Saturday, October 24, 2009

Its Kamalesh's wedding..

It will be small screen actor Kamalesh-Sinduja wedding this week in Namma veetu kalyanam show in Vijay TV. This show in particular has been very wavy in the channel.. it comes and goes quite often and this time its started again. From tomorrow, sunday, this show is all set to be from 8 PM every sundays.. I am not sure how long this would continue and from when the retelevast would start happening..

This week with the new schedules it is Kamalesh;s wedding thats been focused on.. Kamalesh is a very well known small screen actor and he has been int he industry for quite sometime.He and his wife Sinduja share their marriage and married life experiences with us in the show tomorrow.. from the promotional video it looks like its going to be interesting.. with this show started at 8 PM, the best of koffee with Anu is now stopped..

Sundays, from 26th October, 2009 - Namma Veetu Kalyanam at 8 PM.

Best of Anu alavum bayam illai..

Its now turn for the best of Anu alavum bayamillai in Vijay TV from this week.. I think this might run for next one more week and probably next season of the show would start. Initially the show was introduced as Anu alavum bayamillai and during the midst of the show, Anu started calling it season 1 and she continues to do that. Now even for the best of Anu alavum bayam illai... Anu says it to be best of the season 1. So, that clearly says that Season 2 is going to follow.. Initially there were rumours that after Anu alavum bayam illai is over, koffee with Anu season 3 will start soon and there was also rumours that Koffee with Anu will have some other celebrity and title of the show would get changed.

Now, it looks like there will be either Anu alavuam bayam illai season 2 to start soon or Koffee with Anu season 3 to both the cases Anu will be riding the show which she is well versed with. For me, let them start anything but they should start immediately..

Aadhavan Kondattam..

After Koffee with Anu its the Aadhavan Kondattam in which actor Suriya and producer Udhayanidhi Stalin will be participating in another promotional program for the film Aadhavan. Even though there has been mixed response from the public, there are news spread that the film is a box office hit already.. We had Suriya and Udhaya speaking with Anu on Deepavali special show and now it will be Aadavan kondattam in Vijay TV. Suriya and Udhayanidhi wil speak about their experience on the film and answer some questions.

I think Gopinath will anchor this show even.. what say ?? he has been doing for last few films' promotional events. This show is actually been scheduled for the success of the film and the team celebration on the success. Ithink Vijay TV should also have KS Ravikumar for this show..This show is on Sunday, 25th October, 2009 at 1 PM.. dont miss it..

1 Out, 23 In..

Its now 23 from 24 in this week.. yeah 1 contestant got eliminated from the Airtel Super Singer Junior 2 show last week.. Melody round started with 24 contestants fighting for the next round spot and the competition was really very high.. there were super duper performances being given by the contestants and I donno how difficult it will be for the judges when they reach the top 15 stage.. Melody round had same permanent judges Mano, Chitra and Shuba judging the performances and Divya anchoring the show.

Ajeesh and Nikhil Mathew were present in the show after training the contestants in person ahead of the competition.. last week it was Manickam Vinayagam who had given some training for the kids. Being Melody round, Vijay TV had chosen Ajeesh and Nikhil for the job. I think they have done a very good job in here.. Their comments were asked after the perforamnces. It was sad part when the elimination was to be made..Alka Ajith was selected as best performer of the week i.e Rin Super kid of the week award.

Krish-Sangeetha continues..

This week in Boys Vs Girls, it will be Krish and Sangeetha continuing judging the performances of the contestants in the show. Last week being Deepavali week it does not matter and earlier to that Krish-Sangeetha, the so called "special judges" were judging and were giving poor judgemnet and harsh comments. I was expecting Meena and Shyaam to be back in the show but this week its again the real life couple in the show. This week's show will be competitive and from promotional video it looks like Sangeetha is praising a lot for the performances...

IPTV to gain relevance with broadband penetration

IPTV has failed to take off in India due to low broadband penetration and failure of government to help establish a quality of service standard. The government also did not pay much attention to this sector after issuing guidelines, according to Time Broadband CEO Sujata Dev. Addressing the concluding session of the India Digital Networks Summit, Dev said IPTV would gain in relevance as broadband penetration grows. IPTV has a great future in video-on-demand (VoD) and gaming.

Dev complained that after paying off the broadcaster and the others, content aggregators for IPTV have very little left of revenue to pocket. With both DTH and Cable being very strong, IPTV needs to develop its own identity, she added. Asked why she had switched her attention to developing content for mobiles, she said wireless connectivity would always have an edge over wireline connections. But the cost of 3G spectrum was very high, she said. She said her company had now become more of a content delivery network as there was no distribution via IPTV. Answering a question, she said the government had hoped that IPTV would help push broadband penetration, but this had not happened. There was need for awareness to grow in this region, but the government was "not even looking at this sector."

Seagate Technology country manager for India and Saarc Rajesh Khurana said storage was an important issue for both IPTV as well as mobiles. The last mile connection would need tailorised options, and personal video recorders (PVRs) had to be low cost and would need a management strategy, he added.

- Indiantelevision

Maharani watch and win contest rules and regulations

"Maharani Watch and Win Contest" ("Contest") with regard to the program "Maharani" ("Program") to be produced and telecasted by Vijay ("Channel") as stated hereunder:

1. The Contest shall remain open from One (01) Week from October 19, 2009 at 1900 hours to October 23, 2009 at 1900 hours ("Period").

2. The Contest shall be open to the jurisdiction of Tamil Nadu only.

3. The Channel will telecast on air promos during the Period which will state the mechanism (manner) in which the viewers can participate in the Contest.

4. A viewer(s) shall be asked questions during the show in the mentioned period and the viewer(s) desirous of participating in the Contest ("Participant(s)") can participate via SMS to 57827 through mobile. The subscribers of Vodafone, Airtel, BPL, Idea, Reliance Communications, Spice, Aircel, Reliance Telecom, Tata Indicom, BSNL and MTNL Mumbai may participate in the Contest.

5. The cost charged to the Participant(s) by the respective network provider(s) shall be as follows:

a) Rs. 3 per SMS for Vodafone, Airtel, BPL, Idea, Reliance Communications, Spice, Aircel, Reliance Telecom, Tata Indicom subscribers
b) Rs. 2 per SMS for BSNL subscribers
c) Rs. 1 per SMS for MTNL Mumbai subscribers

6. There will be different question on every day of the show based on the show telecasted for that particular day. The contest shall be applicable only for Original telecast and not for the repeat telecast of the program.

7. The Viewers have to send the reply every day for the particular question asked in an episode. The Viewers have to send the SMS before 1950 hours on the particular day of the telecast. Any SMS received by VTPL after 1950 hours shall not be taken into consideration.

8. The cost of each call shall be charged by the respective network operators. Neither Vijay Television Private Limited ("VTPL") nor the Channel shall be responsible in case of any delay in delivery of SMS / network problem and/or the costs charged by the mobile operators. Any dispute in connection to the same should be settled directly between the subscriber and the mobile operator without involving VTPL and/or the Channel.

9. VTPL and/or the Channel reserve the right to disqualify any Participant(s) from participating further in the Contest without assigning any reason. The decision of VTPL and/or the Channel in this regard shall be final and binding upon the Participant(s).

10. VTPL and/or the Channel shall select the winner after the end of the period of the contest. There cannot be any joint winner. Every winner has to be individual.

11. The total worth of the prize money for the contest shall be Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees One Lakh Only). The prize money shall be distributed amongst the winners selected during the contest period. Every individual Winner as stated point no. 9 shall be entitled for the maximum prize money of gold worth Rs.4999/- (Rupees Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Only).

12. VTPL and/or the Channel reserves the rights to decide the Winner(s) of the Contest.

13. VTPL and/or the Channel shall contact/inform the Winner(s) at the mobile number through which the viewers send the SMS.

14. The decision of VTPL and/or the Channel shall be final and binding on all the Participant(s) and by participating in the Contest, it shall be construed that the Participant(s) has waived his/her right to raise any dispute against any decision made by VTPL and/or the Channel with regard to the selection of the Winners and/or the Prize and/or for any other reason whatsoever.

General Rules

1. The Participant(s) should be citizens of India, residing in India and above 18 years of age to qualify for the Contest.

2. The Participant(s) should not have criminal conviction or an arrangement or a contract that prevents the Participant(s) from participating in the Contest.

3. The Participant(s) in whose name the number (from which the call is made) is registered with a network operator shall be construed to have participated in the Contest. Consequently, the Winner in whose name the number is registered with a network operator shall be entitled to the Prize at the discretion of VTPL.

4. The Winners must submit with VTPL and/or the Channel a copy of the last two bills issued by the network operator as a proof that the number is registered in the name of the Winner and such other documents that could be furnished as proof that the mobile number is registered in the Winner's name.

5. Proof of age is a must for the Participant(s) and must be submitted to the Channel/ VTPL (i.e., Birth Certificate, 10th Class leaving Certificate/ School certificate/ passport/ an affidavit signed by a magistrate).

6. VTPL and/or the Channel reserve all rights to make amendments to the existing rules without prior notice or withdraw the Contest without giving prior notice in connection thereto. The viewers/Participant(s) shall be solely responsible to check the rules and regulations of this Contest on the website from time to time.

7. Non-conformance by any Participant(s) and/or the Winners of the rules of the Contest will disqualify them from participation or winnings, immediately, as the case may be.

8. The Participant(s) and/or the Winners of the Contest agrees that he/she shall make himself/herself available from time to time and co-operate with the Channel and/or VTPL and participate in any activity and/or campaign ("Promotional Activity") of any nature whatsoever without any money payable to the Participant(s) and/or the Winner. Further, the Participant(s) and/or the Winner shall at no point of time refuse or disagree to participate in any such Promotional Activity for any reason whatsoever. The Participant(s) and/or the Winners agree that the footage of any nature with regard to the Participant(s) and/or the Winners shall vest with VTPL, including but not limited to all intellectual property rights and any other rights for worldwide and in perpetuity.

9. The Prize will be delivered to the Winner(s) within ninety (90) days from the date of declaring the Winner(s). The Winner(s) cannot exchange the Prize for another item of any nature or cash equivalent. VTPL and/or the Channel shall not be responsible and/or liable for any delay, damage, loss, and theft etc., caused to the Prize in transit. If the Winner(s) refuses to accept the Prize awarded, the Channel and/or VTPL shall be released from all obligations towards the Winner in connection to the Prize won by the Winner. Further, after forfeiting the Prize, VTPL and/or the Channel shall be entitled to randomly select and declare another Winner(s), as it deems fit and at it own discretion, and award the Prize, to that winner.

10. By participating in the Contest, it shall be deemed to be construed that the Participant(s)/Winner(s) has waived his/her right to raise a dispute in connection to the Prize so awarded to the Participant(s) upon winning the Contest.

11. By participating in the Contest, it shall be construed that the Participant(s) and/or the Winner has agreed that the Participant(s) and/or the Winner shall hold harmless the Channel, VTPL, its employees, officers or any other person in relation to any injury/damage/harm/loss suffered by the Participant(s) and/or the Winners, in any manner, whatsoever in connection with the Contest and/or the Prize and that the Participant(s) and/or the Winners has waived all rights to file in person or through any family member or third party any applications, criminal and/or civil proceedings in any courts or forum in India against the Channel and/or VTPL to claim any damages or reliefs or otherwise.

12. The Winner agrees that if due to any reason, whatsoever, beyond the control of the Channel and/or VTPL, the Prize and/or anything in connection to the Prize and/or the enjoyment of the Prize becomes ineffective or invalid, the Channel and/or VTPL cannot be held responsible for the same.

13. The Channel and/or VTPL is in no manner whatsoever responsible and/or shall not be held liable in any manner whatsoever, for any injury, death, mental trauma caused to the Winners in any manner whatsoever or for any reason whatsoever in connection to the Contest and/or Prize.

14. Employees of the Channel or VTPL, and the members of their immediate family, persons with criminal convictions, persons other than citizens of India, are ineligible to enter the Contest.

15. The Participant(s)/Winners agree to all the decision(s) made by VTPL and/or the Channel that all the decision shall be final and binding upon them.

16. VTPL and/or the Channel reserve the right to forfeit the Prize in the event it is found by VTPL and/or the Channel that any information provided by the Winner(s) is wrong or any misrepresentation made by the Winner(s) is false. VTPL or the Channel shall have the right to declare another Participant(s) as the winner of the Contest and transfer the Prize to that person.

17. Any and all taxes and/or levies applicable under the laws of India shall be borne by the Winner(s) in relation to the Prize.

18. In the event, the Winner(s) is/are required to pay withholding tax and/or tax deductible at source under the Income Tax Act, 1961 under the laws of India in relation to the Prize, the Winner(s) shall furnish a copy of the receipt (challan) in relation to the withholding tax and/or tax deductible at source paid by the Winner(s).

19. All Participant(s) and the Winner, shall do any and all acts and execute any and all documents in such manner and at such location as may be required by the Channel and/or VTPL in its sole discretion to protect, perfect or enforce any of the rights granted or confirmed to VTPL and/or the Channel herein.

20. The participation of the Participant(s) in the Contest shall mean that the Participant(s) has read, understood, accepted and agrees to abide with all the rules including the General Rules of the Contest.

21. All the copyrights of the program and any activities with regard to the program shall belong to VTPL and that the Winner shall not have any rights even where there is involvement of Winner.

22. The Participant(s) and the Winner shall comply with the laws of India.

23. The Contest shall be governed by the laws of India.

24. The terms of this rules and regulations shall be construed in accordance with the laws of India and incase of any dispute or other matter arising in reference to the Contest shall be referred to a sole arbitrator appointed by VTPL and shall be governed by the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, amended from time to time. The venue for arbitration shall be Chennai, in English language. All the costs, charges and expenses in connection to the Arbitration shall be solely borne by the Participant(s) who has raised the dispute.

25. Subject to the provision of Clause 23 above, the Courts having jurisdiction under the provisions of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, to determine all matters which the Court is entitled to determine under the Act, including, without limitation, provision of interim relief's under the provisions of Section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, shall exclusively be the courts at Chennai, India.

Courtesy - Vijay TV website

Friday, October 23, 2009

Videocon offers access to DTH via DVD player

Direct to Home (DTH) television can be accessed now with a DVD player. For the first time in the country, D2H, the DTH service from the Videocon Group, is offering DTH via three alternate platforms to the traditional connections — by DTH-enabled satellite DVD, DTH-enabled LCD TV, and DTH-enabled TV sets. The company recently rolled out its DTH services and hopes to corner at least two million subscribers by offering differentiated services, says Anil Khera, CEO. The D2H DTH brand is the sixth private DTH player in the market, that recently crossed 16 million subscribers.

“Our research shows that consumers owning TV sets also have a DVD player, a cable or a DTH box, all packed one above the other due to space constraint. Through our DTH-enabled DVD player, a consumer can not only access the DTH service, but can also watch movies on DVD,” says Khera. Industry estimates suggest there are 45-50 million homes in India that currently own a DVD player and the size of the business is estimated to be around Rs 900 crore. “A DVD player that can access a DTH service, too, will only boost the DVD market,” says a senior executive of a leading movie rental company.

The D2H DTH has set a target of acquiring at least two million subscribers within a year through its various offerings. It has outlined an annual spending of around Rs 1,000 crore for this purpose, sources say. “Annually, around 15 million new colour television sets are sold in India. With our differentiated DTH service integrated with television sets and LCD TVs, we should get two million subscribers in the first year,” Khera told Business Standard. D2H DTH service is owned by Bharat Business Channels, a Videocon-promoted company, and it is now competing for business with other DTH brands like Dish TV (6 million subscribers), Tata Sky (4.5 million), Sun Direct (4.3 million), Big TV (2 million) and Airtel Digital TV (numbers not announced). D2H is also offering DTH-enabled TV sets (Rs 8,190) and LCDs (Rs 13,490) and only a DTH box for Rs 1,790 (with free installation). Other players offer a DTH connection for Rs 1,600, plus installation charges (Rs 300-1,000).

- Business Standard

Tamil GEC, Vijay TV abuzz with new launches

The Tamil general entertainment channel, Vijay TV from STAR Network is busy putting together new offerings to strengthen its weekday and weekend programming. The new launches come close on the heels of the channel airing its two tent pole properties -- Rajnikanth Baba Caves Story and Kamal Haasan's 50 years in Cinema Celebration.

In an email interaction with afaqs!, K Sriram, general manager, Vijay TV, shares, "Undoubtedly, Rajnikanth and Haasan are two icons of the film industry. The tent poles created around them were something that came the channel's way and we lapped it up. The Vijay TV team's visit to the Baba Caves, which Rajinikanth visits, and the celebration of Kamal Haasan's 50 years in cinema are easily the high points of our programming, helping us garner more eyeballs for the channel and providing us an ideal platform for the launch of our fiction shows."

The channel has just brought on-air two new fiction shows, Maharani and Kallikaatu Pallikoodam, airing Monday to Friday at 7 pm and 7:30 pm, respectively. Maharani -- the tale of two young orphans, Mahalakshmi and Rani -- captures the struggle of the two protagonists and the truth of relationships around us. Kallikaatu Pallikoodam is set against a village backdrop, and narrates the tale of aspiration of kids caught between two feuding, neighbouring villages.

These two serials will be followed by two more format shows on weekends. Vijay TV will launch the second season of its format show, Rin Anu Alavum Bayamillai on October 30. As was the case with the first daredevil show, this time too, seven small-screen actresses, namely Neelima Rani, Tinky, Mahalakshmi, Priyadarshini, Preetha, Vandhana and Sneha Nambiyar will face new and innovative tasks. It is being hosted by actress, Lakshmi Rai. The show will air every Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Work is in progress for another format show, titled 'S&M Kids' Wear Kalakapovadhu Yaaru Juniors'. The stand-up comedy show, for kids in the age-group of 5-15 years, is scheduled to air at Sundays at 7 pm. Sriram points out that the channel is bringing in format shows on weekends because, by nature, they cater to families; and weekends provide an ideal environment for all the members to tune into format shows.

Courtesy -

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Digital Recorders in DTH

When you are not sure when they are watching the programme, how can you call it prime-time?

Industry trend-watchers say that over the next few years, television channels may lose some of their advertising revenue once sales of digital video recorders (DVRs) pick up. DVR services are a value-added offering in direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasts beamed through satellites. Tata Sky is offering the service, and its is only a question of time before it picks up in an industry with big labels such as Tata Sky, Airtel, Videocon, Reliance BIG TV, Sun Direct and market leader Dish TV.

Unlike the US and Europe, where the percentage of DVR homes is as high as 50 percent of the total DTH subscriptions, India is just getting started. DVRs, which are upgraded DTH set-top boxes, allow viewers to record and pause live television channels and later enjoy uninterrupted playback. Manoj Malkani, Vice President, MPG, said the tendency of viewers to watch advertising may get hit when DVRs get going. “If the viewers play back a film, the advertising duration skipped will be much more than the compared to a cricket match.

For advertisers this will certainly be a missed opportunity. Just like some film DVDs, which don’t allow commercial fast-forwarding, advertisers too will have to in sync with DTH operators devise a similar strategy.” At present there are 12 million (120 lakh) TV households with DTH connections. The industry expects DTH to grow at over 30 per cent per year, till 2012. By 2015, DTH will enjoy a market share of 40 per cent digital cable of which DVRs will enjoy a sizeable chunk. It is early days yet on how far and how much DVRs will change the ad landscape.

Ravi Kiran, CEO-South Asia and Emerging Market Leader - Specialist Solutions at media buying house Starcom MediaVest Group said, “There is no real threat now. Though at a later stage there will be pressure on advertisers, maybe leading to more innovation. It would be more of a urban phenomenon though.” Tata Sky, the only DVR service provider, claims that it has been adding 6 to 8 per cent new DVR subscribers every
45 days since its launch in October 2008. “Every month there are more DVR based subscriptions, mostly from urban markets. This technology is set to become the leader,” Vikram Mehra, chief marketing officer, Tata Sky told Hindustan Times. But he did not give detailed numbers.

Courtesy - Hindustan Times

Raj TV's loss continues..

Raj TV Network has posted a second-quarter net loss of Rs 26.48 million, as against a net profit of Rs 3 million a year ago. Total income from operations fell 18.51 per cent to Rs 99.9 million during the quarter under review, compared to Rs 122.59 million in the prior year period. Raj TV earned Rs 95.40 million from broadcasting while the balance came from the film operations. Expenditure during the quarter increased to Rs 122.90 million, from Rs 113.39 million in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. In the broadcasting segment alone, the company suffered an operating loss of Rs 27.50 million, as compared to an operating profit of Rs 6.24 million in the prior year period.

Raj TV also disclosed that against the total projected utilisation of Rs 528.1 million from the initial public offering (IPO) funds, an amount of Rs 386.7 million has been utilised towards acquisition of content, strengthening facilities, purchase of new equipment, up gradation of existing equipment, production of movies, construction of studio and general corporate purpose.

Kallikaatu Pallikoodam - Story

A programme ordered in Theni regularise and effort completely in and around Theni, th e program is to impact on-air from Oct 19, 2009 onwards. Kumaraguruparar School is the edifice of state , A edifice where Discipline, Education, Knowledge modify the set qualities , it is a dream-come-true status for every children in and around Madurai and Theni districts to intend incoming in to this hospital Kariappati students are no omission crowning this desire . But cod to a long-drawn argufy between digit towns, Kariappati children are illegal from studying in Kumuraguruparar School. But the Principal of Kumuaraguruparar Higher Secondary School does not consent to much ethnic pressures. Keeping in nous exclusive activity and its importance, he decides to provide incoming to the worthy and this is the drive of exertion which is to ensue. Kariappati students are more than bright to intend this news, but the students of Kumuaraguruparar Higher Secondary School dislike the rattling intellection of them incoming their school.

Can the students of Kariappati municipality manage up with the push of them existence not desired in the School by the eld of the students? Kallikaatu Pallikoodam carries the every footprints of a Village School , the clamorous classes low the tree, the andante paced chronicle call around , the dreams which they circularize in their panoramic starlit eyes , every this us trusty to circularize the audiences into added concern , a concern where chronicle relic ultimate dirt fellow . The patch of Kallikaatu Pallikoodam is as firm it crapper be with a clump of had picked kids who hit been moulded into their characters for the time 6 months. And they countenance everybit the case and they are primed attain their proximity change crossways every home in Tamilnadu.

En Kannin Manigalae

Peppered with maxims and telling anecdotes, Sivakumar’s recent address in the presence of a 7,500-strong student community and stalwarts, at Sona College, Salem, will be an aural treat that awaits Vijay TV viewers this Deepavali. “My only strength is that I have no weakness,” begins the painter, actor and orator, smiling at the apparent paradox. Initially, the flow of his speech doesn’t give you any inkling about what the speaker has up his sleeve. And knowing very well that he isn’t a person who believes in extempore and off-the-cuff allusions you are intrigued. But the ideas that hang loose like unconnected strands of pearls get cohesive and culminate in pithy, thought-provoking messages. The flippancy and light-heartedness of the first half is juxtaposed with the significance of the second.

Thoughtfully titled ‘En Kannin Manigalae,’ the speech is at once endearing and forthright, preachy and friendly, funny and profound. “Striking a rapport with youngsters is a prerequisite if a speaker has to take them along. You have to present yourself as their voice, otherwise they could boo you out,” says Sivakumar. He establishes the connect straightway likening the boys to his sons, and girls to his daughter, after which they are all ears! Dwelling on his life as a painter for seven years, as an actor for 40 years and the present status as a public speaker who wishes to impart positive points for both the youth and the elderly to ponder, Sivakumar underlines the importance of morality, humility, compassion, respect, patriotism and honesty that are bound to take a person places. The event opens with the various portraits, pencil sketches and water colour paintings he’s done. “That segment of my life ended at the age of 23, after which emerged the aspiring actor, who went on to do nearly 200 films,” he says.

He speaks of the greats of yore, many of whom he has rubbed shoulders with, such as A.P. Nagarajan and K.B. Sundarambal. And from Kambar and Bharati to Kannadasan and Vairamuthu, he quotes extensively. The fluency is amazing particularly because, as always, he has no reference material in front of him! Then comes the crux of the speech — a reservoir of pertinent thoughts for youth, which involves issues such as the present job scenario, love and post-marriage blues. So listen to him, enjoy and deliberate upon it. It should be worth your while!

What to expect from Kallikaatu Pallikoodam

Vijay TV had launched the fiction series 'Kallikaatu Pallikoodam'. The story is based in a village near Theni, and revolves around a school and its students. Set among lush paddy fields and misty mountains, this serial captures the soul of a small sleepy village, with its simple-minded people. The episodes are a treat for the eyes to watch as it has been shot in some of the scenic locations in a village near Theni. Here goes the story. Getting into the reputed Kumaraguruparar School is a dream for most children in and around Madurai and Theni districts, and it's no different for kids in Kariappati. But due to a long-drawn quarrel between the two towns, these kids are banned from studying in that school. However, the principal does not succumb to social pressures, and decides to admit deserving students, causing bitterness among the students of Kumuaraguruparar School. Can the students from Kariappati cope with the pressure?

The students cast in this serial come as a fresh whiff of air, as all of them are new to acting. These students have been well trained before signing up to play the role, we hear. Vijay TV began airing Kallikaatu Pallikoodam on October 19th and it will be telecast from Monday through Friday at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Star Vijay in Canada's Rogers Cable

Four Indian channels, three Hindi and one Tamil, have been launched by STAR over Canada’s leading cable operator, Rogers Cable. It will be launching three more channels later this month, which will be of Mandarin language. The bouquet of channels offered by STAR, wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation, include STAR One, Bollywood movie channel STAR India Gold and news channel STAR India News as well as popular Tamil entertainment channel STAR Vijay. STAR India Plus is available in Canada over the ATN service since 2006, to which these four Indiana channels have been added.

"This launch marks the debut of 24-hour STAR channels in Canada and makes STAR the largest provider of foreign television services to Rogers' viewers. Now Canadian audiences will have seven new 24-hour channels from which to find fresh favourites, to entertain, inform and inspire," said David Wisnia, STAR's Senior Vice President of Distribution, Sales and Marketing and head of STAR's North American and European offices, in a press statement. The channels will be available as part of Rogers' multicultural package offerings.

Courtesy - IndiaServer website

Double delight for Divyadarshini

Popular TV anchor Divyadarshini is excited, firstly because she will be hosting a show with her sister Priyadarshini for the first time. The other great reason for her joy? Her recent phtograph with Superstar Rajinikanth during the Kamal 50 show organized by Vijay TV.

“I hesitantly asked Rajinikanth Sir and he smilingly obliged; he put me at ease and made me sit on the armrest instead of sitting at his feet. As luck would have it, Kamal Haasan was seated on the other side. I am going to enlarge this picture and place it in my living room,” says Divyadarshini barely able to conceal her excitement. I thought that anyone for that matter will be very excited when they see Superstar and Ulaganayagan together.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Melody Round..

Next competitive round of Airtel Super Singer Junior 2 should be this week's show.. its been dragging in this season with the competitive rounds and eliminations. The show is left with 24 contestants fighting for the next round spot. having said that, this week in the show is Melody Round.. where contestants will be performing by singing melody songs. From the promotional video it looks like many of the kids had performed really well. The show is set to have Mano, Chitra and Subha judging the performances of the kids and I am not sure about the special guest in this week.

Nikhil Mathew and Ajeesh are invited for this week's show.. I got to know this from the promotional video. Divya will continue to anchor the show after last week's break. Lets see whom all gets Airtel DTH by getting entry into special five zone and Rin super kid award. Wil keep posted..

Watch N Win contest on "Maharani":

Watch Maharani on Vijay TV from October 19 - October 23, Monday - Friday, 7pm, answer to the simple questions asked in between the serial. SMS MR with your right answer to 57827. Lucky winners could get 'Mahalakshmi' gold coins worth Rs. 1 lakh as special prizes. So viewers, what are you waiting for? Tune into Maharani from October 19, 2009 and win gold coins everyday.

Vijay TV launches a new fiction titled 'Maharani'

Vijay TV is now set to launch a new fiction titled 'Maharani from October 19, 2009 onwards. 'Maharani' is a tale of two young orphans, who face the turmoil of life with utmost boldness. The plot centers around two young girls named Mahalakshmi and Rani who are brought up in an orphanage. Maha is calm, shy and a very simple person. Whereas Rani is smart and tries to outwit others with her villainous plots.

The orphanage follows a certain system, where for all those who attain 18 years of age will be married to some suitable persons. Such an initiative is always taken by the orphanage owners for every person belonging to the orphanage. Rani always dreams of a very luxurious and luminous life in the outside world. Maha with her simplicity and clear focus in life tries to overcome all her problems independently! But will she tackle more issues created by Rani too?

Produced by Sandra Communications and having Sujitha doing the lead role, watch Maharani from October 19, 2009 on all Monday - Friday at 7pm. A story that unfolds the truth of relationships like friendship, father-daughter relationship, siblings; do not miss to watch Maharani from October 19, 2009 on Monday - Friday at 7pm on Vijay TV!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Koffee with Suriya, Udayanidhi

Anu was back with bang in Deepavali in Koffee with Anu, special edition on Deepavali day.. It was nice to see Suriya and Udayanidhi who worked together in their newly released film Adhavan... KS Ravikumar was missing in the show.. I wished he was available in the show. This episode took place in a terrace of some hotel and not the usual sets of Koffee with Anu. It was Suriya who entered the show first and started chatting with Anu and later joined by Udayanidhi Stalin, producer of the film. Suriya was looking with big mustache for his forthcoming film Singam which is to be a action packed film. Suriya and Udayanidhi were speaking very frankly and Suriya made it very friendly with Udayanidhi by calling him boss in every sentence.. it was vice versa even from him calling Suriya boss and so as Anu joined them in calling in same manner.

They shared their experience in the shooting of Aadhavan film and the diffculties they faced in the film. They even touched upon speaking about KS Ravikumar's direction and his expertise. My favourite Rapid fire round was there in the show and Suriya's answers got him the gift. Udayanidhi's questions were lil political and it made him embarras. It was funny when he said he would want Namitha as his heroine if he acts in film. Suriya's reply for that was very very funny. Rapid fire was followed by Koffee Taro and Koffee award being given to Dhanush (by Suriya) and Kamal Haasan (by Udayanidhi Stalin).

Too much of Realty Shows ??

This Deepavali had quite interesting shows in Vijay TV but I felt it was little too much of realty shows in the channel.. I agree that these shows are nice to see but not continuously ;) what say ?? lets leave it.. the deepavali shows in the channel was good and could have been still more better..the channel had Bhakti thiruvizha episode in the morning with kids singing prayers. Pattimandram had not been very impressive/competitive in Vijay TV and it would have better if there had been Leoni but not this time.. the array of good shows started then with Neeya Naana and followed by Jodi No 1 Junior.. both were quite okay shows. Koffee with Anu was very impressive with Suriya and Udayanidhi Stalin.. I wish KWA starts again in the channel.. It was boring show with Namma Veetu kalyanam.. I felt Jodi No 1 Junior, Namma Veetu Kalyanam should have been moved to Sunday and brought in Adhu Ithu Ethu and some other show on Saturday. Goa film crew interview was very good and I think these guys will be good in any channel ;) finally its Slumdog Millionaire again in the channel within few days.. this should have been avoided.. This Deepavali's shows verdict can be Average and I guess other channels would have attracted more and ofcourse the tRp.

Welcome to Goa - Deepavali Special

Welcome to Goa - Deepavali Special

Koffee with Anu Deepavali Special

Koffee with Anu Deepavali Special
Suriya and Udayanidhi Stalin

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