June 2011. Week 4
Finally, Mr. Prime Minister speaks
"Finally, our prime Minister speaks.." was the breaking news on most of the
Marathi news channels on Wednesday, when Mr. Prime Minister spoke to five
selected editors of Media, whom he had invited, only to clarify that he was not
a weak prime minister and was willing to do something to prevent the price rise
of essential commodities in India.
However, the Prime Minister's gesture was not taken in good spirit by most of
the news channels and they criticized his move of calling only selected few
editors and speaking to them. "This was not good for democracy, opined many
experts, who expressed their views on various news channels."
Editor-in-chief Mr. Nikhil Wagle also questioned whether it was proper on the
part of PM to divide the media and select only a few editors to express his
opinion. On the same channel Mr. Dixit Sr. Editor from Lokmat Group also opposed
this move by Prime Minister. Mr. Bal, Senior Journalist said that instead of
speaking to few press editors, the Prime Minister should directly address the
people of this country. Mr. Bharatkumar Raut commented with humour that at last
the Prime Minister has broken his silence and spoken something.
The news reports on Lokpal Bill and public representatives committee continue to
invite attention on all news channels, with Mr. Anna Hazare now in New Delhi,
trying to meet prominent opposition leaders. He was likely to meet Mr. Nitish
Kumar and Mr. Bardhan on Thursday and his meeting with Congress President was
rescheduled on saturday, the news reports indicated.
In an investigative report filed by IBN Lokmat on their channel on Wednesday, it
showed as to how the 250 students appearing for the technical Engineering exam
in Jalgaon were openly copying the answers from books carried with them, in the
presence of Supervisors. The exams were conducted by Jaipur Open University, the
report stated. This special report also invited the attention of the Government
towards such irregularities in conducting competitive exams.
While the reality shows comprising of music and quiz still continue to dominate
during the prime time, Zee Marathi
extended their prime time till 10.30 pm to accommodate their new
serial 'Guntata Hriday Hey'. This new serial on a
different subject began on 27th June and is gaining popularity with the initial
episodes. It remains to be seen how it progresses further, but with script by
Chinmay Mandlekar and direction by
Satish Rajwade, the serial has certainly
raised big hopes. It already has renowned artistes like
Mrinal Kulkarni returning together after a long time. But, there is a surprise
element in the form of Pallavi Subhash, who makes a comeback into Marathi, after
performing in Hindi serials.
by Ulhas Shirke © MMW