2012: When TV Found a Hero in Common Man
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Small screen this year was dominated by the common man with shows like Aamir Khan's 'Satyamev Jayate' and Amitabh Bachchan's 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' aiming at connecting with the masses by highlighting their problems.

'Satyamev Jayate' was a major turning point as the show brought to the fore various issues like female foeticide, child sex abuse, untouchability and the trappings of a big fat wedding plaguing India.

The compassionate host brought in real life instances and people across the country to share their sufferings on the public platform. His 14 episode series created a mass awareness and sensitised people. After a positive response, Aamir is now gearing up for a second season to the show.

Bachchan's 'KBC 6' also followed the same path as it gave a chance to the people from troubled backgrounds to come out and win money through the game.

Sonali Mukherjee, a victim of acid attack, had come on the show with actress Lara Dutta. She narrated the horrific incident that happened to her in 2003. At the end, the girl left with a hefty sum of Rs 25 lakh from the show.

The sixth season of superstar Salman Khan-hosted 'Bigg Boss' saw a commoner - Hyderabad based martial artist Kashif Qureshi - in the house alongside 12 celebrity contestants.

With these shows on board, it seemed Indian TV has gone back to its roots of the 80's and 90's where shows like 'Hum Log' and 'Krishi Darshan' majorly talked about various aspects of human life.

Even long-running daily soap 'Balika Vadhu' is another show which showcased social stigmas of the society.

The show has always highlighted the issue of child marriage but their recent episodes also talked about widow remarriage. The show saw protagonist Anandi (played by Pratyusha Banerjee) getting married in a mass wedding ceremony which also included many other widows of the village tying the knot on the same day.

The small screen proved to be an important platform for luring people into the movie halls as well, with many A-listers using TV shows to for their movie promotions.

Salman took full advantage of his show by promoting his and brother Arbaaz Khan's Dabangg 2. Right from launching the movie's first look to disclosing Kareena Kapoor's item number, the actor revealed every information about his last release on the show.

The show also witnesses his actor friend Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha's Son Of Sardar promotions and also Anil Kapoor starrer Race 2.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, dancing diva Madhuri Dixit, singers Asha Bhosle, Runa Laila, Abeeda Parveen; actresses Shilpa Shetty, Mahima Chaudhary, Ayesha Takia, Neha Dhupia, Kirron Kher and Malaika Arora Khan also returned to the small screen for judging dance and song based reality shows.

While reality shows were entertaining with their celebrity quotient, soaps like 'Bade Ache Lagte Hain', 'Kya Hua Tera Vaada', 'Parichay' and 'Uttaran' took help of their age old formula of taking a leap to make the story interesting. The jump in time saw new characters joining in and old ones getting a makeover to sustain the curiosity of the audience.

Also what made a comeback on small screen was the famous epic drama 'Ramayan', recreated by the late Ramanand Sagar's granddaughter Meenakshi.

Other mythological shows that made entry into TV were 'Devon Ke Dev Mahadev', based on Lord Shiva and 'Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga' which chronicles the legend of the powerful Goddess Durga.
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