Peepli Live Review
The story is a reality in large parts of India, but for that very reason it’s nothing new. As for the intrusive habits of the media and the government’s apathy towards the farm sector, we have all been reading about them for a long time now. So there is nothing strikingly new that the filmmakers are dealing with. As a satire, the film succeeds only to an extent.
The poignant story is the reality of many Indian villages. Director Rizvi has done a good job of putting on the silver screen a burning issue plaguing the farmers of India.
The film has its moments of quick, unintended laughs. The filmmakers bluntly put on show the role of the electronic media in journalism and the doubtful standards of reporting. The media and Amma provide some of the funniest moments in the film.
The turn of events in Peepli Live provides full entertainment during the film’s running time. Your heart goes out to the aggrieved characters but doesn’t quite move you to take action.
If you are expecting producer Khan to suddenly pop up and brighten the earthy colours of the film, you would be disappointed. The aggressive promotional campaign by Khan makes you feel he might be lurking somewhere in the film, but he is not. The film also looks overrated for all the publicity stunts Khan has been undertaking to promote it.
The people involved with the film have been harping on the message they want to put across. One actor even exhorted people not to watch it only for entertainment. But that’s all you end up doing as the ‘message’ is not hard hitting enough. That’s probably ’cause you get caught up in the media circus, just like Natha.