Aamir Khan Productions in association with UTV Motion Picture present upcoming film PEEPLI [LIVE], a satire on the farmers' suicides and subsequent media and political response.
Written & directed by Anusha Rizvi, PEEPLI [LIVE] is her directorial debut. The cast of PEEPLI [LIVE] was selected after an extensive and exhaustive casting process. Legendary Indian theatre director Habib Tanvir's Naya Theatre repertory provided the mainstay. This is the first feature film for most of the actors who appear in the film but several have a background in theatre. It stars Raghubir Yadav, Omkar Das Manikpuri, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Malaika Shenoy along with a number of newcomers. Actors Naseeruddin Shah and Aamir Bashir will be seen in an brief appearance.
The music of the film is given by Mathias Duplessy and Indian Ocean.
PEEPLI [LIVE] is distributed by UTV Motion Pictures and scheduled for release on August 13, 2010.
PEEPLI [LIVE] is competing in the Sundance Film Festival, the first film from Bollywood to achieve this feat. However for the Indian release the film got an 'A' adult certificate. The movie has been picked up by specialty German distribution company Rapid Eye Movies for a special screening at the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival.
Natha a poor farmer from Peepli village in the heart of rural India is about to lose his plot of land due to an unpaid government loan. A quick fix to the problem is the very same government's program that aids the families of indebted farmers who have committed suicide. As a means of survival Farmer Natha can choose to die!!! His brother is happy to push him towards this unique 'honor' but Natha is reluctant. Local elections are around the corner and what might've been another unnoticed event turns into a 'cause celebre' with everyone wanting a piece of the action. Political bigwigs, high-ranking bureaucrats, local henchmen and the ever-zealous media descend upon sleepy Peepli to stake their claim. The question on everyone's lips - 'Will he or Won't he?' As the mania escalates what will be the fate of Farmer Natha; nobody seems to care how he really feels?
Omkar Das Manikpuri as Natha Raghubir Yadav as Budhia Malaika Shenoy as Nandita Mallik Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Rakesh Shalini Vatsa as Dhaniya Farrukh Jaffer as Amma Vishal O. Sharma as Kumar Deepak Aamir Khan as Champ Naseeruddin Shah as Agriculture Minister Aamir Bashir as Vivek Dan Hussain as Vijay Ranjan Prasad