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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

That Day That Age

Genre: Memorabilia
Disclaimer: Long post ahead

En route to office I happened to hear "Idhu Vivithbharathiyin varthaga oliparappu.Neram kaalai 7 mani 10 nimidam 20 nodi.Aduthu varuvadhu seidhigaL.Vaasippavar Usha".This transported me,the self proclaimed queen of nostalgia,to those "Sun TV less" years,the variety of programs offered then and adhai kooda vidaama paatha namma spirit.

Lemme start with the weekend special.Saturday Morning 10:30 is slot for Kannada/Telugu/Mallu movie/documentary featuring Veedu fame Chokkalinga Bhagavathar/short film written,directed and produced by the same person(Eg:Thaamarai Manaalan).Starting 3 pm-The sword of Tippu Sultan,Vikram aur betal,Panchatantra stories and a few toons.5 pm-Hindi movie *End Of Day*

Sundays begin with Tom&Jerry/Black n white legendary comedies(Laurel n Hardy/Charlie Chaplin) followed by Rangoli.8 am regular weekly serials-Ladies Hostel/Neela-Maala/Gokulam Colony.9 am Mahabharatha/Ramayana(Ramanand Sagar n BR Chopra are worth a round of applause here,coz for those who've watched these 2 epics' telecast,Lord Rama is Arun Govil n Lord Krishna is Nitish Bharadwaj always)/Chandrakanta.11'o clock-Spirit of Unity Concert with the brilliant ARR piece in the title card.12 noon-Aalavandhaar kolai vazhakku,1:15-News for the impaired where this aunty with a tight kondai is a constant factor.1:30 pm-boring award winning movie(piRa mozhi thiraipadam).4.15-Munnottam which is generally watched regularly to make a note of next weekend movie(most of the times disappoinment awaits,for the announcement goes as "NyaayiRu maalai 4.30kku Tamizh Thiraipadam" as if we don't know).Then comes the highlite-The aRadha pazhasu Sunday evening tamil movie(ok!admitted that at times they do screen good ones like Kaadhalikka Neramillai,Mouna Raagam,etc).Nights are for Ramana OLi,S.Ve.Shekar's VaNNa kolangaL and GOOD NITE TamilNadu by max 10 pm

DD has quite a number of serials to its credit.Shot in inhouse sets are Shakti'93(not sure of the year tag though),the lanky Raghuvaran as hero in Sivasankari's Idhu oru manidhanin kadhai(Tuesday 7 pm),Sujatha's En Iniya Iyandira(I witnessed waterbed for the first time in one of its episodes).KaNNuku kuLirchiyaa outdoor-la shoot paNNina serials,which are supposed
to be costlier,are Saavi's Washington-l thirumaNam,Moulie's Flight 175,NizhalgaL Ravi in Rayil Sneham(who can forget the evergreen number..Indha veeNaikku theriyaadhu,idhai seidhavar yaarendRu..composed in Sahaanaa).Medai naadagangaLa kooda vittu vechadhu kedayadhu-Cho's Saathirangal azhivadhillai(I guess),Heren Ramasaamy's Thirumalai Naicker,RS Manohar's ChaaNakyan.There will also be a 1 hr drama on Tuesdays at 7:30pm where generally ARS plays the lead role of kudumba thalaivar and directed by GPR.

Antecedent to today's mega serials is andha kaalathu "VizhudugaL" directed by Gopi Bhimsingh,where a millionaire goes in search of his long lost offspring.This one and Sujatha's Kolayudhir kaalam,where Gayathri(Soundarya of Kudumbam/Saro of Metti Oli) plays the role of Leena,will be screened in the afternoons and I used to get a chance to watch it only during times when the terminal exams are scheduled in the afternoon session at 1:30PM.PeNNin Kadhai with Mohini as protagonist was another mega serial which tasted success.

If you wanna watch Hindi songs,Chitrahaar(Wednesday 7.30pm) and Rangoli(Sunday 7:30am) were the only sources.For Tamil songs it was oliyum oLiyum(Friday 7.30pm).Not to forget the situation songs that they screen-VeLakkethu veLakkethu veLLikizhamai(Kaarthigai),Pattasa chuttu chuttu podattuma(Diwali),Devaney ennai paarungaL(Christmas/Good Friday),Ellorum koNdaaduvom allavin perai cholli(Ramzan/Bakrid),India naadu en veedu(Independence day).Point to be noted is that there will be no VJ interruptions in any of these programs.

Thirai malar,Oru pada paadal,Edhiroli with UM Kannan,Spashtamaana tamizh seidhigaL by Shobana Ravi/Sandhya Rajagopal/Fathima Babu/Senthamizh Arasu,The News with Minu,KaNmaNi poonga,Manaimaatshi,ILanthendRal,Wonder Balloon,Vayalum vaazhvum,Nalavaazhvu,etc will be the right choice if you wanna get bored,irritated & kill time all at the same time.

Adhoc programs like Non Stop Nonsense,melodious Mile Sur Mera Tumhara,"Equal rights to girl child" promotion song Odi aaduRa peN kuzhandhai iva eno onju thala kuninja will be telecast whenever they get a 15 min cycle gap.

Advertisements..I hardly see any of these nowadays-VenniRa paRkalukku Gopal Palpodi,MaapiLaikku coffee enna aachungRen-Narasus,Idea husband Arvindswamy in Leo Coffee,Chandrika soapin thooymai,Endha college padikkaReenga-Santoor,Dharani pugazhum Bharani pattu centre,Ortem fan,Coffe/Toffee Melody,Optonica TV,Readymoney shop-Itz a gr8 new way to shop,Needithu nilaikkum Lesancy(which I expected to last for months together but felt cheated when it was reduced to nothing in less than 2 weeks),Aarogya vazhvinai kaapadhu Lifebuoy,Enna aachu kozhandhai azhudhudhu Woodword's gripe water.

Topping it all-KaaNaamal ponavar patRiya aRivippu where a 98 year old veLLai veshti,neela niRa kattam potta sattai aNindha,mana nilai sari illaadha thaathaa will be missing.Ivarai patRiya thagavalaRindhor should contact kaaval thuRai kattupaatu aRai,ezhumboor,chennai 8

On a later stage,DD2 otherwise known as Metro was introduced to add color to Chennai-ites' life.And along with it came a bunch of hindi mega serials which were subsequently dubbed into tamil literally(like "Naan enna kettenna nee enna paNRannu" for "maine poocha ki tum kya kar rahe ho")

Junoon@Pidivaadham requires a spl mention.Idhukku munnaala "Kyunki" craze is nothing.Oru kaalathula Aditya&Seema Dhanraj,Sumeer&Rekha Rajvansh,Mini Aggarwal,Keshav Khalsi,Thaatha Nagarkar,Inspector Wajahad Ali,DGP Brij Narayan Bhaweja,Neel Bhati@Vakeel payya were treated as family members in most of the households.I lost track of it after Aditya's daughter n Sumeer's son went to the same boarding school.It was speculated that they both will grow up,get married and the Dhanraj-Rajvansh clash will come to an end.

Other serials were Neena Gupta's Dard(following KB's style for relationships/affairs),Naya Nukkad@Pudhiya therumunai,Imtihaan@Sodhanai which brought Renuka Sahaney into light,hilarious Dekh Bhai Dekh@Paaru kanna paaru with Shekar Suman,Pankaj Dheer(who played Karnan in Mahabharatha) in Kanoon,Detective serial Raja aur Rancho,Ajnabi@Anniyan,Madhavan in Seahawks,adventurous Streethawk and Countdown shows like Colgate Best of the Best&Superhit Muqabla.

In the pure tamil section,a brand new series of Maadhu Cheenu dramas,variety entertainment programs hosted by Metro Priya for her well-known over actions and a game show by Babloo@Prithviraj were included.

huh!!!My memory is exhausted!!Have I missed any of ur favourtie programs?Do lemme know :)


  • At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Ravi said…

    Kudos & Hats off to you. You look like a person with good memory. Any special thing you eat for memory retention.

    You left HE-MAN & DISNEY times on Sunday mornings.

  • At 1:36 AM, Anonymous F e r r a r i said…

    Amazing post :-)

    Some minor corrections. SV Sekar vaNNa kolangaL in the morning. If am not wrong, at 10 AM. And the MouLi drama is Flight 172.

    And when it comes to Cho dramas, they telecasted one called 'Saraswathiyin Selvan'. One of the most hilarious plays seen ever!

    And baby shalini, oru viral krishna rao vachi oru serial. Guess that bhoodam name was banjo or something

    DD-2 came much later. And while they were testing, suddenly they will telecast some songs or cinema related stuff. Next day discussion in school will be, 'Did you check it out yesterday?'

    Metro Priya is anyday better than any of the VJ's we have now. She was really good.

    Nukkad reminds me of one episode. When the drunkard will hit a sixer and win the match for the colony.

    Thaatha nagarkar and Keshav Kalsi. ROTFL :-)

    Narotam Puri's world of sport. Prannoy Roy's world this week, Giant Robot serial. These are some more stuff I can recollect :-)

    Moochu vaangudhu YT :-)

  • At 3:46 AM, Blogger Yours Truly said…

    @ravi - Danks.Memory retention-naan poRandhadhula irundhey appdi dhaan :) adhukkaaga EEE CDC questions ellam kettudaadheenga :) I remember seeing He-Man,Disney times on working day evenings aftr coming from school..arnd 4:30 may be??

    @ferrari - Thanx.Good list of inclusions.Somehow,slipped my mind :) VaNNa kolangaL morning-a?Then vot s that S.Ve.Shekar serial that I used to watch in the nite?Shall think :) Flight 172 was typo error boss.
    Baby Shalini serial title song I remember-Chutti poNNu yaaru sollu..Amlu.And whole heartedly agreed,Metro Priya was far far better than a few sothais who host in Sun Music.

    Few more programmes that flashed my mind...ARiviyal Aayiram,Malarum ninaivugaL(Irony-how did I forget that?),Gnyaana Bhoomi Maniyan's serial on Lord Muruga shot out and out on DD sets..the tile song goes like "AaRiru thadanthoL vaazhga,AaRumugam vaazhga",Adedey Manohar's so called comedy serial(Monday 8.30PM I presume),MaapiLLai Murukku,Super Human Samurai,Jaldi Jaldi game show (Friday 5 or 5:30 PM)

    hamma....vera edhavadhu?

  • At 4:30 AM, Anonymous Ravi said…

    :)) YT, Do you remember what you were wearing on your first day in college? Andha Manjal & Pachai Color dress thaane?

    Regd HE-MAN & Disney times it was on Sunday mornings from 9am to 10 am. After this was the Ramayan & Mahabharath.

    BTW, you belong to which class & batch? Am part of Class of 2000 and 2001 batch. Hope i am right with this Batch & Class stuff.

  • At 4:54 AM, Blogger Yours Truly said…

    @ravi - You belong to 2000 batch and class of 2001.And so,no chance u having seen me on my first day to college!

  • At 5:06 AM, Anonymous Ravi said…

    I always get confused between this class & batch stuff. Ofcourse NNNNOOOO, I was guessing u c!

  • At 9:37 PM, Blogger vee-jay said…

    Fantastic post!! Trust you to have an excellent memory :-)
    oru program enakku nyabagam varadhu - ulavarum oLikkadhir. now dont ask me which channel, what time and all - naan appo-lam TV pakkave matten...
    And regarding Lifebuoy ad - Arogya vazhvinai kappadi Lifebuoy - it is still shown on TV, tho the film is different!

  • At 10:22 PM, Blogger Yours Truly said…

    @ravi - i c

    @vee-jay - Merci:)Yeah!UVOK was in the evenings around 6:30 just b4 vayalum vaazhvum :)

  • At 8:47 PM, Blogger Kumari said…

    Ellam sari aana indha memory yen Emec class-la use pannala? :p

    seri thittadhe...absolutely adored this post.

    Cho-voda "yaamirukka bayamen" was another early morning sunday serial. And b4 Tom n Jerry there was "Spider man spider man". I loved Jaldi Jaldi a lot.

    How can you forget "Swabhimaan@Suyamariyadhai. Correct-a 3.40kku arambipaan(it should be at 3.30pm. 2.40kku school mudinju adichu pudichu bus eri veetukku varuvom to catch a glimpse of Ashutosh rana and Harsh Chayya. And how did you miss out "Shanti"? MAndira Bedi's rise to fame.

    Metro channel had a long list of english serials. All those fairy tales and classics like Vanity Fair. Then detective serial Derrick and Blossom and Boy who rules the world(or some such title). My mom and i used to sit and watch from 5.30 when they showed cartoons like CHip n Dale and proceeded to these English serials :)

    Then every wknd we had these unheard of English movies. Sometimes they did show some gems like 'The Odessa File', 'Guns of Navarone', 'Chengis Khan'.

    Then those Agatha Christie novels. Dont know when they were screened. And saturday Hindi movies. My fave serial "Rayil sneham' :)

    romba pesitten. thoonga poren :)

  • At 11:22 PM, Blogger Yours Truly said…

    @kumari - Actually DigE class-la use paNNinen but still no use :)

    Swabhimaan&Shanthi..nejamaave marandhutten.Ranjana Devi,Swetlana,Rishabh Malhotra,Karan,Tyagi,Sunil..gee..I still remember the characters :) And Agatha Christi novels bring back memories of Rajit Kapoor's Byomkesh Bakshi

    Your list of English serials r stunning :) "Yaanaikkum adi sarukkum" u c :)

  • At 3:00 PM, Blogger JUS LIKE DAT said…

    Do you remember the Non-stop Non-sense programme name, I am trying to get the videos of that particular serial which used to be telecast in DD2 at 8.00/8.30p.m. I am die-hard fan of that person when I was young, any suggestions??? if so mail me @

  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger JUS LIKE DAT said…

    No no got the webpage of Didi's comedy, the non-stop non-sense serial, here it is

    Unfortunately no videos down the webpage, but hope to get the videos soon....... lets see....

  • At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you forgot the evergreen 'SURABHI'

  • At 6:57 PM, Blogger Hema said…

    Thats a fantabulous job recollecting the TV programs. Reminds me of the good old days. Infact me and my sister used to record the tv programs to view it during weekends. Few such I remember which were played for a while - Appusamy Padam Edukirar with kathadi ramamurthy as old fellow, one manorama's drama having manorama's son & actress meena. Mouzhi's drama where he moves to a new apartment and gets stuck in the lift. Then staged dramas featuring drama actors conveying message at the end.
    Oliyum oliyum always put the cine poster before the song appears that comes with how many days it ran in the theaters. the same cine poster will be updated the next week with the days-it-ran.
    There was one program which they used to play only during afternoon, which I get to watch it only when we have half-day during quarterly/half-yearly/annual exam. It had comedian vivek with some guy revolving around ghosthouse/spirit something. Any idea what the serial name could be?

  • At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Then there were Around the World in eighty days cartoon and The Goodies and Shakespeare's plays in the early eighties.

  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger Darwinci said…

    Amazing post...[:)]
    Wat abt Nishaganti???

  • At 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ghutan, reporter, eksebadkarek

  • At 12:42 AM, Blogger freedom_india said…

    Good memory.
    Good old times when life was simpler without the cell phone and an inland letter was much valued.
    There used to be the serial Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot on every Second Saturday in 1985-86 periods.

  • At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    rangoli serial of udaya tv is not coming

  • At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Truly great! having reminded me of my childhood! especially swabhimaan reference u v given...rushing from school and word" that 3.30 started at 3.40" Awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • At 12:03 AM, Blogger Wanderer Monk said…

    Wow wonderful recollectionns !!! wowww.. wowww...

    Can I add japanese serial OSHIN ?!!! I never understood a single word or context, still liked that pretty little girl !!!

  • At 10:37 AM, Blogger Sandhya said…

    Dekh Bhai Dekh on Thursdays... not sure of the time though. then Phillips super 10.

    regarding ads there was this television ad called Dynora.


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