Everything does pass, and we can endure and we can survive!! – Rahul Dravid
I wrote an article on Tamil serials in September, 2007. September, 2012 and I see that nothing has changed till date. Not that I expected it to, but still! It needn’t have become worse. My MIL watches serials sometimes and I caught a glimpse of a few scenes a couple of days back. That was enough to make me LOL and get irritated.
In one serial, there is a guy who had a wife. 🙂 🙂 She left him for some dumb reason. They had a kid before she left. Then that guy married another woman. He has two kids with this second wife. The first wife who left went and lived with another man. She is that man’s second wife. She had a kid with him also. That man had a kid with his first wife as well. Now there are a total of 5 kids and 4 sets of parents. All these people meet. And the kids call all the elders as amma/ appa. Sometimes, due to some problems, these ammas and appas live with one another. Is your head spinning? 🙂 🙂
In another serial, there is a husband and wife who have a kid. But the grandmother gives the kid off with the husband and asks him to go for some reason. He takes the kid and marries another woman and raises this kid. Now his first wife married again but doesn’t have another kid. Thank goodness!! But the kid gets engaged to some girl in this first wife’s family. Wow, isn’t it? Both the mothers come to know the reality about the kid. This is also going on.
Then they have these eccentric characters. There is this guy who keeps spinning a stick whenever you ask him something. There is another guy who wears a wig everyday even though he has a head full of hair! Keta, mannerism nu solraanga. 🙂 🙂 There is a guy who can sing well, so they make him sing some old film song if they want to pass 5 minutes.
Then there are these overly possessive moms. In order to ensure that his mother shouldn’t feel bad, a 23 year old guy and his mom actually play hide and seek and blindfold catch. Uffff!! He acts as though he fell down and she gets excited and then he reveals that he just acted!! Then there is a scene where they feed each other curd rice. Ootardhu dhaan ootraanga, oru veg pulao, biryani edhachum oota koodaadhaa? Then they make each other sleep by lying on each other’s laps, some sentimental song running in the background. I just couldn’t stand it.
In one serial, there is a parrot (real parrot only) that talks and tells things that happen in one place in another place. There is a goat that understands what people speak! Thankfully, it can’t speak! But it tries to communicate what it thinks to others. (Do goats think? I don’t know, really.) Makkal pathaadhu nu now they have started using parrots, goats and all.
Then there is this guy who needs to go to a mountain to get one mooligai to cure his MIL. Mansula aanjaneyar nu neneppu. Anyway, he goes there and in the process of getting it and meets a girl. Now, this girl is actually a snake. Queen snake kinds. And this guy, in his previous janmam had promised the girl that he will marry her. Then also she was a queen snake turned girl, something of that sort. Because he didn’t fulfil that promise, the queen snake turned girl wants to marry him now. This guy is already married in this janmam and his wife is expecting twins. How can he marry this new girl, I mean snake? And this guy is actually a collector (IAS Officer)!! Then he cheats her in this janmam also and runs off with the rare herb. Even if I take next janmam, I think this serial will be going on. What madness!!
Rendu enemies meet panra scene irukke, ada ada ada! Shabaaa!! Ei, ei nu maathi maathi kathikka vendiyadhu, pointing index finger at each other with thunder, lightning, chendai, mridhangam and all as background music. There is a guy who plans to smuggle a statue from a temple during the temple car procession. How he plans, all strategies, loopholes, everything is discussed in full detail. Finally, he steals it using a kosu marundhu van in front of the procession. No one is able to see but he smuggles the statue. Ripley’s believe it or not, a police battalion was standing in the next street. How is it? Thuppi la moonjara maadhiri illa? Nonsense!!
Directors make serials like this only because people watch them. I don’t understand what has gotten into our people. I am sure I will write another blog after 5 years with more stupid stories on the same subject.
Watch this comedy by Vadivelu on serial watching ladies…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR9pfsVyHaU and this one in which Vivek talks about Tamil serial titles – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbAePMT8oOQ&feature=relmfu (4:06 – 5:10).
Thodarum…. 🙂 🙂