New Delhi: Alcoholism has become an accepted norm in the upper middle class society of urban India. Be it a social gathering or be it a family function, the society doesn't consider alcohol as something which can bother their normal behaviour. However, Aamir Khan's TV show 'Satyamev Jayate' has a different take on the issue of alcoholism.
In one of the relatively lighter episodes, 'Satyamev Jayate' demonstrated the problem of excess drinking. Though the episode had abundance of funny moments still it presented its arguments in a profound manner.
The show started with Vijay Simha's confessions. His story was a glaring example of what alcohol can do to a normal being's life. Despite being a fearless and respectable journalist, Vijay Simha reduced his dignity to such a level where his life was no different than a useless nomad. He begged, cheated and threatened people to receive money in return, until a friend sent him to a rehabilitation centre. Last 14 years have transformed Simha into a judicious person who wants to forgive and wishes to be forgiven.
Laxman also talked about his tryst with alcoholism. He had to shed Rs 40 lakh before finding a right support system to get rid of the evil of alcoholism. Psychiatrist Ashish Deshpande gave some insightful information about the mental condition of an alcoholic. He termed it as a disease. Noted lyricist and screen writer Javed Akhtar called himself a fool who took pride in drinking during his youth.
02:58 PM, Jul 01, 2012