Deccani News Comes into its Own

Published: 27th May 2015 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2015 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

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This is not just another frustrated Hyderabadi talking. Neither is it another You Tube channel that is cashing in on the Deccani dialect for likes or shares on social media. This is a hijab-clad woman, seated in front of camera presenting a news report on the heat wave sweeping the state.

Called Real Telangana TV, this web television channel has been doing the rounds on social media, providing people the much-needed comic relief and a break from tragic stories about the harsh heat.  The channel that was launched in the year 2011, is the brainchild of Shareef Abdul Raheem Yameni. “His passion to spread Deccan dialect among people led to the launch of this channel in the year 2011,” informs the manager of the channel, Mohd Manzoor Ahmed.

Deccani dialect has always been perceived as funny. Starting with the 2005 movie Angrez, a lot of web channels and videos became popular – only because of the bawa, the gaap geep-gaap geep, the chichore harkathe, bainganke baataan and the haule kaamaan. But Manzoor shares that the motive behind starting this channel was not the same.

“Our aim is to reach the mouzwala and the autowala and present news in a way and language that they can understand. We want to break the stereotypical way of presenting news that has been set by national news channels,” explains Manzoor. Just like any other news channel, Real Telangana too has its teams – a set of reporters, news presenters, producers and technicians. “Reporters get stories. Scripts are written by presenters and then filtered by Yemeni saab,” shares Manzoor, adding that all 70 people working with him are from underprivileged Hyderabadi families.

There are 11 women working with them too. The channel does not limit its telecast to just news-based stories. They have breaking news that comprises national, international updates, entertainment pieces and also local and community-specific stories.

The recent controversy of Cannes Film Festival organisers banning women wearing flats too was highlighted by the channel– in a way that the common man can understand.

“Jo oonche edon ke chappalan nai pahne, unko vaapis bhej dete kathey”, explains a presenter in her nasal voice and thick Deccani dialect. Far away from the Cannes, back home in Falaknuma a burglary was reported kathey. “Choran kapde churaake bhaag gaye kathey. Subah dukaan ku aate hi maalik ka dil das bola. Sar chakkar khane lag gaya. Dukaan thi, par kapde gaayab they. Thijori thi, par paise gaayab they,” explains the presenter.  


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