Aamir Khan is back with the third season of his TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ which will be aired from September 22. And this time around, for the first time, Aamir has reportedly invited film stars like Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut and Parineeti Chopra for an episode on women empowerment.
The star clarifies, “There will be some top stars from the industry on the show this time. However, they are on the show not because they are celebrities but because they are related to the issue in the episode, they will contribute to the show. We don’t want to use them to publicise the show.”
Aamir believes the TV show has become his main calling card. “Post Satyamev Jayate people don’t see me as an actor,” he says. “When I was shooting in Rajasthan for PK, the media there did not ask any questions about Dhoom 3, which was about to release … they were all interested in ‘Satyamev Jayate’.”
With a touch of wry humour, the stars adds, “I think people are not interested in my films and it’s time for me to retire. Achha ho gaya Dhoom 3 ne bacha liya; it did well.”
So immersed is the actor in the show that he gets teary-eyed while speaking about some incidents and wipes his eyes on his shirt. He reasons: “On the show, you see me speak to 12 or 15 people. But during the research I hear the stories of up to 100 people.” As an example, Aamir mentioned “a young woman who was raped and then set on fire.” She spoke to the ‘Satyamev Jayate’ crew from her deathbed in hospital, but Aamir says, “We couldn’t show you the interview; you wouldn’t have been able to watch it. It was extremely difficult for me to see it.”
Aamir says the show has transformed him as a person. “I have become more mature with the show,” he says. “My patience level has increased and I have stopped being judgemental as I have seen a lot of things through this show. When the team shows me the research material, it shocks me, I get angry, I get emotional, I feel the pain. It has been very difficult for me to see such things, which are difficult to absorb emotionally.”