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Designed to win

Kolangal, which has completed over 800 episodes, continues to enthral viewers



SERIAL SUCCESS Devayani with Thiruselvam

At a time when quite a few Tamil serials are losing their gloss, V. Thiruselvam's "Kolangal" (Sun TV, Monday-Friday, 9 p.m.) continues to keep viewers spellbound. The mega serial, which has been running successfully for more than three years, will complete 1,000 episodes soon.

"Kolangal" has emerged as the number one TV serial with a healthy TRP that fluctuates between 22 and 24. Also, the dubbed versions in Malayalam and Telugu are garnering impressive TRPs and the Kannada remake "Siri" is a topper too.

What's the secret behind the success of "Kolangal"? Well, there is something for everyone in the family. The story and the manner in which it has been packaged and presented by writer-director-actor Thiruselvam is perhaps its USP.

The story revolves around Abhi (Devayani) and her business rival and half brother, Aditya (Ajay Kapoor). What makes the serial popular is its protagonist Abhi (played brilliantly by Devayani), who is a hard working, head strong, ambitious woman with a lot of values and principles.

Gripping tale

Thiruselvam has woven a gripping story of a middle class woman who fights against all odds to reach the top. Abhi's courage to walk out of a failed marriage and be a pillar of strength to her large family make her a winner.

Says Devayani: "The serial and the character have given me an identity, something I never got even after working in 80-odd films. What I like about Abhi is her willpower to face problems bravely, without shedding tears or wallowing in self pity."

Says Thiruselvam: "Judging by the feedback I have received, Abhi has become a role-model for many women."

Last Friday (February 23) in "Kolangal", Abhi has lost everything, including her construction company that she built up with great passion and hard work, to Aditya. The confrontation scenes between the two were gripping.

From now on, the story takes a new twist as Abhi is virtually on the streets! How she fights back and emerges winner once again will be told in the coming months.

SREEDHAR PILLAI

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