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Music Review: Peepli [Live]

Aamir Khan has run the risk of making a satire film on an offbeat topic of farmer suicides and has used an electic mix of wonderful musicians who represent the true India more than a typical Bollywood album can

music Updated: Aug 10, 2010 20:08 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Film: Peepli [Live]
Music and lyrics: Various artistes
If Aamir Khan has run the risk of making a satire film on an offbeat topic of farmer suicides, he has, admirably, not given into commercial trappings along the way either, be it by using unknown theatre actors in leads — or having an electic mix of wonderful musicians who represent the true India more than a typical Bollywood album can.

So you have band Indian Ocean, which is a genre in itself, re-working Des mera (from its album Jhini) into a foot-tapping number about the real India, and composing a dark, booming number Zindagi se darte ho about real life. There’s also a sparkling, well-worded number on inflation by Raghubir Yadav and the Badwai Village Mandali and a beautiful rendition of a tribal folk number from Madhya Pradesh, Chola maati ke raam, by elegant theatre personality, Nageen Tanvir. A must buy.

What we like
No commercial trappings.

What we don’t like
May not be great for those not into folk music.