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Peepli (Live) (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 13 August 2010 (USA)
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An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.

Directors:

Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui (co-director)

Writers:

Bhadwai (lyrics), Swanand Kirkire (lyrics) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Omkar Das Manikpuri ... Nathadas Manikpuri
Raghuvir Yadav ... Budhia Manikpuri
Shalini Vatsa ... Dhaniya N. Manikpuri
Farrukh Jaffar Farrukh Jaffar ... Mrs. Manikpuri / Amma
Malaika Shenoy Malaika Shenoy ... Nandita Malik
Vishal Om Prakash Vishal Om Prakash ... Kumar Deepak (as Vishal Sharma)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Rakesh
Sitaram Panchal ... Bhai Thakur
Naseeruddin Shah ... Salim Kidwai - Agricultural Minister
Aamir Bashir Aamir Bashir ... Vivek
Pravin Singh Sisodia Pravin Singh Sisodia ... Gudda Babu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masood Akhtar Masood Akhtar ... Editor
Maxima Basu Maxima Basu ... Lady Reporter
Sakshi Bhatia Sakshi Bhatia ... Reporter
Avijit Dutt Avijit Dutt ... Boss of English TV Channel
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Storyline

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 Sundance Film Festival

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farmer | media | politician | bank | mother | See All (14) »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

13 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Live aus Peepli - Irgendwo in Indien See more »

Filming Locations:

Madhya Pradesh, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$350,054, 15 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$754,836, 5 September 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Deepak: 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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Soundtracks

Mehngai Dayain
(Remix)
Music by Ram Sampath
Performed by Raghubir Yadav
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Peepli Live - Pithy satire clad in slick script
16 August 2010 | by speeechless-817-705674See all my reviews

Anusha Rizvi has a story to tell and she does it all too un-preachily. No sermons. No grandstands. Her narrative, taking care of every nuance, puts the point right across, and manages to move you. She takes a light- hearted approach to a serious issue. The satire, directed at the media and the government, tends to go tad bit overboard, but is hard-hitting and convincing, for most part. Laudable performances by theatre artists Omkar Das Manikpuri as Natha and Raghubir Yadav as Budhia, (Natha's elder brother). A first timer in the Hindi film industry, Omkar Das is sure to take you by surprise. You may not take to him instantly but his childlike vulnerability and subtle ways, win you over, as the story progresses. Be it his tripping in the gobar, or his confiding in Budhia that he doesn't want to suicide, or the tenderness with which he pats the goat, even as he lies cowering from his own set of woes. (Titbit - Apparently, Rizvi spotted Omkar Das at a play in Bhopal. Until then, Amir was suppose to play Natha) Raghubir Yadav is born to act. He emotes flawlessly. One such scene is where he is arguing with Natha over who should suicide. Within a second, he solemnly vows to suicide, all teary-eyed, in the next, he takes a 'relieved' drag off his beedi, having managed to convince innocent Natha to sacrifice his life ;) From the grouchy (yet entertaining) amma (Farookh Zafar), to Natha's nagging wife Dhaniya (Shalini Vatsa); from the B-grade Hindi news channel correspondent Deepak, to the stoic English news channel reporter Nandita (Malaika Shenoy), it's a perfect cast all the way. The film gets drab and predictable in parts but manages to leave an impact, nevertheless!


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