Sunday, 8 July 2012

Satyamev Jayate : Episode 10 Review

In the tenth episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ Aamir Khan spoke about discrimination made in the Indian society, made on the basis of caste and the kind of treatment that is meted out to people of the “backward” classes.

The first guest to speak on casteism was Dr Kaushal Panwar, a Sankrit professor with Delhi University. For Dr Panwar, being born into a scheduled caste family was nothing less than a punishment. Her uniform was different from the uniforms of the other children in the school she went to and such an arrangement was made by the school authorities to differentiate children based on their communities. It was her determination and will and her father’s constant encouragement that made Dr Panwar the person that she is now.

The next to share his take on casteism was documentary filmmaker Stalin K, who has produced a film titled ‘India Untouched’. He cleared the misconception that casteism was not only prevalent among the Hindu section of the Indian society, but was apparent among the Muslims, Christians and Sikhs too.

The show played host to retired Justice Dharmadhikari, a veteran freedom fighter, who doesn’t appreciate the concept of relating a person’s identity to his caste. Born into a Brahmin family, Justice Dharmadhikari thought it was best to disassociate himself from the customary practices followed by his community. And that is the only way he would preach equality among all sections of the society.

The elderly person also narrated an incident when his nephew’s life got saved by a Dalit person’s blood. He said when blood doesn’t know what caste and creed are, why should man even think about it.

And the next to share his “untouchable” journey was Bezwada Wilson, son of a manual scavenger. He was assigned the job of a manual scavenger even without his consent – only because he belonged to a family that had manual scavenging as its occupation. Wilson is now working towards uplifting people who were “traditionally” into the occupation.

In the end, Aamir urged the people of the country to make a loud noise about manual scavenging and casteism and that every person be treated with dignity irrespective of his background.

There is however a flip side too as the show looked low on energy level barring few instances where Justice Dharmadhikari, a veteran freedom fighter with his strong views and sense of humour gave the show a little momentum.

It came across as a slow docu-drama unlike all the power-packed high intensity episodes, Aamir had got for his fans ever since SJ took off. The strong views by the youngsters in the end followed by a beautiful song composed by Ram Sampath were again a saving grace.

The duration of the show which is almost two hours seemed like ages with no extra efforts from Aamir’s end gave it a dull look.

Down trend In Viewership
Satyamev Jayate seems to be seeing a steady downfall in ratings since its launch in May.The show opened with a rating of 3.8 Television Viewer Ratings ( TVR) in its premiere episode on May 6 but has seen a decline in the ratings since then. In the month of June, the ratings dipped drastically to 2.9.The only other Bollywood stardriven show on air at present, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa featuring Madhuri Dixit, has done better since it started three weeks ago.

The reason could be that the viewers would prefer watching entertainment show on weekend hence Amir Khan’s grim yet reformative show could not come upto the taste of readers.Among Bollywood- driven TV shows, Amitabh Bachchan's Kaun Banega Crorepati still rules. The opening episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 saw 6.2 TVR last year, and it remains the highest ratings for any reality show in the recent past.

Industry sources say Aamir wanted to target the smaller towns with Satyamev Jayate, to create awareness on social issues but strangely it is the metros that have rated better.

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