Stories from a classroom

TRUE TO LIFE From "Kana Kanum Kalangal"  

"Kana Kanum Kalangal" is about the hopes and dreams of school students

"Kana Kanum Kalangal," which revolves around a group of high school students, has grabbed the attention of young viewers. The serial, which is aired on Vijay TV (Monday-Thursday, 8 p.m.), brings back memories of school days with its musical sessions during lunchtime, fights and heartbreaks, non-stop chatter, grumbling of teachers, celebrations and birthdays, crushes and blushes. The classroom, where the hopes, dreams and frustrations of these students find vent, plays an important role here. The serial, popularly known as "3K" among teenagers and college goers, has become the hottest topic for discussion these days.

A slice of life

What makes the serial click with the youth and their parents is that it portrays a slice of life which everyone can identify with school days which bring back nostalgic memories to many elderly viewers. What's more, it is different from the mega serials with larger-than-life women characters dominating the proceedings. "3K", perhaps the first ever soap on adolescence on Tamil TV, is completing its 100th episode, and has garnered good TRPs. Prabhu Kanna, a National Award winning film maker, says: "I feel school days are the best days in everybody's life and it has to be relished. `Kana Kanum Kalangal' is based on the value of friendship. A lot of research has gone into it. I visited a lot of schools and spoke to kids from different segments of society and then worked out my script."The serial is about the clash between Bala, a middle class boy, and his group of friends comprising Pandi, Pachai, Joe and Ragini, who are pitted against Vineet and his friends Krish, Unni, Rishi and Sanghvi. Problems arise mainly due to class difference and attitudes. In the background are the parents from various strata of society, a shrewd principal, Madhavi, who is trying to sell the school and its land to a businessman, and a U.S.-returned correspondent Chidambaram, who is sentimental about the school as it was started by his grandfather! The serial is gripping as the narration is fast paced and the characters are well etched out. The actors, mostly college students and some TV artistes, suit the characters they portray. The producers of the serial and Prabhu Kanna say the serial will continue for another 100 to 150 episodes or till the children complete high school. SREEDHAR PILLAI