Televsion


Happened to catch yesterday’s interview of Sitaram Yechury in Times Now where the anchor had 10 questions for Sitaram.  Now, I am not going to get into the merits of Nuke deal or any other issues being discussed without let across all media outlets.  The questions were great and the answers were diplomatic at best except for a categorical No for walking out on the the day ( 22nd July 2008 ) Dr MMS’s government is scheduled to face a No Confidence Motion.

To me, the most appalling thing was the way the anchor behaved with Sitaram.  He was rude all the way through and would not even let Sitaram finish his answers.  However Sitaram was aplomb personified.  Kudos to Sitaram.  Hope the Left had handled the Nuke deal similarly 😦

Shouldn’t the host have the manners to let the guest of the show atleast answer the question before agreeing/disagreeing moving to the next question?  Journalism at its worst.

After a long stint abroad, I have spent the last month or so surfing Tamil television channels.  Most of the Tamil channels offer the same fare with slight modifications here and there.   Cinema or cinema based programs and mega serials with heavily made up women and artificial glycerine induced tears or scheming vixens rule the roost without exception.   I guess one of the serial (Kolangal) has been going on for the past 4 years atleast.  Hope the director has not decided to continue till all the actors themselves kick the bucket 🙂  The story line (Alangolankal) has nothing to do with the title.   And irritatingly, we get to hear Tanglish as a language.  Dunno if those comperes/VJs/folks know neither Tamil nor English properly or is it a fad.  I also got to watch He-Man and the Masters of the Universe dubbed into Tamil.  That was fun 🙂

Sometimes though you get to watch some exceptionally good programs.    And rarely, you get to watch good programs with no Tanglish.   One exception with almost nil Tanglish is Makkal Tholaikkatchi.  The comperes speak good Tamil!  It was so good to hear someone speak Tamil and not Tanglish.   Hope the channel will continue to buck the Tanglish trend, survive and get good TRP ratings to last long.

They also have this interesting program Sandhai (Market) where viewers can advertise information on things they have to sell.  Its free for the sellers as well 🙂  And the comperes ask the callers to talk in Tamil as well, as much as possible!  Seems like viewers like the program.  In the half an hour or so that I watched the program, calls kept pouring in and the compere did a great job running the show. 

As to education – what is happening in TN?  My nephew came home for holidays and he was given homework to finish in those 10 days.  He is barely 5 now.  Quo vadis?

I am a sucker for some of the shows that air on American airwaves. For some reason I like watching them. Law & Order, CSI Miami being two among them. I do not know what interests me in them but I like watching them. I get to watch them without all those irritating ads as well, courtesy DVD releases and the wonderful library systems in these US of A. Recently I came across one more – Boston Legal.

I am not sure if the proceedings at court really happen the way shown in Boston Legal. Guess they have been dramatized fairly and glamorized as well. Anyway, the important thing about Boston Legal is this. Some of the episodes weave the interesting questions on things considered taboo or topics or potentially society-changing events and happenings into their story line and make you wonder.

Now, I am not normally a lover of television sitcoms and soaps. However, this show got me to thinking. Given the reach that radio and television have, are they not good mediums to put these questions to the masses and have them start thinking. How powerful are these kinds of TV shows and do they really get the masses to think?

Are there any equivalents for Boston Legal or Law & Order in Indian Television? Or do the networks air the American produced shows after dubbing into local languages?

By the way, if you are wondering what has Tax Evasion has got to do with this post, you will have to watch Boston Legal. Episode Stick It! Boston Legal is addictive. Been warned.