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TV HIGHLIGHTS: THE WEEK AHEAD



Harichandanam:Asianet, weekdays, 19.00.

Harichandanam

(Asianet, weekdays, 19.00)

The new serial beginning on May 24, takes the viewer into the lives of modern Malayali women. It narrates the tale of Uma and Unnimaya, two women who deal with the trials and tribulations in their lives with courage and dignity. The serial has been produced by Sandra Communications and directed by Baiju Devaraj.

Happy Holidays

(Asianet Plus, weekdays, 18.30)

It's an opportunity for children to have some fun during the holidays. Comedian Kalabhavan Navas and young stars of the silver screen present the show, which is full of magic tricks, jokes, riddles and other fun activities. There is also a phone-in segment where viewers can chat with young celebrities.

Mankamma

(Victers channel, Saturday, 20.30)

In the classic Indian films' section this week is the Malayalam film ‘Mankamma' directed by T.V. Chandran. It is set in the political milieu of the 1960's and also during the Emergency period. Due to constant harassment by the local MLA-cum-landlord, Mankamma and her father are forced to flee their village on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border. The landlord's son attempts to rape Mankamma's younger sister but unfortunately they both die in a fire that destroys the hut. Coming to Palakkad in Kerala, Mankamma and her father find jobs in a wayside tea-shop.

But her father, haunted by the gory past, succumbs to its traumas. The kind-hearted Nair who owns the tea stall marries Mankamma and the business prospers thanks to her culinary expertise. For Velayudhan, an orphan working as a helper in the tea shop, Mankamma is like a mother.

As life gets back to normally, the story shifts to the Emergency period. Velayudhan is now a rebel, wanted by the police. The police, in search of Velayudhan, harasses Mankamma and her husband. The latter dies in custody and once again life is a struggle for Mankamma. Revathy, Nedumudi Venu and Vijayaraghavan star in the lead roles. The repeat of the film is at 09.30 on Sunday.

Marupakkam

(Makkal TV, Saturday, 20.30)

An investigative programme that digs deep into issues such as illegal sand quarrying and misappropriating people's money on the pretext of education.

Valaagam

(Makkal TV, Monday to Friday, 08.30)

This live programme disseminates tips on share market investments and guidelines for small/medium enterprises. The programme also offers suggestions on industrial credits and bank credits.

Opportunities in the export industry are also dealt with along with information on the Government authorities to be contacted for becoming an exporter.

Bala Nadham

(Sankara TV, Thursdays, 16.00)

Presented by children, this music show includes Carnatic as well as religious numbers from films. Accompanists on the mandolin, veena, violin, keyboard are also youngsters. ‘Bala Nadham' also offers talented tiny tots a chance to appear on the programme.

Utsav

(Sankara TV, Monday to Friday, 19.30)

This new programme is an opportunity for devotees to watch various brahmotsavams performed at famous Siva and Vishnu temples in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Hollywood Cinema

(Zee Tamil, Monday, 19.30)

The spotlight falls on the latest action movie ‘Iron Man 2' starring Robert Downing Jr. and Mickey Roorke. Also, the Russell Crowe-starrer ‘Gladiator' will be discussed.

Starudan Oru Sandippu

(Zee Tamil, Friday, 19.30)

She moved from acting to become a sought-after choreographer and is now planning to turn director. Meet Gayatri Raghuram this week.

Tamil Cinema

(Zee Tamil, Tuesday, 19.30)

Anchor Shabnam chooses ‘Gori Palayam' this week as her topic of discussion.

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