'Peepli Live’ has finally hit the screens and whatever can be expected from an Aamir film is fully justified here. Read on to know the ‘Peepli Live’ review.

‘Peepli Live’ Review- Peepli Live Movie Review
Last Updated: 2010-08-13T12:38:27+05:30
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‘Peepli Live’ Review- ‘Peepli Live Movie Review

Director : Anusha Rizvi

Star Cast : Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Naseeruddin Shah and Shalini Vatsa

‘Peepli Live’ is a powerful watch with no melodrama, show-off and unbelievable story scenes; it is just a simple statement which reflects the hidden reality of the Indian society. It creeps into the dark and just gives goose bumps all over your body; do not miss one of the most brilliant Bollywood creations.
As you start watching this pathetic and empathizing story of the farmers, you will instantly develop a sense of belongingness for your society which you might not have discovered yet. The story arms itself with powerful tools of humor, reality and sarcasm through a very simple picture of the real rural India.
A village, where everything looks as if something live is happening out at any real place, no bits of high imagination, but just shows a television crew intruding into a village and plunking cameras in the middle of a messed up place. The journalist seems like a 5-star hotel chef, who is ready to make the best recipe out of the spicy ingredients lying all around in the village.

The ingredients are a suicidal farmer and the wrinkled faces all around who are helplessly ready to watch their own real life story to be telecast live on television.

Quite geared up, the journalist tries to remove the fear of the scared man and says, “Don’t be afraid. This camera cannot do anything." What a blatant lie to the uneducated and you will feel that you should get up and smash the camera person.

The depressing realities of the rural India are powerfully narrated in the movie with the base of a sarcastic humor. One will even find the presence of a goat so powerful that it gives a new meaning to the whole scene.

Director Anusha Rizvi tries to successfully show the real faces of the most unfortunate villagers, their small naked children clad in tattered and muddy dresses, the attention seeker local politicians, the highly geared up media persons and the shameless bureaucrats. 

The main quality of the film is the basic ingredient of humor which thankfully doesn’t let the story sink even for a while in the deep bottomless ocean of depression and poverty. This feature makes the whole film a very electric and spiky edged watch, where you thank God that you are not in the villagers place!

The young Indian movie-goers will be surprised to see the deadly combination of wit and bathos. The film completely captures the natty face of the agricultural leaders, who very calmly says, “we must wait for the court's order."

The story shows the protagonists, Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri) and his elder brother (Budhia) who are on the verge of losing their land as they have failed to repay the bank loan. The way they communicate and express their opinion, they just plunge deep into your senses and you suddenly feel the need of helping them out by any means. At the same time, you also curse the negative forces all around who even tries to disturb them more.

The film is set in the backdrop of a fictitious state, Mukhya Pradesh (Madhya Pradesh), where poverty and helplessness lurks at every corner and poor farmer Natha decides to commit suicide as after he dies, his family will get Rs 100,000 as compensation.
In the next instant, Natha becomes the most sought out person in the Peepli Village and media people stalls around his house like anything, localities, tea-stalls and every single small and big politician stalks around his house. The reason is everyone wants to know that whether Natha would die or not?
The most impressive thing being correctly and transparently pictured in the whole story is that nobody actually cares about a farmer (Natha) who is dying, but everyone wants to have a bite of the helpless person and wants to just see that whether he dies or not.
In order to save their political reputation, small leaders of the village gift Natha a huge television, which he must have even hardly seen in his life. All the leaders flock around him ascertaining people that Natha won’t die.

The swaggering chief minister of Mukhya Pradesh at last utters a sentence out of his mouth “Natha nahi marega”. Hearing this, a faint smile just comes and immediately faded away from the face of the dying farmer, who becomes the most talked about person in the whole region.

At last Natha loses his battle of patience, hopes and dreams and he is shown in the film’s last scene just covered in big dirty hopeless sight. The film ends by informing the audience that "8 million farmers quit agriculture in India between 1991 and 2001". 

There is no high imagination and great ideas captured in the film, it just unfolds by itself, and it shows what actually happens in the rural Indian society. This film is a brilliant watch and will certainly pave its way towards the international awards.

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