After creating quite an emotional stir last season, Aamir Khan is back again with the second season of Satyamev Jayate. And in the very first episode, the makers decided to touch upon one of the most sensitive topics of last year that is “Rape“.
Despite what the gloomy Gus and critics had to say about the show, I found the 2 hour absorbing and emotional. The sheer sensitivity which we witnessed in the last season of Satyamev Jayate is still the same and so is the effect that it created. It really did not matter to me whether Aamir Khan was being pseudo or if he is being paid for doing Satyamev Jayate or even the fact that the research is done by somebody else and he is just being the face of the show.
To be honest, it didn’t even bother me how Khan timely raised his eyebrows or expressed his shocks by taking deep breaths. Even though at times I found all his fabricated expression of panic plain strident it didn’t mattered much just because the subject of the programme was already sensitive. Moreover, when the topic of the show is so intense and the stories are so horrendous, you usually tend to ignore the facial expressions of the minimalist host. Still, less is usually better when you touch upon such sensitive subject as the topic doesn’t need any exaggeration to make it burnish further.
Aamir Khan on his rape roadmap did stick to the route which every rape victim takes or is compelled to take once she is raped. From police station to hospitals, courts and even the social banishment and changing attitude of people towards the victim, he did cover everything. However, nothing that he has reviewed is new because everything is already known to us. Of course we know the police are least bothered, the legal system is tedious and the people in India are ready to boycott the moment a girl is raped.
Something that really caught my attention was that Khan constantly portrayed how the rapist easily gets away after committing such a heinous crime. Not once but many a times, Khan exaggerated this fact. While, Khan was embellishing the statement so that the concerned people might take some action, it just made me wondered how this statement would be taken by a rapist who is actually planning to do something in the near future.
Even though some of the claims were beyond my thinking capacity like a female telling Aamir that medical textbooks tells the doctors to look at rape victims with suspicion something that really caught my attention was the interview with the two rape survivors in the last segment of the show – Suzette Jordan who chose to disclose her name from “Park street rape victim” and Urmila Singh Bharti, a dalit rape victim from Madhya Pradesh.
The spirit of these real women and not zinda lash unlike said by some people of our nation was well illustrated by Aamir, the perfectionist Khan who also in a way made us to think by getting into the shoe of the rape survivor whose life becomes hell after the crime which was not at all her fault.
Satyamev Jayate Season 2 once again brought the horrendous “R” word back into our homes and compelled us to think that “Yes, we need to change…our mentality, our attitude, our way of thinking so on and so forth.” A great applause to the team especially the research time who could provide the national viewers with a statistic that is indeed authentic and not biased. I sincerely hope this conversation continues and India changes for better in the coming days…
By: Deepti Verma
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