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Dial M for music

Anchors Nikhil and Nimmy make `Sing `n win' a pleasure to watch.

They HAVE every reason to feel elated. People have started recognising them. Meet Nikhil and Nimmy, anchors of the `Sing `n Win' programme on Kairali TV.

"This is the first live phone-in-programme in Malayalam satellite channel history," claim Nikhil and Nimmy.

The lucky few who get connected will have to answer questions based on Malayalam film songs. Attractive prizes are in store for every correct answer and you may win up to Rs. 5,000 in one dial.

Nikhil has already made his debut as a playback singer. He has sung for films such as `Dubai', `Ravanaprabhu' and `Kakkakuyil'.

Nimmy, who just completed her Plus Two, has tried her hand at acting too.

How do they prepare for this programme?

"We rehearse a lot. And, of course, we listen to a lot of film songs, both old and new."

"The mood of the programme is decided by the participants," they say.

They also feel that the euphoria, generated by the programme, is unabated.

"Almost two lakh viewers around the world are trying their luck, dialling, every time the programme is on air," they add.

What is the feeling every Sunday at 10 a.m.?

"As the countdown begins, we just forget everything else. A thousand tunes come to our ears. The thought that the whole world is watching makes us nervous," says Nimmy.

How is life after 11 a.m.?

"Ha, we will be dying to hear what others say about our performance," they say.

Nikhil, a film producer's son, feels his father's close rapport with K. J. Jesudas has helped him a lot.

He used to spend his holidays with the singer's family and practice the ragas.

Do they feel that the quality of songs has deteriorated over the years?

"Not much," argues Nikhil, "The songs of recent movies such as `Mazhayethum Munpe' and `Kanmadam' were indeed superb."

"We get along very well," smiles Nikhil, who is at present doing his MBA.

They always pull each other's leg during the programme.

Is that done deliberately?

"Sometimes we have to do it to sustain the viewers' interest. But there are certainly no ego clashes," they say.

VIJAY GEORGE

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