Peepli Live

Peepli Live

In a tiny corner of a giant country, a poor farmer is about to lose everything. His brother has a plan to win it all back! PEEPLI [LIVE] is a satire, which revolves around a villager from Central India called Natha, his brother Budhia and their family. The family is about to lose their land because they are unable to repay a loan, when they hear of a government programme which offers the family of any farmer committing suicide a compensation of 100,000 rupees ($2000). The older brother convinces his sibling to agree to commit suicide. This sets in motion a chain of events which finds Natha in the eye of a storm. The local bigwigs, the state government, high-ranking bureaucrats, federal ministers and the national media, all become stakeholders in the mad circus that errupts..--©Official Site 3.2 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
Peepli Live

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Certificate
Genre Foreign, Drama
Director Anusha Rizvi
Cast Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar Omkar Das Manikpuri
Studio Artificial Eye
Release Date September 2010
Running Time 104 mins
 

In a tiny corner of a giant country, a poor farmer is about to lose everything. His brother has a plan to win it all back! PEEPLI [LIVE] is a satire, which revolves around a villager from Central India called Natha, his brother Budhia and their family. The family is about to lose their land because they are unable to repay a loan, when they hear of a government programme which offers the family of any farmer committing suicide a compensation of 100,000 rupees ($2000). The older brother convinces his sibling to agree to commit suicide. This sets in motion a chain of events which finds Natha in the eye of a storm. The local bigwigs, the state government, high-ranking bureaucrats, federal ministers and the national media, all become stakeholders in the mad circus that errupts..--©Official Site

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Reviews

The Observer

Philip French

This sharp black comedy confronts the contradictions between India's extreme wealth and abject poverty in a less expansive and romantic way than Slumdog Millionaire.

26/09/2010

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Time Out

Anil Sinanan

First-time female director Anusha Rizvi’s witty script adopts a Capraesque approach to this grim topic. A largely unknown confident cast, rousing folk music and Rizvi’s understated direction result in a fresh, credible comic gem.

23/09/2010

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

Drawing on India’s rural-versus-urban divide, Rizvi spins a dynamic, enjoyably-acted yarn that balances farcical humour with a satisfying seriousness.

07/09/2010

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The Times

Kevin Maher

A tender satire with a serious point to make

24/09/2010

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

The mordant central drama becomes surrounded by broad gags about clownish politicians and journalists.

26/09/2010

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Empire Magazine

Anna Smith

While the tone may shift from satire to farce at times, this is a highly assured debut by Rizvi.

26/09/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

It’s a worthy film. A little less worthiness and a little more sharply weaponised wit would have helped.

22/09/2010

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The Guardian

Cath Clarke

There is a deadly serious message about India's rural/urban divide in first-timer director Anusha Rizvi's satirical gem, but it also happens to have a juicily vulgar streak.

23/09/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Scattershot satire that hits some of its targets.

26/09/2010

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The New York Times

Rachel Saltz

The writer-director Anusha Rizvi, making her feature debut, shoots her story efficiently and with visual panache, but after a compelling setup her script runs out of juice.

12/08/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

You can’t fault the crusading spirit of this controversial Bollywood satire, just the blunt, one-note, entirely obvious execution.

23/09/2010

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