Our coverboy, Sri Lankan born Bernard White is one who found fame and fortune in Hollywood, acting in roles across a gamut of Hollywood films from The Matrix and Captain America to the West Wing and ER. Appearing in 40 films he has acted alongside Hollywood greats like Meg Ryan, Keanu Reeves, Nicholas Cage and Robert Redford to name a few. As the nephew of Sri Lanka’s first Olympic medalist Duncan White, Bernard’s desire is to return to Sri Lanka and produce his own film on the life of his legendary uncle.

In memoriam we honour Lester James Peiris, movie maker extraordinaire. Revered as the Father of Sinhala cinema, Lester was the first Sri Lankan to win an international film award when he received the Golden Peacock for his film Gamperaliya in 1963. His films have also been screened at Cannes and his film Wekande Walauwa was Sri Lanka’s first ever submission for the Academy Awards.

We are proud to feature young entrepreneur Ryan Chetiyawardana, who is credited with creating several award winning bars and restaurants in the UK including winning UK Bartender of the Year not once but twice and International Bartender of the Year. We also feature Sajani Amarasiri, the founder of Colombo Cooperative, an ergonomically designed co-working space. Sajani’s efforts were rewarded when she bagged the Tech Startup Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 at this year’s Google IO Extended Sri Lanka Awards.
 
This year we celebrate a momentous occasion as Hi!! celebrates our 15th Anniversary. We are proud to be Sri Lanka’s premier society magazine leading the way in our inimitable style.


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