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Bane of a pastime


CULTURE CARE Centre, an NGO, and Signis India, Tamil Nadu region, have together brought out a 24-minute documentary, "Channel Samoogam" (Tamil), to stress on the negative impact satellite channels make on young minds.

Written and directed by Thirumani, the film showcases a family in which the mother and daughter are so addicted to television that the daughter fails to clear her Class X examination and the mother is almost untouched.

The day's chores are completed in haste so that the two are in time for the morning soaps on the idiot box.

Be it the son coming home from school or a tired husband returning from office, the mother has little time for them.

Even dinner is in front of the TV sets, where food is served with her eyes glued on television.

The exasperated husband loses his temper at times but eventually ends up watching the show along with his wife till he retires to bed. The mother does show some responsibility when she admonishes the son to get back to doing his homework, but again the bait is that he could watch TV all night once his school work for the day is over!

Grandpa comes home from the village to spend some time with his grand children.

He is appalled to see his grand daughter not showing the slightest inclination to work hard for the exam she has failed in, and at the mother's sharp reaction when the old man tries to advise the girl.



Thirumani

With a sigh he thinks of the days when the child clung to the grand father's neck, begging him for a bedtime story. He finds the atmosphere suffocating, speaks out his mind to his son who stands helpless, and leaves.

"Channel Samoogam" has won the Best Amateur Video Projection of the Year award at the 16th UGC — CEC Educational Video Competition, in Delhi, held in May.

The film has been adjudged winner at the Arima Short Film Competition conducted by the Lions Club of Tirupur Central this year.

The veracity of Thirumani's film hits you hard. He projects a scenario that exists in most middleclass households today. Not that he offers a solution — after all it is left to the individual — but he makes you think. — MRN

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