The most surprising thing about Satyameva Jayate is Aamir Khan.
The star who is otherwise so inaccessible, has suddenly become someone you cannot escape even if you want to. What with his program showing at the same time on eight channels and viewers being subjected to a countdown as if something earthshaking was about to happen.
To begin with, one has to give in to the marketing genius of the man, the star - who in his quest to brand himself as the 'socially conscious star', has finally nailed what it takes to be a phenomenon.
Yes, Aamir Khan indeed shows society the mirror, exposing the hypocrisies of the educated middle class. Yet, to get to the true picture, we will have to see the other side of the mirror, too.
First, however, let's look at what Aamir Khan wants us to see.
Star Plus has cracked the social issue-based series. With the right dose of stardust added by a popular actor virgin to TV, they have successfully glamorised an issue and, despite a bit of sensationalism, the format of interviews with story-based footage works well for an audience perennially seeking 'entertainment' from their idiot box.
You won't be 'bored' a minute in the hour and a half you sit to watch an episode.
Obviously, Aamir maintained an element of mystery with regards to the series. If he had shared the format beforehand, the eagerness over it wouldn't have been so strong. And there's a reason why the promos of the second episode do not openly talk about the issue, though for a discerning viewer it is obvious that it is about gay and lesbian issues.
This first episode did many things, most importantly showing middle class India a mirror they have not yet seen. In one section, people are asked where they think female infanticide happens. The answer is: among rural, tribal, poor, illiterate people.
It must have come as a surprise to most that it actually happens mostly in educated, urban middle class and upper class households. When it comes to the illiterate 'backward' tribals, one doctor remarks, there's no sign of female infanticide and Aamir wonders what else we have to learn from these people.