Peepli Live Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:37:57.4730000 IST


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The audio album of Aamir Khan Productions' latest venture, PEEPLI [LIVE], may not be one that will garner unprecedented hype mainly because of a few reasons listed below. First and foremost, the film does not star actor perfectionist Aamir Khan nor any other frontline actor or actress and secondly it is set in a totally rural background. The base of the story is the impending suicide of a farmer and the great rural and urban divide prevalent in our country, a theme which does not guarantee chartbusting music. However, given the fact that this is an Aamir Khan Production it will not be wrong to expect some innovative and path breaking music from the film, especially seeing the talented composers who have come together for the film.

It's the resonating sweet notes of 'ektara' along with enchanting 'tabla' and 'mridang' thumps that greet the listeners as the first song of the album 'Des Mera' commences. The song features twice in the album. It's not the typical patriotic song that we have been used to hearing but one that surely shows contemporary India in a beautiful light through an absolutely mind-blowing package of great rhythm, realistic and highly entertaining sounds, a superb raga, and of course, lyrics that are simply awesome. 'Des mera rangrez ye babu, Ghat ghat yahan ghathta jadoo, Kahin pahad hai kankad shankar, Baat hai chhoti bada batangad, India sir ye cheez dhurandhar, Rang rangeela parjatantar.' What a superbly intellectual way of expression by lyricist Sanjeev Sharma, and additional lyrics by (Shantanu Moitra and Rajkumar Hirani favourite ) Swanand Kirkere. The catch line, 'Rang rangeela parjatantar' (meaning - A colourful democracy) is a good way to describe the present India that is so diverse and so enchanting. The composition has been created by Indian Ocean, who need absolutely no introduction to the lovers of Indo rock fusion music, as they are pioneers of fusion rock in India and are a legend of sort in that genre. The tune that they have chosen is all Hindustani, based on raga and the instruments used too are Indian keeping in mind that the film is based in an impoverished village. The scintillating 'sitar' display is the highlight of the track .

The second version of 'Des Mera' is slightly different from the original, especially the lyrics have undergone a sea change and even the musical accompaniments are quite different, although still mainly Hindustani.

Talking about present India, it will only be fair to talk about an issue that has been plaguing the nation for quite a while, although it has assumed epidemic proportions of late. And as one can easily guess, its inflation and the song in question is 'Mehngai Dayain', a situational composition that tackles this problem facing a large majority of India in a light hearted, humorous but slightly satirical manner. The song has been sung by the highly versatile and talented Raghubir Yadav (who has showcased his vocal prowess in quite a few films like BILLU). The song itself has it's root in the folklore of North and Central India and has been composed by the Bhadwai Village Mandali who have stood up as support vocalists too and it has been recorded on the spot in sync sound to lend the song an authentic rural touch, like the film itself. Traditional instruments like harmonium, 'tabla' , 'ektara' and 'manjira' have been used to impart that pure 'desi' 'tadka' and the lyrics used are 'khadi boli' and part 'Awadhi'. 'Mehngai' is a highly entertaining effort at putting across a woe that is inflicting one and all and will naturally be loved and appreciated, especially in the present times when inflation has become the major issue of the opposition. In fact even as we write the review we have news that the song has been loved by none other than the original nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar. who has also sent her best wishes for PEEPLI [LIVE] to Aamir Khan via Twitter.



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There are copious scenes that completely crack you up. A TV journalist is interviewing Natha's bachpan ka dost after he goes missing. Then there's another journalist Kumar Deepak (Vishal O. Sharma) who examines Natha's faeces to determine his state of mind. There's also a poll conducted by a news channel to determine why Natha absconds. One of the reasons given is 'terrorists'. There are many other scenes which deserve a mention but we suggest you experience it yourself.

You will surely get goose bumps with the scene which shows the hand of a dead body. Also, note the scene in which journalist Nandita Mallik (Malaika Shenoy) confronts Rakesh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) about him being in the wrong profession.

The climax is a high-point of the film which elucidates the rural-urban divide. The revealing fact of plentiful farmers leaving their profession in a country that 'lives in the villages' is disconcerting.

Omkar Das Manikpuri is sure to get an award or two for his blank face performance. Raghubir Yadav is meticulous. Malaika Shenoy is awesome. Shalini Vatsa (Natha's wife) is top class. Farrukh Jaffer (Natha's mother) is hilarious. The constant bickering between the saas-bahu is funny at times. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is good. Vishal Sharma (Kumar Deepak) looks a quintessential journalist and is amazing. Naseeruddin Shah can be termed misfit in this lesser-known-artist setup.

PEEPLI [LIVE] is a brilliant satire which is riveting and heartfelt. Most importantly, it makes you think, and rethink. After LAGAAN this could be yet another journey for producer Aamir Khan all the way to the Kodak Theatre. Surely worth having a 'peep'.

Rating: 4.5/5



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All of us must be cognizant of news channels and their amusing race for reporting of (frivolous) stories. You sure still remember the story of 'Prince' falling into a pit and his 'rescue operation' basking the headlines as 'breaking news' for days. But all said and done, we have to admit that they do attract eyeballs. Anusha Rizvi, an erstwhile journalist herself has shown us a mirror through PEEPLI [LIVE]. And the reflection isn't something to be proud of.

It's a story of Peepli, a poor farmer Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri) and his brother Budhia (Raghubir Yadav) from Mukhya Pradesh, indebted of a government loan and unable to repay it. The threat of his land getting auctioned looms large on them. Natha along with his brother Budhia (Raghubur Yadav) are informed of a government program that provides aid to the family of indebted farmers who have committed suicide. After an argument (hilarious) between the brothers, it's finally decided that Natha will bear the brunt of ending his life.

Local elections are imminent and after the media comes to know of this development (impending suicide), it snowballs, involving scheming politicians, bureaucrats, local henchmen, all trying to have their share from the pie. Whether Natha will commit suicide or not becomes a matter of national interest.

Anusha Rizvi takes time to introduce the principal characters. But once that is done and you are acquainted with the dialect, you become part of the activities of the village. It almost feels that you are experiencing it 'live'.

The gloomy issue of farmers' suicide has been brilliantly executed in a light-hearted satire. It's entertaining and at the same time poignant. At no point does it become preachy or goes over-the-top in its narration.

Although the core issue is the farmer's suicide, Anusha Rizvi touches many a pain areas through her excellent script and narrative. It takes a dig on the news hungry media, scheming politicians and the complex government schemes. It literally shows how politicians and media don't want to address the issue but want to encash it for their own benefit.

It is laden with some thought-provoking dialogues by Anusha Rizvi. We are tempted to mention a few like 'Zinda rehte hue kuch kiya nahin, marne ke baad sarkar kya karegi' or 'Na marne ka hand pump, to soch marne ka kya', which move you.



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There are copious scenes that completely crack you up. A TV journalist is interviewing Natha's bachpan ka dost after he goes missing. Then there's another journalist Kumar Deepak (Vishal O. Sharma) who examines Natha's faeces to determine his state of mind. There's also a poll conducted by a news channel to determine why Natha absconds. One of the reasons given is 'terrorists'. There are many other scenes which deserve a mention but we suggest you experience it yourself.

You will surely get goose bumps with the scene which shows the hand of a dead body. Also, note the scene in which journalist Nandita Mallik (Malaika Shenoy) confronts Rakesh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) about him being in the wrong profession.

The climax is a high-point of the film which elucidates the rural-urban divide. The revealing fact of plentiful farmers leaving their profession in a country that 'lives in the villages' is disconcerting.

Omkar Das Manikpuri is sure to get an award or two for his blank face performance. Raghubir Yadav is meticulous. Malaika Shenoy is awesome. Shalini Vatsa (Natha's wife) is top class. Farrukh Jaffer (Natha's mother) is hilarious. The constant bickering between the saas-bahu is funny at times. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is good. Vishal Sharma (Kumar Deepak) looks a quintessential journalist and is amazing. Naseeruddin Shah can be termed misfit in this lesser-known-artist setup.

PEEPLI [LIVE] is a brilliant satire which is riveting and heartfelt. Most importantly, it makes you think, and rethink. After LAGAAN this could be yet another journey for producer Aamir Khan all the way to the Kodak Theatre. Surely worth having a 'peep'.

Rating: 4.5/5


Rating 4.5/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Raghubir Yadav, Omkar Das Manikpuri, Malaika Shenoy, Naseeruddin Shah and Aamir Bashir
  • Lyrics: Swanand Kirkere, Sanjeev Sharma, Noon Meem Rashed and Gangaram Sakhet
  • Director: Anusha Rizvi
  • Music Director: Indian Ocean, Bhadwai Village Mandali and Nageen Tanvir