Junior Singer Champion: This is such a good program. Its crap like American idol/Indian Idol (I sincerely hope Sanjaya is voted out) but its much better. And it is for kids. Initially I thought 'kids program, must be full of rettai kural, adhiga prasangi crap'. However, the program turned out to be really interesting. The part that I liked was the instant rejection and a firm no. Usually Thamizh culture (or Doordarshan) dictates the prevalence of 'compensation prize' crap and every kid returns home a winner of sorts. Probably because of our silly adherence to this thing called 'gandhian principles'. Here they actually say 'you suck', which is really a good thing. There was one kid who didn't know any of the new songs and was singing 'pazhani malai murugaiyya'. Seriously, I don't know which fruit factory produced this fellow. But this guy had a good strong voice. The person who most impressed me was the Oviya of the Oviya/Kavya sister duo. I thought Oviya was a sure-shot shoo-in. She had such an awesome voice, poise and confidence. however, she wasn't a straight select and was put on a wait list before being sent in later. There was another Gajini character, who kept on insiting that he be selected. He should have been rejected with much more rudeness than what the judges showed him. I am more than impressed with judge Tippu. There was a specific singer, who seemed to be singing all right but wasn't really firing on all cylinders. Tippu quickly found the song that would showcase the singer's voice to the max potential (Ilamai ennum Poongatru). The singer, though didn't know the lyrics very well, sang it so beautifully. Super Program.
However, I wasn't impressed with the April 14 programs.
Vivek'ungo: Half-a-day was spent with Vivek on TV. Didn't like most of it. Poor quality comedy. Especially the 'Jillunu Oru Jodi' and 'Valluvarungo' part.
Interviews with Bala, Vikram: On one hand, 20 years ago, Doordarshan, with Military disciple showed manai matchi, Thyaga Chudar, Vayalum Vaazhvum, with amazing precision (7:03 PM) and never bothered to cater to the audience demand. On the other hand, Network TV wants to milk money out of every single person who has a TV. Every emotion is out for sale, I suppose. Your small crushes, your love for your mother, you thoughts on a the goat poop next to your almamater, everything can be recorded, shown on TV for profit. Just because there is some audience for it. This whole thing of bringing an actor's personal circle into TV and making his school principal, doctor, friends exchange gifts with him - is extremely silly. But some TV director out there is thinking "If you are an actor and have an emotion, I can sell it for you". All this wet pant talks about childhood friendship, hospital friendships sounded a little whorish to me. Kamal Hasan and Rajinikanth are seriously awesome compared to these young stars. One actually has strong and good opinions to offer, the other shuts up because he has none to offer. These pip-squeaks come and shag on TV with their stupid ninny stories.
Neeya Naana: This has got to be the worst show on TV. Ever. It should already be common knowledge that most Indians (in this case Thamilians) who appear on TV talk shows are extremely immature idiots. People who resort to ad hominim every 3rd nanosecond aren't showing some outlier behavior. This program brings that specific immaturity to the fore. This is the second 'Neeya Naana' I got to watch. The first one was the " Is IT spoiling our culture" crap and this one was on "Last bench students Vs First Benchers". The amount of generalizations, stereo typing (" she is corrupt, urupdaama poravan"), and ad hominim (" her face looks like a bajari", "she dresses badly") made me wonder why I wish Veerappan wasn't dead. If I were Veerappan, I'd just round-up all these people back stage and kill them, very slowly and with a lot of cruelty.
Koffee with Anu: this is a decent program. I saw the Chennai-28 team get interviewed. The people were so relaxed and kept cracking so many jokes. Very real and enjoyable. I learned that the 'Saroja' song is from this movie. Funny