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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Let's go hunting

Sun TV couldn't have timed this better themselves. Khushboo's fall from grace, though induced, is a great plus as it will naturally deal a blow to the popular "Jackpot" show on Jaya TV.

Thanga Vettai, which went on air this Saturday, is a quiz show for the family. The show's USP is that the prize is in gold - that glittering yellow metal whose value shoots up constantly, next only to petroleum. Of course, Ramya Krishnan (the golden girl?) is supposed to be another plus.

The show is pretty straightforward. Some amount of thinking seems to have gone into the way the rounds are structured. One thing I liked was that each team should have members spanning three generations. Each team needs to answer some simple questions (sample: What is Tamil Nadu's capital?) and they walk away with gold coins - 200 of them to be won in an hour!

Honestly, there isn't much that can be done with these kind of programmes. After all, Sun TV has an audience spanning the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu, so they are forced to keep things simple.

Ramya Krishnan is a let-down. I think someone told her that the louder or the more shrill the voice, the more appropriate it is. She repeats the same things over and over again, the only difference being the intensity. Almost everyone I spoke to opines the same way. That is not to say that she draws a blank. In situations where she has to interact with kids, she is patient, even sweet. But overall, she could do with some tutoring.

The programme structure too can be tinkered with a bit, so as to make it more appealing to the serious viewer. Therein lies KBC's success (even when dubbed!), and Thanga Vettai can surely emulate that.

Overall, I'm not sure if the new quiz on the block is a winner. It is too early to draw conclusions. However there is room for improvement, which we can expect Sun TV to address in the coming weeks. After all, they would not like another flop like Koteeswaran.


Blogger anthony said...

Times of India's today's headlines screamed Pawar Shift.. Any bells??
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11/29/2005 08:41:00 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

somehow nobody seems to get that charisma of mr bachan in KBC.
but if a chanel's intention is publicity then such simple questions can indeed do it for them....

i haven't watched this show but yes koteeshwaran was something that was happening when i was staying at home last and .....yes it was a disaster completely agree with u there ....

11/29/2005 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...

Ramya Krishnan looks artificial. this program is pitted against Jaya's Kodeeswaran.
This will turn out to be a flop show.

11/30/2005 01:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel Ramya is new to compering and that might be the reason she is out of place(at least to some people). I have noted that over the last two episodes, she no longer shouts, and blends perfectly. Also she is very excited and passes the excitement to the players, so I think that needs due credit. And lastly about repetition of dialogues, she is much much better than kushboo in "Jackpot" where she keeps on repeating who won what, break to break; not to mention the number of advertisements they cash in. Overall, Thanga vettai is a better package and worth spending your time on rather than wasting time on Jackpot.

12/13/2005 01:25:00 AM  

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