Director(s): Anusha Rizvi
Screenplay: Anusha Rizvi
Cast: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghubir Yadav, Malaika Shenoy, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffer, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vishal O Sharma
Distributor: UTV Communications
Runtime: 106 min
Watched @: Sensation Insomia
Movie deals with the issue of farmer’s suicide in rural India. Indian mindset is very price conscious. Anyone spending money on buying a cinema ticket is least interested in getting into the comfort of a cinema hall to watch a documentary laced with facts and figures and tonnes of preaching. Khan understands this very well. The emphasis in Peepli Live is on telling an engaging story of two brothers Natha (Omkar Das) and Budhia (Raghuveer Yadav) who come to know that farmers get compensation on committing suicide.TRP hungry news channels pounce on this story and milk it to an obscene extreme. The exaggerated reporting gets the dilly-dallying politicos into action and within no time Natha is on the cover of prestigious Time magazine. Natha’s wife Dhania (Shalini Vatsa) and Amma (Farrukh Jaffer) are at proverbial Saas-Bahu loggerheads and the expletives shared between the two are an absolute riot. A string of comedy of errors follow suit. In all the humour, the director pieces information on shoddy rural schemes of the country and why increasingly farmers are quitting their ancestral profession and shifting to cities to pursue petty jobs as daily wagers.
Omkar Das as Natha is a revelation. He makes you smile, laugh and sympathetic all at the same time. Raghuveer Yadav, as expected is mind blowing. There are several shades to his personality. Helpless, elder brotherly and yet a hint of unpronounced negative sentiments. Farrukh Jaffer as Amma has some of the best lines in the film which she delivers with aplomb, Shalini Vatsa as Dhaniya is wonderful, Vishal Sharma as the wily Hindi News Reporter Kumar Deepak will go places after this film, Malaika Shenoy as suave English News Reporter Nandita Malik has an impressive screen presence and it goes without saying Naseeruddin Shah as the smart politician gives this film a super sheen of its own. Rizvi’s script completely blows away the recent competition with its sharp, sardonic dialogue and uncompromising misandry. Shanker Raman’s cinematography is eye popping, Hemanti Sarkar’s editing remains razor-sharp throughout; the music is intermittently haunting and pleasing.
Despite a predictable yet satisfying screenplay, Natha’s Predicamant and movie final scenes make movie worth watching. It is a film that happens very rarely. Don’t miss it!!