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Depending on whether the Sinhala majority reacts to its military victory with magnanimity or triumphalism, Tamils may grow hopeful of a political solution to the decades-old ethnic conflict or feel physically vulnerable and politically marginalised. thumb.cms

The immediate concern is not the fear of ethnic violence or unrest of the sort that shook the region in 1983, but the approach of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. “I fear Rajapaksa may be keen to broaden his Sinhala support base rather than providing a constitutional solution,” says V Suryanarayan, South Asia expert. Blog: No tears for Prabhakaran The meeting came as state television and defence officials announced that Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the entire rebel leadership had been killed on Monday by government troops. Sri Lanka’s state television station announced on Monday that Tamil Tiger rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has been killed, and the army commander said the last pockets of rebel resistance have been cleared from the north. Prabhakaran’s death would spell the end of a more than three-decade quest by the rebel leader for a separate state for minority Tamils across northern and eastern Sri Lanka. Rupavahini television, the state broadcaster, broke into its regular programming Monday afternoon to announce Prabakharan’s death. They gave no details of how he was killed. The government information department also sent a text message to cell phones across the country announcing Prabhakaran was killed along with his top deputies, who were known as Soosai and Pottu Amman. Sri Lanka’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Sareth Fonseka, told television his troops routed the last rebels from the northern war zone Monday morning and were working to identify Prabhakaran’s body from among the dead. Blog: Memories of Jaffna He noted that despite the election of a Tamil-led regime in the Eastern Province, there was no headway in devolving powers to it. He said any solution that the government might come up with would just be one put together by “the victor over the vanquished”. A key obstacle in the post-conflict scenario is the absence of a strong, credible figure or political alliance to represent the Tamils. Without the cooperation of the moderate Tamil section, it would be difficult for the Sri Lankan government to regain the confidence of the Tamil people. The only hope is that moderates, liberals and intellectuals among Tamils may regain the voice that has been stifled for years because of the LTTE’s intolerance of dissenting views on one side and violent opposition to federal alternatives from the Sinhala right. Moderate Sinhalese opinion in Sri Lanka is that India may be in a better position to lean on Colombo to offer a political solution now than when the LTTE factor weighed on the issue. “Now that the LTTE is not part of the equation, India can seek justice for Tamils more vocally,” said a Colombo resident.

Ayngaran International’s forthcoming ‘Sarvam’ directed by Vishnuvardhan is a stylish romantic – thriller flick starring Arya and Trisha. Vishnu is coming back with his blue-eyed boy Arya after ‘Arindhum Ariyamalum’ and ‘Pattiyal’. Considered as the most stylish film of the time, ‘Billa’ starring Ajith was a super hit for the director and he is keen to cope up with the abounding expectations.

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Adding to the hype is, Arya’s latest ‘Naan Kadavul’ in which he has meticulously worked for three years and came out with an astounding performance. In an interview, he said that Bala was so concerned about his next project and was happy when he came to know it is ‘Sarvam’. The on-screen chemistry between Arya and Trisha is said to have evolved beautifully.

The title ‘Sarvam’ is christened by the makers depicting the fact that in any one’s life within a fraction of a second, their whole life could change outright for good or bad. No one has the control over the consequences that happens all of a sudden.

‘Sarvam’ has some good reasons to be anticipated with the first being Vishnuardhan’s script. A Civil engineer (Arya) and a child specialist doctor (Trisha) falls in love and all goes well until they run into a gang leader who’s chasing a father and son for unknown reasons. Jam packed with action and thrilling elements, Vishnu has co-written the screenplay with his associate Gokul.

An interesting factor is popular Malayalam actor Indrajith (as the father) and Telugu director JD Chakravarthy (who acted in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Sathya’ a decade back) is in the cast for giving a fresh look to the movie. Rohan, a young boy is debuting in the role of the son. Cinematography in action- thriller flicks carries a lot of weightage and the responsibility is shouldered by ace cinematographer Neerva Shah (Dhoom, Pokkiri, Billa) while editing is handled by Srigar Prasath.

Musical score composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja is peppy and lively. The audio recently launched is going good in the charts. Billa’s rocking background score gave a rich feel for the movie and Yuvan is said to have recreated the magic once again. Out of the five songs, one of it has been shot completely featuring CGI effects which will enthrall the audience. In present times, stunts are being choreographed so realistic and the same way is undertaken for this film. Art direction by Manu Jagath alias Manoj, who is a long-time associate of Sabu Cyril is one of the major assets. First half of the film has been shot in Chennai while the entire second half has been done in Munnar.

Vishnuvardhan always delves into disparate themes with films like ‘Arindhum Ariyamalum’, ‘Pattiyal’ and ‘Billa’ to his credit. ‘Sarvam’ made by a dedicated and talented cast & crew is a flick to watch out for which will hit the screens this month.

Hollywood is known to be the most successful film industry of the world. This industry has introduced many talented and beautiful actresses. Below are some of the most beautiful actresses of the present day Hollywood.


Angelina Jolie:

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This Oscar winner and good will ambassador of UN has been declared to be the most beautiful people by People Magazine in 2006.

Her father is one of the famous actors of Hollywood, Jon Voight, and mother Marcheline Bertrand, is an actress. Being born to such parents, Jolie had a knack for acting. Jolie was a fashion model. She started her acting career with a low budget movie Cyborg-2.


Julia Roberts:

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This Pretty Woman is America’s sweetheart. With her beautiful smile and brilliant performance, she dazzled the audience and critics. She is not only one of the most beautiful actresses but also the highest paid in present day Hollywood. Julia always loved animals and wanted to become a veterinarian and later studied journalism. She followed her brother after his success in Hollywood. The People Magazine declared her one of the most beautiful people in 2000.

Scarlett Johansson:

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Scarlett started her career at a very young age and acted in plays before coming to movies. Her film career started at the age of fourteen. Her first movie was North with Laura Nelson. In 1998, she caught every body’s attention for her performance in The Horse Whisperer. After this movie, she did not have to look back. With her performance in movies like Ghost world, Lost in Translation, Girl with Pearl Earring she won the hearts of Hollywood film lovers. In 2003, she got two nominations for Golden Globe.

Jessica Alba:

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This girl of Mexican-American descent suffered from various physical maladies. Yet, she is considered as one of the most beautiful actresses of Hollywood. Jessica’s father was in the Airforce and they moved to different places. Jessica started her career at the age of five with a small role in a movie called Camp Nowhere. After that, she appeared in numerous television commercials and drama series. Her big break came in 1999; she worked with Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed Before.

Natalie Portman:

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This girl is a rare combination of brain and beauty. A straight “A” student in her school and a Harvard graduate, Natalie started honing her acting skill at a very young age. During her holidays in schools, she used to attend theatre camps. Her film career started in 1994, by appearing in a movie titled Léon. The movie was a success and she did supporting roles in Heat, Everyone Says I Love You, Beautiful Girls, and Mars Attacks. I liked her performance in the Star War sequel. She played the character of Queen/Senator Amidala very well.

Sophie Marceau:

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This French actress came from a very ordinary family. Her father was a truck driver in Paris. When she was fourteen, she came to know from her friends that Claude Pinoteau, a movie director, was looking for a teenager actress for his movie Boum, La. She auditioned for the role, got the role and became star overnight. Sophie is a very accomplished actress and received many awards.

Liv Tyler:

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I first saw her in the music video of Aerosmith with Alicia Silverstone. OOH!! These two were reeaaaaaally cute. At that time I did not know about this beautiful girl. Then again, I saw her in the movie That Thing you Do. She played the character of a girl from small town. I could never forget that innocent face and beautiful lips. Daughter of Steven Tyler, vocal, Aerosmith, Liv came to know about her real father at the age of nine. Since then, she changed her name from Liv Rundgren to Liv Tyler. She started her career as a model and appeared in music video. The amazing thing about this beautiful actress is that she never took any acting lesson.

Christina Ricci:

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Christina looked really cute as Wednesday Addams in Addams Family. Pumpkin is one of my all time favorites. In this movie, she played the role of a sorority girl who falls in love with a handicapped person. She breaks all the norms of perfectness and chooses to spend her life with a person who is abnormal according to the social standard but has a good heart (ALL these beautiful things only happen in movies!!!). Like Liv Tyler, Christina did not have any formal training in acting. She started doing commercials at the age of six. In 1990, she got her first break in Mermaids. Her performance got the attention of the audience and critics. Her success came after she worked in movies like Casper, Now and Then and Monster.

Mena Suvari:

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I remember her for her phone sex scene (bow! Wow!) with Chris Klein in American Pie 2. Mena Suvari started her career in television shows; Boy Meets World and ER. Success came after she starred in American Beauty and American Pie. The funny thing about this actress is that she appeared in three movies whose titles start with America: American Pie, American Beauty, and American Virgin.

Alexis Bledel:

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Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born in Houston Texas. She started her career as a fashion model. Her success came after she starred in TV series Gilmore Girls. She also worked in hit movies like Tuck Everlasting, Sin City. Alexis’ first language is Spanish. Her parents encouraged her to work in community theatre when she was eight. From there, she moved into modeling. She studied in St. Agnes Academy Houston.

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Former captain Steve Waugh believes Australia should be slight favorite over England in this year’s Ashes cricket series and says bowling selections will be crucial on the two evenly matched teams.

Waugh was part of four winning Ashes tours for Australia between 1989 and 2001. England regained the Ashes on Australia’s last visit in 2005 but was beaten 5-0 in the following series Down Under in 2006-07.

The England squad for the upcoming first test against the West Indies at Lord’s doesn’t contain a number of players from the side that won the Ashes in 2005, including former captain Michael Vaughan, Ian Bell and fast bowlers Steve Harmison, Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones.

After several veteran players retired, Australia lost a test series to India on the subcontinent and at home to South Africa late last year but beat the Proteas in South Africa this year to narrowly hold onto the No. 1 test ranking.

Waugh said Australia and England would be closely matched with little to choose between the two teams.

“We’ve got a very good squad, no matter who is going to be put on the park,” Waugh said Thursday. “Our top 11 players will compete against anyone. I don’t see why we can’t win, but England will probably feel the same.

“There’s probably a bit to go regarding team selection and fitness before that, so I’m not sure who our first XI is going to be and whose England is going to be in the first test.”

Allrounder Flintoff had a cartilage tear in his right knee repaired after he played two games for Chennai in the Indian Premier League. Jones’ reverse swing was an important part of the 2005 team but he has barely played since, injuring his ankle in February 2006 followed by a serious knee injury.

“They need people like Flintoff and Jones to be in their team to be a chance of winning and we probably need a couple of our bowlers back,” Waugh said. “I think it’s pretty even, I think we’re probably slight favorites.”

Vishal starrer ‘Pista’, directed by Ayyappan, will be released on May 14. Shriya Saran plays the female lead in this action extravaganza.

The film will be simultaneously released in Telugu and Tamil (‘Thoranai’). After the B.O. debacle of ‘Salute’ (‘Satyam’ in Tamil), Vishal has been very careful about his moves and has spared no effort to make the film a wholesome entertainer, says our source. This film is also a home production of the hero; his brother Vikram Krishna is the producer. Manisharma scores the music.

The cast of the film includes Prakash Raj, Ali, Tanikella Bharani, MS Narayana, Telangana Sakuntala, Annapurna, Geeta, Surya and others. Priyan is the cinematographer.