Anusha Rizvi’s satire Peepli Live to represent India in Oscar race
The Film Federation Of India has selected Anusha Rizvi’s satire Peepli Liveas the country’s foreign language Academy Awards submission.
Mahmood Farooqui co-directed and Bollywood icon Aamir Khan produced with Kiran Rao. The film was the first Indian entry to screen in the World Cinema strand at Sundance and subsequently played in Berlin.
Omkar Das Manikpuri plays an impoverished farmer who sparks a media frenzy when he announces he will commit suicide so his family can benefit from a government plan.
This is the fourth time the Film Federation Of India has chosen an Aamir Khan production as India’s entry following Lagaan, Rang De Basanti and Taare Zameen Par.
Aamir Khan Productions and UTV produced Peepli Live and Artificial Eye has released the film today in the UK.