When you are anchoring a show in Malayalam, and particularly when the core theme of the show is closely related to the traditional arts of the region, one major quality that you got to have is to speak in Malayalam. If the program Idea Star Singer was to promote Rock Music talents, it would be more apt to speak in English, but here it is different. This is not a soft skills display platform. I think the anchor is not to be blamed, but Asianet, the TV channel. Ranjini is doing a job that she was asked to do by the producers.
Is Asianet too bad in choosing the right anchors? It seems so. According to Ranjini, she warned Sreekantan Nair (of Asianet) that she speaks 'colloquial Malayalam', but Mr. Nair gave her the go ahead. Is it because the Asianet channel thinks it is 'cool' to speak Manglish in such programs?
“I can speak colloquial Malayalam, which I speak at home. I am no Malayalam pundit, it is not that I intentionally avoid the language. I respect it. But I cannot speak the kind that is spoken on television. I told Sreekantan (Nair) Sir this when they approached me for the show, he gave me the go ahead. And if people have a problem they should be speaking to the channel,” she says cheekily. [Via]
Ranjini is also hosting a show in Amrita TV, called Good English, which is a quiz on the English language and I think she is doing a great job in that considering the subject.
I know that there are equally bright, talented and young anchors in Asianet itself who can handle English and Malayalam at ease. Considering the public opinion, Asianet should choose someone who can speak in good Malayalam to host the program Idea Star Singer.
I never thought Asianet would join in the bandwagon of the likes of Kiran TV where the girlish-boys and bubbly-cute anchors keep 'entertaining' us with their bullshit in Manglish.
Picture courtesy: The Hindu