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            Peepli (Live) (2010)

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            An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.

            Directors:

            Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui (co-director)

            Writers:

            Bhadwai (lyrics), Swanand Kirkire (lyrics) | 4 more credits »
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            Cast

            Credited cast:
            Omkar Das Manikpuri ... Nathadas Manikpuri
            Raghuvir Yadav ... Budhia Manikpuri
            Shalini Vatsa ... Dhaniya N. Manikpuri
            Farrukh Jaffar ... Mrs. Manikpuri / Amma
            Malaika Shenoy Malaika Shenoy ... Nandita Malik
            Vishal Om Prakash Vishal Om Prakash ... Kumar Deepak (as Vishal Sharma)
            Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Rakesh
            Sitaram Panchal ... Bhai Thakur
            Naseeruddin Shah ... Salim Kidwai - Agricultural Minister
            Aamir Bashir ... Vivek
            Pravin Singh Sisodia Pravin Singh Sisodia ... Gudda Babu
            Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
            Masood Akhtar ... Editor
            Maxima Basu Maxima Basu ... Lady Reporter
            Sakshi Bhatia Sakshi Bhatia ... Reporter
            Avijit Dutt Avijit Dutt ... Boss of English TV Channel
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            Storyline

            In the lead up to state elections in the Indian village of Peepli, two poor farmers, Natha and Budhia, face losing their land over an unpaid bank loan. Desperate, they seek help from an apathetic local politician, who scornfully suggests they commit suicide to benefit from a government program that aids the families of indebted deceased farmers. When a journalist overhears Budhia urge Natha to "do what needs to be done" for the sake of their families, a media frenzy ignites around whether or not Natha will commit suicide. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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            farmer | media | politician | bank | mother | See All (14) »

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            Comedy | Drama

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            Official Sites:

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            Country:

            India

            Language:

            Hindi | English

            Release Date:

            13 August 2010 (India) See more »

            Also Known As:

            Live aus Peepli - Irgendwo in Indien See more »

            Filming Locations:

            Madhya Pradesh, India See more »

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            Box Office

            Opening Weekend USA:

            $350,054, 15 August 2010

            Gross USA:

            $757,951

            Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

            $9,460,931
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            Dolby Digital

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            Color

            Aspect Ratio:

            2.35 : 1
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            Peepli Live was India's official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category,however it did not get nominated. See more »

            Quotes

            Deepak: lf you look closely you 'll see Natha's footprints. Whether escape or abduction, here's where Natha perched himself for the last time. And here's the fruit of his toil, his faeces, commonly known as shit. Take a close look. Do not cringe at the sight, for, as long as we live, we will continue to shit. Psychiatrists claim that faeces reflect our mental state. The complexion of our shit is a window to the inner self. But here we see a mixture of hues. Therefore, before reaching any conclusions we...
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            Des Mera
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            Lyrics by Sanjeev Sharma and Swanand Kirkire
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            Beats most of the American movies I've seen this year
            16 August 2010 | by P_B_W_BrianSee all my reviews

            I'm a native American and saw this movie in a theater with maybe 30 Indians (sorry, I'm old enough to find multiple ironies in that sentence). Anyway, I went into this movie with no expectations. Though I've seen a number of Indian movies over the last few years, I knew nothing of this author or director. I laughed out loud more than I have for any Hollywood movie this year. My cohorts found it even funnier than I, but I guarantee you that you don't need to know that much about Indian politics or media to get most of this satire.

            It starts with a farmer deciding to commit suicide to get his family the $2000 that may save his farm from foreclosure. From there, the media and government turn it into a circus, stepping all over themselves in their self-serving ways.

            It suffers only in minor ways from a few slow spots and odd shifts in tone, but these are worth sitting through. It's currently showing here only at a suburban Atlanta theater that shows a combination of H-wood and B-wood. This should have been picked up by some American distributer when it showed at Sundance. Hopefully, enough people will see it and generate the buzz to get it to a wider audience.


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