They say an intelligent film comes along once in a decade, starts off as the 'dark horse' and ends up winning the race! Aamir Khan's Peepli [Live] is being touted as one of the smartest social satires to have hit the Indian screens in a long time. Reviewers are pouring their heart out and going gaga about the film. Some have even compared the film to Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali. A magnanimous compliment in itself.
The film was screened for a select reviewers a day prior to release and it seems the film has hit jackpot with them. The film is also expected to do well at the box office.
Deeming it as one of the most intelligent and humourous Indian commentaries in a long time, Mayank Shekhar said, "It is for sure the only true black comedy in Hindi to appear in 27 years. If you’re wondering what happened in 1983, well, two journalists and a Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. Peepli’s right up there and a must watch."
The film takes a dig at vote-thirsty politicians and bureaucrats in India and attempts to bring to light the plight of farmers and their struggle.
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan who also watched the special screening wrote on his Twitter page: "Delighted with Peepli [Live].. so real so nostalgic so superb. Loved it !!" He also tweeted this morning saying: "No stars, no foo faah, just a simple tale put across so effectively. So impressed with the first time director!(sic)"
Trade Analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh said, “Peepli Live is sure to ride initially on the strength and credibility of its iconic actor/producer Aamir Khan and once that is achieved, the powerful content is sure to speak for itself. Peepli Live is a film that would not only appeal to Indians, but is sure to reach out to audiences beyond India. Simply brilliant!”
Salman Khan, who had earlier called producer-actor Mr. Midas, wrote on his twitter page: "Everybdy shud watch this film. Its comedy tragedy khulasa sansani breaking news (sic)."
The film is directed by debutante Anusha Rizvi and stars Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuveer Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffer, Malaika Shenoy and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles.
Film critic Nikhat Kazmi said, "By and large, Peepli [Live] is a lively and living document on the `other' India, that lives beyond the neon lights and the cruising metros. Another ace up Aamir Khan's sleeve!"