Movie Review: Peepli Live
Banner: Aamir Khan Productions
Producer: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao
Executive Producer / Co-Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
Director: Anusha Rizvi
Star Cast : Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuveer Yadav, Malaika Shenoy, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffer, Vishal O Sharma
Movie Review :
Aamir Khan should be praised for promoting the film Peepli Live as the film has been marketed like a commercial movie and it raises the issues of farmer suicide and greed of some people of society who pretend to be great people but they exploit some of the poorest of poor for their benefit. It has been found that many farmers in Maharashtra, M.P and Punjab have committed suicide because they are unable to pay back bank loans as they suffered losses in agriculture .The movie also shows that the class of people — the politicians or media –promises to deliver their best but they make use of people’s sentiments to make money and to gain power.
The story of the movie is about a farmer Natha and Budhiya , the two brothers and they have taken loans from bank which they cannot pay back therefore they go and meet the local politicians who says the benefit is given to the farmer who commits suicide and Natha agrees to commit suicide to get the benefits.
It is election time and a newspaper sends its people to cover the story of farmer suicide. The report Rakesh informs about Natha’s decision of committing suicide and local politicians try to makes use of Natha’s plan to commit suicide to get benefit in elections. Natha’s son wants him to agree to the suicide plan as it will provide him the job of a policeman.
An English channel gets the news of farmer planning to commit suicide and the lead reporter reaches the place to cover the story and the story gets wide coverage which raises the TRP of the channel. In between the reporter is informed of another farmer suicide but the channel is not interested in covering it because it may not help in getting the required TRPs.
The film tries to depict that nobody who comes to know of Natha’s plan to commit suicide tries to prevent it or tries to solve the loan issue instead everybody is interested in exploiting the situation for their personal benefit. The script is fine and the depiction is non-preachy hilarious. Farmer suicide has been a troubling issue and there are even cases of fake loans — the government’s policy does not provide a regulated and justified approach towards these problems.
The film is fun to watch and the performance of lead actors Omkar Das, Shalini Vatsa , Raghuvir Yadav is just perfect. The English Channel reporters played by Malika and Vishal are also up to perfection.
It is a fine movie,which can be watched in the weekend.