Published on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 // Corruption, Humor, India, Losers, Public Interest, Story
I am no fan of realty shows where a hoard of people get involved in insulting each other or talent is decided on the basis of SMS garnered as if electing absolute garbage through electoral politics for last half a century is not good enough a deterrent or a bunch of self-righteous chaps hurdling down to discuss issues which are nationalistic and of mass concern or for that matter even MTV Rhodies which is coming out as a big surprise as no court yet awarded death penalty to its producers or the absolute bullshitters who host the show.
Based upon my reservations towards the realty shows and my internal deep down wish of making each of the producers and host of these shows as potential target for Agni-V testing, Amir Khan hosted Satyameva Jayate doesn’t fall into any exception category. At the outset let me clear this – I also hate this show as much as I hate any other realty show, Pakistan, Congress party and Ravindra Jadeja. Hence I would suggest all those who believe this new show is the second best thing that happened to our nation after Abhisekh Manu Singvi’s sex tapes, can stay away from this post since I am in no mood to make a Rakhi Shawant out of normal human beings.
I have a question to start with – What the hell is this show all about? I mean, what is the idea and rational behind organizing such a show? If the idea was to project that few celebrities who only worry for the nation and rest of the country are as useful as Piyush Chawla then let me assure you even my dog is going to refute your beliefs. I am all for having people discussing and debating on matters related to national interest but staring down at random office going individuals (like Shakti Kapoor does with the movie heroine) from billboards and TV screens in the program promo is a little too much for comfort. In a nation where the number of problems might very well match our population, a show organized to cherry-pick few of the issues and discuss it on TV studious is going to be as fruitful as employing Suresh Kalmadi and A Raja as the security consultants for a bank locker system. People where fancy with the idea of corruption and believe it to be their birth right to exercise it and loot the nation, someone with a stardom stature coming on TV and preaching the practice of honesty is as bizarre as suggesting a Japanese tourist to watch a Bhojpuri movie.
No one should get me wrong here since I am also all in favor of a corruption free society but making an overture of attempt to project oneself as a league apart from the rest and the savior of the mankind is not what one can term as an attempt at bringing equality in the society. While I laud Amir Khan for his attempt at curbing corruption and corrupt practice, it still no way takes out the futile attempt of the producers to project themselves as Mr. Know All as if the rest all are, pardon my French, ‘Chutiya’ of highest breed.
More bizarre is the belief of a lot of people that Amir Khan with his show is going to impart a so called positive mentality change among us. Really? I don’t blame the populace for getting carried away every time a celebrity opens his or her mouth. Examples are easily more than even Asish Nehra's dental count. A nation of more than a billion has to be told by Amitabh Bachhan the value of polio vaccination before they can start enquiring about the next drop date. Consumption of cold drinks increased by many folds since these celebrities started advertising for it. The same Amir Khan who is now emerging as a messiah against everything that is happening wrong was once the brand ambassador of a Cola company which was heavily accused of mixing pesticide in the drink beyond some allowed limit. Salman Khan who has cases against him of drunk driving and killing people under his SUV tyres or the infamous Chinkara killing episode has started something called ‘Being Human’ and rest of the nation believe him to possess a heart only at par with the warrior Karna of Mahabharata and his transformation to the present condition is something which even King Ashok would have taken immense pride of. This is what a country we are where a certain Katrina Kaif seduces all of us to go for Mango Slice ditching Mazza.
I have only watched one episode of this show and felt more suffocated than what Paris Hilton would feel in a Saree. That said there is at least one doubt of mine that got cleared from that episode. Now I am sure Sridevi not only does gross over acting in the movies but also in her real life. The over inflating smile and the dialogue delivery in a voice which even irritates me in my dreams proves one thing – this lady should have been awarded with a Padma Bhushan for her acting prowess alone. More than the issue at hand the entire effort throughout the episode was to give Amir Khan a messiah look. At no point in the entire episode I felt the urge to get inside the TV and kiss Amir for such noble gesture. In fact all that thrown at us was a farce at best where a successful actor in partnership with an outdated and out of work actress tried their best to pretend they are there to talk on a pertinent issue but in reality they did nothing than some ugly smiling and an unquestionable attempt at self-gloating. Anna Hazare and the couple of poor chaps they called on stage that day can go to hell if they wish to but it is only the show ‘Satyameva Jayate’ which will eliminate corruption and wrong doings from our country.
Honestly, I don’t have any issues with Amir taking away three crores per episode. He is after all doing his job and he should duly be compensated for his work. As it is when we can tolerate mass looters of thousand and lakhs of crores without any fuss, a certain gentleman earning the money for his work shouldn’t bring in the flack which surprisingly it has. How much Amir is paid is strictly a matter between Amir and the producer and certainly doesn’t require half of the nation to lose their sleep on the amount, provided all of us are not Pranab Mukherjee.
All said and done, it still a commendable effort and kudos to Amir for coming up with this show, though he could have stared at the bystanders from the hoardings in a little milder manner. Before I go, I want to ask that minister who said Amir is not working for the issues but for money – Why he himself has entered politics? To serve the people or to loot the nation?