Following its successful European premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, Aamir Khan produced Peepli Live will be released in Germany alongwith India.
Mumbai-based UTV pictures, which has the distribution rights of the Anusha Rizvi directed movie, has reached a deal with the Cologne-based Rapid Eyes Movies for the release here with German sub-titles in August. The German company has also bought the home video rights for the film.
"Simultaneous to its Indian release, Peepli Live will also be released in Germany. The film could not be released in India earlier as we had to rush for the Sundance Film Festival," Rizvi said.
The debutante director said that it was a great honour for her film to be screened in the Berlinale Special section, the second highest festival slot after the competition section.
Peepli Live is the second Indian film to get this privilege after Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's film Om Shanti Om was shown in this programme two years ago.
"I am thrilled by the enthusiastic reception given to the film by the Berlin Film Festival audience. Their response exceeded my expectations," Rizvi said.
The film is about two destitute farmers in an Indian village facing the risk of losing their land for failing to repay their bank credit. When one of them announces his decision to commit suicide so that his family can claim a government support, his house is soon besieged by TV reporters, politicians, police, gawkers and businessmen.