Peepli Live

imagesPeepli Live is a 2010 Indian comic satire that explores the topic of “farmer suicides” and the subsequent media and political response.It is written and directed by Anusha Rizvi in her directorial debut, and produced by Aamir Khan Productions. The film stars Naya Theatre company member Omkar Das Manikpuri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa and Malaika Shenoy along with a number of newcomers. Peepli Live, distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, was released on 13 August 2010.
Peepli Live was India’s official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category,however it did not get nominated.Box Office India declared it a “Super hit” in India.

Peepli Live began as a script written by NDTV journalist Anusha Rizvi called The Fallen. In 2004 Rizvi asked Aamir Khan to read her script and, although he initially refused as he was preoccupied with shooting Mangal Pandey: The Rising, he eventually decided to finance the film after she described the plot to him.In an interview, Khan explains the meaning of the movie title: “When we were looking for the right title before we began the publicity and promotions of the film, we came up with Peepli Live. Peepli is the village that film is set in, the “live” part is meant to indicate: here is a story that is happening in Peepli that the filmmaker is bringing to you live. That’s why it’s Peepli Live.”Peepli Live was filmed on various locations in Madhya Pradesh such as Bhopal, Indore, Tikamgarh, Khurai as well as in New Delhi. According to Aamir Khan, many of the actors are Adivasis from the sub-urban area of Bhopal, Bhadwai in Madhya Pradesh.Other cast members are from playwright Habib Tanvir’s theatre troupe Naya Theatre.

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