I wanted to write about Anusha Rizvi and her film ” Peepli [ Live ] ” ever since I watched the film. My initial reaction was of shock and awe. I was unable to believe that a journalist-turned-director, who is a first timer, can make such a poignant film about rural India. It is so well-written and treated with such a sensitive way that after the film gets over, you are unable to believe that the story of Natha is over. It speaks volumes about the legendary conviction of Aamir Khan also, who backed the film to the hilt and saw to it that it gets a mainstream release. But had the film been a mediocre one, any amount of publicity, any amount of hype would have been gone awry. So in my opinion, the stupendous success does not stand only at the door of the producer of ” Peepli [Live ] ” . Aamir Khan deserves full marks for agreeing to produce the film. He should be congratulated for having implicit faith in a debutante and a wannabe director Anusha Rizvi. But Anusha Rizvi also deserves distinction marks because she could justify the faith imposed in her by her star producer and his banner.
She becomes the second Indian, after Satyajit Ray, whose debut film is going to the Oscars. Isn’t it incredible? ” Pather Panchali ” and ” Peepli [ Live ] ” have few things in common. Both the films are the debut films of their directors and both the films depict the story of rural India. Recent Hindi films have been city centric and since the new crop of the directors are ignorant of our rural ethos, their films are based in urban India and they cater to urban people only. ” Peepli [ Live ] ” beaks this rule and that too quite poignantly and successfully. Like Satyajit Ray’s ” Pather Panchali ” it portrays rural India’s poverty, misery and simple way of life. It portrays the forgotten village life of India’s approximately 5,75,000 villages.
Rural India has fascinating stories to tell and this debutante director Anusha Rizvi decides to tread the unbeaten path and succeeds impressively like her predecessor legendary Satyajit Ray.
Aamir Khan is also unique in a way that his first film as a producer ” Lagaan ” was a village-centric film. It was India’s official entry to the Oscars and it was selected also in the foreign films category. Only 5 Indian films have qualified for the Oscars so far. incidentally ” Peepli [ Live ] ” is Aamir’s 4th film, which is selected for the Oscars – ” Lagaan” , ” Rang De Basanti “, ” Taare Zameen Par ” and now ” Peepli [ Live ] “.
I have become a huge fan of Anusha Rizvi and wish her all the success !
Udaipur – Rajasthan – India
- Peepli Live to go for Oscars (topinews.com)
- First sight: Anusha Rizvi (guardian.co.uk)
- “Aamir loses sleep as ‘Peepli Live’ release nears (Film Snippets)” and related posts (taragana.com)
- I’m doing nothing: Anusha Rizvi (Movie Snippets) (topinews.com)
- Peepli Live is India’s official entry for Oscars (thehindu.com)
- Movie Review | ‘Peepli Live’: A Sendup of India Politics and News (movies.nytimes.com)
- Aamir Khan: the Tom Cruise of Bollywood (independent.co.uk)
- Bollywood star has Khan-do attitude (variety.com)
- Review: ‘Peepli Live’ (sfgate.com)
- Peepli Live (current.com)
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