Satyameva Jayate - My Thoughts

Saturday, June 30, 2012

"They are all different, yet all the same" - Sri Sri 1008 Furobiker Maharaaj !

Remember this quote, and we will come back to this in a little while.

Remember the good old days, probably some 15 years back, when most of you wore bell-bottoms and I was in school and had a head full of hair? Give or take 5 years, but during that era - and I vividly remember - Sunday mornings were either booked for Mahabharat, or for Alif Laila ! PS: In case, you were not born in that era - I pity you!

We all have such a deep connect with Sunday morning 10 am - 12 noon slot. It is THE family time, when everyone used to sit together, have a sumptuous looking thali of chole bhature or alu paranthe, (that is if you are a Punjabi, for the non-Punjabi folks - I don't know what you guys eat for breakfast!) and watch the weekly dose of moral science lectures blended in a concoction of cultural and religious sentiments, fed through the only entertainment medium of that time.

At the advent of Y2K bug, along with a new millennium, Internet came into our lives! That marked the demise of family hour every Sunday, and got us glued to the likes of Hi5s and Orkuts! (Kids, they were the Facebooks of early 2000s)

Fast Forward 10 years - Grab the exact time slot - Every Sunday 10.30 - 12, which held such a deep significance in people's subconscious - Masterstroke 1!

I am a big TV buff, and have accepted it time and again. That includes a lot of Indian as well as Western talk shows as well, including the good ones from Oprah and Aap ki Adaalat to the cheap ones such as Rakhee ka Insaaf! And inspite of the cocky hosts of all these shows, there was a common underlying theme in all of them - they were talk shows where everyone was given a chance to speak, even though in most cases, the glib talking hosts brushed aside what was not a part of their script!

Aamir, however correct he may be, provides only one side of the story! (Except for one case where some pesticide manufacturer came and called everyone a liar!) Now, i am not saying that we should listen to reasoning that a husband is providing for aborting his unborn female child, but with the immense power of fan following and bored-to-death twitterati of India, we are encouraging Aamir to become thought leader - more importantly one-who-thinks-he-is-always-right famous guy - to provide one sided judgement on every societal issue that happens in our country!

What if, the guy you called  on your show, turns out to be a much smarter guy at the live shooting and actually gives you a point which you cant refute? Shut the f**k up, this is my show and only I or my puppets do the talking - Masterstroke 2! 

OK! This one goes to both Aamir and his editing team! The show is - what we call it in terms of powerpoint presentations - so crisply produced, that you can not even get up to pee during that time! Every single tear from the people Aamir calls on his dais, rising and fading of the ultra-emotional music that can even shake the antar-aatma of a guy like me, every tch tch tch or ohhho sound made by Aamir is so well timed that I am tempted to go and buy a Filmfare for Aamir and his crew every 8 minutes!

I do not even remember a single day in past 20 years, when I went out of my home without a handkerchief! How come Aamir forgets it every single day and that too on probably the most important show of his life! At each of his well timed tear, he has to pull up his t-shirt, wipe the tear from his sleeve and continue listening to the harrowing tales of the interviewee!

The issues raised by Aamir are not new, and you know it! The only reason you are feeling so filled up with emotions and anger after viewing the atrocities telecasted because Aamir is a very fine actor!

Take up issues raised by thousands of activists all over the country, add one tablespoon of your direction skills, and one bucket of your super fine acting, and you have a fine mixture of sensationalizing TRP generating machine and a brilliant social worker image for yourself! Masterstroke 3 !

Just leave out the emotional fool inside you and observe the show / repeat telecast of the show once, and you will understand what I am saying. There is something in the way he acts and reacts that comes out as so-very-fake that it spoiled it for me! Brilliantly timed tears, agonizing looks and tch tch sounds on listening to every story (which he must have heard at least 10 times during rehearsals), knowing probing the person and then shedding some more tears! How is it not different from the typical soaps that your and my mom watches?

And right now, I am not even talking about the other issues I have about this show. For example, the host of the show, who after 15 years of marriage dumped his wife and kids, to marry a younger girl! (and then preaching whole India about arranged and love marriages!)

If you look at the masterstrokes outlined above, along with the impeccable acting by Aamir and the most appropriate shots of howling audience, you can not refrain yourself from calling Satyam Eva Jayate the Om Shaanti Om of Socially Responsible world! We all know Om Shaanti Om - howsoever bad the movie - was a sheer piece of marketing brilliance!

And that my dear friends, what Satyam Eva Jayate is - A brilliant mix of a marketing ploy, along with the topics of interest to common Indians, with the topping of Aamir Khaan effect that we have grown to be in awe of, over our lifetimes!

I am not at all doubting the issues raised by the show, they are very valid and are at the roots of most of the evils present in India. These are age old evils, and its high time that we uproot them for the betterment of our society! Seriously, someone needs to educate the masses regarding the same, and trust me that Aamir Khaan has dumbed down the show so much - by displaying very ordinary school level graphics, explaining everything in simplest of hindi and translating everything in Hindi - our national language. Commendable effort!

But my concern lies in the fact, that it takes just a few weeks for such issues to fizz out! Everyone on Twitter is now talking about some poisnous pesticides in our food instead of cases where female foetuses are aborted! We just have a very short term memory, and that is pretty natural !

However, what Aamir is gaining out of it, is building an image of Social Activist! Cherry on the cake is Amir visiting and addressing the parliament over issues raised in his Medical Malpractices episode! An actor - however fine he is - is not qualified to address the parliament over medical issues, or for that matter any issue!

Now let us read the quote given at the start  - They are all different, yet all the same!

They have got name, fame, money and most importantly a huge fan following. What more do they want? 

What would a fine gentleman and richest cricketer Sachin Tendulkar want at the dusk of his cricketing career?

In entertainment industry, you can not remember the names of all the people who took the same path.. starting from Vyjayanthimala, to Nargis, Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Rekhaa, Jaya Bacchan ... the list is endless!

 ... and more importantly, being at the same age, and having almost equivalent success in their professional lives, makes it much more difficult to single out one khan to nominate in Rajya Sabha.. unless Satyam Eva Jayate! Hope you get the drift...

PS: As a friend joked today - it is not Satyameva Jayate - it is Satyam Eva Jayate! When the phrase originated, there was no Meva in it! :)

So Bloody True

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Found this while - as illiterate people say - surfing the internet ! This is So. Bloody. True!! Aint it?

Cant see the image? Click here 

Funde #2

Saturday, June 16, 2012

It's funny how we feel so much but we don't say a word,
We're screaming inside but we can't be heard
Saw these lines on someone's twitter update! Too good - deserves a space for itself on this blog! 

Early Morning Post

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I was just scanning my Google reader subscriptions, and realized that its just not me who has gone slow in terms of blogging! Almost all of my favorite bloggers have started taking it lightly! Phew! 

Had to happen eventually, no? Jobs, relationships, priorities - everything changes in a few years time! Ab aap log bhi soch rahe hoge subha subha bakwaas kyu kar raha hai bhai! :D

Anyways, it is not subha-subha ka time at least for me! I haven't slept a wink whole night! Yep! I ate some momos and shit like that yesterday evening, and I guess either the momos guy steamed them in drain water or probably the momos were given to him as his baap ki aakhiri nishaani 20 years back! Fuck! 

Bottom line is, around 10 in the night, I started having severe stomach pain and shivering! And it was all downhill from there! The pain got unmanageable and shivering turned into high fever and body pain! By 11 pm I was wearing two sets of bedsheet and was curled up in the corner like the old street beggars they show in the cartoons! :P

If I remember correctly in the dizzyness of the pain, I took around 5 tablets in the night! Whatever anyone or everyone suggested - I popped that pill! Guess momos and tablets made some deadly mocktail in my stomach and were causing stupid reactions! 

You know, when we get up in the morning we feel - abhi abhi to soye the yaar, itni jaldi subha ho gai - it is absolutely not true! Trust me on this, the night is so bloody long! I wasn't able to sleep the whole night, and was just trying to shift positions to reduce the pain and trying to cover myself more by stealing bedsheets from everyone else's beds! :P 

It must be around 4 am, when I somehow started getting a feeling that I will probably die tonight! I was totally numb for sometime and was having cold sweats all over! Maybe the medicines had started working or the momos got digested and got converted into shit! :D It was then I remembered Border Movie starring saade Sunny paaji! 

If you remember that movie, it was all about surviving that one night! The next morning our super advanced fighter planes (without headlights) would have got the permission to fly and saved the world! Same was my mental situation and I was praying - bas bhagwaan ye raat kat jaye bas, subha to sab theek ho jayega! Phew!

Anyways, have you guys ever observed moms have this super power of receiving the health status updates of their kids via blue tooth!  She got up early to check on me, and fed me another cocktail of medicines! Guess the second round started helping me, and I could finally sleep from 6 to 7 am ! 
Even now, the pain hasn't subsided but it is sort of managable, and I am hoping those fucking momos would be out of my system in the next 24 hours or so! 

This incident - along with lack of sleep - got me into a thinking mode. Saala kitna bhi tashan maar len bahar, lekin body ke ander 1 paise ki bhi dikkat hoti hai to hamari g@@nd fat ke haath me aa jati hai! Even though one can pick up 40 kgs in gym, but jab 102 fever me body shiver karti hai, to sala 30 seconds bhi ekdum straight nahi let paata aadmi! 

But anyways, getting sick once in a while is ok i guess! People start pampering you so much, and on top of that, no one even wakes you up early in the morning for watching (the overhyped) Satyamev Jayate! :P

Here is to couple of more days of sickness! - Cheers!