Aamir Khan has been on a roll publicising his debut TV show, Satyamev Jayate, that launches on May 6. As part of the promotion, the star has shot a scene for the popular Star Plus serial Diya Aur Baati Hum (DABH) on Monday.
‘Was overwhelmed by Ram Lakhan’
“DABH is a successful show and I have seen parts of it. My mother watches it regularly, so does Kiran (wife Kiran Rao) which is how I end up watching it at times too,” says the actor, who last appeared on TV for filmmaker Vipul Shah’s show whose title he can’t recall. “That was 10 years ago.”
His show, whose concept is still a secret, will go on air at 11 am on Sunday. Aamir admits he is nervous: “I took the Sunday slot only because I didn’t want any competition from other primetime TV shows. I don’t watch much TV, I’m more into books, but I loved Takeshi’s Castle; Javed’s (Jafri) commentary was hilarious.”
Meanwhile, there are plenty of speculations about his own show making the rounds. Apparently the first episode touches on the issue of female infanticide and another one revolves around a certain Mr Patel who works towards improving the lives of senior citizens. Prod him on the buzz and Aamir smiles non-commitally, neither denying nor confirming anything. All he will say is, “I want people to watch the show and experience it first hand. It is about real people living in India...Their stories.”
Other than the eight Star channels, Satyamev Jayate will also air on Doordarshan as Aamir wants the show to reach the remotest corners of the country.
Talking about his recent sojourn in Patna where he dashed off to attend the wedding of the son of rickshaw driver, Ram Lakhan whom he befriended during the promotion of 3 Idiots in 2009, Aamir says, “Ram Lakhan came to Mumbai to invite me for the wedding. He travelled for over 30 hours in the general compartment of a train and went back the same way. I was overwhelmed, I had to make time for the function”