Anything Aamir touches turns into gold. We all know that. But it’s not just a magic trick. No, he listens to people, to their concerns, what moves them. He is reading society like a book. Then he starts thinking… for a looooooong time he does just that. You can hear Aamir thinking during the long silences when he seems to disappear from watchful Bollywood eyes. You know the jolly monster that glows in the dark with hundred thousand eyes and then spits out gossip, lots of it, well, he knows how to hide from it. Aamir has found a way of tricking the Bollywood-Yeti into believing nothing is going on with him… and then he appears on stage and pulls out
And everyone is in awe. This time it’s a TV show which promises to cover a lot of grey areas. Satyamev Jayate promises to become the desi Oprah show, the desi Wikileaks.
The first episode dealt with the barbaric practice of female foeticide and it got a HUGE response. I hope he will focus on a couple of other issues, such as animal cruelty, the need for nationwide and organized sanitation program, garbage collection, public waste baskets, which I still haven’t discovered yet, not even one! OMG, so many issues I can think of, starting from minimal wages which should be raised, child labor, abuse of young daughter in laws, touching upon the very difficult subject of homosexuality… I wonder how far Aamir will go and what he will investigate next.
Meanwhile, he successfully shook up the nation with his first show. It will be interesting to see what follows.
read up on the show and how 100,000 people called in after the show to talk to Aamir..
One last thing, people who criticize Aamir and claim he is preachy are probably those who got good cards dealt in life. I think it’s wonderful that he takes up the concern of people, that he cares. He puts himself out and tries to make a difference. He could have made another gory movie like Ghajini, which was gold at the B.O., instead he chose to use his fame, his time to create a show that might change the mindset of people, and opens their eyes towards something unjust that they keep ignoring partly because they don’t know how to fix it. I salute Aamir for what he is trying to do. I hope he will make this show available on DVD – with subtitles, and I wish him great success.