Director: Satyajeet Bhatkal
Host: Aamir Khan
After almost a month of promotion as "Har Baat dil pe lagegi toh hi baat banegi" by Aamir Khan, Satyameva Jayate's first episode was aired on Star Plus, DD National & also Star Pravaah (with Marathi subtitles) today at 11 a.m. Let us see kitni baat dil pe lagi!
The show started with some scenic shots and Aamir Khan blabbering about himself as an actor and a human being. And that's what he tried to do throughout the show: I'm The Aamir Khan. I'm India's inspiring role model. The idol of common man. I'm here to change your life with this TV show for which I'm charging hefty sum.
No sooner the show started, we learn that it's kind of talk show dealing with sensitive social issues. Aamir Khan, pretending to be appealing enough for the aam - junta, does gigs like sitting at the stairs of the dais while delivering his speech to expect Oh-look, this-superstar-doesn't-mind-sitting-on-the-floor reaction.
Moving over, we are introduced with 3 ladies who narrated their ghastly tales about how they were tortured after delivering a baby girl. So that's what the topic of the day was: female foeticide & how it is related with other criminal happenings like ignorance of women in society, sexual harassment and flesh trading. Their emotions were raw. Enough to give you a gulp in the throat.
While discussing a case, crude pictures of the lady being victimized of physical assault by his husband were displayed without a blur (which is how news channels are made to show). A leading daily once made a gore picture of a bomb blast victim to the headline to which their readers irked by remarking them as selling information porn. OK. So this is how Aamir Khan wants his words to touch the hearts?
All through the interview, you can hear Aamir interrogating silly questions. "Aur kaisa feel hua aapko tab?" "Aur kya hua tha?" Genuine thoughtful questions were lacked.
And more irritating were the reactions by the audience. "Haawww" "Ohh noo.." "Ohhff" That's how general interactions with the common audience were lacked instead they were focused for their shocks and tears as if they were expecting the public watching on TV to cry too. The flawed direction is made deliberate when a lawyer (part of the related case) interrupts midway of another interview and the interview is carried no further but diverged by the host. I don't know how many retakes were needed to shoot this!
They also ended up with some marketing of 3G technology of a telecom network by a video conference with some bachelors of Haryana who discussed bachelorhood of Salman Khan. Don't tell me this wasn't rigged!
This is how the show meant-to-be inspiring ended with the uninspiring host who asks his audience to send SMS to a number if they support the cause. Do you really think sending SMSes will help?
Finally, Aamir calls up his friend and musician Ram Sampth along with Swanand Kirkire to perform a beautiful, lyrical song "O Re Chiriya."
What we expect is some improvement in the direction of the show with retaining the raw emotions of the subject and uplifting the enthusiasm of the audience as the show ends.
P.S: If you really want to see inspiring Aamir Khan, watch Sarfarosh or Lagaan. And if you hate Aamir's face, watch Anoop Soni on Crime Patrol. He's terrific.