Posts tagged Satyamev Jayate
DNA (May 21, 2013)
Paoli Dam, who was last seen in Hate Story, is all set to take up the cause of medical negligence in a big way.
She says, “A few years ago, my close friend’s relative was admitted to the hospital because she was suffering from jaundice. She died due to doctors’ and hospital’s negligence. I felt bad but couldn’t do anything for her family as I was in no position to do so. But I couldn’t forget the incident. The victim’s family has moved the apex court against the doctor and the hospital. They had asked for justice and compensation and though they waited for the judgment, they were rewarded as the hospital had to pay huge compensation in a landmark judgement. When Vikram Bhatt got in touch with me for his film based on the Ankur Arora murder case, I immediately said ‘yes’ to the role. The thing came to my mind was: this is the right platform to express my opinion about the medical system and create mass awareness. Medical practitioners’ community need to fix ethics and accountability. They should have the authority to take disciplinary action against delinquent physicians. People from all stratas of society are affected by this. Michael Jackson’s, doctor was imprisoned for medical negligence. I also admire Aamir Khan for bringing the issue of medical negligence to the fore in Satyamev Jayate.”
Head honcho of India’s largest pesticide company accuses a guest on his show of ‘fraud’ and demands an apology from both of them
Ram Parmar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 11, 2013)
The last episode of Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyamev Jayate was aired on July 29, but an issue highlighted in the series continues to simmer. But not in the way Aamir would have liked.
Rajju Shroff, CMD, United Phosphorus, who had appeared on Episode 8 of the show, has sent a legal notice to Aamir, Kiran Rao and 17 others, demanding a public apology for representing him in a ‘bad light’. The episode that dealt with the effects of pesticides on the environment and health of lactating mothers and newborns, pitted Shroff against an army of researchers, housewives and doctors, who came prepared with data, testimonials and proof of the damage done.
Shroff’s umbrage outlasted the impact of the show and he filed an RTI to ascertain the veracity of the research conducted by Dr Rashmi Sanghi, who was part of the show. Sanghi, a researcher with IIT – Kanpur, had claimed that she ‘was inspired to conduct a research on the effects of pesticides on breast milk after she became a mother and had a tough time convincing mothers in Bhopal to give her the samples to work with.’ She said her tests revealed that the incidence of endosulphan in breast milk from women in Bhopal was 800 per cent more than what was permissible.
A visibly agitated and unprepared Shroff fumbled as Aamir tore through his weak defence: “All those who More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; March 11, 2013)
When our source informed us that Aamir Khan is in college, we just couldn’t control our sarcasm and replied that he had been there since 1988 beginning with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and continuing till 3 Idiots.
Also, he gets paid really well for being a college boy! But the source wasn’t in a joking mood when he further told us that Aamir is shooting in a college for an ad.
On investigating a bit more, we found that Mr Perfectionist was indeed working on his first ad photoshoot after his show Satyamev Jayate last year. The project is for one of the oldest companies in India which is entering the electronics category for the first time. The official announcement is awaited on this partnership. Reportedly, the star actor will endorse the diverse range of products and will shoot for the commercials starting from April.
According to the source, “Aamir was sporting a clean-shaven look and wearing a black shirt and yellow pants. The entire shoot was being done by ace photographer Avinash Gowarikar who has known the actor since his Baazi days so the comfort level was high.”
Composer Ram Sampath and singer Sona Mohapatra live on love, music and unwavering work ethics
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 13, 2012)
Last May, a week before Aamir Khan’s ambitious TV debut Satyamev Jayate was to go on air, the fate of its rousing title song was perched precariously on Ram Sampath’s platelet levels. Sampath and songstress wife Sona Mohapatra, had discarded a bunch of songs that would be played at the end of each episode, days before he was admitted to Jaslok Hospital with typhoid and malaria. “After watching 20 hours of the show’s footage on various issues, we realised that we would have to start from scratch and create songs that surmised the respective subjects. Also, we didn’t know which of the eight options we had worked on would be used as the title track,” says Mohapatra.
While the duo struggled with deadlines, Mohapatra heard rumours that Sampath could be replaced. The producer of Khar-based recording studio Om Grown Music met Khan to sort things out. “I told Aamir that nobody could get the emotional context of this show better than Ram. He told me — Ram will only do it…don’t worry,” she says. Sampath, meanwhile, rustled up a mini studio inside his hospital room to complete the work. “Aamir trusts me because our relationship is based on integrity,” he says.
Integrity is a recurring theme in a life-and-times conversation with the 30-something couple. Before he trickled into public consciousness with the Delhi Belly (2011) and Talaash (2012) More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; January 2, 2013)
While there is the race of oneupmanship in Bollywood when it comes to clinching high- paying endorsement deals, Aamir Khan prefers to stay off the beaten tracks.
And continuing the trend, buzz is that the star has rejected yet another deal with a luxury car company.
After starting work on his debut telly show, Satyamev Jayate, he first altered his existing contracts with the ad agencies and later even cancelled all his commitments. A source says, “Aamir only wants to work on ads that are socially relevant. He is rumoured to have cancelled ad deals amounting to a few crores.” Though his show is now long over, the star still does not want to do any ad.
Apparently the reason why he did not accept the ad deal was in keeping with his image of a social crusader. The source adds, “Aamir did not sign up for it as it didn’t come under the umbrella of social issues
To concentrate on his campaign for social causes, Aamir Khan makes sure that none of his ads would be featured during his TV show
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; October 20, 2012)
While many celebrities in Bollywood earn a lot of moolah through their brand endorsements, looks like Aamir Khan is ready to sacrifice them, all for a cause. While working on his debut TV show Satyamev Jayate, Aamir made sure that none of his ads would be featured during the show lest the brands cash in on the programme. And in the process, the actor is apparently said to have let gone of Rs 150 crore.
Our source says, “Aamir is now going for a complete image makeover and wants to go the social way. He wants to get involved with social causes only.” The only brand he will still endorse is apparently the Incredible India campaign. Even during August, the actor did have a few ads in hand, but our sources say that recently he terminated all his existing contracts. Aamir confirms this saying, “I have cancelled all my endorsement deals.” The actor has apparently also started work on the second season of his TV show.
Off for Haj Last night, Aamir flew to Saudi Arabia with his mother Zeenat for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Our source says, “Aamir had promised his mother he would take her for Haj this year. They will be away for two weeks.” The source adds that the mother-son duo is said to be travelling as part of a group. On October 22, they are expected to depart for Mina. On October 26, they will perform More >
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; September 5, 2012)
A few days before Rishi Kapoor’s 60th birthday, it came to light that the actor is working on his autobiography, to be released in 2013, chronicling four decades of his life. But, Kapoor is not the only one inking is life in black and white for his fans. From superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the iconic Rajinikanth to the cinematic genius Satyajit Ray, many of Bollywood’s big names are going to become the subject of books over the next year.
Autobiographies and biographies are top of the list for most publishers. There are soon going to be books on Shammi Kapoor, Mani Ratnam, Manoj Kumar, Guru Dutt and Shatrughan Sinha. Also one on Mohammed Rafi by his son, an Aamir Khan biography as well as Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty’s autobiography. That apart, a book on Satyajit Ray is being written by his wife Bijoya Ray. There is a book on Bollywood villain Ranjeet too in the pipeline.
Then there is a book being written on the entire Bachchan clan, and we hear that it may just have exclusive pictures of Abhishek-Aishwarya’s daughter Aaradhya.
Besides these, graphic novels and screenplays too are being picked up by readers. The script of Rishi-Dimple’s Bobby is being released soon, as is a book on the movie Amar Akbar Anthony, which will also feature its screenplay. Another genre being explored is that of graphic novels. There have already been such novels on Don 2 and Agent Vinod, and more in the future may not be ruled More >
Actor accepts Nila Madhab Panda’s request to see the latter’s latest film
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; September 1, 2012)
Despite his hectic schedule in Chicago, Aamir Khan still makes time to check his e-mail. And that’s how the actor is said to have found out about filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda’s request to him to watch his latest film Jalpari – The Desert Mermaid.
The I Am Kalam director apparently sent an e-mail to Aamir recently with his request, after watching the debut episode of Khan’s talk show on television. Incidentally, the film is also based on the subject of female foeticide that happened to be the first topic of discussion on the actor’s show Satyamev Jayate.
Aamir wrote back to Nila asking him to send across a copy of his film over the Internet. Nila tells us, “It was really very surprising to find Aamir Khan’s reply to my mail. I have never met Aamir, but after seeing his show I decided to write to him.” Presently, the filmmaker is trying to figure out a way to show the film to Aamir.
IANS (MID-DAY; August 31, 2012)
Bollywood star Aamir Khan features on the cover of Time magazine following his hugely successful TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’.
“He’s breaking the Bollywood mold by tackling India’s social evils. Can one actor change a nation?” says the blurb on the cover, which features a close-up of the actor looking intensely into the camera.
The TV show brought social issues to the fore. It started with the issue of female foeticide, traversed over various burning social issues informing, educating, sensitising and touching audiences’ hearts and ended its 13-week journey with the spotlight on the right to equality.
Time had earlier featured Aishwarya Rai and Parveen Babi on its cover.
IANS (MID-DAY; August 31, 2012)
Aamir Khan surely goes out of his way for causes that are close to his heart. The actor, busy with a shooting schedule in Chicago, made time to write to “Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid” director Nila Madhab Panda, expressing his desire to watch the movie on female foeticide.
As a subject, female foeticide is very sensitive for Aamir, who dealt with it in all its seriousness on his debut TV show “Satyamev Jayate”. Now, “Jalpari”, tackles the same subject in a different, entertaining format of an adventure thriller, and Aamir did his bit in boosting the morale of Panda on the eve of the film’s release Friday.
Panda, of the critically-acclaimed “I Am Kalam” fame, wants to fulfill Aamir’s desire soon after the film hits the screens. ”I sent Aamir Khan a mail and got a very prompt response. I have always admired his work and think he is one of the most sensitive actors in the industry and has created a revolution by doing a show like ‘Satyamev Jayate’,” said Panda.
“I’m trying to ensure that he sees the film soon and then hopefully he will be able to help us spread the message about the evil of female foeticide even more, that which we are trying to bring to light through our film ‘Jalpari – The Desert Mermaid’,” he added. ”Jalpari” features an eclectic cast of talented actors like Parvin Dabas, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Suhasini More >