From film-makers to clinical psychologists to professors — everyone has given the thumbs up to Aamir Khan’s television show “Satyamev Jayate”, saying it is a gutsy, hard-hitting and sensible programme that strikes an emotional chord with the audiences.
Equipped with well-researched instances and case studies on female feticide, Khan’s one-and-a-half hour programme was simultaneously telecast on Star Plus and Doordarshan on Sunday and caught the audiences’ attention.
Mumbai-based Neha Patel, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, said the show caught the interest of the common man because of the relevance of the issue. “Aamir is doing a wonderful job on the show. It takes a lot of guts to do a show like this and I am sure he has taken care of everything. The research done is also amazing. I really liked the show,” said Patel.
The maiden episode is regarded as an eye-opener as it highlighted how unethical medical practitioners are hand in glove with families wanting to kill the female unborn baby and how educated people are also involved in it. “The show is extremely hard-hitting. It’s strange that the most well educated people carry out the worst of crimes like female feticide and domestic violence,” asked Ravinder Kaur, a professor.
Film-maker Ritesish Sidhwani, who postponed his film Talaash for the show, said that Khan has lived up to the expectations of his fans. “I have already seen his show and I believe it is very relevant. It will be fantastic as it will bring more issues which have been ignored all this while.”
About his show, Khan said, “An actor isn’t just an entertainer. His job is to bring grace to the society through his work. And I totally believe in this which is why I’ve taken up this venture.”
Despite good reviews, all’s not well at Khan’s end. The show apparently culminated in a controversy with the band Euphoria alleging that the chorus of the show’s 22-minute anthem, “Satyamev Jayate”, had been lifted from the band’s decade-old song “Satyameva Jayate”. “When I heard it, I was shocked. The mainstay of the song — the chorus — is ours. Which is why I’ve sent a legal notice to them,” says Palash Sen, Euphoria’s lead singer.
(With additional information from TOI)
Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2012.