Sunday, April 15, 2007

Saroja! Saaman Nikalo

I have been subscribing to this Vijay TV channel for close to 8 months. After draining close to 100$ and barely catching a few programmes, yesterday was the first day I actually sat down and watched it. I suddenly learned that my grandma has become extremely popular and for some reason people were calling out to her. But then later found out its some new song. I have to say this is the best Thamizh channel among the nonsense that's out there. There are of course some 'pazha pona' serials that are shown but overall its better. Vijay TV seems to be pioneering some good series like Lollu Sabha, Comedy Show (which is now in Sun TV) etc.

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

5 comments:

thepsychologic said...

You seem to have caught the wrong episodes of neeya naana .. some of them are really pretty good. And there is one more program, kanaa kaanum kaalam . Its actually a serial but with some really good light hearted comedy.

I said...

Subscribing through Internet or cable TV?

Rastafari said...

Yes, 'Neeya Naana' is right up there with the very WORSHSSSTTTT...
And yes, TN boasts of the most immature and irrational moral cops in the world.

One odd thing about Vijay TV is that they don't have commercials. They just have ads for their programmes during breaks.

Anu is superb with her handling of KWA...

Anonymous said...

You are the best mate. I am a born leecher with not giving any comment / feedback /review for anything until now. My whole office was having a miserable day, with the news around that we are getting sold off to another company and may all end up loosing our jobs; I read your latest blog and started laughing aloud to be mistaken that I have lost my head...

Keep up the good work.

Best regards,
Sam / Dubai

Anonymous said...

Kalakka Povathu Yaar also seems to be a pretty decent show. Agreed, Vijay is far superior to Sun but whats up with the same programme being repeated thrice a day! Kana Kaanum Kaalam for instance is shown once in the morning, once at 8 and again at 11! I hear that Vijay doesn't relay all progs that are shown in India. Enda vidathula namma inferior audience aagitom?