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Peepli Live (2010)

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Natha, a poor farmer from Peepli village, is about to lose his plot of land due to an unpaid government loan. A quick fix to the problem is the very same government's program that aids the families of indebted farmers who have committed suicide. As a means of survival Farmer Natha can choose to die!. His brother is happy to push him towards this unique "honor" but Natha is reluctant. Local elections are around the corner and what might've been another unnoticed event turns into a "cause celebré" with everyone wanting a piece of the action. Political bigwigs, high-ranking bureaucrats, local henchmen and the ever-zealous media descend upon sleepy Peepli to stake their claim. The question on everyone's lips -- "Will he or Won't he?"
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NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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$748,128.00
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Cast

Omkar Das
as Natha
Shalini Vatsa
as Dhaniya
Malaika Shenoy
as Nandita
Vishal Sharma
as Deepak
Yugal Kishore
as Chief Minister Ram Yadav
Sitaram Panchal
as Bhai Thakur
Naseeruddin Shah
as Salim Kidwai
Nasiruddin Shah
as Salim Kidwai
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

This is a movie that opens with the hero puking, and spends the rest of its running time showing why that may be the only sane response to the state of the world.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

A fitfully amusing Indian comedy that touches on a hot-button topic.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

You can't decide whether to laugh because the events are so absurd or cry because you can imagine them really happening.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
New York Post
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I liked Peepli Live, which is colorful and at times quite lively, but I wish it were funnier and its satirical edge a bit sharper.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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Manages to mine substantial dark humor from this tragic situation while offering pointed -- and sometimes poignant -- social commentary in the process.

August 13, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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Both a heartfelt and a genuinely funny skewering of India's convoluted caste-consciousness.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Peepli Live

A Bollywood drama/comedy which entertainingly brings to light some serious social issues. The odd balancing of comedy and tragedy may put some off but works pretty well in context.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour
½

I had expected more. The film is an interesting insight into another world but that's about it. It wasn't really funny nor inspirational. I kept waiting for the movie to get good. It wasn't bad but it never really came together.

craig downing
craig downing
½

This is actually the first "Bollywood" movie I've seen from beginning to end. I've seen some parts of the bigger Indian movies and I just can't stand them. The singing and the dancing and almost every movie being over 140 minutes is just a complete turn off to me. But I really liked this movie. There's the problem of the move trying way too hard to satire the media and their thirst for sensationalism , and those themes are almost universal. They didn't really need to beat it into our head about how fucked up the media can be. They took this story about a man who can only provide for his family in death, and changed that focus to how the media and the government reacts to it. And that's fine, but the real story was about Natha and his decision and it was disappointing that the movie wasn't focused on his story at all. But, again, the movie is still really good and the end is pretty sad because everyone is actually WORSE off at the end than they were at the beginning. That's something that not a lot of movies do, so kudos for that. A flawed movie but it still entertains.

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