‘Peepli Live’ Review- ‘Peepli Live Movie Review
Director : Anusha Rizvi
Star Cast : Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Naseeruddin Shah and Shalini Vatsa
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 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.
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.