Saturday, August 14, 2010

Vidarbha farmer's organisation demands ban on 'Peepli Live'

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Vidarbha farmer's organisation demands ban on 'Peepli Live'
14 Aug 2010, 1650 hrs IST,PTI

MUMBAI: Objecting to the way the issue of farmer suicide has been depicted in superstar Aamir Khan's home production 'Peepli Live', Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) has urged the Maharashtra Government to ban the movie immediately.

The Nagpur-based farmer's advocacy group said that the movie which revolves around a debt ridden farmer committing suicide for the sake of compensation, trivialises the issue and is "far from reality."

Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) president Kishor Tiwari in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said, "TV serial 'Bairi Piya' has shown that debt-trapped Vidarbha farmers are selling daughters to clear their debt. While 'Peepli Live' is far from reality and an insult to poor farmers of Vidarbha who have been victims of globalisation and wrong policies of the state,".

VJAS said producer Aamir Khan should have consulted experts before finalising the script, adding the movie has put a question mark on the farmers' widows who are demanding compensation.

Khan on his part has maintained that the movie is not about farmers' suicide.

The low-budget film, a satire on the farmers' suicides and subsequent media and political response, is directed by Anusha Rizvi who has also written the story

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