Elements of Truth…. Reality TV

October 9, 2007 at 10:41 am | Posted in bong, King markiV returns | 4 Comments

When you think TV reality shows are made up mock shows, print and news media are purely commercial ventures and truth is dead and buried, here comes the one show that strikes the chord.

There are only two aspects to any TV show that I can really appreciate- the element of truth they bring to the fore and the amount of humor and entertainment they provide. Indeed, there was a once beautiful time when this post could have spoken about American Idol and Fresh Price of Bel Air and the greater pleasures of Englisss padams and vella kaare ponninga (white hot chicks)… Thanks to CAS (set-top box stuff), my entertainment providers had been reduced to what comes free…

To be good to these saviors, the freebies did carry their share of humor. Sun TV came to the rescue, giving us some quality humor in the form of more mega serials which all dedicatedly used the same script et al as the mother of all mega serials- daughter in law, rich woman, revenge, angry woman (I told you Amithab must never have quit the angry MAN image… see what’s come of the vacancy now!).

However, Vijay TV remained the one channel that refused to allow such low issues such as TRP and entertainment affect its vision. While other channels carried on with the tradition of playing Indian and Baasha on Diwali for the 18000th time, Vijay stood apart by telecasting Malayoor Mammutiyaan’s (navarathna Prashanth’s dad) tour of Malaysia. In fact until recently they managed to keep their channel so boring that one would ensure not to browse through even during Ad breaks on the other channels.

Eventually, Vijay understood that some people actually happened to float through it when their TV was getting auto-tuned. This habit damaging their primary objective of being the channel that no one should see, the geniuses running the machinery decided to throw in some funny English series. Except that they were no longer in English… Or funny… With careful selection of the worst possible voice-overs, viola! They had successfully converted a comedy kid series to a boring droning senseless show that ensures that kids commit suicide and adults become retarded.

Unfortunately, a few months back there was probably some change in the top brass. Coinciding perfectly with the time Sun TV got drained of copying the same story line and started reusing the already run episodes under a different name, Vijay TV roped in some actually GOOD shows. Like a few reality shows, quizzes, actually funny comedy shows, and shifting Madan’s Thirai Paarvai to the prime time of the dead and hopeless.

Coming back to where I started, this Sunday was a tide of difference to the world of television media. Jodi no1, initiated as a dance show that bordered between sad and disgusting, took a drastic change into wholesome entertainment. Pritviraj (who looks like a druggie already) was apparently criticized by Simbu (one of the judges). And he shot back. Im not really going to go on about what happened. Im waiting for a good You Tube link of that show.

The best part was Simbu getting real emotional. He walks out of the studio, with an entire army running behind him with pleas like “Simbu, pogadeenga… Simbu, en pullai ku badil sollitu ponge”, and all that. Any college guy would know that putting scene would mean eventually eating one’s hat. However, since our star did not sufficiently get past single digits in educational expertise, it wouldn’t be fair to expect knowledge in these spheres.

Coming back, the host delivered some powerful statements- “Simbu, neega jury, Simbu. Neenga enna venum naalum sollalaam”. Manasu kulle ‘I Love You’ solluvan nu nenaipu pole irukku.

If you are a connoisseur of good tamil cinema you would know the official ‘Karithu Squad’. These are the ‘publics’ who just throw random statements to show that the hero has mass support. Think the girl in Thamizan who says “Enna saar idhu, oruthare arrest pannanum na warrant venum, illati charge sheet podanum”. Think the group in Indian, Mudhalvan, Sivaji, Ramana… These are the ‘Karithu Squad’- the public opinion. Now Vijay TV seems to have invested in this group, and wisely I should say. The audience discusses about how Simbu is infallible, and the judge is God. Chief Justice ketta siripparu.

But the best part of the show was when SImbu got back (after full meals of Hat) and took the mike. “Ennakku Nadikka Theriyaadhu Sir”.

Adhu engalukku Vallavan paarthe pove therinjiduchu sir!

PS: Im still looking for the guy who came here looking for this

Thanks Santhosh for giving me the You Tube Link. Anaivarum paarthu magizhingal


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  1. Here you go!
    Sigh! If only they could write such scripts for movies!

  2. seriously got a doubt if im watching a serial on sun tv or jodi no.1 on vijay tv…

  3. Huh. So it’s the same down south. Bah.
    I need a new planet here.

  4. Hey cmon!! Small Wonder on Vijay TV was GOOD!! 😛

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