And its a thumps up!

The film has been directed by debutant Anusha Rizvi and produced by UTV & Aamir Khan. The main cast includes Omkar Das Manikpuri, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Raghubir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Malaika Shenoy and Farukh Jaffer. Screen Daily has published the first review of the film. You can click here or keep on reading here. The review follows..

Peepli Live is a film about land ownership and suicide that makes you laugh. Anusha Rizvi entertains with a bawdy take on the rural class struggle as she examines a serious injustice in India today.

Scripted with raunchy wit and superbly acted, Peepli Live is likely to play on the international festival circuit before reaching art houses. While its widest exposure outside India is likely to remain the Indian diaspora, critics can be expected to spread the word about this new director.

Rizvi’s first film has a huge cast, but its story focuses on everyman Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri), a poor pot-smoking farmer in the village of Peepli who can’t pay back his government loan. Thousands of farmers in financial trouble commit suicide every year in India, and when Natha learns that the government will compensate suicide victims’ families with 100,000 rupees, he considers giving it a try.

When word gets out, the press and politicians turn his case into a frenzied spectacle, milking Natha’s dilemma for headlines and profit.

Rizvi, a television journalist, handles her subject like a veteran director. Her script comes to life in wise earthy dialogue among the most disadvantaged characters.

As Natha, Manikpuri offers the hopelessly honest observations of a bewildered man.  Malaika Shenoy is shamelessly vain as a TV reporter who stumbles onto a career-making story.  Production values are high. DP Shanker Raman’s camera takes the small village apart, much as the talented Ms. Rizvi has exposed the hypocrisy and humor of her society.

For trailer/promos/story/synopsis of the film, click here.

Comments
  1. mogambo says:

    Boooo Aamir suxxxxx .. SRK be King Khan!!!! Kajol-SRK jodi so cute they live long time forever!! Kya baat hai SRK ki wah!! Yourss the smarty!! Yaaaar Rab ne bana di jodi sequaaaal bana de sharuk…….

    …… is what I’m expecting would happen when the film releases in India. Kudos to Ms (Mrs?) Rizwi. And Kudos to the reviewer for mentioning her instead of Aamir…though he deserves credit too.

    Time for Dhobi Ghaat to show itself now

  2. himanshu bahl says:

    no wonder srk is so big. its dicks like you have no appreciation of art and just want to see srk doing romantic song and dance all the time.
    Don’t get me wrong SRK is awesome but so is real art and an awesome story and some hard hitting cinema.

  3. Dilip says:

    Hello Mogambo .. What are you talking here .. Its for a review about peepli Live .. tell or …. off.

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