Aamir Khan began his career as a child actor working in films in his native country of India. Eventually, Khan went on to become one of the most beloved actors in his country before deciding to concentrate his talents on being a film producer. In 2001, he made his debut as a film producer with the Academy Award-nominated movie Lagaan. Khan has produced several films since then and the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bushan for his contributions to Indian cinema this year. Now Khan returns with a new film from writer/director Anusha Rizvi called Peepli Live which opens in theaters on August 13th. We recently had a chance to sit down and speak with Aamir Khan about the new film, its powerful subject matter and his role as producer in bringing the film's story to the big screen. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below:
After losing their plot of land over an unpaid government loan, Natha and Budhia, two brothers and farmers residing in the heart of rural India, seek the help of a local politician. Not concerned with their plight, the politician mockingly suggests that the brothers commit suicide to benefit from a government scheme that aids the families of indebted farmers who have killed themselves. Budhia, the shrewder of the two, immediately encourages Natha, a simpleton by nature, to think of the greater good of their family and do what is necessary. After a journalist overhears their drunken conversation in a bar, the next day it appears in a local newspaper under the header, "A Death Foretold in Peepli Village." The article sparks a chain of events that reaches the highest corridors of power in India's political machinery. With elections around the corner what would otherwise have been common fare turns into a 'cause célèbre' with everybody wanting a piece of the action. From the glitzy television studios in New Delhi to the Agricultural Ministry, journalists, newsmen, local and national politicians descend upon the little village to stake their claim. The question on everyone's lips is, "Will he or won't he?" As the circus propagates itself, what will be the fate of poor farmer Natha who nobody stops to ask how he really feels?