Peepli Live (Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani) - External Reviews

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Peepli Live is pitch black humor - beginning, middle, and end. This Aamir Khan production obviously laughs at everything in the system. Peepli Live slyly laughs at you and me, the audience who finds such a dark world funny. 'Farmer suicides' is not the only issue that Anshu Rizvi, the writer is referring to. Peepli Live points a finger at things far beyond and the irreparable(?) fault deep down in the crux.

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52 reviewers have given Peepli Live an average rating of 4.8/5.0 (?)

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...ne cannot escape from the fact that her journalistic background may have paved the way at the harsh yet comical criticism of the media in general... full review

Thumbs up by Sanskriti Media, AOL INDIA ...The censor board seems to have been lenient with the movie considering they've let go of the swear words and rustic language of the central provinces which has been used liberally in the film... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...as the movie ended, I just realized that Aamir and his director Anusha, had basically used this relevant theme in a comic style only for their own gains and they were actually least concerned over the seriousness of the issue in the villages.... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...Indian Ocean deserve a special mention for their fusion and of course, Menghai Daiyan is 'the' song of the film... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...no point does the film gets preachy or starts offering solutions to the grave issue... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...The music is raw, folk based and sounds good.... full review

Thumbs up by Akshay Rane, BookmyShow ...Several scenes stand out in the movie: like the one when a Government official hands over ‘Lal Bahadur’to Natha and Dudhia... full review

Thumbs up by Jitaditya, Cinemaa Online ...nice, slice of life touches... full review

Thumbs up by Unnati Narang, Daily Latest News ...Like all good works of art, Peepli live offers Indian cinema some food for thought... full review

Thumbs up by Kriti Pandey, Daily Latest News ...he doesn’t miss out on his moral responsibilities towards the nation and its people. Read more: http://www.dailylatestnews.com/2010/08/10/peepli-live-review-mocking-satire-political-media-savvy-india-027487#ixzz0wqqWMXtW ... full review

Thumbs up by Faiz Ullah, DearCinema ...it’s neither didactic nor boring. It’s, in fact, entertaining and sensitive in equal measures... full review

Thumbs up by dunkdaft, Dunkdaft ...Malaika Shenoy is really good as reporter Nandita - who is doing her job against her will, just because of need to increase TRP of her channel... full review

So-So by Vivek Syania, Express-oholic ...Though tightly edited, this script failed to engage in most of its second half. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...Rizvi’s dialogue is sharp, Shankar Raman’s visuals adequately shorn of glamour, the characters look and speak like the people they play... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...If you’ve seen the film’s trailers, you’ve already seen all the jokes and funny lines. There is nothing more in the final film, at least in terms of comedy... full review

Thumbs up filmi cafe ...Her biggest ace is her black humour laced script that successfully packs in all the rot in our system ... full review

Thumbs up by Samrat Sharma, fullhyd.com ...For a film about death, Peepli is fascinated with life, and everyone chooses to fill it with their own focus, forgetting to actually step out of the cocoon and see it for what it is... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...The climax is a high-point of the film which elucidates the rural-urban divide. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhashis Biswas, Gomolo.in ...Peepli Live is about how pathetic lives can look of one-self if you look at the bigger picture. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...India’s mass media, whether in the ridiculousness of Hindi television, or even excitable super-stars of English news, leave little scope for parody. The risk involves spoofing a spoof itself... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...director displays solid confidence while handling the media swoop-down on Natha... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...But because Rizvi is such an acute observer. From the constantly working women to the men who are either smoking chillum or gossiping under a tree or eating eggs, she brings every stereotype of the village come alive.... full review

Thumbs up by Mihir Fadnavis, india.com ...Natha's predicament is itself worth the price of admission - around him orbit a dysfunctional bunch of relatives and advisors remarkable for being just as stupid, lazy and/or scheming as their counterparts in the government and in TV stations... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Rizvi’s storytelling is very straightforward in the first half but the narrative picks up pace and graph in the second half... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij Mehta , J.A.M ...Crisp and to the point, it works. ... full review

Thumbs up by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Nothing’s really bad but the ladies and family audience might not like the liberal use of four-letter words by the characters... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...There are no lead characters or apparent heroes in the film. It’s about a wretched, impoverished farmer, Natha, but the media is a character in itself.... full review

Thumbs up by Ajeet Bharti, merinews ...Music of the cinema is just awesome with some rustic, satirical and deep hitting words... full review

Thumbs up by Snehal Khandkar, MH-31 Fun Unlimited ...The music by Indian Ocean has the rustic flavour, which behoves the simplicity of the folks in the movie... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...you keep waiting for the twist that never comes... full review

Thumbs up Mixed Bag ... I have no doubts about the fact that the movie has been brilliantly made; however, the ending seemed to be like one of those Priyadarshan's movies - utter confusion - jumping to an immature end.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...While Shanker Raman's cinematography is as realistic and true to narrative as possible, it also imparts a certain rural texture that draws you into the world of Natha ... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, naachgaana.com ...Every actor pitches in a fine performance but Raghuvir Yadav, Malaika Shenoy and Farrukh Jaffer stand out.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ... This coldness is best captured in the nonchalant refrain of the natty agriculture secretary: "we must wait for the court's order."... full review

Thumbs up by Arpana, IANS, Now Running.com ...It seems the film is her attempt to enlighten viewers about the social dilemma that our country is facing and her experience as a journalist is quite visible in her storytelling.... full review

Thumbs up by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...It is refreshing to see a real village for once in Bollywood cinema – not the ‘specializing in mustard fields’ variety, not the suspiciously clean cricket-playing variety, not the ‘designer backless-choli’ variety, but one that looks very real in its dung-cakes covered splendor.... full review

Thumbs up by Magik, Passion for Cinema ...It doesn’t ‘Rann‘ it down outright, but it shows, albeit in a humorous way at lengths the media guys have to go to, to keep the chulha burning & the best part is that it also tells us that not everyone in the media is a pimp... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Passion for Cinema ...It’s because of such pitfalls that Rizvi’s gaon-garibinama doesn’t rise to the level of a thoroughly great piece of cinema. ... full review

Thumbs up by Abhijit Mhamunkar, real bollywoood ...Anusha scores high in her casting as her actors lend tremendous authenticity to the plot.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Farrukh Zaffer as Natha's venom-spewing mom is a firebrand. I'd love to see more of her.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudarshana Dwivedi, Rediff ...We, as a nation, lack the ability to laugh at ourselves. Peepli [Live] not only does so but does it with a healthy irreverence. Hope it gets appreciated.... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...It will be your loss if you do miss out on these small details because this film thrives on subtlety — something we aren’t too used to as viewers.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...What unfolds is a tale that’s immersing, entertaining, topical, yes; but not all that insightful. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...The movie is worth watching as it's based on a widely discussed and a topical subject. ... full review

So-So by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...After a while, the media and political circus becomes repetitive and the second half meanders periodically... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ... Shalini Vatsa, who plays the part of Natha’s wife Dhania, comes out with a natural performance. Her constant squabbles with mother –in-law Farrukh Jaffer enliven the otherwise staid environment of the house.... full review

Thumbs up by Pratim D. Gupta, The Telegraph ...With her Naya Theatre background, the Habib Tanvir-mentored Anusha Rizvi brings a very different zing to the screen with her storytelling.... full review

Thumbs up by Nishant Mehta, The Tossed Salad ...The execution of the transitions from cine cameras to the news cameras is done beautifully... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...we get to savour this delightful scene where the caretakers of the Indian state try to prevent Natha's suicide by gifting him a `Lal Bahadur' (read hand pump)... full review

Thumbs up by Fakir Hassen, TONIGHT ...a simple yet well-crafted tale that has no boring moment in it... full review

Thumbs up by filmbear, Upper Stall ...Perhaps it is the fact that below its insouciant exterior are deep, dark recesses that are home to painful truths we are privy to... full review