Tags like ‘Mr Perfectionist’, ‘superstar’ and more have superseded the human being that Aamir Khan is. The man with a childlike heart, who cries at the drop of a hat, is indeed over-shadowed by his larger-than-life on screen image. But he has never really given much thought or importance to the tags custom-made for him and he shies away from accolades.
Audiences will, however, get the opportunity to connect to Aamir the person with his television debut ‘Satyamev Jayate’. The recently launched theme song of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ gave a glimpse of what is in store. Ask Aamir about it and he says, “The show is a very important step in my life. It is something dear to my heart. It’s been my most ambitious project by far and very close to my heart. At the moment, my life revolves around the show.”
Aamir has spent around two years planning the show and making it a reality. Which probably explains why his fans have been deprived of his presence on the 70mm post his little role in ‘Dhobi Ghat’.
However, audiences will be adequately compensated since Aamir will come a tad closer to them, on the small screen.
Elaborating on the show, Aamir says, “This is just my effort to connect to India, to the people of our country, and, more importantly, connect to myself. I won’t say much since I want the audience to enjoy the show to the fullest. We’ve made a theme song for now, because I think music is something that binds people, and sometimes music does a lot that ‘talking’ can’t.”
In the theme video, with music composed by Ram Sampat, lyrics penned by Prasoon Joshi and direction by Ram Madhvani, Aamir is seen indulging in a heart-to-heart conversation with the people of our country in different regions, eating with them, playing with children, and lots more.
Aamir claims it was an enriching experience, “You know, we as stars and actors do not get the opportunity to meet people and interact with them. For me, this was one of life’s most enriching experiences. I learnt so much from them and it’s just good to connect to people.”
It’s heart warming to see the aura of Aamir Khan the star fade away after a point of time. Then you begin to think of him as just another human being with all his emotions on display.
Aamir admits, “I’ve cried so many times during this whole journey. I cry a lot in any case.”
The ‘Talaash’ actor also clarifies that the show isn’t about solving the problems of the people in our country. “I don’t think I have the strength to do so. It’s not about solving the problems of people in our country. It’s about understanding them and connecting emotionally. Like I might not be able to solve your problem, but I can hold your hand or hug you and make you feel better,” says the star.
All said and done, the motive of the show and the song remains to bind the people of India. It can be called a ‘bharat-jodo abhyayan’ of sorts. Aamir laughs, “Yes, actually, it’s an apt term. The show has every element that an Indian can connect to. That’s the effort we’ve made.” In fact, that is evident even in the theme song which according to the perfectionist isn’t a patriotic song.
“It’s a romantic song, depicting the love we have for our country,” he says, promptly reciting the lyrics of the song and praising lyricist Prasoon Joshi.
Though ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a show about India and its people, it doesn’t lack entertainment. Aamir explains, “I don’t think entertainment has just to do with laughter. ‘Laughter’ is just one emotion we have amidst many others. I once met an American author who told me that the role of entertainment is to weave around the fabric of our society, healing a person, or making a difference to a person.
Entertainment to me is different things.” Having said that, he admits he has enjoyed the other shows on the small screen hosted by other Hindi movie actors. “I enjoyed ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, the one with Amitji. I loved ‘Dus Ka Dum’ as well and that show with Hrithik, ‘Just Dance’, left me stumped with the quality of dancers. But you know, I was never interested in hosting those shows. I would love to be a contestant on a quiz show though.”
Aamir is modest as he accepts our compliments on the promo and theme song of his show, saying, “Let’s hope people like the show as well,” and smiling his patented innocent smile.Aamir Khan Amitabh Bachchan Dus Ka Dum Hrithik Roshan Just Dance KBC Prasoon Joshi Ram Sampat Salman Khan Satyamev Jayate