THE SKY DIVERS
There were three people who matched Aamir Khan in passion, integrity and intent in the making of SUNAINA KUMAR maps their emotional journey through the first season
THE MAIN ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team, said legendary basketball coach John Wooden. Aamir Khan the star understands the importance of being a team player, and that slightly old-fashioned virtue of esprit de corps is to be found in every member of Team Satyamev Jayate. No wonder then, everyone took ownership of the show. Not one idea was leaked, making the content of the show the most closely guarded pop culture secret since Harry Potter.
For a show of this scale, the core team is surprisingly small and rests on the shoulders of three people handpicked by Aamir. About three years ago, he broached the idea of Satyamev Jayate ( with Satyajit Bhatkal, who was in the process of completing a children’s film at the time. The two friends had collaborated earlier on Lagaan, where Bhatkal joined the production team and ended up making a documentary on the film. They both were aware that the idea rested on comprehensive research. Bhatkal roped in his wife Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal and long-time collaborator Lancelot (Lancy) Fernandes to head field and desk research respectively. Over two years, these three along with Aamir met every day of the week. The star’s house was the spare office, called the ‘Sultanate of Pali’, where important decisions were taken and reversed on a daily basis.
Bhatkal, a former lawyeractivist, had quit his job to