New Delhi: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan finally made his television debut with the highly talked about television show ‘Satyamev Jayate’. While Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan’s game shows were high on entertainment value, Aamir chose to be different. His highly emotional chat show, aims at bringing a change in the society.
Real people and real stories form the strength of ‘Satyamev Jayate’. First episode of the show aired today, focused on the issue of female foeticide in India. We come across such reports almost everyday in newspapers and news channels, but hardly pay any attention. Aamir Khan deserves an applause for bringing up such a sensitive issue and presenting it in a hard hitting way.
The amount of research Aamir and his team has put into the show was clearly visible with the facts and figures presented. Every aspect of the issue was covered with great diligence. The show began with some shocking stories of mothers who struggled to give birth to their girl child and how they are bringing them up now.
Not many know that every year 3 crore girls are killed even before taking birth. Contrary to our assumption, educated people from big cities foster such practices. On the show, Mitu Khurana who is a doctor by profession revealed how her in-laws tortured her when they found out that she was pregnant with twin girls. Wife of an orthopedic surgeon, Mitu’s story was an eye opener for all.
This was followed by interviews with experts, doctors and media persons as well. Footage of a sting operation done seven years ago by two reporters was also included in the show. Cost of a girl’s murder is just Rs 2000, and how casually medical professionals talk about it is shocking.
The only light moment in the entire 90 minute show was Aamir’s conversation with some young men from a Haryana village. They are all unmarried as the number of girls in their village is extremely low.
From interviews, bar charts to video conferencing, different formats used in the show enhanced the impact of the message. In past, we have seen shows like ‘Aap Ki Kachehri with Kiran Bedi’ and ‘Rakhi Ka Insaaf’, trying to establish a connect with the common man. However, Aamir Khan’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ surpasses all of them in terms of content and appeal as well.
Aamir completely understands the pulse of TV audiences. The daily soap obsessed Indian viewers will like the show as its high on emotional drama. Known as a perfectionist in Bollywood, Aamir’s presence on the show will increase its mass appeal as well.
‘Satyamev Jayate’ is not just a show; it’s a movement to change people’s mindset. What we saw and heard today on the show will surely stay with us for a long time. Aamir ended the show with moist eyes and promised to be back with an equally hard hitting issue. Known for his meaningful films like ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Taare Zameen Par’, this show will increase Aamir Khan’s popularity multiple times.
First episode of the show was impressive, let’s see if the further episodes live up to the expectations or not.