The Sacred Pumpkin-The Sacred Job: Peepli Live- A Must Watch

Peepli Live depicts very impactfully a distorted understanding of the idiom, “Survival of the Fittest” by the media. While the phrase’s original meaning came out of the natural context, satirical representation of the working style of media in the movie makes us aware of the artificial context in which this badge is worn by its official associates.

G.B.Shaw’s Theory of Life-force directly or indirectly governs the Theory of Survival of the Fittest. Life-Force is the ultimate power. It governs a poor farmer as well as a media professional. But, one who tries to satiate his primary needs via that force is justified in his actions when compared to someone who claims : This is our job, this is what we do(unsaid though is , this is what we do to increase TRPs), if you cannot handle this, try something else..( dialogue in the movie by a journalist when she was asked why can’t they cover an ailing farmer who earns Rs20 by selling digged up earth, who has equal potential to depict farmer-suicide-loan problem).

Life-Force drives a farmer’s family and friends and community to become numb towards the love they ve had for him in order to celebrate the capital that might come out of his death.

In the movie it is shown that for media, TRP is the only life-force, however much artificial it might seem to believe and the one with highest TRPs has the best survival potential. To populate the existing TRPs is their job. In other words, the movie somehow communicates that media as a community is interested in hoarding of wealth while advertently denying that their and their countrymen’s real wealth lies in agriculture, in the farmer who propogates that agriculture; that media considers its job sacred come what may, even if that means covering somebody’s faeces in order to represent sad state of ISF- Indian Sanitation Facilities in rural areas or in actuality to facilitate generation of ISF- Indian simplistic Finance.



5 thoughts on “The Sacred Pumpkin-The Sacred Job: Peepli Live- A Must Watch

  1. First, thank you for visiting my writing website, and for choosing to follow my work.
    At your invitation, I have a few comments/questions on the short piece above.
    1. Is “Peepli Live” the title of the work you are reviewing? Is it a television special, a series, a movie, a play? Make that known at the beginning of the work, and don’t wait until the third paragraph for that information.
    2. Or, is “Life-Force” the name of the piece?
    3. Is Shaw the author of this work?
    4, When/if you use an abbreviation, either make sure it is such a common one that all would be familiar with it (e.g., ASAP, EMS, USA), or give a brief explanation of what the letters stand for. I am ignorant of the letters TRP and what they stand for.
    5. The term survival of the fittest is, of course, one derived from evolution theory — not something the media concocted. Is the term something the media in this story plays upon?
    6. Who directed the movie? Who are its starring actors?
    7. Is the movie setting India? Does the story take place in the now, or is this a futuristic movie?

    Each writer must satisfy the basic five W’s of a story: Who, what, when, where and why. You must assume that your reader is relatively ignorant of the material you cover in a story. Your introductory sentence is the key to the rest of the story. It must hook the reader into the ensuing sentences and paragraphs. For example, why should I care about the movie? Draw the reader in.

    My style of writing is not so technical as yours. Nothing wrong with being technical; it’s a matter of choice and comfort. I tend to use shorter sentences. And I write pretty much like I speak. For me, that kind of writing helps my ideas flow better. If I say something in such a way that my reader has to pause, scratch his head and wonder what I said, then I have not succeeded.

    The only way to improve as a writer is to write. Write about everything and every experience. Your big toe that is sore from stubbing it on the curb, for example. The dinner you burnt that you had prepared for hours. The most embarrassing moment in your life.

    This story, if a review, is basically incomplete. It needs fleshing out. Can you rewrite this, following the five Ws?

    Oh, I forgot to tell you. Most of writing is rewriting.

    Hope this helps.

    — SM

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