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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

DD Days

I often use the words "DD days" to refer to days when "I don't have time" was not part of my vocab. There was enough time to do everything. DD had shows that, today, would be considered a drab...a sub standard program. The one hour dramas on Tuesdays, Chitrahaar on Wednesdays were watched with such enthusiasm that are reserved only for Word Cup finals and Super Bowl these days. I even watched programs like Ulavarum Olikkadhir, which showed clips of various functions, rituals held in temples around the city. And the king of all programs was Oliyum Oliyum on Fridays. Even Sunday evening movie came a distant second if there was a popularity contest between the programs.

Sunday would occasionally win the race if there was a "Malarum Ninaivugal" that afternoon. Otherwise, Friday was the clear winner. Even though most of us didn't know any Hindi then, we still watched the Saturday evening movie. Of course, the announcer would announce the story in Tamil before the start of the movie. Talking about announcers, VSRaghavan and Gemini Ganesan did the same before "Hum Log" began. Thus one more Hindi program was added to our list of "must see" programs. Chitramala was watched on Mondays with the hope that at least one Tamil song would be aired. In spite of all these programs, we were able to do homework, go outside to play, listen to the neighbors' gossip etc. And we never used the words I-don't-have-time.

Now there is no dearth of channels and there are many good programs but there is no time to follow any of them faithfully like I followed DD. Today as I sat on the couch rocking my 7-week old daughter, I was listening to PooMalaye by Ilayaraaja. Enjoying the song without my mind working in the background making a to-do list was new. And it felt good...took me back to DD days. When the next song played, I closed my eyes and was picturing Murali doing that ugly dance in front of Kuyili and singing "Aatthaadi paavadai..". It was like watching Oliyum Oliyum on DD. And then it was Karthik's turn to do an ugly dance in the song "Pani vizhum malar vanam". The steps had a certain amount of humor. All this was before Prabhu Deva broke into the scene with "Dol dappi ma" and raised the bar. Now even Surya is dancing decently. Next it was Nizhalgal Ravi with "Poongadhavey" followed by Chandrasekar's "Madai Thirandhu". Oliyum Oliyum with all your favorite songs!!! Aha, blissful.

25 Comments:

Blogger Me said...

Congratulations !!!

I even remember song dialog from those DD dramas...Do you know whether they sell DVD of those old dramas??

12:54 PM  
Blogger Prithivi said...

yeah i remember those days so clearly i used to love O&O i mean it was so much fun it was the great beginning to the weekend... good one mate !!!!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Me said...

aiyo adhu song dialog illa some dilaaks..idhukku dhan naan english la commentradhey illa...

1:39 PM  
Blogger Zeppelin said...

Pani Vizhum Malar Vanam - song la, Karthik oda mokkai dance-a vida, JiJi apdiye selai maadhiri nippa, with a deadpan expression on her face.... adhu innum wonderfully hilarious! :)

1:51 PM  
Blogger APAM NAPAT said...

Deepa,
didn't start work/school yet?

2:23 PM  
Blogger Laksh said...

Great to see activity on here :) How are you doing? Nice nostalgic post.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Blogeswari said...

Hey deepz

Welcome back :) Oh ya, Oliyum oliyum - we had this Friday slogam session @ home - mandatory attendance . As the last slogam was being recited, all our eyes would be on the B&W TV... as soon as the mangalam was over, we would run and switch on the tv.. our only prayers on fridays were "saamiye Oliyum oliyum sloga(m)-thuku aprom start aaganum"

DD Drama - Apart from the super entertainment of the Tuesday drama, we'd add our guessing game "inniku director GPR-a vera yaaravadha?" kinda intelligent stuff.

Nice post di! Phone pannu, eppo free-o

9:00 PM  
Blogger KK said...

Congratulations!!!

Wow!! DD days are amazing.... I always feel though we have so many programs and channels now... I feel those days are golden days... As you said Oliyum oliyum was the star show... especially Oliyum oliyum before new year will have illamai itho itho... as the long song... cant forget that...

1:15 AM  
Blogger The Talkative Man said...

hah! ulavaarum olikkadhir...didnt watch it that much, but the name was a regular entry in the TV listings that I religiously read each morning, paying attention to the peculiarites of time such as 5:32 for WonderBalloon. That much vetti of course :)

7:26 PM  
Blogger Ajay said...

You are right! Oliyum Oliyum was the king among programs. The Tuesday drama was a drag mostly but there were some good ones too. I remember names like GPR, UM Kannan etc. Rangoli was a popular one too, on Sunday mornings. And the serial had a meaning those days.

I feel a minute now is faster than a minute during the DD days. Good or bad that is up for debate.

3:36 PM  
Blogger ashok said...

nice nostalgic post..took me back to those "rokavat kae liyae kedh hi" days...

Movies like 'shantha shakkubai', 'ucchi veyil' etc were even discussed at school the next day...gosh!
good post...

6:17 AM  
Blogger iamyuva said...

my early school days.. can relate to it..

3:41 AM  
Blogger Oracle said...

If you didnt post, I was about to post a nostalgic "In those good old days of me-thinks blogs..."

Welcome back! :)

12:52 PM  
Blogger Me too said...

Congrats! Ensoy the Oliyum OLiyum of your life! And welcome to the diaper world!

1:44 PM  
Blogger Lavanya said...

I remember watching munnottam with such enthu to know in advance what drama or movie was gonna be played the coming week. As against the present "Thiraikku vandhu sila madangalae aana...putham pudiya thirai padam" happening over and over again in the main and the sister channels....eeww!!

1:51 PM  
Blogger APAM NAPAT said...

Tuesday Drama was draba?
I am yet to see a drama like "Amma angae Ganeshu ingae". "Inspector Vasu" ...

9:42 PM  
Blogger Ginkgo said...

DD yeah..I still remember the day when they first started airing DD2 on a trial basis, and I knew nothing about such a thing then..
Imagine my surprise, when I saw some Mohan's movie being shown on a different channel, and I thought I somehow I tuned into the neighbour watching some Video on his VCR..rofl

2:45 PM  
Blogger Karthik said...

sahi hain...i cherish my dd days very much...was searching for a blog and got urs...gr8

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Saravanan said...

Also need to mention 'Edhiroli' where UM Kannan reads the viewers letters and samalichify the errors occurred during last week's programs...

Above all our prayers that there shouldn't be power cut during Oliyum Oliyum....

Thangamagan will be announced for Sunday movie.. and when everyone arrives at the Solidaire (with blue screen and wooden box around)the title will start as 'Paanai Pidithaval Baagyasaali'

Indra Gandhi's funeral... and tottottoing music for whole day

And how all the artists in the last shot of the 1 hour tuesday drama will freeze in front of the camera (still panraangalaama) till the Vanakkam slide is inserted....

Just cant forget those days....

Excellent blog.. kindling many of the thoughts...

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Sangi said...

nice piece da. reminds me of two things - one, I learned my tamil thanks to DD (if it was Oliyum Oliyum - that was "O"; Vayalum Vazhvum, it was "V" etc). So grateful to DD for that. Also, Bala & I used to joke with our Pati that if she didn't 'behave' she would be forced to watch Vayalum-Vazhvum's program on Kozhi pannai! :)

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oliyum oliyum current pona what did u do?

8:46 AM  
Anonymous laxmi said...

the best part of those days were the ads used to be broadcast before the program..so the actual content never broke in between

10:33 AM  
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