500 Episodes of Kathayallithu Jeevitham
Kathayalla Ithu Jeevitham, Amrita TV’s iconic show that crossed the line from mere entertainment to raw realism and became the last legal resort for families at war with themselves, has passed the laudable milestone of 500 episodes. Conducted under the aegis of KELSA (Kerala Legal Services Authority) and hosted by famous yesteryear heroine Vidhubala Ambat, it is telecast from Monday to Friday at 9.30 pm.
Kathayalla Ithu Jeevitham is a television courtroom show in which authentic domestic issues and genuine personal problems that have breached peace in a home and pitted sibling against sibling, caused discord between husband and wife and set neighbours at each others throat, are brought to the studio floor. With the guidance and counseling of the jury panel form KELSA and the anchor, the conflicts are smoothed out, the differences reconciled and an amicable settlement acceptable to both parties arrived at. The agreement is drawn up into a contract, attested by both parties and validated by the seal of KELSA so that no one can renegade on their promises.
format of the show
Since its launch, the show has been doctoring to the disorders plaguing familial relationships in Kerala, every type of which has been afflicted by glitches. The jury and the anchor have never tried to go in for quick-fix remedies to the disputes but have painstakingly gone to the root of the matter to bring about a permanent cure to the problem. Their efforts have been well-rewarded .
Over its previous 500 episodes, they have been able to mend breaches in more than a 100 feuding families on the brink of being torn apart by rifts. 30 couples who had parted ways over misunderstandings were guided back to matrimony and now live happily together. 25 individuals dotting the ‘missing persons’ list that includes absconding husbands who have deserted their near and dear and eloping wives – have been tracked down and returned to the bosom of heir families.20 lakh rupees have been disbursed to bailout those in financial deep waters.
Online episode of the show
The programme offers advantages to its participants and viewers alike. What induces the man in the street to approach Kathayalla Ithu Jeevitham is the certainty of quick and fair out-of-court settlement to his problem, in contrast to the traditional judiciary routes where cases lie in limbo with sentences pending for years. The viewers get tutored in the basics of law, by closely following the issues that are featured in the show.
Kathayalla Ithu Jeevitham which finds lasting solutions to domestic and financial issues, has risen in stature from an adalat show dispensing justice to a platform rendering invaluable social service. Answering SOS calls from families in distress and giving the healing touch to souls in strife , Kathayalla Ithu Jeevitham presents the last port of call for those waiting for justice.
Smitha Sivaji, Amrita TV