Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dealaa! No Dealaa!

Maraamandai thamizhans can't treat capitalism with maturity. It is okay to earn/win crap load of money on a TV game show and spend it on whatever needless thing one feels like spending on. If you win 50 lacs on a platter, it is okay to not spend any of it on charity. You don't need to be extremely poor to win that 50 lacs as well. I want a contestant who says that he is not desperately in need of that 50 lacs at all. One who declares that he does not want to spend any of it on charity because he is simply not interested in charity. And to be rub it in, he should perhaps declare that he plans to blow it all up in deepavali pattasu.

But somehow thamizhan feels the need to be humble and need to justify participation in a show that needs no other talent beyond the ability to say a number between 1 - 30. So we have people who claim to be in extreme poverty. That they need to feed 30 children and pay 72 loans (Ofcourse they won't mention that their best idea to combat all that at the moment is a TV game show). Or we have sob stories on how the 50 lacs one can win will cause them to somehow run a livelihood or pursue further education etc etc. Really. Now you have totally got me rooting against you. I want you to remain shit poor. This show is about having a few boxes with a bunch of money in it and you are doing 'inki pinki ponky'. No matter what poverty porn you pour into it, this show cannot have a deeper meaning. Give me a contestant who says he really does not need the money and one who has no clue how he is going to waste the money. That's what the show is all about.

17 comments:

bombay dosti said...

ahahaha bravo bravo!!! Lovelly... but noone is going to say that they dont need 50 lakhs ;-) but yes, they could spare us the "poverty porn" and lovely term you have come up with :)

aparna said...

Good one. Very true... But I guess its the drama attached that really runs these shows.

hari said...

I don't usually watch this shit, but last night having nothing better to do, I did and was so thrilled when a greedy sob-story loser won a grand total of Rs. 5 after rejecting offer of Rs. 1,75,000.

I don't know or care how the game works, but that made my day/night!

Sreekrishnan said...

Not going to happen ... otherwise we wouldnt have story to make movies like Slumdog Millionaire .. or Have shows that speak that movie in reality.

As Kamal says in Vasool Raja .. "Jananga ellathileyum masala ethirpaakaranga"..

btw:

ellam eye wass !

Venkat said...

this exact thought had occurred to me.
but Not going to happen..since it's been made to believe that sentiment drives Tamizh TV.., wonder what you would have said if you watched them serials.. :)

Bad Apple said...

Vandhutanda Parobakari?

Vee Cee said...

yes. one possibility - for the sake of drama/sentiment, we have sob-story contestants wanting to feed 30 children and pay off 72 loans.

another possibility - suntv -> aalum katchi -> helping yaezhai makkal etc.

blackaccord said...

watched it once and will never ever watch it..
This is just a feel good show for those who are into mega serial crap.. They cry for 5 days a week watching the mega serials and these shows makes them overcome that.. You can see the retired middle class moms and dads enjoy this show..

And why no mention about the 25 sothai figures who were probably selected from kodambakkam extras?

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a Satyaraj Dialogue in Amadi Padai "Namba Allungalukku Aluvachi naa romba pidikum"

Funny post.

-G.

Raj said...

I dont think you should have wasted a post on this. I see this as one way of giving all the freebies, like ilavasa color tv, ilavasa minsaram and hell ilavasa phone with bsnl connection (think it was announced a week or two before) or a modernised 'nagaland bumper', 'sikkim bumper' lottery tickets... Pogattum vidu ba..

raj

I said...

Idhula enga capitalism vandhichu?

Kokki Kumarru said...

Don't tell me you are watching these shows frequently. Dheivame. The min the host says Dealah NODEALAH, i puke. Sun tv is dead. They used to have some really interesting shows like chidambara ragasiyam and rudra veenai. Its all over.

MaySan said...

The Americans say they want to take a world tour with it, but that is rare too...even in the US, its abt school loans, jobs of wife and husband on either coast of the country, hence this money will help them come together, etc etc. Yes, drama is what people want. Illena coffee with anu kooda avlo popular a irukkadhu :)

S.Ganesh Kumar said...

I would like to see a good light-hearted gameshow!
I'm keen to know if any of these grannys went to the Sun TV office and told them that 'We won't watch any of our programs,unless t has overdose of melodrama!'

yaadayaada said...

Agree with Maysan.. This whole Deal or No Deal is about drama no matter where it is aired or which language it is aired. So I wouldn't blame just the Tamil Audience. The American version is also all about education loan, house for grannies, etc.

Pradeep said...

Before you start having a bad opinion about the junta who actually do the poverty porn show on screen, it is sun tv's idea.. Started with visu in "Arattai Arangam".. Sun TV selects people who are in a bad shape and asks them to narrate how screwed up they are.. They don't select people who don't need the money badly.. But I am not sure how people watch this.. I am unable to fathom the fact that someone came up with an idea of a show like this and guess what, it also becomes a super hit..

cram said...

:) sooper post! i guess it's all about distribution of wealth. tv channels are afraid people will stone them if they have already affluent alwarpettai types winning even more money! our audience would feel cheated. they want the poor man to win, loads. (i think we invented the ezhai is happy, panakkaran is miserable myth.)

and of course, the alugachi aspect.

offtangent: have always wondered why TN is the only place where people actually expect film stars to give away their wealth ("mgr makkalukku niraiya nallathu panni irukkaru" or "sivaji nalla nadigar aana makkalukku ethuvume seyyala"). totally weird! communisatha araikoraiya yethukittanga. but our makkal are still not comfortable with capitalism. must be hinduism at work.