Keswick Film Festival

Sunday 6th February 5:00 PM - Alhambra

Peepli Live

Director: A. Rizvi & M. Farooqui Country: India
Cert: 15 Year: 2010 Length: 104 minsLanguage: Hindi
Spring 2011
Peepli Live

Programme Notes

Programme Notes (PDF 102KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 75% Attendance: 97



Natha a poor farmer from Peepli village in the heart of rural India is about to lose his plot of land due to an unpaid government loan. A quick fix to the problem is the very same government's programme that aids the families of indebted farmers who have committed suicide. As a means of survival, farmer Natha can choose to die!

Anusha Rizvi has a story to tell and she does it without sermonising: her finely-nuanced narrative strikes home in a moving way, as she takes a light-hearted approach to a serious issue. The satire, directed at the media and the government hits hard and convincingly, aided and abetted by a talented, excellently-chosen cast.


Both a heartfelt and a genuinely funny skewering of India's convoluted caste-consciousness.
Time Out New York

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



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