One of Vijay TV’s longest running shows, Madan’s Thirai Parvai, treated the film fraternity to an exciting event on account of its 200th episode. Looking beyond ratings, which are consistent, the one-hour show on Sunday mornings has gained the respect of the one community most critical to Tamil television – arguably after the viewing public – the film fraternity.
The show is hosted by ace cartoonist and former Joint Editor of weekly ‘Ananda Vikatan’ and its sister publication ‘Junior Vikatan’, Madan, and the 200th episode was crafted from an event at Chennai that featured the who’s who of Tamil filmdom.
On his foray into television with the show, Madan said, “Initially, when I was approached by Vijay TV to do the show, interference from the channel was a huge fear. I must say with thanks, that till date, there has been no instance of the slightest interference in the show from the channel.”
The ‘200th episode’ event was envisaged as a forum to let the film fraternity discuss issues of relevance to the industry with a view to improving the quality of Tamil cinema. Blatant honesty prevailed, perhaps in keeping with Madan’s style of film reviews. Points made in characteristic style by several stars promise to engage viewers interestingly for two hours on Januray 1, beginning 9 am.
Harsh Rohatgi, GM-Content, STAR India, said, “It has been a remarkable journey so far and Madan’s Thirai Parvai has not only provided insights on films, but has also won the trust of the film fraternity by providing unbiased reviews. We are grateful to Madan for his continual support and efforts in making the show a grand success.”
In a shift from the usual format, this time it was the questioner Madan who was questioned by an audience from the industry – the very celebrities who are called on to grab eyeballs on every festive occasion, and whose films are relied on (in full or in part) every day, for the same reason.
In the words of several stars present on the eventful evening, Madan’s Thirai Parvai was a film review show that wouldn’t be affected by things like ‘personal preferences’ or ‘who held the rights to the film, or wanted to get it’. Hearing that was enough to make Madan’s smile broader than the effervescent hostess Swarnamalya’s – 200 episodes of toil had paid off for the veteran cartoonist.