Indian Televisionís Memorable Moments 2012

Satyamev Jayate

When it premiered in May 2012, Satyamev Jayate marked the television debut of actor Aamir Khan. A talk show, its focus was to highlight and discuss various social issues that plague India, such as female foeticide, dowry, child sexual abuse and alcohol abuse. Each episode called upon victims and survivors of various social atrocities, and in doing so, connected with the audience, which believed that this was a show that finally spoke about pertinent social issues. Even though Khan's frequency of shedding tears on screen was received with skepticism, a majority of both television viewers and critics gave it positive reviews and it continues to be discussed five months after the series ended. A second season is in the offing.

Oprah Winfrey in India

In January this year, American talk show host, media proprietor, philanthropist, actor and producer Oprah Winfrey visited India to shoot two episodes of her show Oprah's Next Chapter. The lead-up to her visit garnered a great deal of interest from the public. She began her week-long trip with a party hosted by socialite Parmeshwar Godrej. But when the episodes finally aired in July on Discovery, she received more criticism than praise from the Indian audience that called her show snobbish and ignorant among other things. She questioned a family about Indians continuing to eat with their fingers, visited a Mumbai slum and attempted to make a sad story out of it.

London Olympics

Once every four years, audiences from around the world tune into their television sets to watch the biggest sporting event in the world ó the Olympics. This year, London hosted the Olympics and India sent its largest delegation to the Games in Olympic history. They then came away with their largest ever medal tally ó of six, with two silver and four bronze medals, doubling the previous record of three at the 2008 Beijing Olympics ó leading to a great deal of interest among Indian television viewers. The appearance of an unknown woman during the opening ceremony also generated a lot of media interest.

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