Sri Lankan actress Malini Fonseka has won the `Best Actress` award for her role as `Sandhya Rani` in the film Prasanna Vithanage`s `Akasa Kusum Flowers from the Sky` Levante International film festival in Italy.
`Akasa Kusum` is the story about Sandhya Rani (Malini Fonseka) an ageing film star who was once the darling of the silver screen. Having lost fame and fortune in a changing world, she now lives quietly in obscurity. She ekes out a living by renting out a room in her home to upcoming film and television stars to satisfy their illicit sexual desires.
The popular young film star, Shalika (Dilhani Ekanayake), uses this room to carry on an affair with a young actor. When her husband discovers Shalika`s infidelity, the scandal and publicity forces Rani into the limelight again.
In the spotlight once again, Rani is suddenly forced to come to terms with a dark secret of her past - a secret she thought she had buried forever. As she confronts the demons of her past, she journeys in search of a truth she abandoned long ago.