. For an
eternal vamp, she must have fans who are utterly unbelieving in her
ability to grow old..
Her genetics seems to do the rest. Age, she doesn't.