Fenil and Bollywood

Aamir Khan’s Peepli Live selected in the Sundance Film Festival

Posted on: December 7, 2009

Aamir Khan talks about his production Peepli Live being the first Indian film to be selected in the competition section at the Sundance Film Festival

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 07, 2009)



Aamir Khan is on a high. His production Peepli Live has become the first Indian film to be selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the competition section. The festival will be held from January 21-31 at Park City in the US.

Talking about the honour, Aamir says, “Sundance is one of the biggest and the most important festivals in the US. Robert Redford had started it to encourage independent filmmakers and directors. It’s prestigious to even get your film selected for the festival as they pick up 14 films out of the 1000 that enter the competition. I am very happy for director Anusha Rizvi and her young team as I believe it’s the first Indian film to be selected there. All crew members are young and new. The only known actor is Raghuvir Yadav and some of the actors are real adivasis from Madhya Pradesh. I am happy for these youngsters.”

Ask Aamir what made him produce the film and he replies, “When I read the script, I really liked it as was very fascinating and unusual. It is funny and heartbreaking at the same time. It is set in rural India and the setting and the humour surprised me. It is a satire which makes a social comment in a funny way. I felt the writer-director Anusha has a lot of fire and is an instinctive storyteller. I want to do films which excite me creatively and this definitely did because of its amazing humour. I also wanted to do a role in Peepli Live but I couldn’t find suitable role.”

One cannot help but wonder about the unique title of the film. “There can be many meanings. Peepli is a small village and ‘live’ means bringing it live to the audience. So, it could mean that the filmmaker is bringing Peepli ‘Live’ to you. There is live news presented by the media and here a filmmaker is bringing you the film live,” explains Aamir.

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