PEEPLI LIVE

Power of the Press

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Release Date: August 13, 2010

Starring: Omkar Das, Raghuvir Yadav,
Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar,
Malaika Shenoy, Vishal Sharma,
Nowaz, Sitaram Panchal,
Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Bashir

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 106 minutes

Distributor: UTV

Director: Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui

Executive Producer: B. Shrinivas Rao

Producer: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao

Writer: Anusha Rizvi

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Content:

(PaPa, FRFR, CoCo, SoSo, AP, LL, VV, DD, MM) Strong mixed pagan worldview with some false religion elements such as mention of Hindu goddess and the “god of death” as well as some Communist political elements as India’s chief minister is accused of Communism as well as government programs offered for poor farmers and mention of warring political parties, and two Anti-American comments made about the United States; 17 obscenities, two profanities and man vomits; violence includes man falling in manure, stories of people being beaten, men are slapped around by a local magistrate, father takes a swing at his son, mom hits her son, and man dies in explosion; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol use; smoking cigarettes and marijuana throughout the movie; and, strong miscellaneous immorality such as lying, blackmail, threats, coercion, and a general theme of suicide.


Summary:

Set in rural India, PEEPLI LIVE is a political satire from India about a poor farmer who can pay off the debt of his family farm, if only he will commit suicide. The movie has some mixed worldview and references to Hinduism, as well as foul language, mild violence and an unfulfilling ending, but it successfully lampoons the veracity of elections and the power of the media.


Review:

Set in rural India, PEEPLI LIVE is a political satire about the power of the press, the veracity of election season, and the hapless citizens who get caught in the middle of a national media circus.
In the small Indian village of Peepli, two poor farmers, Natha and Budhia, are deep in debt from a government loan and about to lose their family farm. Hopeless and looking for answers, they hear about a government program that gives financial aide to the families of farmers who commit suicide, so Budhia convinces Natha that the best way to save their farm is for Natha to kill himself.
When a local reporter hears of Natha’s plan, he writes an article that quickly gets picked up by the nation’s major media outlets. Suddenly, newspapers, TV vans, and camera crews overwhelm Natha’s farm as the small village of Peepli becomes the focal point of every major news station. With cameras and reporters watching his every move, Natha’s fate is the discussion of every news channel and every politician seeking office in the upcoming elections.
PEEPLI LIVE is a close-to-perfect political satire, but it takes an odd turn in the final act. Forsaking the movie’s wit and mockery, the movie is, ultimately, a creative disappointment by turning dramatic and trying to overly prove its point. The movie forsakes irony for travesty, which renders powerless its caustic tone.
The movie also has some worldview problems, namely dangerous political ideologies like Communism, as different parties vie for power and the soul of Natha, which ultimately represents the soul of the nation of India. The movie also has some violent content, foul language and drug use. At the end of the movie, a fact is revealed that states the Indian government’s suicide clause is, indeed, a reality in India and that, since the program has been enacted in 2007, 182,000 farmers have committed suicide. This fact is both alarming and tragic.
The nation of India needs more of the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to shine, even in its most remote villages. The truth revealed in the Gospel is the only thing that can turn around destructive ideologies that value the State over the Individual, and it is the only thing that can set people free from their bondages.


In Brief:

PEEPLI LIVE is an Indian satire about two poor farmers, Natha and Budhia, deep in debt from a government loan and about to lose their family farm. Hopeless and looking for answers, they hear about a government program that gives financial aide to families of farmers who commit suicide. So, Budhia convinces Natha the best way to save their farm is for Natha to kill himself. When a local reporter hears of Natha’s plan, he writes an article that quickly gets picked up by major media outlets. Suddenly, newspapers, TV vans and camera crews overwhelm Natha’s farm as their small village becomes the focal point of political controversy.
PEEPLI LIVE is a nearly perfect political satire, but it takes an odd turn in the final act. Forsaking its wit and mockery, the movie becomes overly dramatic and tries too hard to prove its point. It also has some worldview problems, namely dangerous political ideologies like Communism, as different parties vie for power and the soul of Natha, who ultimately represents the soul of the nation of India. The movie also has some violent content, foul language and drug use.