Ever since the first episode of Satyamev Jayate aired this Sunday, the cynic bandwagon has started spewing its venom. Why is Aamir commercializing the issue? What purpose will this solve? Why is there so much melodrama in the chat show? Why are we showing a unique case of a woman bitten off by her husband because she gave birth to a girl child as a norm? Is he trying to enter politics? Is he promoting his next movie?
I feel disgusted by these questions!
Here is one person who is trying his bit to bring a change of heart, who is trying to give hope and courage to millions of people out there and all we could do is to come up with these filthy questions? All we can move our sorry ass is to question his motives?
He is not trying to be a messiah. He is not foolish to make such a claim in this country. We always question our stars and consider them to be money minded, never standing up for social causes. We are perfectly fine with them coming in various shows to sell their movies. We are perfectly fine with them selling hundreds of products to us. But we feel completely uncomfortable when one of them picks up a mirror and shows the reality of our society to us. Tell me, does this cynicism stem from the abhorrence you feel on seeing the perfect image of our society crumble in the mirror? Does the fact that it tarnishes the false “India shining” image makes you angry?
I was watching a debate on Star news yesterday where this gentleman was trying to point out that Aamir has commercialised the issue. So, basically this guy would have been ok if Aamir would have erected a stage near India Gate and given a speech from there and showed everything on a projector and would not have earned anything in return. The fact that Aamir’s production house earned money from the commercials during the programme was what irked this guy. He could not see beyond the money. He could not see the almost red map of India which showed how badly female foeticide has seeped in our society. He could not see the research, the data and the honest effort that went into driving the point home. He could not see the sting operation against 140 doctors which happened seven years back and which resulted in none of the doctors being prosecuted.
In India, actors and cricketers have a huge following. People listen when they speak. Amitabh Bachchan changed the polio drive by his presence. In a survey done later, the women told that they came because Mr. Bachchan asked them to. This is the power of a star – the power to bring change, the power to change mindsets. People argue that what can a 90 minute show change? The accused will never feel guilty. Yes, they won’t but what if this programme gives determination to a mother to stand up and say no to kill her daughter in her womb? If Satyamev Jayate gives even an iota of resolution to a few, then no one has the right to question the motives of its creator.
No, India is not shining. Far from it. So, let’s not fool ourselves. And if we are not capable of doing something, then lets bloody stop belittling someone who is making an effort.