Monday, August 16, 2010

Peepli Live (2010) - Pithy satire clad in slick script

Anusha Rizvi has a story to tell and she does it un-preachingly. No sermons. No grandstands. Her narrative, taking care of every nuance, puts the point right across, and manages to move you. She takes a light-hearted approach to a serious issue. The satire, directed at the media and the government, tends to go tad bit overboard, but is hard-hitting and convincing, for most part.

Laudable performances by theatre artists Omkar Das Manikpuri as Natha and Raghubir Yadav as Budhia, (Natha's elder brother). A first timer in the Hindi film industry, Omkar Das is sure to take you by surprise. You may not take to him instantly but his childlike vulnerability and subtle ways, win you over, as the story progresses. Be it his tripping in the gobar, or his confiding in Budhia that he doesn't want to suicide, or the tenderness with which he pats the goat, even as he lies cowering from his own set of woes. (Titbit - Apparently, Rizvi spotted Omkar Das at a play in Bhopal. Until then, Amir was suppose to play Natha)

Raghubir Yadav is born to act. He emotes flawlessly. One such scene is where he is arguing with Natha over who should suicide. Within a second, he solemnly vows to suicide, all teary-eyed, in the next, he takes a 'relieved' drag off his beedi, having managed to convince innocent Natha to sacrifice his life ;)

Raghuvir playing Budhia (right)

From the grouchy (yet entertaning) amma (Farookh Zafar), to Natha's nagging wife Dhaniya (Shalini Vatsa); from the B-grade Hindi news channel correspondent Deepak, to the stoic english news channel reporter Nandita (Malaika Shenoy), it's a perfect cast all the way.

The film gets drab and predictable in parts but manages to leave an impact, nevertheless!


  1. cant wait to catch the movie...your review just increased the curiosity!!!

  2. Yep, a very well made movie!

    Natha was so sweet and innocent :-)

  3. good analysis...did you know Nattha belongs to my state!!

  4. @Adhiraj - go go

    @Mukta - :)

    @Rashmi - ooo... din't know that :)
    he was superrr in the film ...

  5. This movie is going good. It is the lovely film directed by Aamir Khan..Movies reviews are very good..I am very much curious about this film.

  6. Watch Movies Online - Amir Khan has produced the movie.. Anusha Rizvi is the writer and director... :) For an aspiring movie critic its hard to take the wrong info... :) Sameer.

  7. Nice concise review (which I find hard to do!). The film did drag in places and I don't think Anusha Rizvi deserved as much accalim as she received - she accuses Aamir Khan for producing the film for his own purposes, and that it shouldn't have been shown in festivals. If I was Anusha, I would want to get my film as much attention as I could. Ah well. Watching her speak in the DVD extras she comes across as a bit of a bitch. Just saying.

    Nice you noticed Farookh's Zafar's performance in the film - she was also in Tanu Weds Manu briefly.

    Check out my Zero Screentime Wali feature on her!

    P.S. Any thoughts about the shared feature?

  8. @bollyhood - thank you!
    saw your feature on farookh zafar... she is at her natural best in almost every shot.... loved her for her spontaneity!


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