So another movie star came out with yet another serial on television. But can Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate be called ‘just another serial’? After all, the Perfectionist Khan has chosen a topic that most others would probably shy from. It’s not one of those guaranteed hits, say like a Salman Khan movie, Justin Bieber song or Chetan Bhagat book.

In his first episode aired on 6 May 2012, Aamir didn’t bother with any candy floss topic; he started off directly with female foeticide. And taking a lesson from Aamir, we’ll get straight to the topic:

Aamir Khan In Satyamev Jayate
Aamir Khan In Satyamev Jayate

Why We Liked Satyamev Jayate

1. No Prize Points/Money/Quiz/Trip: You have a real celebrity who talks about real issues. There’s nothing to win, nothing to lose. You don’t have guests fawning about how he/she has been dying to meet Aamir since the day he was born. Or about how Aamir’s movie made doubled the sale of vacuum cleaners in hospitals. Everyone – the guests and the host – stay on topic.

2. The Desi Oprah: Of all the names Aamir has been called so far, the latest entrant is ‘desi Oprah’. But unlike Oprah, Aamir has a very homely way of being on the sets. He sits on the couch only when he has a heart-to-heart talk with any of the guests. The rest of the time, he sits near the audience, almost like he is chit-chatting with them. From seeing audiences touch the feet of actors, this looks like a refreshing change.

3. No Khans, Kapoors, Chopras: Most other shows with celebrities as hosts would end up becoming a mini show of strength. Stars would rope in their friends to come on the show. Salman Khan got Aamir to ride a cycle with him, Amitabh Bachchan got Shah Rukh Khan on the ‘hot-seat’ and Govinda got… well never mind. Hopefully, the show won’t have Aamir’s buddies Salman giving a talk on safe-driving or Kareena talking about positive body image for women.

4. Real Topics:Aamir isn’t getting Ranbir Kapoor to endorse condoms or wondering whether Sonam Kapoor inherited the hairy gene from her father or not. He hasn’t shied away from saying “semen” on national television, and we hope he keeps it that way.

Aamir Khan In Satyamev Jayate
Aamir Khan In Satyamev Jayate

Why We Didn’t Like Satyamev Jayate

1. Learning From Another Khan: Just because Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate promotions aren’t as loud as Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One doesn’t mean they aren’t as annoying. Those brown eyes stare down at you from hoardings all over town, the show was aired a minimum of four times yesterday, and the promotional song is in theatres, on television. We get it Aamir, your stare can change everything. Happy?

2. Armchair Activism: Remember Aamir talking about the sting operation on ultrasound centers? Nothing happened. How much can a television show change? Even Ekta Kapoor claims to be talking for women in her shows, but we know where that’s going. Aamir’s solutions include “changing our mindset”. We think that has been copyrighted by the hundreds of armchair activists already.

And remember when Aamir talked about the Narmada Bachao Andolan? And when he supported Anna Hazare? Remember what happened then? Nothing.

3. SMS To Save The World From Poverty: Now this is something personal (maybe because we are underpaid journalists and all). According to the chatter in the media, Aamir Khan gets paid Rs. 3 crore per episode. That’s a whole lot of zeros there. And yet, when I see him asking me to send an SMS to so-and-so to save girl children, it hits a nerve. Okay, so Aamir deserves to be paid for his services as a host, but he also needs to stop asking me money to change the world.

4. Too Perfect: Maybe it’s just another drawback of being in the show biz – people doubt everything you do. But Aamir sounds too rehearsed. He’s got all the right ingredients: a scarred woman, his eyes welling up, 3 girls entering the sets seconds before he calls them to sit beside him, tears in the audience’s eyes: this could well be an emo movie script.

And from the looks of it, there’s a whole lot to come.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. its only full dose of emotions……nothing great……This rating iw completely wrong….while watching the show, i had lots of pain in my head.. first time, AAMIR is doing an overacting…..When in one scene, one woman was starting his topics, aamir is suddenly cry….this is an overacting….Zindagi Live is far better than this one….

  2. You either liked it or you didn’t. So, you can’t have reasons for both. You are just trying to conjure up how different people might take it. Of course, everything needs to be taken with a ‘pinch’ of salt. But that doesn’t mean you under-rate or undermine an honest and courageous attempt! Its a glorious attempt and it needs our support, not necessarily in kind but in thoughts and attitude at least.

  3. GREAT , GREAT SHOW AMIR………AM REALY TOUCHED WITH THE SHOW…….SO GUYZ WE NEED TO WAKE UP NOW AND SUPPORT FOR THE CAUSE OF FEMALE FOETICIDE…….
    and who r those stupid people, who r calling this show as just show off.or amir’s overacting?……this is real fact……support it

  4. another oprah bulls***!!! i never like fake emotional shows!!!! if you want to do something then do it from your heart and dont show off this is another aamir publicity!!!

    • shuir ur disgusting mouth.SRK is publicity hungry.the entire country knows that.aamir is a great actor & he is doing a great work.that’s why it got record breaking TRP..Aamir rockzzzzz

    • if u r not able to support then atleast dont tell like this. Atleast he is doing very well a good step for the progress of india.Tell yourself what you are doing dear then the answer will be in front of you.Aamir is far better then us.Change your thinking.

  5. IPL,AD films dis is wht every public figure known 4,but amir has changed the way v used to take des public figures……its just an episode but i guess who ever has seen tht must b very proud to hav an individual who is asking for justice……awesome serial…..

  6. Aamir’s show is the best show so far done by any actor. If he charging 3 cr then wats wrong in that….?? Even he was offrd KBC, that time if he wud hav taken 3 cr rs then u wud hav nt said any thing. If Aamir wanted to host KBc he wud hav done it but he selected the show which wil chnage the mind of people n wil make them to think. This show is a revolutionary show.So we all shud appreaciate it rather than finding the negative pts which hardly matters.

  7. Aamir is super-man………….
    AMIR………AM REALY TOUCHED WITH THE SHOW
    ……this is real fact……support it

  8. Nice step by amir but Why do we need to listen to big actors for analysing what is right or wrong…use your own minds and think on the situation…

  9. You either liked it or you didn’t. So, you can’t have reasons for both. You are just trying to conjure up how different people might take it. Of course, everything needs to be taken with a ‘pinch’ of salt. But that doesn’t mean you under-rate or undermine an honest and courageous attempt! Its a glorious attempt and it needs our support, not necessarily in kind but in thoughts and attitude at least.

  10. i think the discusscation is goning in wrong direction. It is turning like supporting aamir or not.. But i agree with views of writer about changing the lives with a television show, and over emotions of the show. Also, i think it is glamourised as it is done by aamir

  11. amir,muje apka yeh show bahot acha laga,and i know ki apka yeh kadam humare samaj me ek nayi disha ek nayi soach or ek naya badlaw lekar ahyega,best of luck and hum sab apke is kadam ke sat kadam milakar cahlenge .

  12. There much greater and real devoted show on sony named as crime patrol which is far better than this.They do show true stories but with real genuinely

  13. Kahte hai Sachai bahut KADVI hoti hai magar sachai hoti hai……
    Agar Kisi ko yeh show pasand aye na aye … aur baat hai. Magar 130 crore ki abadi wale apne india me yeh common hai.
    Jis ne bhi agar kuch aisi harkat ki ho ya karne irada karta ho wo agar dekh ke zara bhi sharminda hogaya to samjho yeh serial paas hogaya……………
    This is not for entertaining this is for understanding

  14. Aamir sir your show is superb, fantastic. Our country needs this type of shows , so that our people may be aware of this all phenomenons………….

  15. Aamir sir your show is superb, fantastic. Our country needs this type of shows , so that our people may be aware of this all phenomenons………….
    And they get awakened

  16. This show is very nice . Amir khan k is show se hum sab ko kuch seakh na cheaye . Is show se amir khan hume aware karna chate hai . Hume humare haque k liye aware karte hai . Ye show 3 episode me itna popular ho gaya hai . This show is very nice show .

  17. Its a great starting to kill all the spoilness in the society.

    Come on ! Wake up ! Its for all human beings to understand.
    as much as Satyamev Jayate is great Amir Khan is also Great.

    I solute Amir Khan to convey these massage via TV.

  18. Wah kya program he yar no comment this one only silent and watch the show

    And special salute the my best nd dream man Amir khan

  19. i like this serial because this is on Indian popular problems and i want serve my country , for any help pl z call me sunil kumar(MA,MBA,NET,PGDTTM) – 07500454477

  20. shuir ur disgusting mouth.SRK is publicity hungry.the entire country knows that.aamir is a great actor & he is doing a great work.that’s why it got record breaking TRP..Aamir you are great………

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