Starring: Raghubir Yadav, Omkar Das Manikpuri, Vishal O. Sharma
Directed by Anusha Rizvi
Peepli [Live] is another of those new-age Bollywood films that win half the creative battle by their pitch-perfect casting. In her debut venture, Anusha Rizvi foregoes star names and brings to the fore interesting faces that are complete strangers to the big screen, most of them culled from the late Habib Tanvir’s Naya Theatre. Together, in Peepli [Live], they make for affecting cinema.
From the very first shot, the rooted and real feel is evident, especially in the honest eyes and faces of the villagers. You feel for Natha’s inarticulate dilemma about...