Tamil Serials – Enna Ulagamada Adhu..

We temporarily switched to Dish network so that we could subscribe to Sun TV for my in-laws who are here. Somehow, I’ve gotten hooked on to it big time. It’s surprising that I am hooked on though, considering that scene after scene, serial after serial, is one cliche after another.

From what I see:

  1. The name of the serial has to be feminine – a particular woman’s name(Arasi, Mekala), female relationship (Magal, Mannaivi etc..) 
  2. The title song has to be realllllllllllly long – long enough so that people who just started cooking dinner or lunch can finish before the actual story starts. They are usually not worth watching, because the idea is to give an aspiring singer, music director and choreographer an inexpensive platform to showcase their work.
  3. The protagonist has to be a woman.
  4. The protagonist has to be one that goes through unimaginable (and I mean unimaginable because nobody could imagine these in true life) burdens in succession.
  5. The protagonist usually has either a ‘villie’ mother-in-law or a ‘villain’ husband or both.
  6. If the villie mother-in-law and the villain husband aren’t villie or villain enough, then there will always be the official villain of the serial – one who is keen on ‘pazhi vaangifying’.
  7. If there is a priest(father) in the serial, he always (and I mean always) walks around with a rosary and bible in hand. I mean, come on, a priest has to be prepared at all times – What would he do if he were questioned on the bible by any of the other characters in the serial?
  8. The heroine or her kin have to visit prison for a crime they actually did not commit.
  9. The heroine has to have had multiple attempts on her life in the form of a speeding truck (which would be hard to ignore in real life, considering that it actually hits on slow bumpy out of the way chennai roads) and at-least one attempted poisoning.
  10. The heroine will have at-least one person in the good part of the family giving up his/her life for the former.
  11. The heroine or her family has to lose all the money they ever had by being naive enough to let the villain cheat them.
  12. If the background music is a happy tune, it’s because in the next few minutes, someone is going to have an accident, or the villain has unleashed a new form of attack on an unsuspecting family, because let’s face it – happy tunes are short-lived in tamil serials.
  13. If there is a death in the serial, the only way the viewer can empathize is, if they see all those involved wailing and mourning at excruciating decibel levels, see the nose-stuffed person acting dead, actually see a funeral pyre burn to the end, and watch people walk back in full ‘sogam’. All of the above needs to extend across at-least 2 episodes, so the viewer actually believes that the person is reallllly dead.

And if you are lucky enough to witness the almost non-existent occurrence of a last episode, then I’ve heard they usually end with a family get-together and surprisingly this time they are all laughing.

 Enna Ulagamada Idhu?? Thankfully not our ulagam!

15 thoughts on “Tamil Serials – Enna Ulagamada Adhu..

  1. Jai

    hmm… though you seem to write the stupid side of serial dragging – but one thing i can understand is u r really hooked onto it and seem to enjoy, notice, expect and predict the serial. njoi maadi… another serial maami in the making… enna koduma saravanan ithu…

  2. Haha.. Ya, got to give it to those guys – All the cliches are meant to get people hooked on – Ones that truly enjoy the drama of it and ones like me that derive great amusement in identifying cliches.

  3. Me

    ….romba naal paakama vittutu…approm paathalum correctaaa puriyum…

    …the protagonist always helps her enemies…

    …every serial has a guy with two pondattis….

    Rekha: Yes, you’re absolutely right about those

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  5. ha ha ha

    U can follow the track even if u see the serial after 3 years…
    nothing much would change…..and there are certain ‘identified’ well ‘ suited’ villies who make ” ‘typical villies ” and satisfy our ladies in that way….anyways these women get a good carrier and money …that too a woman with villi looks can make very good money through tele serials….

    nice one

  6. and the camera has to be zoomed in and panned violently between the protagonist’s face and ville/villians face whenever they meet… the background sound at that point will tear your ears and explode the speakers… hehehe

    Rekha : Haha.. That is so true! Thats a good one. I left that out 😀

  7. srikanth

    You seem to have forgotten the constant stream of Mangala Vaarthais…. ( porambokku, Urupadavae maata, nee nalla iruppiyaa, etc ) that create a positive vibe in your living room.

  8. raghavan

    And all “secrets “and “plots”in the serials would always be shared in the loudest voice possible with the door wide open for the victim to get the messsage with his/her ears clsoed

  9. Few more rules:
    1) The background music has to be louder than the dialogue, and pompously grandiose
    2) Every episode ends in a totally contrived climax, because it is hard to create climactic situations every 30 minutes in real life

  10. padmajav

    I used to get totally psyched by these serials that I used to walk out of the room every time I hear the title song. My mom whenever she was hospitalised, used to insist on a room with TV so she doen’t miss out on ‘Anandam’!! Another of my aunt was told by the doc stop watching serials because her BP was hitting all time high!!
    That generation just cannot live without the drama.
    I suppose that’s what our kids will say about us and our addiction to Seinield & Friends!!

  11. And the villie always lives in a house with two levels. So that she can kill us by climbing down the stairs, like a Lalitha jewelery, Kumaran Silks mannequin in one.

    Rekha: Yes, that is so true!

  12. Rita

    Great blog…thanks. I am quite interested in serial especially tamil. I would really regret if I miss any serial during the right time. Earlier I use to suffer. Now there are online pages like


    where I can can easily watch missed serials, tv programmes etc. I also noticed a lot of tamil comedy clips and movie clips here. Hope this helps.

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