"Aamir Khan's Satyameva jayate TV Show"
AAMIR KHAN’s - SATYAMEVA JAYATHE (TV SHOW) "Satyameva Jayate" (satyam-eva jayate literal English: Truth Stands Invincible) is a Hindu mantra from the ancient scripture Mundaka Upanishad. Upon independence of India, it was adopted as the national motto of India. It is inscribed in Devanagari script at the base of the national emblem. The emblem and words 'Satyameva Jayate' are inscribed on one side of all Indian currency. The emblem is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Asoka which was erected around 250 BC at Sarnath, near Varanasi in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, but does not contain the motto. The origin of the motto is a well-known mantra 3.1.6 from the Mundaka Upanishad. The full mantra is as follows: satyameva jayate nānṛtaṁ satyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ yenākramantyṛṣayo hyāptakāmā yatra tat satyasya paramaṁ nidhānam Meaning: Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood. Through truth the divine path is spread out by which the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides. Popular connotations also include: • 'Truth stands Invincible' • 'Truth alone triumphs' • 'Truth alone conquers, not falsehood' • 'The true prevails, not the untrue' • 'Truth alone conquers, not untruth' • 'Truth Alone Triumphs, not(na) that against(ana) Sacred law(Rta) • Vaimaye Vellum (in Tamil)]) The slogan was popularized and brought into the national lexicon by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1918 when serving his second of four terms as President of the Indian National Congress The motto of the Czech Republic and its predecessor Czechoslovakia, "Pravda vítězí" ("Truth Prevails") has a similar meaning. A talkshow on an indian entertainment television channel star plus, hosted by Aamir Khan, also named satyameva jayate. B Website on Right To Information Aamir’s Satyameva Jayate went on Air today at 11AM creating a buzz among Indian TV viewers. The Season 1 will feature 16 Episodes, each with its unique theme. The theme of Episode 1 was Low Gender Ratio and female foeticide in India. Aamir did feature the following issues during the airing of show today Severity of gender bias and female foeticide was observed to be higher in well-educated, upper middle class families in clear contrast with general conception of female foeticide more prone in rural areas and less educated people. Copy and paste this URL(with out double quotes “”) in your web browser to see the video “ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded &v=daJ3vNHk9HI ” A sting operation by two journalist, revealing hundreds of doctors indulged in this illegal act taken in discussion and an appeal is made to Rajashtan Government to bring the matter in fast-track court. Aamir himself appealed to people to support his letter to Rajasthan Government. Copy and paste this URL(with out double quotes “”) in your web browser to see the video “http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedde d&v=aYclTYqFyyg” Light in dark was a moment started by DC Mr.Kishan kumar in 2001 who helped Nawanshahr a district of Punjab state to raise its gender ratio by 71 points. Julamajara one town in Nawanshahr district perfect gender ratio (i.e. 1000) in census 2011. Copy and paste this URL(with out double quotes “”) in your web browser to see the video “http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedde d&v=ADyQdg-rpUc” Song O Ri Chiraiya nanni si chidiya aangan may aja re is sung by Swanand Kirkire with support of Ram Sampath at the end of the show. Copy and paste this URL(with out double quotes “”) in your web browser to see the video “http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedde d&v=ADyQdg-rpUc” Disbelief, horror, tears, smiles — Aamir Khan evoked all this among his rapt audience as he dealt with the sensitive topic of female foeticide and bias toward the male child in the first episode of “Satyamev Jayate” Sunday – without being preachy. There were many moist eyes among those in the TV audience and many more at homes and offices across India as people tuned in to watch the much-awaited programme, which Aamir said in his ads he wanted to replicate the phenomena created by the epic “Mahabharat” and “Ramayana” teleserials of yore on Sunday mornings. Equipped with well-researched instances and case studies, Aamir’s one-and-a-half hour programme was telecast on Star Plus and Doordarshan simultaneously. The maiden episode highlighted how unethical medical practitioners are hand in glove with families wanting to kill the female unborn baby. He also dispelled the perception among people that female foeticide is practised by rural people or those living in small towns with Mitu Khurana’s case. She is a doctor who has left home to save her twin daughters from death from her educated in-law’s family. The episode started with the case of Amisha Yagnik from Ahmedabad who said she was forced to abort her female unborn child six times in eight years, while Parveen Khan, from Morena, Madhya Pradesh, was brutally bitten by her husband on her face for having given birth to a girl child against his wishes. Delhi-based doctor Mitu Khurana was asked by her orthopaedic surgeon husband and in-laws to abort her girl twins just after 20 weeks of conceiving. She said her husband and in-laws “took every wrong step to force me to abort” but thanks to her family (father)”I saved my kids”, Mitu said on the show. Her mother-in-law, a retired vice-principal from a Rohtak school, kicked a baby basket with one of the babies down the stairs. Miraculously, the child was saved. “My mother-in-law was so much against my kids that she tried to kill them even after their birth,” she said on the show. The story of the three women brought tears to host Aamir’s eyes as well as that of many in the audience. According to 2011 Census, the rate at which the unborn female child is killed amounts to killing off 10,00,000 girls a year. According to the 2011 census, there were 914 girls for every 1,000 boys. Aamir brought into focus the dangers of female foeticide by showing a village in Khurukshetra in Haryana where marriagable men have not been able to find women to marry as there were no women in that age bracket left. He highlighted another danger of female foeticide – human trafficking. Virendra Vidrohi, a social activist from Alwar Rajasthan, said thousands of women from poor families in eastern states are being “sold” in some places in Rajasthan due to a dearth of women. “In the last one year 15,000 women from Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh have been brought and sold here to families. This has led to human trafficking in Rajasthan,” he added. Aamir also forcefully stated to the audience that the sex of the unborn child depended on the chromosome of the father. “If we worship goddess Durga, why kill unborn girls,” he said. Aamir also brought on the show two journalists who carried out a sting operation against doctors involved in sex determination in Rajasthan and how the case is still dragging in various courts in Rajasthan. He kept people glued to the show and promised to tell them of a “magic wand” to get rid of the evil practice of female foeticide at the end of the show. Pointing at the audience, he said it is time to take a stand and all should get involved – and now. For the first time, Indian actor-cum-producer, Aamir Khan has been appeared on the Indian television in order to amuse audiences with a path breaking show called – Satyamev Jayate, which is formulated by the most well-known phrase – Satyameva Jayate – truth alone prevails. Our country has adopted Satyameva Jayate as the national motto. Though following a big deal of hype and promotions, the show managed to hit the television screens as well as the viewers’ hearts. Catch live action and see online promo of Aamir Khan’s new show at the official site – www.satyamevjayate.in. satyamev-jayate The social awareness formed by the Satyamev Jayate is outstanding. In fact, the first episode of the show gained an awesome reaction to such an extent that the official site of the show crashed within minutes of the end of programme because of big traffic. Don’t be upset, the website is now running very successfully. Thus, you may interact with satyamevjayate.in to share your thoughts and opinions. Official website of Satyamev Jayate is supported by huge NGOs, Corporate and Production companies. For those who don’t know, Satyamev Jayate is a chat show in which people come from diverse walks of life and share unfiltered feelings with Aamir Khan through Satyamev Jayate TV show. It has been already stated by Aamir that the show will be recognizable to all age groups and wishes that all families view the show together. This show claims to transfigure people against the worst problems of the country, similar to Anna Hazare’s movement. The first episode of show dealt with the sensitive topic of female foeticide, which aired on Sunday, May 6, at 11 a.m. on Star Plus and Doordarshan. This is the first ever show that can be viewed on a private channel in addition to DD. The screening was done in villages such as Chepa in Gujarat; Bhingara and Kahupatta in Maharashtra; Jhunkar in Madhya Pradesh; and Tikeri, Lalpur, Sarauta and Maaniram in Uttar Pradesh. Most of these villages have a population of less than 5,000. Nearly, all these villages have below 5,000 population and villagers don’t have access to television. The opening episode revealed some heart-wrenching stories of mothers from various parts of the country (both rural and urban areas); talking on the subject of the troubles they faced for delivering a girl child. Only after an hour of telecast, the show got as many as 2254 tweets appreciating the theme line. If you have missed out the debut episode, then you can watch it full on www.satyamevjayate.in anytime. You can also see the episodes in different languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam, Marathi, Bengali and Kannada. Get involved yourself for a struggle with Aamir Khan on the site, plus read the aim of the show and read issue every week. You are free to ask any question to Aamir Khan, you could speak up or write your beliefs. If you want to support the struggle, then simply send an SMS on 5782711 by typing Y or N from Airtel. Also, there is option to upload a video or message and leave a voice mail by your phone at 505-7827. Satyamev Jayate (English: Truth Alone Prevails) is an Indian TV talk show that airs on various channels within Star Network along with Doordarshan's DD National. The show premiered on May 6, 2012 and marked the television debut of Indian Bollywood actor and filmmaker Aamir Khan. While Hindi is the primary language of the show, it is also dubbed and simulcast in several other Indian languages such as Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. Upon its premiere, the show received positive reviews from both the critics and the public. Film celebrities and politicians also praised the show for bringing out social issues in front of public. The first episode of the first season was based on female foeticide in India and the show urged the Government of India to take action against the people who were shown in the programme through sting operation and also to take actions to stop illegal practice of female foeticide. Child sexual abuse in India was the theme of its second episode in the season. Satyamev Jayate is the first show ever in the history of Indian Television to be aired simultaneously on a private channel network STAR and a national broadcaster Doordarshan. The show is also dubbed in several languages including three Indian southern languages viz., Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, along with Bengali and Marathi. Apart from Star Plus, the show will also have simulcast on STAR World, STAR Utsav, STAR Pravah, STAR Jalsha, Asianet and STAR Vijay within the STAR Network and other channels including DD National and Eenadu TV. The show was also dubbed into Kannada, but was however not broadcast in the language, due to a self-imposed and self-enforced ban by the Karnataka Government, which does not allow a dubbed version of any serial or movie to telecast in the state. The Kannada Film Industry, however, does approve Kannada remakes of the same. After the first episode went on air, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray asked Karnataka government to allow the show to be aired. On the issue, Thacheray commented that "This show must not be tied up in parochial chains or barred from the public. This is our view Also Khan himself requested Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce to allow the show in Karnataka However, the first episode in Kannada was later released into show's official site Besides India the show also aired to over 100 countries around the world On the broadcast of the show, Khan commented, "This show is being launched on a large scale. I had to make complete use of this medium. This is a baby step in that direction The show telecasts on Sundays at 11 am IST ( 5:30 UTC). While the producers were high on showcasing it in the prime time at 9 pm, Khan wanted to telecast it on Sunday mornings since the slot is commonly considered as "family TV viewing" in Indian Television, after popular TV shows Mahabharata and Ramayana were aired on Sunday mornings and were highly successful. He was reported saying, "I wanted to telecast my show on Sunday morning. I want each family to watch the show and connect with it. We have watched Ramayana and Mahabarata and it used to come on Sunday morning. The shows created a different atmosphere. He further added that, "I don't understand TRPs and GRPs. I have no idea how to calculate it! I don't care about it. It is important to reach out to the Indian audiences. If viewers want to see, they will see or else it is up to them. Special screening in villages Star Plus organised a special screening of the first episode of the show in some villages in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh where the villagers do not have access to television. The initiative was taken to ensure the show reaches all over the country as it caters to the issues of common man. The program was screened on May 6, 2012, during the same time when it was aired across the country, on community TV sets in villages like Bhingara and Kahupatta in Maharashtra, Chepa in Gujarat, Jhunkar in Madhya Pradesh, Tikeri, Lalpur, Sarauta, Khannapurwa and Maniram in Uttar Pradesh. Most of these villages are reported to have a population of less than 5,000. Gayatri Yadav from STAR India stated that, "This is an important and relevant show for all of India and Star India is going all out to make sure that this show reaches out to all Indians even in places with limited or no TV connectivity." Based on the response to its first episode, the screening of the subsequent episodes of the show is also being considered by STAR in the similar manner Sponsors The show is presented and sponsored by Airtel and co-sponsored by Aqua guard. Other associate sponsors include Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Skoda Auto, Axis Bank, Berger Paints and Dixcy Scott. The title sponsorship has been signed at around INR16 crore (US$3.19 million) – INR20 crore (US$3.99 million), while associate sponsors have paid INR6 crore (US$1.2 million) – INR7 crore (US$1.4 million). STAR India is reported to give exclusivity to its sponsors by not selling any advertising spots to any of its sponsors competitor's brand. Moreover, Khan has also asked various brand managers not to buy any advertising slots or screen any of his advertisements during the show, fearing the dilution of the show's impact. Development Uday Shankar, CEO of STAR India, suggested Aamir Khan to venture into television. Khan, however, was hesitant at first but finally agreed and worked upon the concept of the show for more than two years. In an interview with Zee News, he was reported saying, "Initially I was scared to do the show as we were travelling on a different path. I was worried. It was in a way difficult, but we knew what we are doing is different, but it comes straight from our heart." He also added, "I cannot say I understand TV completely. I was earlier scared to go ahead with the project. I can only say I have made this show with complete honesty and without compromising on anything.” The shooting of the show took place in several states of India and Khan had to travel extensively over several weeks to various places in Rajasthan, Kashmir, Kerala, Delhi, Punjab, and in the North-East. The studio portions of the show were shot in Vrundavan Studio and Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai. Concept The concept of the show was not revealed in the Indian media until the show officially went on air on May 6, 2012. However, various sources reported the show to be based on "the common man" rather than being fictional. Also, based on its content, it was mostly referred as a talk show discussing social issues like child labour, health problems and other issues affecting the country. Aamir Khan, who is known for keeping secrecy for his movies, was quoted saying, "I don`t want to talk much about how the show will be, and about its format. I want everyone to see it directly on TV.” ] However, commenting on the theme of the show, he said, "The show is about meeting the common man of India, connecting with India and its people.” He also added, "Through this show we understand the problem of the people, we are not here to make a change. I am no one to change anything. I don`t think I am in the position to change anything else. I feel understanding a problem and feeling it or holding one`s hand or hugging is also important. I may not have the solution, but at least I can hear and understand Soundtrack Aamir Khan came up with the idea of launching a music album for the show. He along with Ram Sampath, the music director of Delhi Belly, created 16 songs for the 16 episodes that are supposed to be telecast in the inaugural season of the show. In addition, the songs from the album of the show will be released digitally every week on Hungama.com and also across all mobile operators as the series proceeds. The album will also be released in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Sukhwinder Singh recorded a 22 minute long song for the show which is written by Prasoon Joshi. On the song, Singh said, "Yes, I have sung a song which will be used in the title track and some will be incorporated in the show. It is a dream song; it is a song which will reflect humanity and nationality. Controversy Palash Sen, the lead singer of the Indian rock band Euphoria sued and sent a legal notice to Ram Sampath, for plagiarism of the title track of the show. Sen was reported saying, "The trailers and the anthem of this show have been running on television for quite a while, but I had not seen the videos. When I heard it, I was shocked." He claims that in 2000, his band Euphoria released its second album Phir Dhoom, and one of its songs was named "Satyameva Jayate". According to him, the refrain of Ram Sampath's track is exactly the same as the chants in his song. He went on to add that, "They've basically used the same refrain. Jo baaki ka gaana hai (the rest of the song), has different words and tune. But the mainstay of the song — the chorus – is ours." Sen also stated that he wouldn't have mind giving Sampath the permission to use the tune of his version of "Satyamev Jayate" had he asked him for his consent and in return he would have just asked for a small credit to the band for the song Critical response The show opened to highly positive reviews and feedback from various eminent personalities such as social activists, media houses, doctors, films and television personalities. Several media organizations praised Aamir Khan for his effort and described the show as a movement. In her review, Ritu Singh of IBN Live stated that, "Aamir Khan deserves an applause for bringing up such a sensitive issue and presenting it in a hard hitting way. The amount of research Aamir and his team has put into the show was clearly visible with the facts and figures presented. Every aspect of the issue was covered with great diligence." She concluded it by saying, "'Satyamev Jayate' is not just a show; it’s a movement to change people’s mindset. What we saw and heard today on the show will surely stay with us for a long time." Parmita Uniyal from Hindustan Times praised the content and format of the show and said, "Aamir Khan have to step in to do what journalists are supposed to do – make a difference. The show is a classic example of that.” Gayatri Sankar from Zee News gave the show a positive review and described the show as a "eye opener". She commented, "Satyamev Jayate will make you unlearn all the wrong you have learnt and discover that compassionate human your soul wishes to be. So, if you want to awaken your conscience then follow Aamir, place your right hand on your heart and say ‘Satyamev Jayate’." She also added that, "The show grips you and leaves you dumfounded! You will be left asking for more and would wish the show never ends." Trade analyst and film critic Komal Nahta commended that, "I cried while watching the show. I think people will watch it as it has touched an emotional chord." Neeraj Roy, managing director and chief executive of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, also praised the show by commending "Brilliant effort. Well done Aamir Khan and Satyamev Jayate. We can make a difference.” Prominent social activist and retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi described the show as "creative, evidence based, emotionally connecting and inspiring while commenting that, "It is an expression of the power of media and the inherent potential of society in resolving its own problems." Noted film actress Shabana Azmi appreciated the show for its research and emotional content: "Aamir Khan's show can bring a revolution. Thoroughly researched covers all aspects touches emotional chord n forces us to reexamine ourselves." Bal Thackeray, the founder and chief of the political party Shiv Sena also praised the show and Khan for bringing out social issues in front of public. Film producer Ekta Kapoor proclaimed the show as "the best show of the decade". Film directors Madhur Bhandarkar and Farhan Akhtar also praised the show commenting that the show brought the "desired change" to the small screen  and that its "a show with a heart" respectively. Other high personalities who lauded the show included Salman Khan, Preity Zinta, Dia Mirza, Boman Irani, Neha Dhupia, Mandira Bedi, Kabir Bedi, Mini Mathur, Kabir Khan, Maria Goretti, Vishal Dadlani, Ken Ghosh & Harsha Bhogle Viewers response 84 crore people watched episode one of the show making it the highest rated show with a 4.27 television rating (TVR) across 6 metropolitan cities, according to Television Audience Measurement (TAM) data. Several topics related to the show was seen trending on microblogging site Twitter when the show was being premiered on May 6, 2012. Due to huge traffic the show's official site was crashed two times when the show was being premiered. Also "Satyamev Jayate" was the top search in India on Google Trends. The show's official site received about 42,000 likes on Facebook and more than 3,800 tweets about the show were posted to Twitter on the day. One lakh people tried calling in from across the country to speak to Khan during the show out of which ten or eleven people could eventually get through. The first episode of the show opened many discussions on video sharing site YouTube, wherein, people have left a lot of emotional messages on the site. "A man who wanted a boy said that after watching the show he cried and he apologised to his wife and said that he just wants her to be happy." said Aamir Khan when talking to media In an online poll conducted by Hindustan Times, 88% people agreed that they liked the show. Comparisons The show was widely compared to several other popular television shows by many different media and film personalities. Indian television producer-director Siddhartha Basu, known for producing popular shows like Kaun Banega Crorepati and Dus Ka Dum, compared the show with The Oprah Winfrey Show and commented that, "I think Aamir makes for a pensive and studied Oprah. More power to him and even more power to issues he raises that affect us all. Hopefully, it will get people thinking and acting on it on a much bigger scale". Notable newspapers including Hindustan Times and Wall Street Journal also compared the show with Oprah Winfrey Show. Television and film actress Rakhi Sawant, accused the show of imitating the concept of her own show, Rakhi Ka Insaaf and that the format of show was similar to hers. In an interview to The Times of India, Rakhi said, "They [the production house] have stolen our concept. The format of my show was similar. Impact On the next day after the episode went on air, Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot urged the public representatives and other non-governmental organisations to take actions to stop illegal practice of female foeticide. An official reported that Gehlot also reviewed existing efforts taken by government against the issue. He also directed the officials to prepare a plan for a special campaign against female foeticide. Khan, as promised on the show, met Gehlot over the issue of female foeticide. Gehlot accepted the request to set up fast track court to deal the case of sting operation featured on the show, which was conducted in 2005 by Meena Sharma and Shripal Shaktawat. After discussion with Gehlot, Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court Arun Kumar Mishra given permission to set up the fast track court. The sting operation had revealed faces of more than 140 doctors involved in illegal practice of sex determination test and abortion. But no one were punished in the case even after seven years. On May 10, 2012, The Rajasthan Government suspended licenses of six sonography centres and issued notices to 24 others for violating the provisions of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal and Diagnostic (PCPNDT) Act, 1994. However, the health minister of Rajasthan, Rajkumar Sharma, criticized the show for "sensationalising female foeticide cases". He argued that government had already been taking action against female foetecide, and did not perform a knee-jerk reaction following the show. The first episode of the show also made impacts on several state governments in India. Maharashtra Health Minister, Suresh Shetty asked Khan's support for government's campaign against female foeticide. In a letter written to Khan, Shetty mentioned that Maharashtra government had registered cases against 317 sonography centres in the state conducting unauthorized sex determination tests. Also 27 doctors and four families who sought the sex determination tests have been punished under PCPNDT Act. However bollywood actor couple Ajay Devgn and Kajol are later associted with the government's campaign against female foeticide. Haryana government made it compulsory to submit identification proof of the pregnant woman at ultrasonography centres as a pre-condition for undergoing the prenatal sex discernment test. Haryana government also announced a reward of INR21,000 (US$418.95) to those who give information about doctors conducting sex determination tests in the state. While Government of Madhya Pradesh had suspended licence of 65 Medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) centres in the state. Following the broadcast of the second episode, the helpline for children received increased number of calls from different cities of the country, and reporting different sorts of child abuse (both sexual abuse of children and other forms of abuse.