Sathyaraj presents Vijay TV's “Home Sweet Home”

After 33 productive years on the silver screen, actor Sathyaraj finally makes the transition to the small screen with Vijay TV's “Home Sweet Home”. The game show will see two teams comprising three family members each competing every week for the grand prize — a house worth Rs. 20 lakh. “For six months now, I've been getting feelers for hosting game shows. This one was the most interesting. Shelter is the most primitive instinct and psychological need of man. Everyone dreams of owning a home, and I'm thrilled to be helping people realise that dream,” says the actor, known for his instant connect with audiences.

That connect was what he missed, of late. “Films are great, but with increasing popularity, you lead an insulated life. You don't go shopping for vegetables, even your travel tickets are booked by someone else… This show has reintroduced me to regular people,” he says. It helps, the veteran actor says, that there's an enthusiastic team behind the show. “It's been more than two decades since ‘thagadu thagadu' {one of his popular on-screen phrases}, but during the show, the team reminds me of what I once was. It's enjoyable.” Ask him how the transition to telly has been, and Sathyaraj says: “Very interesting. And, in a way, this is more challenging than films. There, I do what others script. Here, I react and respond to the emotions and moods of the participants. They are exhilarated one minute, crushed the next. Emotions that can never be translated onto screen flit across their faces.” And, during shooting, he's had pretty interesting experiences — for one, talking to people who bear no malice or are not artificial in their approach. “A 65-year-old lady even wrote a poem in my honour. I was touched,” he says.


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