Ethical failure OR Unethical Triumph!


Just when we thought that here was a show that was going to be or already was about the real issues, was honest and well researched – there is a revelation that makes the whole thing come crashing down.

Satyamev Jayate – much awaited and publicized, produced by one of the most accomplished and “perfectionist” artists in the country – everyone had huge expectations along with  a good bit of curiosity about the show.

The issues this show brought up had never been addressed at a scale such as prime time national television. Especially in the kind of Indian society where we tend to close our eyes, ears and senses towards anything adverse that does not affect us directly. We choose to ignore what happens around us until it doesn’t rattle a good night’s sleep. The sense of community that has so fast dwindled, is now being given a wake up call through this show – – that puts an issue out there and talks about facts.

I was a fan from day one of the show being aired. I thought everything the show brought up was of relevance. While many expected every episode to have a heart wrenching, tear jerking subject – there were other not so emotional but equally important subjects that were dealt with and brought up. I also agree with the format of the show that not only showed the down side of the situation or subject in question but also brought out survival and success stories that become a living example for people to emulate.

It is definitely uplifting and encouraging to see live examples of people breaking through barriers of society, health, disability, etc. I think it is commendable that the show puts in the effort to find and bring such examples from remote parts of India – many of them well accomplished but unheard of.

But, an article I read in the Outlook (http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?281646) really put a dent in my opinion of the show and how highly I thought about it. Wont go into much detail as the article talks about a couple of examples and one realizes that at the end of the day its all “showbusiness”. Especially striking is the Kaushal Panwar story / interview that was shot in an empty studio without any audience – and yet you see audience reactions on the show – and this has been twice confirmed . Also the bit about Bezwada Wilson, whose weeping face I cant seem to wipe out of memory.

Reminds me of the ads that used to run before the show started, when Aamir Khan is shown talking to his team presumably that its important that the janta gets emotional and angry when they watch the show – and thinking back to those now, it translates into how much a show can be prefabricated.

Anyway – – there is a huge amount of disappointment after the knowledge of these revelations. It has sadly also marred my liking and respect for one of the most thorough and  talented people from the film fraternity – there is a sense of having been cheated.

I think it is “unethical” of him to control the show in such a manner – since it addresses the nation and actually can have a very deep and positive impact on its viewers – as I think it was having on me – but after the knowledge of how the show is edited and put forth for the larger audience, I am going to be a little wary every time AK sheds a tear and will be a little cynical every time he dispenses the “what should be done / what is the right thing” advice.

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6 thoughts on “Ethical failure OR Unethical Triumph!

  1. Completely agree. Its sad that the show is doctored. He could have all of those reactions naturally!!!

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    • Binny says:

      Absolutely – he was already getting genuine reactions….can one trust anything on TV anymore? except fiction that is – – no wonder the soaps do so well – they dont let you down at least 🙂

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  2. Rishi says:

    I am completely in agreement with you here and was really taken aback by that Outlook article..still hoping that they defend themselves and prove this article wrong otherwise it will really dent lot of hopes which was building with SMJ.

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    • Binny says:

      true. except there is a very slight chance of it being refuted – – how many people will they silence. the people they interview? the audience? the reporters ?

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  3. gargi says:

    Ya its sad. But Its done to support the fact with emotions.Some people understand better with emotions. Its ok till the time they do not fiddle with the main content and do not go away from the purpose.

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    • Binny says:

      yes thats a valid point of view – but the way the show communicates itself and the emotional connect it makes, i cannot look at the tampering and prefabrication so rationally.
      also, when the show is about the people and unspoken, unaddressed issues are brought up in the endeavor to be a voice of the people – then i am not ok with the edits to enhance reactions from viewers.
      the name “truth alone prevails” is symbolic – – and its ironic that what you see may not all be true.

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