From one of her Facebook pages. I really don’t know what the left munchkin is holding
Anarkalli is a Sri Lankan actress, model and ‘personality’. I saw her first campaign video on Facebook. She’s not the sharpest cookie in the shed, but at least she doesn’t have a history of violence, extortion, rape or corruption. Sadly, this makes her an above average candidate. However, I hear that she’s running her hotel out of the Heritance Hotel in Ahungalla. So, I’m not sure how she A) wins and B) represents a district from a hotel. I also hear that a very competent, hard-working and loyal SLFPer was bumped so Anarkalli could run, and that this is making a bunch of people (rightly) unhappy. More to the point, however, it is simply fun to watch Anarkalli run. She’s not getting in any fights, so it’s all a good show.
I first saw Anarkalli in Ranjan Ramanayake’s One Shot (hilarious YouTube scenes). IMHO, that is the best Sri Lankan film ever made, transcending bad to become somehow sublime. My favorite scene was at the end. One Shot breaks up her wedding and they make off on his motorbike. Then they somehow end up in sand dunes. Then, and this is my favorite part, he she gets off the bike, he goes and kills a Minister, and we never see her again. There also a scene where she passes out and One Shot basically feels her up by way of resuscitation (YouTube above). Great film. So that’s how I know Anarkalli.
More recently, Anarkalli was in the news for a similarly peripheral role in politics. She was dating Duminda Silva, now Provincial Councilor. He’s a rough character who allegedly tried to abduct Anarkalli and her mother from outside a hair salon, among other things. She was also a PR girl for Mangala Samaraweera the fashion designer become Foreign Minister now become outcast. These are qualifications in a Colombo sense, but it doesn’t have that much to do with Galle.
Anakalli doesn’t live in Galle or have family there. National recognition is good, but provincial politics is very much retail. You need to actually sit down with people, listen to their problems, go to Colombo with their files, sort stuff out, come back, etc. It’s hard to do that from a five star hotel. I don’t know how close she is to Mahinda, but I hear she’s close to one of the sons. I guess we’ll see how big their coattails are. I find it hard to be especially offended at Anarkalli. People can vote for her or not. It’s sad, but my basic standard for a politician is not being a common criminal. She’s not, so good luck.