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A largely unknown confident cast, rousing folk music and Rizvi's understated direction result in a fresh, credible comic gem.
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.
A fitfully amusing Indian comedy that touches on a hot-button topic.
You can't decide whether to laugh because the events are so absurd or cry because you can imagine them really happening.
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.
Manages to mine substantial dark humor from this tragic situation while offering pointed -- and sometimes poignant -- social commentary in the process.
Globalization does not have to be inhumane.
A better writer than director, the strength of Rizvi's 'Peepli Live' is the film's unsentimental portrayal of the poor
Thousands of poor farmers kill themselves every year in India and it was audacious of writer-director Anusha Rizvi to make a comedy out of the fact with her first film.
You can't fault the crusading spirit of this controversial Bollywood satire, just the blunt, one-note, entirely obvious execution.
There is a deadly serious message about India's rural/urban divide in first-timer director Anusha Rizvi's satirical gem, but it also happens to have a juicily vulgar streak.
Drawing on India's rural-versus-urban divide, Rizvi spins a dynamic, enjoyably-acted yarn that balances farcical humour with a satisfying seriousness.
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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