So here comes the moment. Aamir Khan walks in with grandeur and style. The advertisements and tweets had been rolling out all the past days. Aamir's eyes are baggy from non stop weeping ever since the program began. India waits in baited breath, to know how their elderly are treated. Lo Aamir is here to open our eyes.
The episode changes, the situation changes but the scenes from the studio remains the same. The crowd Vinces, gasps, cries and shake their heads. While Aamir nods in understanding, wiping an occasional tear. Show is over in an hour, we run to our pc and system to tweet and blog & express our anguish.
India had a unique social structure built around its villages. The weak and the old had to be taken care in the family or by the village. It was considered a shame when the plea for help went out. Then a number of factors ranging from urbanization to materialistic culture and nuclear family system shook the existent roles and responsiblities. The duties which were once considered mandatory became optional.
I'm not saying the old system was free of blemishes and it is impractical to walk back in time.
Today you have to see a movie' Lage Raho..' to awaken the social conciousness in us. The sympathetic feelings are then stolen by a different issue. A few years have to go by for someone else to make another film/sop on the old age crises.