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Peepli Live

Rated NR 104 min. 2010

In this evocation of India's mid-century rural neorealistic cinema by way of Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole, a TV human interest story bemoaning suicide rates among Indian farmers lurches out of control. After brothers Natha (Omkar Das) and Budhiya (Raghuvir Yadav) run into trouble with a loan for their mother's medication, the bank wants to foreclose their farm. A callous local official suggests that the $2,000 their family would get as government compensation for a suicide is their only solution. Their dilemma makes the local paper, then news anchors and politicians swoop down to twist the tragic story to their advantage. Superstar Aamir Khan produced this satire of media overload written and directed by former journalist Anusha Rizvi. A critical and box office hit in India, this very un-Bollywood movie is clearly made for an international festival audience. Does Aamir envision this film bringing him the Oscar that slipped through his fingers for Lagaan?

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Director: Anusha Rizvi

Cast: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghubir Yadav, Malaika Shenoy, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffer and Vishal O Sharma


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