Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri) and his elder brother Budhia (Raghubir Yadav), who lost their land to an unpaid bank loan, chalk up a plan to rid themselves of their predicament as they have heard that the government will pay a sum of Rupees 1 Lakh to any family where a farmer commits suicide. Natha offers to commit the act in an impulsive conversation with his brother Budhia. Natha's decision to give up his life reaches a local TV News Reporter and within days, crews of TV channels arrive at this remote village. Everyone from the local Village Leaders to the farmers, their wives as well as children are interviewed by the reporters. The highlight of all these meaningless interviews is when they interview Budhia and Natha’s sharp-tongued mother, very appropriately portrayed as an old hag with a severe case of verbal diarrhoea. The media sets up camp outside Natha’s home and Natha's every movement is recorded, including him going to the toilet in the field, every morning under heavy Police Escort, which makes this Media Circus even funnier. Competing channels keep an eye on each other to see as to who’s got a new lead on this particular story. Natha is on every TV channel as well as on the cover of many prestigious magazines. The entire village suddenly turns into a Mela with food and drink stalls as well as rides for kids. Unscrupulous Politicians interfere to maximize their own political gains and this turns into a “Who can garner the most votes in the upcoming Local Elections” Circus. One of the local leaders presents the family with a TV, another presents Natha with a Water Hand-Pump, hilariously known as a “Lal Bahadur” and the icing on the cake is that there is no one to install the gifted hand-pump. Meanwhile, the chief minister does his part to ensure that Natha doesn't commit suicide. The Politics gets dirtier by the minute and the media become totally obsessed with and go completely haywire and crazy with Natha’s story. This movie creates wonderfully vivid and hilarious characters and keeps the moviegoer in splits of laughter at times as well as totally engrossed at the so-called serious moments, throughout the film. The film is a hard-hitting satire on The Media in our country who tend to manipulate news to increase their TRP Ratings as well as our corrupt Politicians who will go to any lengths to maximize their political gains. A brilliant attempt by Producers Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao as well as Writer-Director Anusha Rizvi. A must see for everyone.
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