BBC World Service Trust has got together with Doordarshan and the National Aids Control Organisation to bring the second series of Jasoos Vijay. The interactive thriller has returned on DD 1 with more action, drama and interactivity in its prime band of 9:00 p.m.
Jasoos Vijay is India’s first interactive detective drama series. The first series was dubbed in three languages, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Two additional languages, Kannada and Bangla have now been added.
The show was conceived specifically as a vehicle for communicating information and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Nonetheless, it also addresses a broad range of issues of concern to rural audiences in an interactive drama format. Actor Adil Khandkar, who is closely associated with the series, remarks, “The show addresses problems at large and given its interactivity, it is one of a kind world-wide. The second series is more interactive. Om Puri goes to villages this time, asking people if they know the killer, what was otherwise done by calling in entries and talking to them about how much they understand the problem of AIDS, child abuse and woman empowerment.”
As per Khandkar, the show is sleeker now and there are more efforts in the storyline and production. Says he, “The programme looks better too. It makes sense to have the programme on DD. The masses are available on the channel. But I think that the urban people should also watch it.” Issues covered in the series include “quack” doctors, superstition, gender inequality and crimes against women (domestic violence, rape, and the practice of dowry).
Viewers can join Jasoos Vijay on his hunt for the apradhi – the guilty party. In each episode, the resident actor Om Puri invites people to write to him and urges them to attempt to nail the culprit before Jasoos Vijay does. There are prizes for the correct entries and for some lucky detectives, there is a chance to appear on the show with Om Puri and catch the culprit or culprits.