By now everyone knows that Aamir Khan is a name to reckon with. He is an actor-director and producer and he is one film personality who is excelling at what he does best, do films. Aamir does movies with the passion of doing movies. If there was no passion of his to contribute something to the society he lives in, he would not have made movies such as “Taare Zameen Par” and “Lagaan.” But his latest offering “Peepli [Live]” is completely a different experiment altogether.
Peepli [Live] is a film which shows the affairs of the country in a satirical way. It explores the virtually unexplored divide between the Rural India and the Urban India. It shows how the world is changing and the rural India is not. It shows that the poor farmers of the country still are unaware of the policies of the Government. Peepli [Live] questions the collective conscience of the country and asks very serious questions in a witty way.
Budhia (Raghuveer Yadav) and Natha (Om Prakash) are innocent farmers of a village named Peepli. Their only piece of land is guaranteed with the bank, which is proposing to auction it as the brothers are unable to pay the instalment dues of their loan. The brothers run pillar to post to secure some help. Their last ray of hope is a village strongman, Thakur who advises them to commit suicide and wait for some Government grant to help them out. Budhia takes his word seriously and forces Natha to agree to commit suicide.
Their innocent talk at a retail shop attracts the attention of a local reporter, Rakesh who immediately reports in his newspaper. The article creates some kind of unrest in the Chief Minister’s office as the Chief Minister is contesting a by-election in the constituency of Peepli. Soon the suicide of Natha becomes a national issue and the media camps just outside the house with all hell breaking loose over the innocent family of Natha and Budhia. The obscure lives of theirs become a national issue and soon Natha becomes a important spoke in the political conspiracies of the Union Agricultural Minister and the Chief Minister.
Will Natha survive them all? Will the media which adresses the plight of Natha finds out why Natha is driven to such step? Will the politicians of today save the life of Natha or use him to their narrow political ends? These all questions will be given answers on the big screen.
A big round of applause is needed for Aamir Khan to have believed in the story of such proportions. The story is simple and the treatment very simple. Yet it makes a compelling watch under Anusha Rizvi, the debutante director who also is the writer of this amazing film. The dialogues and situations of the film are very real and the characters ring a bell in the hearts of everyone watching. The technical part of the film deserves kudos as the Cinematographer, Editor and Music Director seem to have known their job so well.
The soul of the film happen to be the brother duo of Raghuvir Yadav and Om Prakash. They light up this small film into gigantic proportions and what we get is a fare which has the wings to become the best film of the year. All in all, Peepli [Live] is a must watch film for everyone.
I would go to the extent of recommending it to the Governments of all the states and showcase it to the Bureaucrats and show them where they are going wrong.