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

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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

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