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Saturday, September 25, 2010

'Peepli Live' is India's entry at Oscars

- NDFS Desk

‘Peepli Live’, the Hindi film directed by debutant director Anusha Rizvi and produced by actor Aamir Khan, will be India's official entry to this year's Academy Awards (Oscar) in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Announcing this at a press meet here on Friday, selection committee chairman K.S. Sethumadhavan said: “Peepli Live is a reflection of India's culture and ethos, even as it highlights the burning problem-farmer suicides.” “During the selection process, Tamil movie Angadi Theru competed closely and we considered various criteria before selecting Peepli Live,” Film Federation of India president L. Suresh said. Calling Peepli Live a ‘social satire,' producer-director Ravi Kottarakara said it brought out the pain of poverty. The subtle humour, which runs throughout the film, sends across the message of social awareness in a far more effective way than a melancholic film would, he added.

The selection committee comprised 15 members, including directors S. Krishnaswamy, Jayaraj and Sekhar Das, sound recordist S.K. Srivastava, writers G. Neelakanta Reddy and C.G. Rajendra Babu, music director Gangai Amaran, and costume designer Anu Vishnu.
Five Tamil films- Singam, Madharasapattinam, Angadi Theru, Raavanan and Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya - were among the 27 films initially shortlisted. Paa, Raajneeti, My Name is Khan, 3 Idiots and Pazhassi Raja also made it to the list.

Peepli Live is about farmer suicides in the country and talks about how the media and politicians handle the issue. Anusha, the Director and Mahmood Farooqui, the film’s Co Director and Casting Director too, shared their feelings with new delhi film society blog, and wrote - “Its very nice that the film has been selected for the oscars from india, but there is a long way to go for the nomination yet. Of course its good that more people will see it now, but for us the most satisfactory thing was that people in india, especially in the hindi belt and in smaller towns enjoyed the film. No joy can be compared to that.”

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