ALAJI Patturaj, better known as RJ Balaji, has been far from idle after completing his movie, Theeya Velai Seiyanum Kumaru. Besides hosting Big Talk on Big FM, his foray into the small screen with Zee Tamil’s reality show, Why this Kolaveri?, has created ripples. The first episode, aired on December 14, had a new concept —participants singing songs while doing weird things, like standing on a two-tonne block of ice. Why this Kolaveri? is similar to the American reality show, Killer Karaoke. Patturaj talks to us about his new show and his movies:
In Killer Karaoke, participants sing when snakes are being thrown at them. Or contestants are made to sing while standing in a tub full of worms. We don’t take it to such severe levels. Instead, we have tailor-made the show for our audience. However, you still have to sing while being ‘tortured’—like walking blindfolded through a cactus maze. And the best part is that nobody complains. This is not a TV show where people cry and create drama. You come, sing in weird circumstances and go. Our tasks are pretty reasonable and nobody has to deal with snakes and scorpions.
I signed up for the show because there are no set rules and no scripts to follow. I can talk the way I talk on radio; in fact, I am even allowed to sneeze on screen! I can be myself. The makers of the show bought the rights for the original show. I have completed more than nine episodes and I have loved the experience. I have never tried singing, though.
I am done shooting for a movie called Vadagiri with actor Jai. After Theeya…, I got some offers, but I want to do things that will give me satisfaction and peace. No matter what, I will never leave radio.
Why this Kolaveri? is aired on Zee Tamil, on Saturdays and Sundays, at 7 pm
— Mrinalini Sundar