Astro is a prominent and well-known Malaysian satellite television provider and broadcaster. It has played a pivotal role in shaping the television and entertainment landscape in Malaysia since its establishment in 1996. Astro offers a wide range of channels, including local and international content, catering to various interests and demographics.
They offer a range of Tamil channels, catering to the sizable Tamil-speaking population in Malaysia. These channels provide a diverse array of content, including movies, series, news, entertainment shows, and more, tailored to the preferences and interests of the Tamil-speaking audience.
Hence, Astro is all set to provide a diverse array of special programs in celebration of Deepavali. As the festival approaches, the channel is gearing up to offer a rich tapestry of content designed to captivate and engage viewers. This special programming is curated to commemorate the significance of Deepavali, offering a cultural and festive experience that encompasses the essence of the occasion.
Astro is getting ready to celebrate the Festival of Lights in grand style, with an extensive lineup of vibrant programming that will include both local and international Deepavali premieres. This exciting content will be available not only on traditional television but also through digital platforms such as Astro GO and On Demand. It’s a fantastic opportunity for viewers to immerse themselves in the festive spirit and enjoy a diverse range of entertainment options.
In addition to the television and digital offerings, Astro is extending its Deepavali celebrations to the radio as well, particularly through Raaga. This means that listeners can tune in to special radio programs and enjoy festive tunes that capture the essence of Deepavali during your journey to your hometown. Raaga’s Deepavali specials are sure to add an extra layer of celebration to the airwaves.
Furthermore, Astro is ensuring that Deepavali is accessible to everyone in Malaysia by providing a plethora of special content on its digital platform, Astro Ulagam. This platform will host a wide variety of content, including articles, videos, and more, all related to the Festival of Lights. This is a fantastic way for individuals to engage with and immerse themselves in the Deepavali festivities, whether through informative articles, captivating videos, or interactive experiences.
Prem Anand, Vice President, Indian Customer Business, Astro, says, “We are honoured to be part of our customers’ Deepavali celebrations by offering them top-class entertainment featuring a variety of compelling local and international premieres across all our platforms to ensure that our customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to Deepavali content. In line with this year’s theme of “Kondaduvom Semmaiyaga Kondaduvom” (Brighter Celebration Together), let this be an occasion for us to celebrate meaningful, brighter and greater bonds with family and friends.
Astro offers a wide variety of programming, with something for everyone including reality shows, live concert, live musical show, telemovie, food travelogue show, series, awards show and more. Additionally, we are thrilled to share that Malaysians can stand a chance to win exciting cash prizes up to RM 50,000 with “Yaar Antha Kanna” contest presented by our digital platform, Astro Ulagam. We thank our customers for their unwavering support and wish those celebrating, a very Happy Deepavali.
Astro expresses its deep gratitude to its loyal customers for their continuous support. They acknowledge the importance of their audience and extend warm wishes to those celebrating Deepavali. It’s a heartfelt message that underscores their commitment to providing quality entertainment and celebrating the joyous occasions of their viewers.
Astro subscribers have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of local Deepavali-themed content that is set to debut on Astro Vinmeen (Channel 202). Astro Vinmeen is a channel which telecasts series, movies, interviews and other beneficial programmes as well.
This time for Deepavali, the channel includes reality shows like “Kanavu Meipadum” and “Raangi Ragalai”. “Kanavu Meipadum” directed by Kabilan Plondran and hosted by Sushmeetha Morugan premieres from 12th to 15th November at 8pm. The program aims to resonate deeply with its audience and encourage ordinary individuals to follow their aspirations. With each episode, the show imparts a sense of optimism, motivation, and the understanding that one’s aspirations can be achieved, often in surprising and unforeseen ways.
Meanwhile, “Raangi Ragalai” premieres on 12th November at 6pm. Directed by Shalini Balasundaram, this is a prank show which will be hosted by Denes Kumar, the acclaimed host and actor in Malaysian Tamil cinema industry. This prank show will take place in public places which includes fun challenges.
A romantic drama telemovie titled “Mangalyam,” will be premiered on 12th November at 4pm. Directed by Nazira Ibrahim, casts of the telemovie includes Vikadakavi Magen, Sugumaran, James, Tasha and Hamsni Perumal.
Followed by that, a live concert called “Deepavali Kondattam 2023” that will be simultaneously broadcast on the Singaporean TV channel Vasantham on 10th November at 9pm.
A special Deepavali edition of the food travelogue show “Rasikka Rusikka,” hosted by your favourite Balaganapathi William premieres on 12th November, 12.30pm.
A comedy drama series called “Badep,” directed by Joshua Micheal will premiere on 13th November, 9pm from Monday to Thursday.
Furthermore, Astro’s customers can anticipate an exciting lineup of local Tamil movies, such as the dramatic fantasy “Adai Mazhai Kaalam” and the action-packed thriller “Kaaval.” The most recent Tamil film of local production, “Adai Mazhai Kaalam,” has garnered positive reviews and feedback. Now, Astro viewers can enjoy the movie in their home theaters on 12 November 2pm.
There’s the live musical show “Amarkala Deepavali 2023” from Singapore, showcasing the talents of local artists including Suresh (RAAGA), Hashmita, and Sabesh Manmathan. This vibrant content will premiere exclusively on Astro Vaanavil (Channel 201).
Additionally, customers can also enjoy Deepavali favourites from India such as:
An Evening with Sanjay Subrahmanyan
Sanjay Subrahmanyam is a Carnatic musical show performed by Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Shri Neyveli B Venkatesh on mridangam and Shri Alathur T Rajaganesh on kanjira. Catch this on 11 and 12 November at 9am on Astro Vaanavil, channel 201.
Shraddhanjali To Vani Jairam
This show aims to celebrate the musical legacy left behind by the late and incredibly talented Smt. Vani Jairam. It sought to evoke the enchanting moments created by her music, offering viewers a chance to relish the soulful melodies of this legend. The program featured an extraordinary ensemble of singers, including SPB Charan, SP Sailaja, Mano, Kalpana, and numerous other artists. This show will be premiering on 11 November at 10.30am.
P. Susheela 70
The show will serve as a tribute to the esteemed P. Susheela, the legendary Indian playback singer, who has achieved a remarkable milestone of 70 illustrious years as a playback singer. This show premieres on 12 November at 11am and includes other well known artists such as Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu, Venniradai Nirmala, Bharathi, Latha, Kanchana, Jayachitra, Sachu, SPB Charan, Unni Menon, Ananthu, Mukesh, Sai Vignesh, L.R. Easwari, K.S. Chitra, Uma Ramanan, Anuradha Sriram, Kalpana, Swetha Mohan, Mahathi, Saindhavi and many more.
This was a grand event to celebrate Indian actress Meena’s legacy of 40 years in the cinema industry. This event was graced by Superstar Rajinikanth, Khusboo, Boney Kapoor, Jeeva, Sarath Kumar, Radhika Sarath Kumar, Sankar, Roja, Prabhu Deva and Sneha. Catch this show on Astro Vaanavil channel 201, 11 and 12 November at 5pm.
“Kacheri Arambam” D. Imman Live In Concert
The live concert of D. Imman which took place at Malaysia last 8th July 2023, will be premiering on 13 November at 5pm on channel 201.
Sid Sriram Heart & Soul 3.0
The highly-anticipated live concert featuring Sid Sriram, which unfolded amidst a massive audience at the Axiata Arena, is scheduled for its premiere on November 13th at 2:00 PM. You can catch this event exclusively on Astro Vinmeen, Channel 202.
An action drama film directed by Srikanth Odela, starring Nani, Keerthy Suresh, Dheekshith Shetty, Shine Tom Chacko, Samuthirakani, Sai Kumar & Shamna Kasim premieres on Astro Vaanavil channel 201 on 12 November 9pm.
This is an action thriller film where the story revolves around Christopher Antony who is an IPS officer who carries out justice when the system fails to. Later, when he kills a group of criminals, ACP Sulekha sets off to stop him. Directed by B. Unnikrishnan, this movie will be telecasted on 13 November 10pm on Astro Vaanavil channel 201. This movie stars Mammootty, Vinay Rai, Sneha, Amala Paul, Aishwarya Lekshmi and Aditi Ravi.
Helmed by director Balaji Venugopal, this movie features a talented ensemble cast including Yogi Babu, Veera, and Raichal Rebecca. You can immerse yourself in the humor and drama of this film by tuning in to Astro Vinmeen, Channel 202, on November 11th at 2pm.
A comedy drama film starring Santhanam, Tanya Hope, Mansoor Ali Khan and Manobala premieres on Astro Vinmeen, channel 202 on 12 November, 10am. This is a newly-released film that centers its narrative on a young advertising director who unexpectedly finds himself in the unique position of assuming the identity of the CEO’s son. This unusual turn of events occurs after he faces opposition from disgruntled investors and is given the opportunity to take control of a global corporation.
Catch the screening of “Pizza 3,” directed by Mohan Govind and featuring Ashwin Kakumanu and Pavithrah Marimuthu. You can catch this spine-chilling horror thriller on Astro Vinmeen, Channel 202, on November 11th at 9pm. In this gripping tale, the protagonist embarks on a harrowing mission to unravel a string of mysterious murders that eerily occur at the very locations where he delivers food.
“Por Thozil,” a hit film directed by Vignesh Raja, is set to make its debut on Astro Vinmeen, Channel 202, on November 4th at 9pm. This movie boasts an impressive cast, including Sarathkumar, Ashok Selvan, and Nikhila Vimal, and it falls within the crime thriller genre.
Under the direction of C. Aravind Raj, “Paramporul” is a gripping crime thriller that features an ensemble cast including Sarath Kumar, Amitash Pradhan, and Balaji. The film’s plot revolves around a clandestine operation involving the smuggling of sacred idols from a temple, and a police officer who finds himself entangled in this criminal underworld due to an unusual connection with a murdered victim’s spirit.
Notably, “Paramporul” brought together the musical talents of Yuvan and Anirudh for a song, sparking considerable buzz within the Kollywood industry. Viewers can look forward to the film’s premiere on November 12th at 9:00 PM, exclusively on Astro Vinmeen, Channel 202.
“The Road” is a narrative that delves into the transformation of a national highway into the central source of conflict in the lives of Meera, a journalist, and Maya, a college professor. This unexpected turn of events profoundly impacts their lives. Directed by Arun Vaseegaran, the film features notable actors including Trisha Krishnan, Shabeer Kallarakkal, and Miya George. The movie premieres on 14 November at 9.30pm on Astro Vinmeen channel 202.
“Raththam,” Vijay Antony’s latest film, under the direction of C.S Amudhan, features a prominent cast including Vijay Antony, Mahima Nambiar, and Nandita Swetha. This much-anticipated film is set to have its premiere on November 13th at 9.30pm, exclusively on Astro Vinmeen, Channel 202. The film’s storyline centers around an introverted publishing editor who is compelled to return to his former workplace when a friend murdered by a crazy fan.
Let’s Get Married
Directed by Ramesh Thamilmani, starring Harish Kalyan, Nadhiya, Ivana and Yogi Babu, this is a romantic comedy film. “Let’s Get Married” will premiere on 13 November 5pm on Astro Vinmeen channel 202.
Directed by R.P Bala, this film showcases an ensemble cast including Bharath, Vani Bhojan, and Radha Ravi. Falling into the genre of romantic thriller, the movie unravels a tale where Ajay and Divya, deeply in love, see their lives take a dramatic and unexpected turn just one year into their marriage. This captivating romantic thriller is set to make its debut on November 16th at 9.30pm, exclusively on Astro Vinmeen.
Naan Kadavul Ilai
Directed by S.A. Chandrasekhar and featuring Samuthirakani and Sakshi Agarwal, this action-drama centers around an orphaned girl who writes a letter to God asking for new clothes. When businessman Mr. Jothilingam receives the letter, he fulfills her wish. Later, another character, Uma, writes a letter to God seeking protection for her family. The film explores whether God will grant her request. Catch it on Astro Vinmeen, Channel 202, on November 14th at 2pm.
Directed by Sy Gowthamraj and starring Arulnithi and Dhushara Vijayan, this action-drama revolves around the friendship of Moorkan and Bhoominathan in Ramanathapuram. Their distinct personalities create an interesting dynamic, but when someone tries to drive a wedge between them, their bond is put to the test. Watch it on November 15th at 9pm on Astro Vellithirai, Channel 203.
“Thalainagaram 2,” directed by V.Z. Durai and featuring Sunder C and Palak Lalwani, is an action drama film. Set to premiere on November 13th at 9:00 PM on Vellithirai, Channel 203, the plot follows the journey of a compassionate but courageous individual, who has left his gangster past behind in hopes of avoiding the chaos around him. Unfortunately, three powerful criminals who dominate the city refuse to let him live in peace.
Directed by SA Prabhu and featuring Justin Vijay and Vidya Pradeep, this film falls within the thrilling drama genre. The central theme revolves around the parapsychology student, Joshi, and Youtuber, Priya, and their daring escape from a furious ghost-infested bungalow. Watch this on Astro Vellithirai channel 203, 16 November 9pm.
Apart from these, catch ‘Behindwoods Gold Icon Awards 2023’ an award show on Astro Vinmeen channel 202 on 12 November at 1.30pm. This show annually acknowledges the valuable contributions of artists in the film industry by bestowing a prestigious gold icon award. This year’s event was attended by notable personalities including Allu Arjun, STR, Trisha, AR Rahman, and several other distinguished guests.
Not to forget, the most important programme in every special occasion, the “Sirappu Raasipalan” premieres 12 November at 10.30am on Astro Vaanavil channel 201. This Deepavali, explore the intriguing insights awaiting each of the zodiac signs (Rasi) on a special program hosted by Arul Selvan. The show includes expert astrologer Dr. Sarangapani, who will guide you through what’s in store for your horoscope.
Furthermore, in addition to Astro’s exciting Deepavali offerings, customers can also delight in their Deepavali song, “Kondaduvom Semmaiyaga Kondaduvom,” available on various platforms, including television, Raaga radio, and Astro Ulagam’s social pages. They also extend a warm invitation to all Malaysians to partake in the upcoming events taking place at the Agenda Suria Deepavali Carnival in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. These events include the ‘Tamil Amutham’ finale on November 3rd at 5pm, the Ultimate Star Search 2023 finale on November 4th at 7pm, and ‘Deepavali Kondattam 2023‘ on November 10th at pm.
Turning to radio initiatives, RAAGA is launching a charitable campaign called “RAAGAvin Etho Engalaal Mudinthathu,” together with Raani Silks where RM100 worth of ‘Raani Silks’ cash vouchers will be distributed to 1000 orphaned children. Orphanages registered under the Department of Social Welfare Malaysia (JKM) are encouraged to apply for these vouchers through the RAAGA website.
Furthermore, as part of the ‘Deepavali Viyaabaara Vaippu’ campaign, Astro is providing a platform for 10 SMEs to set up booths and showcase their products at the Agenda Suria Deepavali Carnival 2023 from November 5th to November 9th, 2023, free of charge. Interested SMEs are welcome to submit their applications through the RAAGA website to seize this opportunity.
Notably, by signing up for auto-debit with Astro, Malaysians can enjoy substantial discounts of up to 30% on the Primary, Entertainment, or Movies Pack, starting from just RM41.99 per month. This translates to savings of over RM600 across 24 months. The Primary Pack includes access to more than 75 channels with a diverse range of local and international content, such as Astro Vaanavil (Ch 201) and Astro Vinmeen (Ch 202).