Aamir disappoints Mountain Man's villagers? Star India's CEO reacts

Actor Aamir Khan has left people at Bihar's Gehlaur village upset as they were under impression that the second season of his show Satyamev Jayate would begin with an episode on 'Mountain Man' Dashrath Manjhi.

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Actor Aamir Khan has left people at Bihar's Gehlaur village upset as they were under impression that the second season of his show Satyamev Jayate would begin with an episode on 'Mountain Man' Dashrath Manjhi. However, Star India's CEO Uday Shankar says there was never any such plan.

Aamir's show on social reform started on a high note, but an uproar of protest has broken out in Gehlaur village where once lived Dashrath Manjhi, who hand-chiseled a road through a rocky hill to connect his inaccessible village to the nearest town.

Manjhi's family and the villagers claim they had a different impression about the show, following Aamir's recent visit to the village.

"Aamir Khan visited us on Feb 25 and told us that the first episode of his serial was dedicated to Dashrath Manjhi. We were all glued to the television in the community hall in our village at 10 a.m.," said a villager.

"We were sorely disappointed when the episode aired was about something else. Why did he visit us with the promise that the episode would be about our village hero?" he said.

When confronted with the villagers' protests, Uday Shankar, CEO Of Star India, said: "There was never any plan of an episode on Dashrath Manjhi this season. We ended season one of 'Satyamev Jayate' with an episode on Manjhi. And before we commenced the new season, we felt it would be a good idea to pay a tribute to his memory and the triumph of the human spirit that he signifies. Hence, Aamir's trip to Gelhaur."

Meanwhile, Manjhi's fellow villagers have more reason to feel disappointed. The film on Manjhi's life "The Mountain Man", directed by Ketan Mehta, lies unsold and unreleased many months after completion with no indication or hope of a release in the near future.

Mehta had wangled the privilege of shooting a film on Manjhi's inspirational tale from two other filmmakers, Neerraj Pathak and Manish Jha after fighting arduous legal battles with Pathak and Manjhi's family members.

With much fanfare, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui was signed to play Manjhi. The actor spent months in Manjhi's native village in Gaya living out Manjhi's heroic endeavour.

When asked about the status of "The Mountain Man", Nawazuddin said: "I am not sure about what is happening with the film. We've completed the shooting. You will have to have ask Ketan Mehta when the film is releasing."

While Ketan Mehta refused to respond to the release query, he lauded Aamir for visiting Manjhi's family.

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Sea-Hawk 7 years ago SMJ is never about a hero show but an issue .. those people have misunderstood the thing. Aamir went to give his honor to the man but the issue 1st episode of SMJ was about is much important
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..FallAndFly.. 7 years ago You rock Amir
the topic of the first epi was excellent and an eye opener...

it's a pity to see how people just jump to conclusion and then Blame each other
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Manojie 7 years ago It's a shame there is outrage in Bihar about not featuring their hero, instead of outrage because of the disgusting crimes against women!
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sweet_chilly 7 years ago i guess this decision may have been taken after aamir visited them..however i think the first epi's topic Rape was a better decision..
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mri7 10 years ago sonam nd shahid..! awsm jodi..! eagrly w8n 4 mausam..!
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shivangi278 10 years ago can't wait for mausam!!!
hope it becomes the biggest hit of the year!!!
love you shahid..:)
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-Preeti- 10 years ago has to be ... its his fathers project too
Waiting for this movie
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sweet_angel27 10 years ago This movies is getting a lot of publicity hopefully it can live up to it's expectations :) Shahid is an amazing actor, and it's a pleasure to see him on screen :)
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saraaa. 10 years ago Shahid is becoming more and more vesatile <3
Hoping that Mausam is his biggest hit YET! And hopefully this time he'll surely get bag some awards
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zara_11 10 years ago I hope Mausam is a huge hit for Shahid, and his dad!!!!!!!
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