Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate – Review Appreciations and Controversies

Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate is being touted as the best TV show in India in many years as the first episode on female foeticide struck chord with most people in the country. Celebrities tweeted appreciations for Satyamev Jayate with some describing it as the show that has brought back TV watching on Sunday back in a big manner after the good old days of Mahabharata.

Aamir’s cause of talking about social issues had 100,000 people dialing in to give their views on how they would like to support the star’s cause to bring about a change in the country. It has been viewed as a parallel movement against corruption as big as Anna Hazare or even bigger since Aamir enjoys the credibility that very few people have in India.

Though Aamir had asked people to log into the website and give their feedback, the server was down due to the heavy load of traffic. Though a lot of people tuned in to Star Plus to watch the show, and later took to social networking platforms to share their views on it, Aamir says Television Rating Points (TRPs) do not matter.Starplus has tied up with Airtel, which has reduced the cost of every SMS directed to the show from Rs.3 to Re.1. The proceeds from the revenue collected would be donated to a charity. Aamir’s sensitive direction of Taare Zameen Par is said to have won him a lot of credibility and Satyamev Jayate has been able to take the acceptance ahead.

Satyamev Jayate controversies

When a show or person becomes super successful, there are controversies too.  Singer i-composer Palash Sen of the band Euphoria has filed a case against Ram Sampath, music director for the 'Satyamev Jayate' title track, Sen said that Ram Sampath has lifted his tune to use as the chorus of 'Satyamev Jayate' song. The concerned song is from the album 'Phir Dhoom'. It may be recalled that Ram Sampath won a legal case and made Rakesh Roshan part with a few crores when he said that the Roshans had lifted his Sony Ericsson ad-jingle to compose the title song of ‘Krazzy 4’ movie.

Coming back to Satyamev Jayate song plagiarism, director Satyajeet Bhatkal said to IBN, “This is rubbish... There is nothing in common at all and doesn't deserve even a dignity of a reply.. The lawyers are taking care of it. Anybody who hears it knows that it is complete rubbish. There's absolutely nothing in common between the two tracks. It doesn't deserve a reply... It's complete rubbish.”

Meanwhile the maverick KRK who manages to entertain Twitter with his absurd and shocking tweets said, “SatayamevaJayate is bigger flop than SRK’s panchvi pass.How can any clever person expect a show like #satyamevjayate to work in India where ppl kill ppl on the roads in public n nobody says a word.””

Controversial author Taslima Nasreen tweeted, “From now on film stars should talk about social problems on TV. Everybody will listen to them. Ppl don`t listen to human rights activists.” She sarcastically added that “Feminists have been talking about female foeticide and its dangerous effects for decades. Ppl have learned about it today from star plus.”

But we doubt people would listen to these two because in a country like India, film-stars especially the successful and people-friendly ones enjoy better goodwill and credibility than many such organizations and political affiliations.


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