He came and captivated the Indian Television with his avatar of being a social messenger which was well appreciated by the masses in films like Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots and others. Aamir Khan is not just a Bollywood star. To the people of India, he is an actor who took over the social responsibility of changing society through his art and his much appreciated effort of promoting a show like “Satyamev Jayate”, which has brought about a significant change in the mindset of people in India.
The first episode of Satyamev Jayate 2 was aired on March 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM on various channels of Star Network. The show was intended to target an audience of around 600 million from the country with simulcast in seven different languages to cut across any barriers to communication while listening to the orator, Mr. Aamir Khan.
Why Satyamev Jayate is different from any other show so far?
The format of the show is specifically designed to focus on topics, which the middle-class population of India generally shies away from. The first season had depicted issues ranging from female foeticide, child sexual abuse and other important topics that brought about a sense of shame in the eyes of the common junta. The impact was such that, after the show, emails, phone calls and discussions in large numbers took place on these issues. The show with its intention of bringing to light the cruel practices that still exist in the society, aims to make people aware of such harsh realities and find a solution to deal with it.
It is somewhat similar to what Oprah Winfrey had started in the West which changed the American society. But this show’s main objective is to focus on issues concerning our society while Oprah experimented with her show’s content by tapping into the mindset of her audience.
Season 2 of the show will have five episodes which will be telecast every Sunday. The first episode opened to the story of Dashrath Manjhi who by his will of power had single-handedly carved out a road by cutting through a hill in Bihar.
Another interesting point to take into consideration is that the show with its pure agenda of throwing light to the cause of prevailing the virtue of truthfulness above all, will be aired around a time when the nation is soon going to elect a political party in power for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. Therefore, the show is aired at a crucial juncture when the people are expected to be politically aware to cast their vote to choose the change they want to see.
Truly, Indian Television can become a medium of great social change if more shows like Satyamev Jayate are aired, to empower a vision of creating a nation of great minds with noble thoughts. Just like the latest promo of the show where people from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds in India are attuned to a single rhythmic tone of wanting the truth to prevail in society. Satyamev Jayate.
By Sourav Chandgothia