Sunday, May 6, 2012

Satyamev Jayate

            Remember that time when every Sunday morning meant watching Mahabharat and Ramayana on television? Alas gone were those days, until today this very morning. I remember my grand father telling me that way back in times when they used to live in Girgaon, Mumbai every Sunday meant officially watching Mahabharata and Ramayana. Today however bought the same effect on the whole of India when almost everyone was glued to their Television screens to watch “Satyameva Jayate”.
            I had a meeting to attend today morning at 11am so I missed watching the show, also my phone was in my bag so I was basically out of touch from the everyone. I got out of the meeting at 1pm and the first thing I did was ask a friend how the show was, but there was no need to ask even before he replied back there was a hell lot of BBM status updates saying they loved the show, there were loads of tweets and facebook status confirming the same thing.  All I cared about then was to know when the repeat telecast is ( which I got to know its at 10pm tonight. :D ) yet I couldn’t control my curiosity and watched it online. And trust me when I say I was completely awed I don’t remember which show ever had made me feel so touched and so worried about my baby which is not even born yet esp when the segment came where people said that girls are bought and sold for marriage. I imagined that maybe 10years from now my daughter may not have the same independence and freedom and security I grew up with.
            And then my mom switched on the T.V and nothing could have irritated me more than that bloody television. News channels were broadcasting news about celebrity gossip and on set stories about the daily soap actors. It really made me wonder that the channel which is supposed to give us information which I just got off a renowned Bollywood actor is giving me all rubbish good for nothing information about celebrities for god sake leave that aside for entertainment channels you have different role to play here.
            But then again, media these days have forgotten the role of media altogether maybe there are some who still do quality journalism but I am sad to say that majority fails to do so. A famous newspaper’s editor once held a seminar which I had attended and he said so that news these days have become a business and its all about entertainment, its all about Demand and Supply.  People demand entertainment and news channels and newspapers to increase their T.R.P give them what they want instead of leaving out the entertainment quotient with the entertainment channels.
            Anyway coming back to the topic, the TV show “Satyamev Jayate” is indeed a nice concept and effort made by Aamir Khan and the whole team. I wonder whether Satyamev Jayate will create the same awareness as Rang De Basanti did back then… I really hope it does! J


  1. Great post. I too wish SMJ will have the same effect as RDB. This Sunday, the Hindi Cinema Blog enjoyed an hour and a half in the excellent company of Satyamev Jayate. We even penned a review for the first episode also relaying links to watch the full episode with English subtitles and to listen to the full song by Swanand Kirkire and Ram Sampath (at The star of the show however remains the issue of female foeticide, a reality that needs to be addressed. Urgently.

  2. I just saw the show online from the US and googled to see what blogsphere has to say about this show and your site showed up :-) Glad you loved the show and I too sincerely hope the show catches and more than that creates an avalanche of awareness that makes the issue disappear in an year. I also hope the show is not too short lived as I am reading its a highly commercialized show with Aamir Khan himself paid 3 crore per episode.