Brighten up your day: Deepavali specials on TV

Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in 'Dhoom 2'.

Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in 'Dhoom 2'.

Happy Deepavali to all our readers! Here are some TV specials for you to check out once you're done visiting friends and stuffing your face with delicious treats.

Symphony Of Lights (Astro Vaanavil/Ch 201, 8.30am) 

Don’t miss this carnatic fusion concert showcasing the talents of music maestros like Ed, Umashankar, Hari Krishnan, Prem Kumar, Zuani and Rajaram.

Putu Piring Vs Putu Mayam (TV3, 9.30am)  

Pia is a popular putu piring seller at a night market while her husband, Hadi, is a factory supervisor that helps her out after getting off work and during off days. Pia is a bossy and jealous wife. She finds out that Hadi is having an affair with Anjali, who makes putu mayam. To win back her husband, Pia learns how to make putu mayam and changes her appearance. Starring Jihan Muse, Azhan Rani and Reneetha Veeraja.

Machli Tiger Queen (TV1, 10am) 

This documentary captures the life of the world’s most famous tigress, Machli, who resides in India’s Ranthambhore National Park.

Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal (Astro Vellithirai/Ch 202, 10.30am)  

Kathirvel, who is a Hanuman devotee, is against marriage, but when he meets Pavithra, he begins to fall for her. Starring Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nayanthara and Chaya Singh.

Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal
Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal

Bella Deepavali Special (Ntv7, 11am) 

This special edition of Bella will see host Belinda Chee learning about Deepavali desserts from around the world, and the preparation involved in making these colourful delicacies. There will also be dance and music performances by local celebrities.

GIF Model Search 2014 (Astro Vaanavil/Ch 201, noon) 

If you missed out on the live show of GIF Model Search 2014 back in June, tune in and find out who took home the crown.

7Aum Arivu (TV2, 2pm) 

An engineering student tries to revive the skills of Bhodi Dharma, a fighter and medic, through his descendant Arvind, in order to combat a deadly virus. Starring Suriya and Shruti Haasan.

Roja & Roja Kottam (Astro Vinmeen/Ch 231, 2pm)  

There will be singing and dancing in this women’s entertainment show, graced by Tamil film industry’s famous heroine Roja and other female celebrities.

Vaanakam Cikgu (TV3, 2pm)  

Air force pilot Major Murthy can never forget moments during his childhood years when he was abused by his drunkard father. But by attending Cikgu Kamal Hassan’s extra classes, Murthy has found success in life. But still angry at his father, Murthy has not gone home for 19 years. Whenever he spots his father, he manages to escape. 

But his elder sister, Kamala, convinces him that his father has turned over a new leaf after being advised by Cikgu Kamal. Will father and son patch things up? Starring Fezrul Khan, Joseph Abraham and Shashi Taran.

Maan Karate
Maan Karate

Maan Karate (Astro Vellithirai/Ch 202, 2.30pm)

Peter poses as a boxer to woo sports fanatic Yazhini but fate has other plans for him when he finds himself registered in a boxing match. Starring Siva Karthikeyan and Hansika Motwani.

Estet (TV1, 3pm)  

Estate workers Farid and Shashi participate in a football tournament to free themselves from their unfair estate manager Mr Pooniah in this 2010 Mamat Khalid comedy flick. Starring Farid Kamil, Sofi Jikan and Jasmine Michael.

Lots in store: (Clockwise from top) Don’t miss Malaysian director Mamat Khalid’s Estet on TV1, Amar Akbar Anthony on HyppTV Ch 308 and Vaanakam Cikgu on TV3.

Festival Of Tamil Nadu (Astro Vinmeen/Ch 231, 3.30pm) 

Learn about the various festivals celebrated in Tamil Nadu in this eye-opening documentary.

Akhiyon Se Goli Maare (UTV Movies Intervational/HyppTV Ch 307, 8pm) 

Akendra is an illegal shop owner who wants his daughter Kiran to marry a gangster, and picks gangster Shakti, who is currently undergoing a prison sentence. But Kiran is already in love with Raj, who belongs to a wealthy family, and has no ties to the criminal world. 

Akhiyon Se Goli Maare
Akhiyon Se Goli Maare

Kiran convinces Raj to pretend to be a gangster to meet her father’s requirements. He reluctantly agrees and is introduced to a gangster-trainer. After a series of misadventures, Raj finally becomes a convincing gangster. 

However, Akendra suddenly changes his mind and doesn’t want his daughter to marry a gangster anymore. Starring Govinda, Raveena Tandon and Kader Khan.

Amar Akbar Anthony (Sony Max/ HyppTV Ch 308, 9pm)  

Three brothers are separated during childhood and one is adopted by a Hindu policeman, another by a Muslim tailor and the last one by a Catholic priest. Years later, the brothers are reunited and a series of strange and hilarious events follow. Starring Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan.

Amar Akbar Anthony
Amar Akbar Anthony

Irukku Aanal Illai (Astro Vellithirai/Ch 202, 9pm)  

After a bad day at work, Venkat decides to get drunk but on his way home, he meets with an accident, where a girl, Divya, is killed. Not long after, Divya’s spirit begins to haunt him. Starring Vivanth, Eden and Manisha Shree.

Dhoom 2 (Zee Variasi/Astro Ch 108, 9.30pm) 

In the second instalment of the Dhoom series, buddy cops Jai and Ali are trying to capture Mr A, an international criminal who has stolen a priceless artifact in Mumbai. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai.

An Evening In Paris (TV2, 10pm) 

Parisian couple of Indian descent Sam and Roopa are madly in love. But tragedy strikes when Roopa is kidnapped for ransom by a criminal mastermind. Starring Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore.

A scene from An Evening In Paris
An Evening In Paris

Maatran (TV3, 10pm) 

A scientist tries to create a baby with multiple talents which leads to the birth of his sons, conjoined twins Vimalan and Akhilan. The twins cannot be separated as they share a heart. They possess different personalities – Vimalan is good in his studies while Akhilan is a poor student. 

One day, the boys are attacked by goons while trying to protect their father’s company information. During the scuffle, Vimalan suffers a huge blow to his head and is declared brain dead. His share of the heart is transplanted to Akhilan who later finds out that his father has something to do with his brother’s death. Starring Suriya, Kajal Aggarwal, Sachin Khedekar and Tara. 


8TV Quickie Deepavali Special (8TV, midnight) 

Megan Tan, Nadia Nash, Mark O’Dea and Brandon Ho brings 8TV Quickie to Batu Caves on this festive episode where the hosts, along with former Miss Universe Malaysia 2014 contestant, Shangkharee Nadarajan, compete with each other in a series of challenges. 

They must race to the top of the iconic stairs, fill a jug with coconut juice, make flower garlands as well as a kolam all while dressed in sari and dhoti.

8TV Quickie Deepavali special
8TV Quickie Deepavali Special