*Thunderous applause for the Lagaan (2001) team*
Well, not much of a surprise, is it?
The film Lagaan celebrated its eleventh anniversary this past Friday (June 15). This year, I won't be hosting a Lagaan week at this blog. This is not because I've run out of ideas for posts on the film that I've credited for a lot at so many levels. It's just that work and life have me adapting to enough changes professionally and personally that I've had to put on hold some of my recreational pursuits. My movie consumption frequency and, of course, this blog, have suffered as a result. But I'm hoping to change that. At least I've been watching more movies. :)
Our great friend (and far more committed blogger) Darshit (@dunkdaft) has this post at his blog in celebration of the Lagaan anniversary. Lagaan Week posts from the past are available at this link.
Shifting gears a bit now...
...so, who has been watching Satyamev Jayate? (Official website: SatyamevJayate.in)
What do you think of the show?
I'd been so disconnected from it all that I didn't realize the show had started airing until I saw this a few weeks ago:
|Yes, I might've been living under a rock for a bit.|
From what I'm seeing, this Aamir Khan Productions product is fostering a more widespread discussion on core, hard-hitting issues facing India than any of the films of the production house (some of which have aimed to do just that while entertaining), and if you've seen any episode, you probably would agree in thinking it's perhaps rightfully so.
Similar to the most popular of popular films but unlike most television shows, it appears Satyamev Jayate is slowly raking in and somewhat uniting Indian viewership around the world, coming to them (all episodes are available online for free on the show's YouTube channel) instead of waiting for the prospective audience to take more action than simply tuning in. In other words, the distribution channels are correct and the superstardom of the actor is probably at its peak to take advantage of the opportunity. The hope is, of course, that something good comes from it all, no matter its magnitude.
As Bhuvan says in Lagaan right after accepting the proposed challenge to play a cricket match to relieve his village of tax, all that's needed sometimes is a chance to make a difference.
Satyamev Jayate has created that chance.
Am I the only one who wants to partly credit the success of Lagaan 11 years ago with the show having that chance today?