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Peepli Live (2010)

PeepliLive2010

Peepli Live (2010) is a 2010 Indian comic satire that explores the topic of “farmer suicides” and the subsequent media and political response. It is written and directed by Anusha Rizvi in her directorial debut, and produced by Aamir Khan Productions. The film stars Naya Theatre company member Omkar Das Manikpuri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa and Malaika Shenoy along with a number of newcomers. Peepli Live, distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, was released on 13 August 2010. The film was inspired by 1997 Hollywood film Mad City.

Peepli Live is India’s official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category.

Plot

Natha Das ManikPuri (Omkar Das Manikpuri), better known as Natha, is a poor farmer from the village of Peepli in Mukhya Pradesh, who struggles to farm enough money for his family made up of his elder brother, Budhia Das Manikpuri (Raghubir Yadav), his wife, Dhaniya (Shalini Vatsa) and his ailing mother, Amma (Farookh Zafar), who spends most of her time lying down and screaming at Natha and Dhaniya. Natha and Budhia often pretend to go out farming when actually they save up whatever money they have to buy drinks. This has left the whole family famished and now the state’s Sammaan Party Government are demanding loans or else the family will be stripped off their land and house. In the meantime, the Mukhya Pradesh Government have called a by-election due to continuous criticism of their blind eye towards the desperate poverty that surrounds India’s largest state. The opposition Apna Dal Party believe they have a chance to form the government in this election as the people have lost faith in the long-serving Sammaan Party and its Chief Minister, Ram Babu Yadav (Vishal O. Sharma) who, along with Agriculture Minister, Saleem Kidwai (Naseeruddin Shah), believes in the industrialization of rural areas.

To save his land and to save his family from becoming homeless, Natha, encouraged by his brother, decides to commit suicide after he attended a session with the rural headmen for help and they suggested him that committing suicide is a good way to get money waived off, after which his family will receive heavy compensation for his death. While Natha and his brother were discussing the same at a local tea stall, this news gets reported by Rakesh, a local reporter from Peepli. This report then gets highlighted by the national english news channels and reaches the Chief Minister. The media starts surrounding Peepli sensing the possibility of a sensational suicide atory. One ITVN journalist particularly keen on filming the event of Natha’s death is Daytime Presenter, Nandita Malik (Malaika Shenoy). She joins the local reporter Rakesh Kapoor (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and takes desperate measures to interview Natha and his family on the subject of Natha’s suicide. However things get more tricky when rival Hindi news channel, “Bharat Live” discover about Natha and Peepli. The news channel clashes with ITVN and try to film Natha’s death on their own accord. The Sammaan Party also soon discover Natha’s plans and demand that if Natha does not die within two days, they will go ahead with the repossession of Natha’s land. Opposition Parties like the Apna Dal and the CPI also get involved and plan to use Natha as a path to power in the elections. Peepli becomes the centre of attention across Mukhya Pradesh.

Nandita’s frantic attempts to interview Natha get worse when Rakesh does not find Natha or anyone else in Peepli to interview. She seems unimpressed with Rakesh’s compassionate stand towards Natha and believes that as reporters their duty lies in reporting and following the news and nothing else. On the other hand, “Bharat Live” continues to be successful in their attempts to interview. Yet as time goes on, Natha does not die. Meanwhile the Sammaan Party realize that if Natha commits suicide, they will lose the elections. So, on the day of Natha’s suicide, Sammaan Party officials led by Chief Minister Ram Yadav himself secretly kidnap Natha and hold to ransom for money from the opposition. Yet their plans are foiled when Rakesh discovers Deepak and his men holding Natha hostage at a Peepli barn. A rush occurs when people from Apna Dal, the CPI, ITVN, Bharat Live and Peepli villagers all rush to find Natha. In the confusion, a spillage accident from a Petromax lamp sets fire to the barn, which explodes and Rakesh is killed. The Government officials mistake Rakesh for Natha and refuse to pay Natha’s family the compensation money due to the death being an accident. Meanwhile the real Natha remains alive and travels to a nearby city and starts working as a daily laborer in construction industry.

Cast

Omkar Das Manikpuri as Natha
Raghuvir Yadav as Budhia
Shalini Vatsa as Dhaniya
Farrukh Jaffar as Amma
Malaika Shenoy as Nandita
Vishal Sharma as Deepak
Nowaz as Rakesh
Sitaram Panchal as Bhai Thakur
Naseeruddin Shah as Salim Kidwai
Aamir Bashir as Vivek
Dan Husain as Vijay Ranjan Prasad

Sound Tracks

“Chola Maati Ke Ram”
Written by Gangaram Sakhet
Composed by Nageen Tanvir
Performed by Nageen Tanvir
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“Des Mera”
Written by Sanjeev Sharma, Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Indian Ocean
Performed by Indian Ocean
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“Des Mera – 1”
Written by Sanjeev Sharma, Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Indian Ocean
Performed by Indian Ocean
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“Mehngai Dayain”
Written by Brij Mandal, Bhadwai
Composed by Brij Mandal, Bhadwai
Performed by Raghuveer Yadav
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“Mehngai Dayain – Remix”
Written by Brij Mandal, Bhadwai
Composed by Ram Sampat
Performed by Raghuveer Yadav
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“Zindagi Se Darte Ho”
Written by Noon Meem Rashed
Composed by Indian Ocean
Performed by Indian Ocean
Music Label T-Series

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 28 November 2010

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