Sunday, May 28, 2006

A Tamil Jeopardy?

I guess Sun TV must have lost a lot more gold than they had anticipated, during the initial runs of Thanga Vettai. I caught a good section of the program yesterday and noticed a few changes since I saw it last.

For one, the questions had gotten a lot tougher. I mean, this was the program in which a college girl was asked the name of the sport that Andre Agassi played! But yesterday the questions ranged from what the birth country of Sigmund Freud was to who the first Prime Minister of Pakistan was (I got this one wrong). So while I started watching the program with the intention of seeing how silly the questions were, I ended up being involved and learning a little.

The program atleast seems to have the right role model. There was one round where the contestants were given a choice of nine categories to pick from and were then asked a question from that category. This segment definitely seems to have been inspired from Jeopardy, the hugely popular quiz program that airs in the US.

The other big change I noticed was the toning down of Ramya Krishnan's shouting. She was just as flashy as usual with her bright saree and abundant jewellery but seemed a lot less excited as she proclaimed whether the answers were right or wrong.

There were still some silly sections like the one where some images are screened with a story being narrated in the background and questions are then asked about both the images and the story. But overall, the combination of tougher questions and a less-loud Ramya made the program both more entertaining and informative than before. So its definitely on the right track.

Nice job Thanga Vettai!

9 Comments:

At 1:44 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Here is a little tit-bit, as to why Thanga Vettai got the new 'set' make-over recently, and 'Selvi' got another show extension period. It seems Radhika only unwillingly agreed with Saratkumar in his decision to join the AIADMK. (Supposedly, Sarat mentioned a certain "D" word, if she did not adhere to his wishes!). She went and met "Amma" with Sarat, but did not go anywhere and do any 'prachaaram' for her and didn't even attend any meetings supporting Amma.

This seems to have supposedly earned her quite a few brownie points with Kalaignar and come time to spruce up Radaan.. Sun has been more than gracious in keeping fancy with Radhika!... (Obviously, Sun's contract with Radaan which includes shows like Selvi, Thanga Vettai, Chidambara Ragasiyam, Chinna Paappa Periya Paappa, has not been terminated, as was once expected!)

Just to give some aval to mennu-fy for all you folks! :-)

 
At 4:43 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

You are right expect the same as you Sandhya. Atleast after election, i thot Radaan will go off. What about the rumours about giving Jaya TV's CEO to Radhika? This saturday SUN TV had telecasted Sarath's ARASU movie..And also, still Arattai Arangam is there. Dont know exactly..but nowadays SUNTV wants to show that they are not having any vengeance wrt to politics..

Balaji, Nowadays Thangavettai becomes better when compare to earlier shows

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger Syam said...

After reading this post I noticed Ramya in Thangavettai, yes she is now adakki vasuchufying...

 
At 7:39 PM, Blogger Me said...

i was also engrossed in this week's thanga vettai and my parents were slightly surprised. Only i dint know the undercurrents.

 
At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Folks, you can read the whole story on the Thanga Vettai remodelling, Selvi show extension and whatever else about Radhika-Saratkumar deal here.

Anyways, only one thought crossed my mind after reading this.. the "D" word is nothing new to Radhika.. (unless of course, she feels she has something well worth keeping in the form of Saratkumar).

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous ram said...

the rate at which T V was going, i thought the foll. questions would be included:

1. ettu pulli kolathukku eththana pulli?
2. karunanidhi-yin manaivi peyar ena? thunaivi peyar ena?
3. "vedham pudhidhu" kannan endha padam moolyamaa pugazh petraar?
4. ramya krishnan, krishna vamsi-yai manam konda pin avaradhu peyar ramya krishan-a ramya krishna-va?
5. Seetha-vin kanavar peyar ena? Ramar-aa? Parthibar-aa?
6. bbthots-il vetti officergall eththanai paer?!

 
At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you tell us who are the sponsors of thanga vettai?

 
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