Movie Review: PEEPLI [Live] (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★★☆
Box Office: Block Buster

pliveWhen Aamir Khan produces a film, or is associated with any film in the capacity of an actor, be prepared for the unpredictable. Films like TAARE ZAMEEN PAR and 3 IDIOTS took pot shots at the education system in India and PEEPLI [LIVE], directed by Anusha Rizvi, is a tongue-in-cheek satire on the farmers’ suicides and the role of vote-hungry politicians and the over-enthusiastic, TRP-seeking desperate electronic media jostling for eyeballs.

Come to think of it, the concept [farmers’ suicides] would instinctively translate into a serious, thought-provoking film. But PEEPLI [LIVE] takes a grim and solemn issue, turns it into a satire, garnishes it with populist sentiment and makes a far greater impact than a mere documentary, had it tackled the burning issue. In fact, like all Aamir Khan films, PEEPLI [LIVE] marries realism with a winning box-office formula most brilliantly.

A sad fact of our society is that bad news attracts instant attention. In PEEPLI [LIVE], an impoverished man offers to commit suicide so that his family can benefit from a government grant – a dark subject matter which is dealt with in a delightfully humorous manner. In fact, it’s a terrific satire about a troubled India, the shining India, the industrialised India that’s rarely depicted on the Hindi screen.


PEEPLI [LIVE] focuses on the poorest of the poor in India and it not only highlights the plight of a farmer in a tiny corner of a giant country, but also throws light on the varied people who exploit the situation to their advantage, right from the politicians to the bureaucrats to the television reporters to the local people. In fact, PEEPLI [LIVE] makes a scathing attack on the functioning of media in India and how media persons, depicted as vultures, generally stoop to the lowest levels to increase the ratings of their television channel/show.


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Positive Reviews
4.5 “Simply brilliant!”
4.5 “an achievement”
4.5 “almost the perfect score.”
Full Hyderabad
4.5 “Wickedly Clever, Vicious Satire”
4.5 “Surely worth having a ‘peep'”
4.0 “Lively and loaded “
India Today
4.0 “has its heart in the right place, and it’s a heart backed by a ticking mind.”
4.0 “I think you should certainly pay for a ticket.”
Hindustan Times
4.0 “is the film of the year. Missing it would be your loss. “
4.0 “Best film of the year! “
4.0 “an excellent satire on rural India”
Zee News
4.0 “this tragic-comedy, a brilliant satire, is not to be missed.”
South Africa Daily News
3.5 “among the most courageous you have seen in a long time.

DNA India
3.5 “an exceptional watch.”
3.5 “Visiting this village is strongly recommended! “
3.5 “a lively and living document on the `other’ India, that lives beyond the neon lights and the cruising metros.”
Times Of India
3.5 “Sharp Satire, Keen Track “
Movie Talkies
3.5 “Anusha blends the miseries of farmers and subsequent political and media reactions seamlessly”
3.5 “mainly for the multiplexes and the big cities and it will fetch handsome returns from there.”
3.5 “It will certainly not come as a surprise if ‘Peepli Live’ goes on to do exceptionally well at the box office as well.”
3.5 “Rare & very well done”
Mumbai Mirror
3.5 “a must watch.”
Now Running
3.5 “an excellent expose of the great Indian political tamasha”
Real Bollywood
3.0 “: Do visit this Peeplidom..especially if you relish reality bytes.”
Khalid Mohamed
3.0 “Fun but not insightful”

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