received a phone call last week from ‘Pudiya Thalaimurai TV’, a Tamil news
channel informing that they were going to launch an entertainment channel by
name ‘Pudu Yugam TV’ from 14th Oct’2013 onwards. In this connection,
they wanted me to participate in a shooting for a morning talk show in view of
ISAD on 22nd Oct which would be telecast on that day. They searched
out my name from internet and requested me to name a SLP also for that talk
show. I told them that TISA is a SHG and generally not agreeing to the views of
they requested to come along with another person to whom I was comfortable. I
told them there was an ex-stammerer (Say X) in your TV office itself whom I had
mail contact after reading couple of articles in his Tamil blog. They really
surprised and happily agreed with my proposal.
that shooting day (27th Sep), they asked me to come to their studio
at 4.30PM and also requested to avoid wearing green costumes. I went into their
studio at the scheduled time. They asked me to sit on a make-up chair (1st
time in my life), made a little touch up in my face. There I met Mr.X also and
had a brief introduction.
that we went in to a studio. They informed that this was the biggest TV studio
in whole of Asia. It was really a big one with almost 75% of the roof area
covered with lights of various angles. Entering into a TV studio was also a
first time for me. The entire walls of the studio were painted with green
colour and I was told that if I would wear green costumes, then my head only
would be seen during TV show. But in such circumstances, they were having
different sizes of shirts for wearing it.
anchors one male & one female from Radio one FM were sitting on the chairs
for interviewing both of us. The floor manager took almost one hour to adjust
lights and camera angles and I learned from them that this was a normal time
they usually took for these arrangements.
that one hour time, we two interacted with the anchors about stammering. The
shooting was begun at 6.15 PM and went on till 7 PM. We almost covered all the aspects
right from what was stammering, its causes, whether it was heredity, bullying
at school, fear of speaking with opposite sex, college life, speech therapy (I
avoided commenting on SLP), awareness about stammering, fear of facing
interviews, about TISA, SHG meetings, whether stammering was curable, parents
& teaches roles etc. We also discussed about how stammerers portraited in a
bad taste in Indian movies and how positively they showed in English movies by comparing
“ The King’s speech” and “golmal-3”and also about our signature campaign and filed
a case in the court. Finally they gave me an envelope with cash as honorarium, but
I politely refused it and informed to them that I was very grateful for giving
me that opportunity which I was waiting for so long.
all it was a wonderful 1st time experience for me! A stammerer participating
in a talk show, spoke about stammering and that too going to be telecast on “International
Stuttering Awareness Day”. Really an unbelievable but a dream come true one.
credits should go to TISA only. My many thanks to the entire TISA family