Peepli Live
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A simple man learns he might be better off dead, at least financially, in this satiric comedy from Indian filmmaker Anusha Rizvi. Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri) and Budhia (Raghubir Yadav) are two brothers who run a family farm in Peepli, a small town in India. Business has been bad on the farm, and the brothers are unable to repay a government loan, with a default judgment due any day. When the brothers call on a local politician to ask if anything can be done while they wait for a judge's ruling on their case, he facetiously suggests that one of them could commit suicide, since the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"A fitfully amusing Indian comedy that touches on a hot-button topic."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"Manages to mine substantial dark humor from this tragic situation while offering pointed -- and sometimes poignant -- social commentary in the process."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A better writer than director, the strength of Rizvi's 'Peepli Live' is the film's unsentimental portrayal of the poor"
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"There is a deadly serious message about India's rural/urban divide in first-timer director Anusha Rizvi's satirical gem, but it also happens to have a juicily vulgar streak."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian [UK]
"It's a worthy film. A little less worthiness and a little more sharply weaponised wit would have helped."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"You can't decide whether to laugh because the events are so absurd or cry because you can imagine them really happening."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Both a heartfelt and a genuinely funny skewering of India's convoluted caste-consciousness."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"Thousands of poor farmers kill themselves every year in India and it was audacious of writer-director Anusha Rizvi to make a comedy out of the fact with her first film."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Drawing on India's rural-versus-urban divide, Rizvi spins a dynamic, enjoyably-acted yarn that balances farcical humour with a satisfying seriousness."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Rizvi keeps the humour broad (this doesn't have the metropolitan sharp sophistication of Chris Morris) but the premise is so strong that pithy satirical points are neatly scored."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"I liked Peepli Live, which is colorful and at times quite lively, but I wish it were funnier and its satirical edge a bit sharper."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's an unusual taste of mainstream Indian cinema, unexpectedly irreverent with an earthier, folkier soundtrack than the typical Bollywood electro-bounce."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"You can't fault the crusading spirit of this controversial Bollywood satire, just the blunt, one-note, entirely obvious execution."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"While the tone may shift from satire to farce at times, this is a highly assured debut by Rizvi."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"This is a movie that opens with the hero puking, and spends the rest of its running time showing why that may be the only sane response to the state of the world."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
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