Anusha Rizvi promised a satire and that is exactly what she delivers. Her understanding of a satire seems perfect as she dabbles and plays effortlessly with it giving a hard hitting message that is laced in condescension yet gets thrown in our faces masqueraded in humour and jokes. But while she highlights all the malaise, the movie at no point becomes visually displeasing. But still she actually delivers a disarmingly simple but remarkably powerful film, and that is a major triumph. She handles the subject material like a veteran. Her script is tight and witty and her handling of a difficult subject deserves kudos. She taps into the power of the medium to narrate a story rooted firmly in the depressing realities of rural India, but without ever going into paroxysms of self-righteous indignation. Rizvi collates elements from the theatre of the absurd to craft her sly portrait of a grim scenario that urban Indian moviegoers are rarely, if ever, exposed to. Although the core issue is the farmer's suicide, she touches many a pain areas through her excellent script and narrative, plus with some thought-provoking dialogues from her. Her dialogues are raw, even making you squirm in places, and the humour ensures the film is not all preachy. Her understanding of the subject and treatment is commendable and the research shows. She brings a certain degree of sensibility and subtlety, which gives Peepli Live a quality that sets it apart.
Well Done Rizvi!
4 / 5