‘Satyamev Jayate’: A gutsy, sensible show

Published: May 7, 2012
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Aamir Khan’s new show hopes to highlight various crimes in society. PHOTO: FILE

Aamir Khan’s new show hopes to highlight various crimes in society. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: 

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.”

Copyright controversy

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.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • anoubha gujadhur
    May 8, 2012 - 1:00AM

    hi,
    am anoubha, from mauritius. i really appriciate the great job which AMIR KHAN SIR is doing as being a man supporting all those ladies and human being .clean and cut so we can have a better futur along! really hats off for u !

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  • Dr. Mohammed T Khan
    May 8, 2012 - 1:30AM

    Dear Aamir
    This is what I have been waiting for. I left India 40 years ago but been visiting as often as I could. I have seen India change, and definitely for the worse. Money has come to India but The politicians have become very corrupt and in reality they are corrupt to the core. There is hardly any politician who is not rich. Either the corrupt enter the politics or become currupt once entering the politics ?! The rest of the Indians possibly of 80 – 90% are ill-disciplined and are not accountable for their actions. When ever I tried to point some thing of this to any of my relatives they instead not just become defensive but offensive as well. Usual conclusion on their part is ” Bada aaya England sae”. So be it. Now the truth is being told…so I would imagine there would be a lot of negative remarks against Aamir. Hopefully these programs will bring a change to India and Indians!!!. It is unlikely I would respond to the comments on what I have written here but it is up to the person to think what his conscience says – don’t write for writing sake…..

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  • May 8, 2012 - 2:53AM

    hi aamir you did a good job keep it up i love to watch you bec i am women to i fill i am proud of my self

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  • curious
    May 8, 2012 - 4:06AM

    Just love Aamir Khan, his public persona, would love to know how he actually treats his family though as there seems to be a falling out between him and his brother which I think if true is sad.

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 8, 2012 - 8:12AM

    @curious: “Just love Aamir Khan, his public persona, would love to know how he actually treats his family though as there seems to be a falling out between him and his brother which I think if true is sad.”
    Personal life is far from exemplary:
    Actually Amir’s brother sued him. Amir is not on talking terms with his fathe who launched him and ofcourse he divorced his first wife – A hindu who defied her parents and married him at a time when he did not have single film to his credit.

    But he has mad thought provoing movies be it 3 Idiots or Taare Zameen Par and now Satyameva Jayate seems to be picking up social issues which really need to be tackled on a war footing.

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  • curious
    May 8, 2012 - 12:40PM

    @ayesaha_khan Aamir’s father passed away about 2 years ago and he did attend his funeral with his brother. I just think it is sad he cannot extend the olive branch to his brother as his public person is of being warm and kind and caring. Still love Aamir though.

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