I don’t watch much TV as most of time I m in office or whenever I get time, I only stick to Star Movies or HBO and Music channel . But last few Sundays, it was an expection case, I made an attempt and cut short my normally very long Sunday shopping and outing with friends to be back home in time for Aamir Khan’s show Satyamev Jayate.
I was curious. This man always delivers something different. What is it that he has done now. The effort was worth it. I sat through the full show, and the first thoughts were: Aamir has stolen a march, not only over all other actors who have done senseless TV shows in order to reach out to the considerable, and growing, TV audience, but perhaps even the tribe called journalists.
It was different and yest a reality mixture of emotion and drama like all other shows, but some of the shots, especially when the lady describes how her husband pounced on her and bit her face like an animal, and the picture that followed, were unbelievable. There were also some startling revelations such as those doctor who revealed that sex determination tests were actually started by the government in its hospitals in the 70s, but realisation dawned later on how it could be misused. So much for our trained officialdom and their ‘forward looking’ policy making abilities!
Female foeticide is a serious pan-India problem and healthcare is a state subject. India has a shortage of 100,000 doctors and the perpetrators of these heartless crimes are spread over the big cities and 600,000 villages of India. It is not an issue you play ducks and drakes with.
It is not a show which only creates awareness. They want to see the result .
Sure, there were phases in the show when the reactions seemed contrived or even preachy, but the sincerity of effort was palpable, concerns seemingly so genuine, that it seemed completely acceptable.
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is uber media savvy, possessing just the right ersatz tear for every conceivable human anguish. On his just-launched Sunday programme, it was obvious that he has mastered the art of ruse, as billions with a penchant for reality-TV fell hook, line and sinker for those lachrymose tear-ducts.
We all now wait to see what are the other topics that follow. Although promos have been around, if the first episode is any indication, it is difficult to predict what they might really contains. Actually, I am ok with this suspense. My only hope and wish is that the momentum and the huge expectations that the first episode has generated is not lost for not often have we had a film star with a huge following devoting time to issues of genuine national concern!