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All reasons why Channel V was once great

Last updated on: November 30, 2017 17:50 IST

As Star India pulls the plug on Channel V, we take a trip down memory lane.

Because of the VJs we fell in love with

Yudi (VJ Yudhisthir), Luke Kenny, Shruti Seth, Purab Kohli, Gaurav Kapur, Kamal Sidhu, Sarah Jane Dias, Nina Manuel, Juhi Pande, the list is endless. 

Channel V vjs

Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/


Because once there was VJ Aditya

Was he cooler than actor Aditya Roy Kapur?

Aditya Roy Kapoor

Photograph: Kind courtesy Karan Johar/Instagram

Because they gave us 'India's first all-girl band'

Viva and the totally cool Anushka Manchanda!



Because before the isuperwoman generation we had her

Remember Lola Kutty?

Lola Kutty


Because they gave us Quick Gun Murugan and Haraynvi Jat Udham Singh

Mind it!

Quick Gun Murugan


Because of the innovative mascots

Simpu Singh's 'the pankass', the hansup' sketches were simple, but silly enough that viewers laughed every time they came on TV.

And who can forget the Channel [V] Bai's 'itna paisa mein itnayich milega'. They lent to the channel's attitude of not taking oneself seriously.

Simpu Singh


Because they set trends

Not just the VJs, the channel launched Get Gorgeous, a model hunt show more than a decade before India's Next Top Model.

Archana, below, shot to fame after winning Channel [V] India's Get Gorgeous in 2004 and became a VJ on the channel. 

Archana Vijaya

Photograph: Rediff archives

Because they brought the Spice Girls to India

Those were the days!

Spice Girls

Photograph: Anthony Harvey / Reuters


And most importantly, because of the coolest, trendiest music

That is back when Channel [V] was still about the music.

Channel V

Rediff Get Ahead Bureau