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Peepli Live  (2010 - Hindi)

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Peepli Live cumulative rating: 3.7 out of 53.7/5 (88 users)

Peepli Live critics rating: 3.75 out of 5 3.75/5 (13 critics)

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    Peepli Live rating: 8 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 13 Aug 2010)

    Few months back I had an opportunity to see a documentary “Nero’s Guest” , which was based on Farmer Suicide and the whole role of media, government and most important “us”. I was very curious to see how Aamir Khan handles this sensitive tabooed topic and thus “Peepli Live” was on my most wanted film to be seen’s list. I also tried to avoid the promos which were running continuously on all channels, the reason was due to fear of watching up the best scenes in promos, as many recent films do. They show the best scenes in promos and then in the film there is nothing left. So with such high expectations I watched this small film, let’s find out where does it fare ?

    “Peepli Live” is the story of two farmer brothers Budhia {Raghubir Yadav} and Natha {Omkar Das Manikpuri)} who loses their land to bank and are jobless. In search for work, they come to know that if a farmer does a suicide his family gets some compensation from the government. Thus they decide that one of them will give life in order to support their old mothers {Farooq Jaffar}, Natha’s wife {Shalini Vatsa} and three children’s. The news of Natha giving his life is overheard by a small time reporter Rakesh {Nowaz}, which slowly catches fire as elections are due and ends us as the headlines of all leading new channels. In the shadow of media Natha and his family try to live their life without knowing what’s going to happen next and that’s what the whole movie is about.

    Story is very simple but it’s the way it’s been told is outstanding. The whole narration of the events and the after effects of media make you glued to the screen. Screenplay is flawless and despite of such an unusual topic and it does not make you lose your interest from the film. Though the film might make you remember bimal roys classic “Do Beegha Zameen” or Sonali Kulkarni’s Marathi film “ Gabricha paus”, but besides the farmers problem issue this films don’t have anything else common with “Peepli Live”. There are many great scenes in the film like The whole Ammaji shouting at her bahu, Budhia & Natha’s meet with thakur, barah saal ka chumban topic of news channel, Reporter Deepak’s story on Natha’s Mal, Rakesh ‘s take on Farmers and many many more. Every scenes in this film has its uniqueness and adds up to the magic of this film. Climax especially the last few mins of the film were most simplest climax in recent times. You don’t need to give some drastic twist and turns or choking moments to end the film. There can be some simple take on it and that’s what makes it more special. Camera work and locations are outstanding, the whole rural India has been captured with total colors and natural form.

    Music adds the flow of the film, starting with Desh Mera and Mehngai Dayain adds the rural flavor to the film and Chola Maati Ke Ram haunts with you in the film. None of the songs are chartbusters or something we can sing. But they are very essential as per the film flow. Background music is total lively.

    Debutant director Anushka Rizvi deserves applause for selecting such unique subject and makes her impact with this film. She could had made it total hard hitting or dark tragic film, but instead she used this topic as a homeopathy pill which has total sugar coating over it and does its work. She along with her technical team has really worked hard on all the minute details of the film starting from brilliant cast and backdrop of the film. She proves us that the impact can be even made in a simplest form. The whole dialect of rural India with usage of swears words add the naturalness to the film. She is superbly supported by her producer Aamir Khan. There have been so many small issue based films, but people misses them on the mass level, as there is no salable face and the producers are generally small time film makers. But out here the name of Aamir Khan makes the masses notice this film.

    There are no words for the cast of this film as everyone are so natural and you feel that you know almost all of them or claim to meet some or another characters like them in your real life. Omkar Das Manikpuri expresses his dilemma by his eyes and the whole tension with his facial expressions. Raghubir Yadav is good, but could had done something more. Farooq Jafffer as Ammaji was brilliant and it was a treat to watch a fine actor at this age performing with total finesse. Malaika Shenoy & Vishal Sharma as the top reporters were outstanding. Nowaz again added his human touch in this film after some good performances in films like Firaaq and others. Shalini Vatsa as natha’s wife is the best example of the gem actors we have in our country who don’t need make up or glamour. Naseerudin Shah, Sitaram Panchal, Jugal Kishore and others give good support to the film.

    So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum?

    Are you kidding? Total dum hai and such films should be watched by all. Another feather in Aamir Khan’s cap of producing good and sensible films. On one side he makes rom com like Jane tu ya jane na and other side films like Taare Zameen Par and Peepli Live. Other big producers pls learn something from this master. Would suggest you to watch the film as soon as possible to enjoy the freshness of the film, as this film is surely going to feature in all breaking news and you might end up watching the best of the film on all different news channels.

    Ratings : 4/5

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