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Peepli Live and the Gesture of Concern

Notwithstanding the authentic picture of rural India depicted in Peepli Live, the film is clear that its rural protagonists and its Anglophone audience belong to completely different worlds. Though rich in satirical detail, the film is "humanist" rather than political, in that it is both non-committal and deceptive in its approach to rural indebtedness and in its treatment of the media. Peepli delivers the subliminal message that little can be done about rural indebtedness because its economic/political causes cannot be identified.

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