- General info
In a tiny corner of a giant country, a poor farmer stands to lose everything when he is unable to repay a loan. The only way to save his family from poverty is a government scheme that will wipe out all his debts, but which calls for a drastic course of action. When word gets out, it sparks a media frenzy in this riotously entertaining satire of modern-day India, produced by Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan.
- Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar, Malaika Shenoy, Vishal Om Prakash, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sitaram Panchal, Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Bashir, Pravin Singh Sisodia, Masood Akhtar, Maxima Basu, Avijit Dutt, Danish Husain, Yugal Kishore, Ajay Singh, Sandeep Yadav
- Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui
- Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao
- Bhadwai, Swanand Kirkire
- Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
- India, Bollywood
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 102 minutes
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
- 'Making of' documentary
- 4 Featurettes
- Deleted scenes
- TV spots
- Production stills
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Lively media satire
- Peepli Live review by AER
This lively media satire stays interesting and ends on a curiously sombre note. India's media and politicians get into a feeding frenzy lionise an impoverished (stoner) farmer's decision to commit suicide in order to capitalise on a government compensation scheme that awards surviving family members 100,00 rupees. Occasionally funny, ever knowing, and sometimes emotional, this film underlines the madness of our times when readership numbers and votes are more important than whether a man lives or dies. Crazy, yet very cool to see a non-Bollywood style film from India with something interesting to show us.
Recommended but a one-watch visit (although I've seen it twice now - once at the cinema on release back in 2010.)
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