Pictures in Paradise
By JJ Robinson
30 September 2013
Entertainment in the Maldives
A man with coiffed hair, wearing a long-sleeved floral shirt and grey pants belted almost at chest height lip-syncs a love song, while the object of his affection smiles prettily and shyly evades his advances for roughly two and a half hours.
Apart from the Dhivehi language and the setting – the jetty of one of the Maldives’ hundred-odd upmarket resorts (cue sunset, sparkling sea) – the scene could have been pulled from any one of hundreds of Bollywood films. This particular scene, shot in the 1990s, featured two of the most famous Maldivian actors of the era: Mariyam Nisha, and ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik. Such was Manik’s appeal that one dedicated female fan in the mid 90s was reputed to have swallowed kerosene after accepting that he was out of her reach (thankfully she recovered)….
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