news Monday, May 25, 2015 - 05:30
  If one were to visit the Charminar in Hyderabad, they would be greeted in a mix of Urdu with Indian languages like Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and foreign languages like Arabic, Turkish and Persian. "Hyderabadi Urdu" or "Hyderabadi Hindi" as it is more commonly known, is perhaps best defined with the "ich" added after every noun and verb to express the confidence of the action. To give a finer example, a Hyderabadi Darth Vader would've told Luke "Mai ich tumhara baap hoon" as opposed to "Main tumhara baap hoon" or "I am your father" Real Telangana, a news channel which is slowly gaining popularity on social media sites and WhatsApp groups attempts to revolutionise news by presenting it in the language of Deccani Urdu, with a light touch of humour. “We want to break the stereotype that news can only be serious. Some news can be taken lightly. That’s where the concept first kicked in,” says Mohammed Manzoor Ahmed, who is in charge of directing the show.   Heat Wave in Telangana Posted by REAL TELANGANA on Wednesday, May 20, 2015   The dialect which derives from Dakhini, took root in the Deccan when Emperor Aurangzeb invaded and his armies introduced the "Camp" or "Lashkari" language to the area till it kept borrowing from various languages and was crafted into Deccani Urdu during the reign of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan.  The main man behind the concept is however, Shareef Abdul Raheem Yamani, the chairman of the Ruby group of companies, who owns the channel. “I had an idea once where I thought we should report in Deccani Urdu. I told a few people about it and they all laughed it off saying news can’t be presented that way,” he says. He then goes on to explain how he narrated an incident that he witnessed on his way to work, to one of his colleagues. "Tho aaj rasthe pe accident hua yaaron. Ek bus wala aa raha tha aur doosre taraf se tractor. Bus waala tractor ko daba diya aur tractor jaake ek bijli ke khambe ko tok diya" Translation – "So today there was an accident on the way to work. A bus was coming from one way and a tractor from the other. The bus blocked the tractor and the tractor hit an electric pole". The colleague in turn immediately asked Abdul more details about the accident, to which he said “When I narrate it normally, you listen, but when the same thing is said on the news, what is wrong?” (Shareef Abdul Raheem Yamani) It was there that the case for the channel was made and one thing led to another. The channel was set up and scriptwriters got busy. Though a lot of the script writers are young, the chief script writer is Mohammed Kazhmi, a wise-looking, spectacled man who is responsible for the humour in the news segment. “Another advantage of the channel was that a lot of people in the old city area of Hyderabad actually watch our news and even children have started tuning in. It’s just another way to pack the news” says Abdul. The channel also runs a political satire and Bollywood mockery sort of program called Post-mortem which is anchored by two twins, Mohsil and Mubin “There is a notion that this language is only spoken in Hyderabad. The language is actually spoken in a lot of other states as well that were part of the Nizam’s erstwhile state like the Marathwada region of Maharashtra and Hyderabad-Karnatak region of Karnataka,” says Manzoor, while adding that they plan to broadcast it in Bengaluru as well. (Mohammed Manzoor) “We are so dedicated to the language, we even try to choose advertisements that use Deccani Urdu as well. It is like an entire channel dedicated to the language," Manzoor remarks.   Also read: Have you heard of the deadly fish which goes after the male crotch?