Popular movie star and model Anarkalai Akarsha Jayatilleke is living in hiding since Friday after she and her mother Indrani were allegedly abducted and threatened by Western Province Provincial Councilor Duminda Silva, but the politician is denying the allegations.
What began as a fairy tale romance between a handsome politician and a beautiful actress late last year and which was intended to culminate in a marriage this December began turning sour soon after the two began their relationship last December.
The two met on Christmas Day, 2007 and twenty year old Anarkalai said she was impressed with the young politician for the forthright manner in which he expressed his feelings for her and earned her trust so that she consented to move in with him to his plush apartment in Colombo-02.
Because I am famous, most men are intimidated and are afraid to approach me. But Duminda was different and he was not afraid to express his feelings for me, she said. Clouded by her feelings, she also chose to ignore the many stories she had heard about Duminda s brushes with the law believing he was innocent and allegations against him were either politically motivated or made to extort money from him.
But she soon realized that her lover was very similar to the violent and controlling characters she had got to know only in the role of villains in the films she had made or seen. I was not allowed to even talk to my mother, let alone my friends. I couldn t go out anywhere on my own without his bodyguards. It was like living under a dictatorship. Sometimes you think you are living in hell but once you really get into this kind of situation, you really experience hell, she says looking back at her experience. She also claims that she was subject to physical abuse during the five months she lived with him.
The breaking point came when Dumaind forced her to take an overseas trip with him to Malaysia and India with him and kept her alone in hotel room in New Delhi along with two of his secretaries while he made a trip to an undisclosed location. It was upon her return she managed to escape to her mothers apartment at a five star hotel in the city and then first experience the extent to which the politician was willing to go to make her stay with him.
It was the 18th of June when Anarkali and her mother were traveling down Elibank Road in Colombo that Dumainda along with a group of men obstructed their path and tried to abduct her. In this instance, the Provincial Councilor had taken the mother and daughter back to the hotel where Anarakali s mother has her apartment and tried to persuade her to return to him. Sensing his threatening attitude, Anarkali s mother had called 119 twice and it was the arrival of the Police at the hotel that lead to the actress recoding a statement at the Kollupitiya police against Duminda.
Last Thursday, he had used a popular film producer to lure her into a house on Swarna Road in Wellawatta on the after showing her a script for a movie which had impressed her.
When we arrived there the house looked lonely but a gate keeper opened the door and asked us to come in. My mother and I went in and then I called up the assistant to the producer who had arranged the meeting and asked him where he was. He asked us to wait for five minutes saying he would be there soon.
That was when a group of around 20 armed men surrounded the hall they had been lead into, head a pistol to Anarakali head while another man put a pistol into her mother s mouth and bound their hands and legs. Shortly Duminda Silva also appeared in the hall with a pistol in hand.
I was so scared I started crying. I worshipped him and asked him to untie us and if he wants to kill me he can but let my mother go, she said. He relented and untied them, led her upstairs and showed a cyanide capsule that he wore around his neck saying he had nothing to lose and would kill himself if she refuses to marry him and get the restraining order removed. He had also said that if he dies, his men would not spare her and her mother and would shoot them dead in Court.
This drama which began around 6.30p.m. had gone on till very late in the night with them being first taken in a jeep to his office at Old Kesbewa Road in Nugegoda where the Duminda Silva Foundation is located. Later after much persuasion, she had managed to get him to take them to his parent s house in Pelawatta and it was after his brother Reynar arrived at the house and was told of the abduction attempt, that Anarkali and her mother were allowed to go back to their apartment around 10.30pm that night with the promise she would call him ten times during the night and they would not report the incident to either the Police or the Courts.
However later in the night around 11.30p.m they had managed to go the Kollupitiya police and record a statement. After the nightmarish experience of that night, the two have been living in hiding in another star hotel in the city.
We want the law to take its course and the guilty person to be punished. We have not broken in law in that country and now we can t even live here because of the threats our life, Anarkali said.
DUMINDA DENIES :
Western Province Provincial Councilor Duminda Silva says that the denied allegations of abduction and harassment leveled against him by his former lover Anarkali Akarsha are politically motivated and there is no truth in them.
Silva speaking to The Sunday Times said that the allegations leveled against him by Ms. Akarsha are politically motivated in a bid to tarnish his image and that he is ready to even take the matter up in Court. Silva who recently crossed over from the UNP and joined the government said that a certain political party is trying its best to bring disrepute upon his image.
At first I ignored what she (Anarkali) had to say against me as I know I had not committed those things she had claimed. She recently complained that I had abducted her and her mother. I totally deny this. This is all politically driven to discredit me. I am ready to even challenge these allegations in courts, Silva said.
She even went to the extent of telling that I needed her for election campaigns. I have worked for the people in my electorate. I don t need a girl to come forward and make me popular. People know who I am, he said.
Her mother had previously asked me for 10 million rupees to buy a house. I had given her one million which is still in her fixed deposit. I even allowed her mother to stay with us at Jaic Hilton when she had issues with the man she was living with who had been against our relationship, he said.
Her story of me keeping her like I prisoner is laughable. She went on to say I stopped her from acting. If I did so the question is how come she acted in two movies while we were involved and had her weekly TV show Anarkali Live , he said.
I did not know what was going on when she suddenly disappeared and lodged a complain against me. I was shocked to find out that she had ransacked my apartment leaving with 1 million rupees which was in my safe and my 2 month old golden retriever puppy, he said.
I am going to speak to my lawyers and file action against her for what has been going on. I ignored it because I was involved with her and respected that fact. But now it has gone too far. In time to come the truth of what is going on will be revealed, he said.
Anarkali however denied either she or her mother took money from Silva saying she has enough money of her own but admitted she took the dog. The dog is mine and I took it because I don t trust him to look after it, she said.