Astro Sun TV is a staple in most Malaysian Indian households, along with Chakravarthy package and Vinmeen HD. The favourite pastime of a significant number of Malaysian Indians, reclining on the couch and watching Astro Sun TV Tamil mega serial from 10.30 am to 11 pm (if I am not mistaken. I don’t follow Tamil mega serials.) I only remember the Kolangal song that irritated me when I was studying . Also, Radhika’s Chitti is the vanguard to the boom of mega Tamil serials on Astro Sun TV. Astro Sun TV did not always air mega serials from 10.30 am to 11 pm with a movie interval in between- it used to air comedies and scenes from Tamil movies. Now, Aditya TV monopolies that while Sun Music monopolies music. Astro Sun TV revolves around serials predominantly even ‘infecting’ other programs – Sun Kudumbam Viruthugal, Super Kudumbam challenge and Deepavali specials involving serial actors.
I am not against Astro Sun TV serials as long as its for pastime purpose. Elderly ladies at home need entertainment. They don’t like cop movies like Vetaiyaadu Vilayadu, gangster movies like Billa, love stories like VTV and comedies like VSOP. They like family stories and serials are family based. I watch sometimes as well, especially Vaani Rani – love the Vaani character, her decision making ability, presence of mind – she oozes girl power. And, as long as you can filter the shit in Astro Sun TV serials and serials in Vijay TV, etc for that matter and can live without Astro Sun TV, it’s okay if you watch. My cousin sister, who has 4 kids, has Astro Sun TV and all the trimmings. Every time exam approaches, she deactivates Astro. Her kids are straight A students and they know and watch all Tamil movies with their parents. My cousin doesn’t withhold anything – fight scenes, intimate scenes and drinking and smoking scenes. But she stays by their side and advises them accordingly. That makes the difference. I am also ok with Malaysian Indians knowing that Astro Sun TV mega Tamil serials are crap but watch anyway, and not addicted until can ask their relatives whom they come to visit to turn to Astro Sun TV or continue watching Astro Sun TV when guests come to visit.
Astro Sun TV addicted Malaysian Indians or basically addicted to Astro Indian channels fatally
You know that I am not making this shit up when a Malay notices Malaysian Indians fatal attraction to Astro Sun TV. Check the screenshot below:
Okay, now we have a problem. Okay, now the thuppu (vitriol) starts, unabated so that it will hit the nail on siler mande odi (some numbskulls.)
Imma gonna call this ‘The Keling Priority’. I don’t care if you get angry. Imagine how angry I am to call my fellow Indians keling. I am keling myself. Naa soldrethu vidame Astro Sun TV eh pudichi thongguravanukku vallikum, samuthaya munnetram mele akkarai irukkurevanggulukku oreikum. (What I say will hurt those who give too much importance to entertainment, Astro Sun TV being the connective tissue, and will provoke thought in those who care about community development.) Naame naamale thitturathule thappe illle – appo tha mattavangge nammala thitta matangge. (Being self critical is the way for self development.)
Never mind if don’t have Nat Geographic, Discovery, History channels but can die if no Astro Sun TV and Chakravarthy packages. Programs like Bill Nye the Science guy or how man evolved or how engineers constructed the 2nd Penang Bridge or how scientists are trying to create a mini Big Bang in the Large Hadron Collider are all BORING. Thanggathirai and Astro first more important than story books for children and encyclopedias. This is why Guys ah Girls ah Sariyana potti’s contestants say Pakistan is the capital city of Nepal and Gombak River is in Kelantan. These are the Astro Sun TV gen X. By the way, keling is not considered a racial slur in Kelantan. Indians are called so there by the other races.
Another thing is, if got AR Rahman concert, IIFA awards, etc held in Malaysia, Indians will kill each other for the tickets. Extensive promotion of the shows on all Astro Indian channels and THR Raaga Malaysia. Education fair, job fair, education programs for Indians, only a handful turn up. Complain that books are expensive. But, if concert or award shows from India held in Malaysia, tiket harga RM 1000 also can afford – and they mob the venue. Anak mintak laptop/work books untuk belajar can wait because can see Vijay, Rajini all in flesh oo. Once in a lifetime oo. Education how many times in a lifetime? Although the shows will be aired on Astro 4 months later, they will still go and fill the venue the way they don’t at education fairs and book fairs. Free education programs for Indians, haram a good number of Malaysian Indians attend and benefit. Put a bogus status that Surya is coming to the program, Indians ready TO PAY to attend the educational event. Now, Jodi Season 8 Grand Finale is going to take place in Spice Penang Indoor stadium on 12th September 2015. (How did I know this? They put 1 week all channels free, from 25th to 31st August 2015 – from there. Vijay TV kept blaring it.
In my house no Astro Sun TV nor Chakravarthy.) Got money for that. Got time for that.But no time for book and education fairs, job fairs, info on scholarship, job training, etc. But got time for Facebook. So, service minded Indians open Facebook pages like Malaysia Puthiya Talaimurai, tapi macha tak minat. Macha want to add random minachi and mokka poduran (make idle talk) with her, macha want to go see then denigrate minachi half naked, minachi cium her macha, minachi cutting penis cake, minachi minum arak, minachi tinggal suami, minachi doing kepak dance so macha serbu itu Vandi (Malaysian Indian bitches) and Indian Taliban Facebook pages like Anti Senju Uderan kes. Very proudly some more; it’s Yindian protecting Yindian culture and greatness. Tamil movie, first day, first show, compulsory. If Tamil movie screening is cancelled – India kasi pecah itu cermin theater, tunjuk perangai gangster.
Many Indians’ opinion on Bersih 4.0, Clare Rewcastle Brown, Najib and 2.6 billion, 1MDB scandal, GST, PR Breakdown, Cabinet Reshuffle, Jimmy Carter having cancer, Bangkok bombing, Monsanto, Singapore’s GE, Sri Lankan parliamentary elections is, “I HATE POLITICS & SORRY, I DON’T READ NEWS.” ( I doubt that the intended target of Indians will read this article until finish anyway) But ask the list of Astro Sun TV serial and recently released movies, can list down each with precision engineering acumen. Then when asked why become gangster/robber, macha say, “Pasai gomen tak kasi chan.” Yes, memang gomen tak kasi chan but the Chinese are just as disadvantaged. If you say, “Chinese wipe their bontot with tissue paper, so you want us to wipe our butt with tissue paper as well ah?” then, I can only pity the toilet level of your thinking. Memang Low Yat bebenor. How many Malaysian Indians are registered voters?
Besides being divided as Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc, and caste now Malaysian Indians are divided as Vijay fan, Ajith fan, Surya fan. They fight for their favourite actors online macam nak rak – their logic is, if someone trolls their favourite actor, they should troll the favourite actor of the rival doubly. If they compete the way they compete at trolling their rival actor fans in education and job, they will make great advancement. Malaysian Indians treat migrant workers from India like shit but worship actors from India. They fight with each other for their hero actor the way they don’t fight for Tamil schools. If Malaysian Indians fight for their rights, for Tamil schools the way they fight for their favourite Kollywood heroes, Vijay/Ajith/Surya/Arya/Paaya, the Malaysian Indian community will make great milestones. And they hail these Vijay, Rajini all as Thalapathy and Thalaiva (leader). You know that a society is doomed when actors are thought to be capable leaders rather than educationists and scientists. If I say this, those Vijay, Ajith fans will ask me, “You got any personal problem with Vijay/Ajith?” That’s their thinking capacity limit. Am I Ajith/Vijay/Surya’s machinichi (younger sister-in-law) to have personal problem with any of them? Why your stupidity is so brilliant? These ‘brilliant’ minds come up with the following analytical math formulas, surpassing those of Ramanujan‘s:
Vijay Pudikilana (If one dislikes Vijay) 90% he must be Ajith Fan
Ajith Pudkilana 90% he must be Vijay fan
Simbu pudiklena 90% he must be Dhanush fan
Dhanush pidiklena 90% he must be Simbu fan – extend to Surya, Arya, Paaya.
And, both Astro and THR Raaga celebrate the birthdays of Kollywood heroes, airing the actors’ movies and songs. The Malaysian Indian die hard fans of those actors change their Facebook profile pics and celebrate. This is a relatively new trend perpetuated by Astro and THR Raaga. I’ll tell you that censoring words like ganja, sex, rum, scotch in Tamil songs by THR Raaga doesn’t help ameliorate the Malaysian Indian community. Stopping celebrating Kollywood actors’ birthdays will stop the rot in our community. Do you know that BN takes full advantage of this entertainment obsession of Malaysian Indians?
The BN govt knows that majority of Indians are entertainment centric – still are. During the 12th GE, TV2 aired the Tamil movie Mozhi on polling day – compensation for basically ignoring the existence of Indians for 50 odd years. I got so mad as BN thought it can buy Indian votes by airing an effing Tamil movie. But, history showed BN can. If Najib gives Rajinikanth datukship when GE 14 is around the corner and takes a selfie with Rajini then upload it on his page, Malaysian Indians votes will go to BN. Already, there’s a petition of Rajini for datukship on the logic, datukship for Shahrukh Khan is for Malays, datukship for Jackie Chan is for the Chinese so give datukship for Rajinikanth for the Indians. Unless these Idiotic Indians wake up, they’ll be stuck in the rut for good.
Why Malaysian Indians are absorbed with Astro Sun TV and the likes of it anyway?
I won’t entirely blame Malaysian Indians for indulging in Astro Sun TV and the likes of it. It’s because our incumbent government doesn’t care about the welfare of Malaysian Indians. They don’t care of the matters of Indians. All I wanna say is that they don’t care about us. Read on while having the situation song below playing:
So, the Indians had no choice. Then Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan came up with a brilliant idea. He introduced Vaanavil. Today, it has evolved to subscription for many packages. And, one business tactic to get Indians subscribe to the other packages is repeat movies in Vellithirai – from the 10.30 am old movies to the 9.00 pm new movies. Innoru vaati Kaththi potan, en vaiyile irunthu pacha pachaiya varum. (If he airs Kaththi again, I’ll get profane) At 4 pm every Sunday, Astro Vellithirai airs flop movies – Thanggathirai Box Office movies, 2 x 5. The best selling packages are Astro Sun TV and Chakravarthy. Junk channels like Jaya TV, Vijay TV, Kalaignar TV, Raj TV, not forgetting Sun TV are given to Indians at a price and hard wire them with their TV. Then they let it play for hours on end with kids watching Chutti TV. Those parents who let their kids to watch Chutti TV should be charged with child abuse. And, just for your info, Astro Indian channel management CHEATS. In India Chutti TV feed, there are no Heidi, Cedric, Super Suji and Sinbad – all that are OLD. But that’s what Astro airs again and again, making an overkill profit, plainly lying to customers who don’t know better. Check the Sun Network website here. Astro Jaya TV also airs OLD serials – those which were aired on NTV7 last time like Anni and Sahana Sindhu Bairavi. Krishna Cottage and Roja are old serials that used to be aired on Vaanavil. In India Jaya TV, it’s completely different. Check here.
The crux of the problem is the dude entrusted by Astro or rather Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan as Astro Indian programming head of department, which has been for approx 20 years now. He is Rajamani and he’s an India Indian who’s not interested in developing Mannin Mainthargal or Malaysian Indian distinct arts. Vaanavil is supposed to be purely Malaysian Indian – this dude infiltrated even Vaanavil with serials. Rumours have it that he opened up a company on his wife’s name in India and buys programs from India, which are mostly crappy Tamil mega serials and plays them in all those Indian Astro channels. This is unregulated by powers that be – the Malaysian incumbent govt. Only censor board cuts violent & considered inappropriate scenes. Najib prefers loyal and stupid people than smart people and Astro Indian channels cushion his agenda, helped by ‘The Keling Priority’ phenomenon
So, the government doesn’t give two effs about the Indians, MIC Leaders too busy to fight among themselves to care about the Indians they claim to represent, well off Indians and NGOs don’t give a damn about Indians and above all, Indians themselves don’t care about uplifting themselves.
So, please, my dear fellow Malaysian Indians, correct your priorities. My tone maybe harsh but I have our community’s best interests at heart. If you tell your kids to go study while you watch Astro Sun TV serials in high volume, your kids won’t study. Lead by example. Revive the reading habit. Invest in quality books, education and outdoor activities rather than squandering your hard earned money on entertainment. I was caustic because I hope then at least the Indian rosham (grit and dignity) would be evoked and used to better our livelihoods. The sort of rosham the Japanese, Jews and Chinese cultivated after Hiroshima Nagasaki nuke, Holocaust and Japan invasion into China, the subsequent Rape of Nanking and Sook Ching massacre. Our Indian past glory doesn’t mean a thing because we are practically 0 at the moment. So, pull the plug out of Astro Sun TV and the likes of it. Be well read and knowledgeable and know that one Indian’s success doesn’t account as the success of the Indian race.
Get rid of jealousy and disunity. When our community attain great heights, mainstream TV will automatically start catering for Malaysian Indians instead of spurning our existence. By then anyway, we will already spurn entertainment. Sundar Pichai, Abdul Kalam, Ambiga Sreenevasan and other iconic Indians didn’t get where they are now by placing utmost importance to entertainment. These people are better role models than Vijay/Ajith/Rajini/Surya, etc. How many of you want to become actors ah?
If entertainment becomes life, life becomes a joke and you will become a joker.