PM to watch Aamir Khan`s `Peepli Live` tomorrow
New Delhi: Taking a break from his busy schedule, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will tomorrow watch Aamir Khan`s ‘Peepli Live’, a scathing satire on the issue of farmers` suicide.
A special screening of the film, arranged by producer Khan, will be held at Singh`s residence. He will watch the movie alongwith his family members and some top officials of the Prime Minister`s Office.
Khan had arranged a similar screening of ‘Peepli Live’ for BJP leaders including L K Advani.
The film, starring a clutch of theatre actors and directed by debutante Anusha Rizvi, deals with the growing divide between rural and urban India through the story of Natha, a landless farmer.
He is talked into committing suicide by his brother Budhia, who hopes that their family will benefit since government has relief packages for the families of farmers who kill themselves.
Their drunken conversation is heard by a local journalist, who writes a story in his newspaper. Soon the TRP hungry news channels lap up the story. Natha`s impending death becomes a national obsession.
Incidentally, the Prime Minister has been instrumental in ensuring a financial package for farmers in Vidarbha in Maharashtra which witnessed a spate of suicides.
Such a package was also given to farmers in distress in some other states.