Posted: 23 July 2012 at 11:40am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Omnipotent_Taco
Originally posted by drummedup
If they are brave enough they should take up conflicted issues like reservations, FDI et al. Where we will react as WE ARE than what we are SUPPOSED TO react like.
Couldn't agree more.
I was kicked about SMJ and
thought the initial few episodes were great. Then I started losing
interest because I guess I expected the show to take on a more ballsy
approach to controversial topics Indians are generally hesitant to talk
about. I would have really liked to see
issues that are deep-rooted (and controversial) in Indian society- like
closet racism, reservation, legalisation of prostitution and same sex
marriages, lack of public hygiene (they could have expanded on this in
the water episode, but they didn't ), etc., be openly discussed and debated.
Instead, we had a one and a half hour show that barely skimmed a majority of topics that have already
been widely discussed on other platforms (We The People, The Big Fight
etc.). SMJ also seemed to offer haphazard solutions in the end of each
episode for the sake of it, topped off with a live performance. For
example, in the episode about pesticides/organic farming, they briefly covered farmer suicides without even talking about Monsanto being the biggest contributor to that very problem.
I'm very happy with the initiative the show's creators/ Aamir have
taken in taking up certain issues with the Government. Aamir for one
needs to work on his hosting skills pronto. He's too preachy and
sometimes theatrical, and he talks at
the audience rather than to
a total death knell for a serious show like this. I hope the producers
consider taboo issues in the second season. They need to take SMJ to
another level, or it will just have to bite the dust.
@Red: I HIGHLY doubt that. The support from the audience they've got
till now has every chance of vanishing if they do that. That is why I
said they should be brave enough to take up such issues.It will be a
HUGE risk for them to debate on these issues. Indians feel TOO strongly
about these things and take them personally. If there is difference of
opinion here,the show's support is going to get halved, which I doubt
the channels will risk. It will be admirable if Aamir dares to do
@Blue: Exactly! exactly my grouse with the show. They won't dare mention
Monsanto forget even questioning how it is in a way responsible
from farmer suicides to killing bio-div in the country.I can sort of
understand why they would not dare do it. When they are having trouble to address the universally supported issues, if they point fingers at
things which the Govt., itself is backing, it will be going against the
system which neither Aamir nor the channels can afford. With, we buying all the BT-varities from Monsanto, with Govt., itself declaring reservations for generating vote-banks, and Lordy! sex will turn into a religious debate eventually, which are both least tolerant issues for us. Oh! I doubt Aamir would risk all that.
I kind of find people reacting to the show very amusing. By talking about it or tweeting about it we are feeling we are doing something.But would the same people be Open-minded enough to ACCEPT different opinions and consider them if some conflicted issue is taken up? Easier said than done.
As for Aamir,he should take a leaf out of Arnab Goswami's books.
That man has got insane guts despite his complete LACK of Journalistic diplomacy and all those emotional outbursts.
Aamir is method acting even here. It seems he rehearses his expressions before going on camera, not the spontaneous reactions which are needed or maybe his botox is deceiving him.