One episode down and a season lined up — Aamir Khan has hit bull’s eye with Satyamev Jayate. The show seems to have pulled in audience who have decided to dedicate their Sundays to the latest ‘reality’ show.
Aamir Khan had taken a lot of time out for his TV debut. Talks were on for days and the concept, as Aamir put it across, was his love letter. With an hour into the show — about 2,000 plus tweets came pouring in appreciating the sensitive issue Aamir had championed. The show picked the topic of ‘female foeticide’ and handled it wonderfully leaving the host, the participants and the audience in their homes moist eyed.
‘We believe that Satyamev Jayate is not afraid to look the truth in the eye, take its hand and embrace it. After all, it belongs to all of us.’ says the Satyamev Jayate initiative.
And clearly — with the barrage of tweets, response that made the official site crash for a while and the show becoming the top trend on Twitter — Aamir Khan and Star Plus have struck gold.
There were ample reservations about Satyamev Jayate and about Aamir’s capacity to take on the small screen — but those have been put to rest.
Equipped with well-researched instances and case studies, the maiden episode highlighted how unethical medical practitioners are hand-in-glove with families wanting to kill the unborn baby.
He also dispelled the perception among people that female foeticide is practised by villagers or small towners.
The first episode was based on the case of Mitu Khurana, a doctor who has left home to save her twin daughters from death from her educated in-laws. She was asked by her orthopaedic surgeon husband and in-laws to abort her twins just after 20 weeks of conceiving. The episode started with the case of Amisha Yagnik from Ahmedabad who said that she was forced to abort her female unborn child six times in eight years, while Parveen Khan from Madhya Pradesh was brutally bitten by her husband on her face for having given birth to a girl child.
According to census figures — there are 914 girls for every 1,000 boys. The killings still don’t stop and the figures remain askew. And it is female foeticide that leads to another grave human evil — human trafficking. Aamir stated that the sex of the unborn child depended on the chromosome of the father and asked the audience to get up and get involved.
Only the truth shall prevail they say. Celebs on Twitter were in full support with Aamir. Here’s what they had to say:
Kiran Bedi: I would give full marks to Aamir Khan’s TV Prog Satyamev Jayate, very creative, evidence based and emotionally connecting, inspiring! Thank u.
Preity Zinta: Watching Aamir Khan on Satyamev Jayate discussing female foeticide. I love this effort from him and thank him as a woman.
Dia Mirza: I always wanted something like this on TV. Thank you Aamir for stirring people (sic).
Farhan Akhtar: Satyamev Jayate. A show with a heart.
Shabana Azmi: Aamir Khan’s show can bring a revolution. Thoroughly researched, covers all aspects, touches emotional chord n forces us to reexamine ourselves.
Neha Dhupia: Watching Aamir Khan address the unreal problems of real india. I am a fan as always.
Mandira Bedi: A reality show in its truest sense. Some stirring and troubling realities of our times. I applaud Aamir Khan.
Kabir Bedi: Aamir Khan’s 1st episode of Satyamev Jayate exposes killing of baby girls, India’s darkest secret. Brilliant.