Peepli Live

6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 9, 2012
8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Join the Center for the Study of Asia and the Akshaya Patra Foundation for a special screening of Bollywood icon Aamir Khan's Peepli Live!, a comic satire exploring farmer suicides in India and media and official responses. When indigent farmers Natha (Omkar Das) and Budhia (Raghuvir Yadav) stand to lose their land over a loan they can't repay, a government official comes up with a modest proposal: Commit suicide and collect a subsidy that's paid to the relatives of deceased farmers. As Natha weighs his options, a journalist learns of his predicament and the media circus begins. Anusha Rizvi directs this satirical take on a real-life crisis afflicting India's underclass. Akshaya Patra is an international charity in India that is feeding 1.3 million children a day through an innovative mid-day meal program that allows children to stay in school and complete their educations. Co-sponsored by the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future and the BU India Club.