Aamir Khan: ‘Satyamev Jayate’ viewers should look inwards

Thu, June 14, 2012 9:30am UTC by 28 Comments
Aamir Khan: ‘Satyamev Jayate’ viewers should look inwards

The actor-filmmaker and newbie TV host says his show does not aim to create a revolution. Excerpts from an interview

Actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan, revelling in the “dream reaction” to his TV show Satyamev Jayate, says his purpose is served if his efforts make people introspect. Each Sunday since May 6 had seen the 47-year-old bring Indian television audiences face-to-face with issues like female foeticide, dowry, child abuse, medical malpractices, honour killing and difficulties of the diffrently-abled. An entertainer rarely does that, and Aamir is happy in his space. Excerpts from an interview:

Your show has received stupendous response from all quarters. Has the audience given it more love than you expected?

This is a very dream reaction that we are getting…right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, people are watching it in the small towns, villages, big cities…. People across all economic groups and across rural and urban areas are watching it. The way people are emotionally connected to it is great. The way it is moving them, touching them, and affecting them is very heartening.

You seem to have donned the role of a social reformer. Post Satyamev Jayate, do we see you take on a larger role at some point, perhaps join politics?

I am not interested in politics, so I won’t be joining politics. I feel what I am able to do from where I am, from the the stream that I am in, is much more. I can contribute much more (this way). So I am happy doing that.

Is there any follow-up mechanism to the social issues that you have been raising on the show?

We believe information and knowledge make you act differently. Giving a broad example, if you look at a film like Taare Zameen Par… When the film was released, majority of the country’s population had no idea that there was something like dyslexia, a learning disability. Thereafter, it started having an impact that has continued till today. So what we can do with this show is 13 Taare Zameen Pars. We are trying to get the viewers to look inwards. We are not expecting you to join an andolan (revolution) on female foeticide, nor are we expecting you to barge in each house of your neighbourhood to check if they are doing it or not…what we are expecting is that you yourself should not do it, and if somebody is thinking of doing it, you should discourage them from doing it. We are trying to show the way forward. And by that I don’t mean that we have a solution. So in answer to what the follow up is to this – I don’t know what it is. What we are doing is basic, essential, fundamental and primary. And according to me, the follow-up or rather fallout of this will be very organic in itself.

Several individuals and NGOs work towards society’s betterment. But that hasn’t helped so far. What do you have to say?

We are not discovering a new issue, we are actually tackling issues that are well known. Our research is based on work done by experts and social activists over the last 20 to 30 years. So their work is remarkable and important. Now what do I bring to the table? Their work is the foundation of our work, and I am using the goodwill that I have earned over the last two-and-a-half-decades. I am trying to put it to good use and using television, a fantastically strong medium, to address issues on a mass scale.

You have let go of the aura around a celebrity to come closer to the country’s masses and their problems. How gratifying is the experience?

It’s been an amazing journey to come in contact with people from different parts of the country and from different cultures. I have had the good fortune of learning so much more about the country. It has got me closer to the people of our country. It is a huge learning experience for me to do this show.

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  • madhumitanandi

    GREAT JOB PLS CARRY ON.

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  • JITENDRA WAGHMARE

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  • Rakesh Bajaj

    Dear Aamir Sir,
    Why Government of india shouldn’t make ram for wheelchair at railway station in india for handcap person. There is no ram for wheelchair at Nashik Or delhi Railway stations. But in Railway Government can give concession for Handicap person. Escort 75% concession can give & handicap person 25% concession can give our government in railways. There is no concession for handicap person in airlines also. But our Government can give concession with one escort with handicap person in Airlines also . Please i requested u that u convey my message to our Government of In India. So that our Indian Government can thing about this solution. & than u convey my message in this my message thought star news or ABP news or u and your team members of Satyamav Jayate in your next Episode of Satyamav Jayate which telecast on Sunday 17th of June at 11:00Am on Star Plus. I’m waiting your responds on these solution. So can early solve all these problems of India. which Message i written now. please you try. thank Rakesh Ashok Bajaj From Nashik Maharastra I’m also handicap person My Office Address is Sairakesh Paper Tech 1,Bajaj Complex G.P..O. Road Opp Nokia Proriety Showroom Nashik.-422001 My cell No:9850140386,9890336641

  • gaurav

    this is nice show…..and i have seen a full show…and i have also done a project on this topic

  • hiraniya

    dear amir sir ..
    you are doing really a great job ..
    i want you to take topic of qouta system (reservation)
    which is influencing other people ..!!!
    thanks ..!!!
    best of luck …!!!

  • vivek. J. Soni

    sir,
    good job … D 1 ho c it .. Says wow … Mr perfecionist means mr. Perfecionist……..
    I would like to take this topic … On men abused by their wife’s by taking miss advantages of act of domestic violence …. Made spcially n only for women….
    In a servey it has been found that 65% of male r committing suicide then women n only just b’coz of this act… Also supreme court has commited that there is need to change in this act…. So sir please take some seriousness in on this topic…..

  • Milind uke

    Dear Aamir,
    I know, I am not the expert in this, but I feel you can take the issues like ‘ ANDAVISHWAS’ IN THE SOCIETY.
    With regards
    Milind Uke

  • rajesh kanojiya

    please help a family he had HIV INFECTED their are three
    member his family wife and he
    his one year child please help him in ur episode
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  • JYOTI CHAWLA

    Dear AAMIR, In todays topic of domestic violence with women at home,you should have more worked on our maid servants who work for they children and family but when they reach home they are beaten up by they drunken husbands i know this happens in high societys also but these poor women need more help and encouragement to come out of such situations,i hope this topic will be added in later episodes .thanking u sir. Regards,JYOTI CHAWLA,frm HYDERABAD.

  • Deepak gupta

    Dear Aamir sir,
    please help me ,i want to discuss some story about dowry death because in my family my sister-in-law could already suffer from dowry death and now she is not in live…..
    my no. – +919826254057

  • Saima

    Hi,
    Fantastic program. It’s an eye opener. I watch atyamev Jayate program religiosly. I think everone can relate this program somehow e.g Women, kids….
    My sister is suffering with domestic voilence since four years. in Saudi Arabia. Everytime she wanted to come out from this unhealthy relationship. Her husband has his way to bring her back by begging or asking her to forgive him. Now she has got two kids and compromising for her kids. It’s a sad thing but we can not help unless she want to help herself. (her husband even does not work.)

    regards,
    Saima from Essex

  • bincy varghese

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  • Rishav

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  • Azra

    I think Amir Khan’s programme is the best it has has opened up lots of peoples eyes. about time some one had the guts to stand up and make a tv serial like this. I cant belive that there is so much curelty in human beings. Should show the faces of people faces instead of hideing them.

    Amir kahn wel done!

  • shweta

    hellow Amirji very good afternoon.We all r fan of u. this programme is superb & mindblowing as it brings only truth before society. I am working as gender co – ordinatorin Z.P.Sangli – MAHARASHTRA. I Have written an article about the importance of girl child’s birth. it will be pleasure for me to send this article. I hope u will like it.

  • Manoj Basfore

    Dear Amir sir,,,first of all i would like to convey my heartiest regards to you for making such a wonder programme.I want to draw your attention to the untouchability practice is still there in some part of the country.My name is Manoj Basfore,i m a student of M.A(part-1)i living in West Bengal with my family.We belong to the scheduled caste,,we are known as “DOM” community.I have recently visited to the state of Bihar to my village with my family.It was shocking for me to see the discrimination doen to our “DOM” Community by the upper caste people.We are not allowed to enter any temple,shope,not even allowed to walk on the road.We are not able to protest against this practice if we do any thing we a given threat . Its my humble requeat to you to take some effort againt this inhuman practice,,,,,,my phone no,,,09832870423. We want equality in socity, please help us,

  • Sharad Gosavi

    AAMIR KHAN might himself look inwards while hosting this program. Lakhs and lakhs of tons of wheat goes rotting while the AMBANIS build a house in MUMBAI costing Rs 750_crores.Their birthday presents consist of cruise boats.
    IT IS ALL SATTA MEVAA AND (PUBLIC) JAAYAATE.
    The way AJIT would put it,”SAARI DUNIYAA HAAMEY RE-LOINS KE NAAM SE JAANTEE HAY !!!!”

  • Neha

    Dear Amir Sir,
    This tym we are facing very big problem in our life and in my family.please help me sir because every one is helpless to solve our problem.So plz sir contact me this no -09958308713

  • sushree

    m a student of an architecture college.. I dnt want to publish d college name publicly nw.. Please read dis pblm n contact me..i ll give u all other details after dat… Nw m in 4th semester.. We r 178 students in our batch n we hv taken admission here in 2010. Each year d college takes 1 lakh as fees from each student.. Bt still we r nt registered in d university.. Since two years they r fenching our money n promising us to give our registration but each time they lie.. We had organised strikes n called the local news channels n media to take this issue and somehow to help us.. But each time d media comes to our college,the authorities buus them.. Now the head of the university is refusinb directly that the college is taking admission illegaly and so they are bound not to give us registration n they r saying that we are not officially admitted to the college.. These thinbs they said directly to our parents.. Some case is goinb on against the university n oir college… We r unregistered wasting oir money and time.. But the college id less bothered n having no right to take admissiln is still admitting students… W tried a lot as students to do but we got no result out of it… We request you plz help us let out dreams,time,money,future not get spoiled… Do something for us please.. Help us…

  • Rahul D. Rohel

    Dear, Amirji
    mere bade bhaiya Harnamsingh Kartarsingh Rohel 14-15 saal se (Akola) sarvajanik bandhkam vibhag me(VIP circuit house)saaf safai ka kam kr rhe h lekin Abhi tak bhiya ko permanent nahi kiya so plz Amirji aapse request h ki aap ki madat se hamare bhiya ka permanent nikal jayega plz plz amir ji madat kijiye
    my contact: 9767317631

  • parveen

    meri apse requst ha main chati hoo ki ganga ko saaf rakha jaye hum log hi use ganda karte ha kabhi soacha kyou kyouki ganga main har ghar se bahut sa puja ka saman parvah kiya jata ha agar us saman ko pehle hi logo se le liya jaye to log ganga main nahi dalege main aisa kutch nahi kar sakti par aap bahut kutch kar sakte ha ha maine ek presentation tayar ki ha jissesehum ganga ko saaf rakh sakte ha agar aap tak ye mesge pahuche to plese reply jarror kare main karna bahut chati hoon par koi rasta najar nahi aata.

  • Gaikwad Vicky

    Respected Aamir sir , Sir I am engineer in electronics want to do something for our nation & against curruption And also give maximum time for that ,will I participate in your program or give me chance to do something for your program,

    And dont close the program This one of the CHINGARI

    SIR BIG SALUTE TO U AND YOUR TEAM… PLEASE REPLY SIR

  • Jeet Prakash Singh

    Dear Amir Khan ji. India is talking about torture on women, wives. You too have highlighted the same on your programmes. There are strict laws for persons who torture on women. DO U BELIEVE IT HAPPENS OTHER WAY ROUND !! I am 42 years old man. But I am being tortured by my wife & in-laws for last many years. They always threaten me that they may go for legal action if I oppose. I am also silent because of my son & his future. I believe many women must be doing so under the coverage of law in favour of them & taking undue advantage of same. Can u please help me !!!!!

  • jyoti

    Good morning sir,
    myself is jyoti kashyap.sir i want to talk to u its urgent pls can you meet me. but i m not as big celeb as u r are. but u have big heart i knw it and i m sure u will definately gve me the solution of my problem.in this post i can’t say u anything “Lakin meri life ab app ke haatho mai haiiiiiiiiiiiiiii”
    Namaste sir

  • Awais

    jai hind amir ji me moin qureshi uiajjn se appka kal prograam satyamevjayate dheka bahut accha laga ke apne der se he sahi par ak accha prograam banaya is sote hue desh ko jagne ke koshish shuru ke allha appko is me kamyab kare kal ju appka topic tha kanya bhrun accha laga .mere bhi teen beti hai ayesha,jannat,humda,mujhe apni betiyu par naaz hai moin qureshi 7869538576 uiajjn mp


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