Peepli Live

2010

Peepli Live

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Natha, a poor farmer from Peepli village, is about to lose his plot of land due to an unpaid government loan. A quick fix to the problem is the very same government's program that aids the families of indebted farmers who have committed suicide. As a means of survival Farmer Natha can choose to die!. His brother is happy to push him towards this unique "honor" but Natha is reluctant. Local elections are around the corner and what might've been another unnoticed event turns into a "cause celebré" with everyone wanting a piece of the action. Political bigwigs, high-ranking bureaucrats, local henchmen and the ever-zealous media descend upon sleepy Peepli to stake their claim. The question on everyone's lips -- "Will he or Won't he?"

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Critic Reviews for Peepli Live

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (4)

  • A largely unknown confident cast, rousing folk music and Rizvi's understated direction result in a fresh, credible comic gem.

    Oct 24, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Anil Sinanan

    Time Out
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  • Thousands of poor farmers kill themselves every year in India and it was audacious of writer-director Anusha Rizvi to make a comedy out of the fact with her first film.

    Sep 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • You can't fault the crusading spirit of this controversial Bollywood satire, just the blunt, one-note, entirely obvious execution.

    Sep 23, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

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

    Sep 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a movie that opens with the hero puking, and spends the rest of its running time showing why that may be the only sane response to the state of the world.

    Aug 19, 2010 | Rating: B+

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Peepli Live

  • Nov 17, 2011
    This is actually the first "Bollywood" movie I've seen from beginning to end. I've seen some parts of the bigger Indian movies and I just can't stand them. The singing and the dancing and almost every movie being over 140 minutes is just a complete turn off to me. But I really liked this movie. There's the problem of the move trying way too hard to satire the media and their thirst for sensationalism , and those themes are almost universal. They didn't really need to beat it into our head about how fucked up the media can be. They took this story about a man who can only provide for his family in death, and changed that focus to how the media and the government reacts to it. And that's fine, but the real story was about Natha and his decision and it was disappointing that the movie wasn't focused on his story at all. But, again, the movie is still really good and the end is pretty sad because everyone is actually WORSE off at the end than they were at the beginning. That's something that not a lot of movies do, so kudos for that. A flawed movie but it still entertains.
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