Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, known to be a maverick and a perfectionist in every endeavor he undertakes once again proved his clout in all its uniqueness by presenting a reality chat show which sought to address social issues. The first season of Satyamev Jayate, which also saw the actor making his small screen debut was a huge hit striking the right chord in audience’s minds. However, the popularity did not stem from its entertainment element as did other reality shows by Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bacchhan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, but by virtue of its quintessential emotional approach to bring about a transformation in the society.
The Inner Story
For at the crux of the show lay evidences in the form of real stories narrated by real people, some of whom were even brought to the platform to put forth their views on the specific social issues as Aamir entered into a sort of tete-a-tete with them in front of the audience. Matters of contention such as Female Feticide, Alcoholism, Child Abuse, use of Pesticides were some of the issues that was discussed and elucidated on with in-depth interactive sessions through use of videos, footages, interviews with various experts and other formats; issues, which are rocking our society and crippling its very integrity and cultural candor and which are not only seen prevalent in the lower classes but are equally rampant among the so-called educated upper classes.
The poignant depiction of the blasphemous acts like child abuse and female feticide were done with such brevity and precision that it surely moved one and all who watched the show. The efforts which Aamir Khan and his group poured in scouring various parts of the nation in order to bring in evidences and capture videos through real people is indeed highly commendable. No wonder the actor’s Twitter account was showered with plaudits and appreciation tweets which came in from his Bollywood co-stars and colleagues. Actress Preity Zinta tweeted, “Watching Aamir Khan on Satyamev Jayate discussing Female Foeticide ! I love this effort from him and thank him as a woman!,” Ken Ghosh quipped, “Aamir does it again….and this time on TV, Satyamev Jayate touches the heart and opens the eyes to the country around us.”
With all such positive reactions and applauds from audiences across nation, the star has decided to come up with a second season of his show in the current year, this time with a difference. The show’s format will be divided into three parts, each comprising four episodes that will be aired on television on consecutive Sundays. The second part will then go on air in another season during mid-year and similarly have four episodes, while the third slot will be shown during the end of the year. The purpose of the unique format, according to the actor was that the issues should get imbued into the minds of the audiences so that they get time to ponder on them during the intermittent period between seasons. While the first season was an immense success and created much mayhem with its compelling content and powerful portrayal of the societal problems, it remains to see whether the new format gets greater grip over the audiences’ minds as they dwell over some more equally triggering issues.
Wrapping Up With A Salute
As veteran actress Shabana Azmi had said after watching the first episode of Satyamev Jayate Season 1, “Aamir Khans show can bring a revolution. Thoroughly researched covers all aspects touches emotional chord n forces us to reexamine ourselves.” The fact remains that the show far surpasses other chat shows that have been aired previously and attempted to bring to the forefront such problems in the society with “Aap Ke Kachehri” or “Rakhi Ki Adaalat” in terms of its gripping content and emotional incitement. And even with the best intentions of changing the superstitious dogmas and notions of the society, it is up to the people whether they choose to simply watch and forget or truly introspect on the issues and try implementing them in a positive way in their lives.