"Akasa Kusum" has ended its successful initial theatrical run in Sri Lanka, notching up 70 days in its main centres. According to preliminary data, the film created a record for a Sinhala film at the Regal cinema, Colombo, making 5.5 million rupees. The film has also garnered positive reviews from many critics.
Meanwhile, Malini Fonseka has been nominated for Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. She will compete against Iranian actress Goldshifteh Farhani, Korea's Kim Hye-ja, Russia's Yana Troyanova and Zhou Xun of Hong Kong for the award. Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara has also been nominated as best director for his second feature, "Ahasin Watei (Between Two Worlds)". The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is an international cultural initiative of the State Government of Queensland, Australia to honour and promote the films, actors, directors, and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region to a global audience. APSA is partnered by CNN International, UNESCO and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). The awards ceremony will be held on November 26 in Queensland.
In related news, Malini Fonseka has begun the second leg of her world tour to promote "Akasa Kusum". She is in Italy, showcasing the film and meeting fans and friends. She is slated to make stops in Venice, Rome, Milan, Athena and Corno. Two months ago, she completed a highly successful tour of Australia, where the film was screened to packed audiences.