|Viewers give thumbs up to Aamir’s TV show|
The much-awaited television show Satyamev Jayate has turned out to be another masterstroke from Aamir Khan. The Bollywood star evoked a range of emotions as he dealt with the sensitive topic of female foeticide and its repercussion on the society in the first episode of his maiden TV venture that went on air yesterday.
There were many moist eyes among those in the TV audiences and many more at homes and offices across India as people tuned in to watch the programme.
“My ammi (mother) was not here, she was in Pune. She liked the show. It was very overwhelming that she liked the show. I had tears in my eyes. I am really happy,” Khan told reporters yesterday.
“I was watching the show with my wife, the core team of the show and son Azad. I don’t know how much Azad understood. I had tears in my eyes. I got good response for the show through industry people, various people, Twitter reactions. Even our website crashed because of the traffic,” the 44-year-old added.
Equipped with well-researched instances and case studies, Khan’s one-and-a-half hour programme was simultaneously beamed on Star Plus and Doordarshan, a first.
Not only that, in a bid to reach out to everyone, special screenings of the show were held in some villages in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat where people do not have access to television.
The maiden episode highlighted how unethical medical practitioners are hand in glove with families wanting to kill the female unborn baby.
Khan also dispelled the perception among people that female foeticide is practised by rural people or those living in small towns with Mitu Khurana, a Delhi-based doctor being asked by her orthopaedic surgeon husband and in-laws to abort her girl twins just after 20 weeks of conceiving. Finally, she left home to save her twin daughters from death.
Viewers have given the thumbs up to Satyamev Jayate, saying it is a gutsy, hard-hitting and sensible programme that strikes an emotional chord with the audiences.
“What Aamir Khan is doing is fantastic. He has shown all aspects of the issue – the minuses and what could be done to prevent it. He has not left it hanging in the middle. He has shown the total picture. He has done it in a way that it will touch the hearts of people,” said Ranjita, a Delhi-based counsellor.