Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) has just graduated, and his marks are, well, let's say a little embarrassing. But marks never stopped him from dreaming of an exciting and adventurous ... See full summary »
The lives of four people intersect in Mumbai: a washer-man who wants to become an actor, a banker-turned-photographer, a painter looking for inspiration, and a newly-married immigrant who journals her experiences on home video.
After breaking up with his childhood sweetheart, a young man finds solace in drugs. Meanwhile, a teenage girl is caught in the world of prostitution. Will they be destroyed, or will they find redemption?
In the lead up to state elections in the Indian village of Peepli, two poor farmers, Natha and Budhia, face losing their land over an unpaid bank loan. Desperate, they seek help from an apathetic local politician, who scornfully suggests they commit suicide to benefit from a government program that aids the families of indebted deceased farmers. When a journalist overhears Budhia urge Natha to "do what needs to be done" for the sake of their families, a media frenzy ignites around whether or not Natha will commit suicide. Written by
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Peepli Live was India's official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category,however it did not get nominated. See more »
lf you look closely you 'll see Natha's footprints. Whether escape or abduction, here's where Natha perched himself for the last time. And here's the fruit of his toil, his faeces, commonly known as shit. Take a close look. Do not cringe at the sight, for, as long as we live, we will continue to shit. Psychiatrists claim that faeces reflect our mental state. The complexion of our shit is a window to the inner self. But here we see a mixture of hues. Therefore, before reaching any conclusions we...
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When will Chinese directors make a good film like this one?
I have seen quite a few Indian films. Most of them are about love with plenty of singing and dancing which can become boring.
This film is a total black comedy. It is not about love, it is entirely different. And if you like this one, you should definitely watch the other one - Well Done Abba! Both films are about poor people dealing with bureaucracy in India. India and China all have large population of farmers, poor people. And both countries have tons of bureaucrats to deal with.
Only in India, can this film be made. If someone wants to make a similar film in China, his/her project will be guaranteed to be rejected by the Chinese government due to its lack of "patriotism". In mainland China, no director can make a movie that is exposing the dark side of the Chinese government.
I enjoy this movie very much. Unlike other Indian films which are almost always more than 2 hours long. This movie ended right on time, only about 90 minutes long. And it didn't have any particular singing or dancing scenes which are really improper for this kind of topic.
I only wish that some Chinese directors can watch this film and the other one "well done abba". And I hope that the Chinese communist government will be overthrown soon, so that Chinese directors can have the freedom to make some good meaningful films just like this one.
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