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  • Summary: On the eve of national elections in the Indian village of Peepli, two poor farmers, Natha and Budhia, face losing their land over an unpaid government loan. Desperate, they seek help from an apathetic local politician, who suggests they commit suicide to benefit from a government program that aids the families of indebted deceased farmers. When a journalist overhears Budhia urge Natha to "do what needs to be done" for the sake of their families, a media frenzy ignites around whether or not Natha will commit suicide. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 83
    Peepli Live has a lot in common with Billy Wilder's black comedy Ace In The Hole, in that it explores the cynicism of modern life with wit and honesty.
  2. The ambitious Peepli Live manages to mine substantial dark humor from this tragic situation while offering pointed - and sometimes poignant - social commentary in the process.
  3. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    60
    While the tone may shift from satire to farce at times, this is a highly assured debut by Rizvi.
  4. 60
    Peepli Live opens out slowly to encompass several factions of Indian society, including the press, local, state, and federal politicians, and the shady elements binding them all together. It's a meticulously engineered design that a show like The Wire took several years to execute; here the strain shows within the first half hour.
  5. Peepli Live may not consistently hit the mark, but it's savvy and humane, which goes a long way.
  6. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    50
    Colorful and at times quite lively, but I wish it were funnier and its satirical edge a bit sharper.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 28, 2010
    10
    I mean I just loved this movie...
    Okay, it may not have well known actors of Bollywood starring, but the level of acting of other actors is
    remarkable!
    Any other guy who's not an Indian will possibly not understand this movie because it heavily describes the rotten Indian Politicians and their deeds is a very funny and sarcastic way!
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  2. Oct 11, 2010
    9
    After watching Peepli Live, Salman Khan tweeted â
  3. Aug 28, 2010
    3
    Forgettable is all I can say about the movie. I dont need to spend two and a half hours to know how bad our system is. There is noting which makes you say oh, i did not think even this was true. The movie does have some good one liners and funny take on news reporting done today but on a whole, I would have preferred to give the movie a miss Collapse

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