Spunky VJs, mad mascots, flunky characters, and the go-to music channel for the 90s kids will now just become history as the channel is no longer broadcasting. Star India-owned Channel V’s journey came to an end this week. Unlike the millennials, the urban youngsters in the 1990s grew up on the music videos and the anchors on Channel [V]. The news of the channel shutting down has been doing the rounds since last year, but now, finally, the management has pulled it off air.
That's why when the news broke of the final countdown of Star India's channel, there was mourning on social media and people remembered their cherished childhood memory. Nostalgia has set in, so, we here bring some videos that can cheer you up:
Our beloved, Simpu SIngh
Brought to you Bai
Munish Makhija as inimitable Udham Singh
Freedom Express with Purab Kohli, Gaurav Kapoor, Yudi
And yes, this was the birthplace of Quick Gun Murugan, the channel's mascot
At the peak of its popularity, Channel V was the generational voice that teenagers and youngsters had at the time. With no internet or social media, it was the youngsters' YouTube channel. As comedian Azeem Banatwalla aptly puts it, "In case any of you kids are wondering why a bunch of 30-40 year olds are reminiscing about Channel V, it's because Channel V was OUR YouTube."
In case any of you kids are wondering why a bunch of 30-40 year olds are reminiscing about Channel V, it's because Channel V was OUR YouTube.— Azeem Banatwalla (@TheBanat) November 23, 2017
And here's a gem! This was much much before Fitoor, a skinny Aditya Roy Kapoor interviewed Katrina Kaif on Channel V! You're welcome.
Channel V India was the Indian affiliate of Channel V. On July 1, 2015, the channel discontinued music programming and started focusing on original content through fiction dailies and studio formats that address youth issues. On June 30, 2016 the channel discontinued fiction dailies and studio formats. On August 1, 2016 the channel changed its look and logo and continued music programming. And after being remodelled several times, without any major rise in the TRPs in the last decade, Channel V has finally been dropped by Star India, according to reports. Taking its place will be a Kannada sports channel.