Whether you prefer hard-hitting shows such as Malaysian film Maravan, which shines a spotlight on the issue of human trafficking, or light-hearted fare such as rom-com Bride And Prejudice, there’s something for everyone this Deepavali. Star2.com wishes all readers Happy Deepavali and we hope these shows will bring you and your family closer together.
Putu Piring Vs Putu Mayam (TV3, noon)
Pia, who sells putu piring, thinks lowly of her husband Hadi. She tells him the reason they’re living a good life right now is because of her putu piring business. She berates her husband in front of other people about how little he earns. Hurt, Hadi is determined to make a change. Starring Jihan Muse, Azhan Rani, Rafael El Arash and Bodt Sharadee.
Bangalore Naatkal (Astro Vinmeen, Ch 231, 2pm)
Cousins Arjun, Divya and Kutty’s childhood dreams of living in Bangalore finally comes true. But then reality sinks in and they have to deal with the twists and turns that their lives take there. Starring Arya, Sri Divya and Simhaa.
English Vinglish (TV2, 2pm)
Shashi’s husband and children look down on her poor command of English. Whenever she tries to speak, they make fun of her. Later, Shashi is invited to a relative’s wedding in New York and with four weeks to go, she decides to take English classes without her family’s knowledge. She gradually improves and to her family’s surprise, she even delivers her speech in English fluently during the wedding. They feel guilty for making fun of her and realise how important it is to encourage one another in order to reach their full potential. Staring Adil Hussain, Priya Anand, Sujatha Kumar and Sri Devi.
Sivaji The Boss (TV3, 2pm)
After returning from the United States, Indian software architect Sivaji sets up a non-profit foundation aimed at building hospitals and educational institutions to benefit the poor. Meanwhile, businessman Adiseshan feels threatened as he runs a chain of profit-making hospital and educational institutions. Starring Rajinikanth and Shriya Saran.
Manam Niranitha Deepavali (Astro Vaanavil, Ch 201, 5.30pm)
Eight local celebrities give back this Deepavali by bringing joy and cheer to the underprivileged, providing essential items such as groceries, clothes and cookies.
Muse: Live At The Astoria (iConcerts HD, HyppTV Ch 603, 6.35pm)
Have a rocking Deepavali with a live performance show by British rock band Muse in 2000. Re-live its earlier tunes Uno, Sunburn, Plug In Baby, Falling Down, Cave and Agitated.
Maravan (Astro Vaanavil, Ch 201, 7pm)
Don’t miss this 2015 local movie, which picked up three nominations at the recent Malaysia Film Festival, including Best Film. A poor rubber tapper wanting to get rich quickly finds himself involved in human trafficking activities. Starring Kumaresh, S Haridhass, Denesh Kumar and Sangeeta Krishnasamy.
Dawn Of The Dead (Universal Channel HD, HyppTV Ch 612, 8pm)
If you feel like watching something heart-pounding, this 2004 remake of the 1978 zombie film of the same name is just the thing. The town of Everett, Wisconsin, is attacked by zombies and its remaining survivors take refuge in a shopping mall. Starring Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames.
Kari Sanjana (TV3, 9pm)
Newlyweds Farhan and Linda have just moved in to the neighbourhood. One day, Linda catches a whiff of her neighbour’s cooking. Uncle Kumar and Aunty Sonali call their scrumptious curry, Kari Sanjana. When asked the meaning behind the dish’s name, they clam up. But the two are determined to find out who Sanjana is. Later, a pregnant Linda gets a call that her husband has been involved in a car accident. Will they ever learn the story behind Kari Sanjana? Starring Syafiq Kyle and Nadiya Nisaa.
Fan (Sony Max, HyppTV Ch 308, 9pm)
Who are celebrities without their fans? This 2016 movie sees ardent fan Gaurav Chandana (Shah Rukh Khan) whose world revolves around his favourite movie star Aryan Khanna (also played by Shah Rukh). Gaurav travels from Delhi to Mumbai just to wish his idol a happy birthday but what happens when things don’t go according to plan?
24 (Astro Vinmeen, Ch 231, 10pm)
This sci-fi thriller, which was released early this year, is about a scientist whose invention – a time machine – leads to a battle between his evil twin brother and his son. Starring Suriya Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menon.
Bride And Prejudice (TV2, 10.30pm)
If you’re looking for some romance, look no further than this Bollywood interpretation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. Set in Amritsar, Aishwarya Rai plays the modern and independent Lalita who resists the advances of the rich and handsome Will Darcy, an American who works for his family’s hotel business. Martin Henderson, Daniel Gillies and Naveen Andrews also star.