Aaamir Khan’s recently concluded Satyamev Jayate is under fire again, this time from his own fraternity. Oscar-winning sound specialist Resul Pookutty has hit out at the humanitarian TV show for being “doctored.”“Satyamev Jayate was a completely doctored show. A lot of sound post-production work was done on the show. It was treated just like a film. Like how you sound (mixing) is handled in a film so that you can sort of emotionally blackmail audiences. That’s what was done with SMJ,” he says.
Pookutty, who won the Academy Award for Slumdog Millionaire (2008), is part of TV personality Tim Sebastian’s much-awaited debate series, The Outsider, which is touted to be on the lines of Satyamev Jayate. But, he insists that “we are doing no such manipulation.”
He promises that the show, produced by Sobo Films (that’s co-owned by Smriti Shinde, daughter of the current Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde), will be “at par with international programming”.
“Yes, some sound and post-production work has been done for the show but that’s meant only to match up to the international TV standards. Otherwise, we are not doing anything to emotionally manipulate by way of sound post-production. We are staying true to the idea of debate and acumen of Tim (Sebastian),” says Pookutty. Satyamev Jayate had also run into controversies earlier.
Aamir Khan in a still from Satyamev Jayate
The host channel of Aamir Khan’s show, Star Plus, as well as the actor had not reacted to Pookutty’s allegations till the time the story was published.
Controversies in the past
Two fake websites of the show sprung up in a bid to dupe viewers into donating money — meant for an NGO — to the wrong source.Delhi-based band Euphoria alleged that the chorus of the show’s 22-minute anthem, Satyamev Jayate, had been lifted from the band’s decade-old song, Satyameva Jayate.
An episode addressed medical malpractices in India, enraging doctors. An umbrella body of 21 medical institutions asked Aamir Khan to apologise, which he did during the last episode on August 15.