This thought-provoking political and social satire is set against the backdrop of an impoverished village in rural India, Peepli. This enlightening tale centres around a farmer duo, Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri) and Budhia (Raghuvir Yadav) are struggling to hold on to their land. Threatened by extreme poverty and alcoholism stemming from utter helplessness and hopelessness, they fall upon a novel plan. Natha decides to commit suicide to avail of the Rs. one lakh compensation package doled out by the government. But before he can do that, the news spreads like wildfire.
The hitherto unknown hamlet, soon becomes the favourite hunting ground for the voyeuristic news channels hungry for TRPs, unscrupulous politicians eyeing their vote banks, fumbling bureaucrats, foxed and clueless about the strange turn of events...Can the farmer's family hope for succour? Is India equipped to handle its swelling population of forgotten and marginalised citizenry? Does Natha survive?
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The phenomenal success of this offbeat movie, saw it being chosen as India's official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category, however it did not get nominated. Read More