A parliamentary panel has invited actor Aamir Khan, who exposed malpractices in the medical sector on his "Satyamev Jayate" TV programme, for an interaction on the issue. He will appear Thursday morning with his team.
Rajya Sabha MP Shanta Kumar of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who heads the parliamentary standing committee on commerce, has invited the actor to share the knowldge they gained while researching the episode.
Aamir's spokesperson confirmed to IANS that he will be there Thursday morning to interact with the panel.
Aamir, 47, lifted the veil from the malpractices in the medical profession through his maiden TV show "Satyamev Jayate" and discussed issues like doctors taking cuts and other unethical medical practices. He presented live examples of people who could have been cured with simple medicines but were advised by doctors to undergo surgeries, robbing them of precious money.
Broadcast May 27, the well-researched episode also addressed issues like overpricing of life-saving drugs.
The expose brought brickbacks and criticism from the Indian Medical Association (IMA), which wanted Aamir to apologise. But he said his conviction in the concept and aim of the show have left him fearless of negative reactions.
"Satyamev Jayate", which marks the Bollywood's thinking actor's entry into the field of television, has so far discussed issues like female foeticide, child sex abuse and domestic violence.
In fact, parliament has only now passed a bill on stringent action aginst those guilt of child sex abuse.
The actor has struck the right chord with the audiences as people are watching the show with great interest. Aamir says this is his way of contributing to society by creating awareness.
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You are doing a commendable job and you are rightly using your fame to draw attention to the neglected issues in society. Very much liked your calling of personalities like Ms, Kamla Bhasin and Dr. Shetty. They are inspiration and hope to us. Thank You Amir Khan for doing this for US :)
I am glad that a famous person like Aamir Khan dared to venture the show on social issues...
What ever he is doing may have done by other people but were not able to reach the mass.
The resources of Aamir Khan is brining in the change and my hats off to Aamir and his efforts to try to bring a change in the process of sleeping society...
If his efforts is changing the policies and help making the law to protect children and a simple person then he should be appreciated that he is using his name and fame and money to reach out to people who has been unreachable so far...
Thank you Aamir for great show...
No doubt many other people do research on issues, but the fact is that Aamir Khan's team for Satyamev Jayate also did research and it's a fact that a popular name like Aamir Khan brings more attention to the issues. Instead of getting irked at why Aamir Khan is getting attention, we should check our own society's mentality, why it does not pay attention to issues unless a popular face is associated with them! In normal circumstances or even at news of shocking instances, female foeticide or dowry never trended on Twitter or Google. But one episode of Satyamev Jayate is enough to keep topics trending for days across all websites. The reach of this show is massive and way more than any other routine initiative.
I think we need to check our own mentality first. And we should be happy that issues are being focused upon now, by public and government, even if it took a celebrity-anchored show to accomplish this.
Issues are more important. Not attention-seeking or cribbing that we also do work, but people do not listen to us!
Great news for Amir and his team! The truth has hit home! Hope it brings about some real changes in medical policy and treatment! Lets hope its not just lip service by the government and it rectifies the situation in some way!
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