Water-borne star

When this little girl from Galle, Sri Lanka, landed a leading role in Deepa Mehta’s ‘Water’, little did she know that she’d soon be headed for Oscars. Jayanti Sarala, who plays the role of child widow Chuiya, was hand picked by filmmaker Mehta, who calls her find ‘a natural actor’. Surprisingly, the student of Galle Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya dosen’t speak either Hindi or English and worked diligently with a translator on the sets. She has created history by becoming the first Sri Lankan to make it to Hollywood.

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