Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer
Because of the constant violence against women, many people have come to the conclusion that India is not a safe place to live. But all is not lost when at least one person decides to use his or her resources to make a difference.
Aamir Khan is one of the most popular and influential Bollywood actors in India today. He became a star of Hindi cinema in the 1980s where he first started out as a romantic hero. Over time he won the hearts of young and old and starred in the highest-grossing Bollywood films.
In 2012, Khan’s career took an unexpected turn when he created a TV talk show called Satyamev Jayate—Truth Alone Triumphs. A childhood friend who was a lawyer had been telling him for years about the upsetting things that were happening in their society. Eventually Aamir felt guilty and decided that he should be doing something to help like his friend was doing. This TV series was the result of that decision. Aamir believes that as a creative individual it’s his duty to bring grace to his society.
Together they created the first prime time TV show in India brave enough to expose some of the country’s most critical social issues. The program brings to light atrocious matters such as rape, the unlawful abortion of female fetuses, and dowry killings… very uncomfortable topics that brought up very uncomfortable questions. The instruction given to the team was to go out and film their research. The stories they came across were heartbreaking and outrageous.
The day the first episode was to be aired, the streets were empty as people waited eagerly to see what Aamir Khan was going to come up with. The first show told the story of a young woman named Parveen who shared with the audience how her husband pounced on her and bit off pieces of her face until it was completely disfigured in an attempt to get her pregnant with a boy child.
Aamir Khan now risks his career by challenging men to re-examine their beliefs, attitudes, and behavior towards women. He confronts the out of control wave of gender-based violence in India, and openly defies many culturally ingrained stereotypes.
This film follows Khan through India’s booming TV and film industry, as he attempts to change the way Indians perceive and treat women. Watch this now.