'People said I cried a lot in Satyamev Jayate. But that's how I am'
Aamir Khan on what his fans can expect from the new season of Satyamev Jayate.
The second season of Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate will be back on your television screens from March 2.
It will be telecast for five consecutive Sundays, after which it will take a break.
Talking about the changes in the show, Aamir says, "It has been decided to air the second season of the show in three parts. The reason is that each topic is so heavy that we want people to absorb the issue, and stay with it for some time.
"We have also introduced a 'Vote for change' campaign where people can vote and give their opinion on any issue. We plan to give these results to the government," he added.
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Image: Aamir Khan on Satyamev Jayate
'I have not got any threats, and I don't fear them'
Aamir visited Gaya, Bihar, recently to announce the show's second season -- from the very spot where a man called Dashrath Manjhi broke a mountain to make a road for the villagers.
"This is an inspiration to people who wish to do something. I salute his courage and determination," Aamir said.
There were reports that Aamir had ordered a bullet-proof car for protection, as he felt some of the episodes may throw light on the Lok Sabha elections 2014.
"I have not got any threats, and I don't fear them," Aamir countered, adding, "We think of ourselves as communicators. Our responsibility is to talk about an issue, present the data and talk about the law. I want people to join and engage in the movement and stand for the right things. Personally, I would like to endorse women's empowerment."
Aamir is clear that he will not align with any political party.
"I will support a thought, not a party," he said. "I want to support an issue, irrespective of any political party."
He revealed that he has been approached by the Election Commission of India to be a part of their election campaign, and he has taken it up.
"Through this campaign, we will encourage people to vote. We will also make sure youngsters come forward and register themselves," he said.
Image: Aamir Khan
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar
'I have tears in my eyes when I hear a heartbreaking story'
The first season of Satyamev Jayate dealt with sensitive social issues like female foeticide, dowry, honour killings, child sexual abuse and much more, and it received a warm welcome from TV viewers.
Any learnings from the first season?
"The power of forgiveness," he answered. "Like when a mother spoke about a son who was killed but she had no anger against the person who caused it."
He chokes with emotion, recalling the incident, and then continues: "One criticism from a small section of people was that I cried a lot. But I am afraid that's how I am. I am a very emotional person, so I do have tears in my eyes when I hear a heartbreaking story. I can't pretend."
While Hindi is the primary language of the show, it is also dubbed and simulcast in other Indian languages like Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu.
The channel has even roped in superstars Mohanlal and Surya to promote the show in the south.
Image: Aamir Khan gets emotional in the first season of Satyamev Jayate