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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Lage Raho Munnabhai!

Plot spoiler warning: You might want to watch the movie, before you read this post

Munnabhai is back and he is not alone! I watched this sequel to the hugely popular Munnabhai MBBS at Lamcy Cinema and I was amazed. This is definitely one of the few movies, where the sequel scores much more than the original. Lage Raho Munnabhai is surely one slot higher than Munnabhai MBBS.

In the sequel, Munna (Sanjay Dutt) and his quintessential henchman Circuit (Arshad Warsi) try to recreate magic of Munnabhai MBBS and they succeed. From start till the end of the movie each person in the theatre was in splits. This time around, Munna is in love with a radio jockey called Jhanvi (Vidya Balan). Boman Irani meanwhile plays Lakhbir Singh aka Lucky - a greedy businessman.

Munna falls in love with voice of the Radio Jockey Jahnvi . He is finally given the chance to meet her when the radio station announces a trivia contest concerning the life and beliefs of Mahatma Gandhi. He formulates a clever scheme and wins the contest. However, in the process Jahnvi is led to believe that Munna Bhai is a professor of history and subsequently asks him to present a lecture on Gandhi to the community of senior citizens which she takes care of at her home, Second Innings.

Munna decides that the only way out of this situation is to use the days prior to the lecture to learn as much as he can about the Mahatma. He puts himself through an intensive period of study in a library devoted to the life and works of Gandhi. It is during this period of study that the image of Gandhi begins to appear to Munna Bhai. With Gandhi on his side, Munna not only wins Jhanvi's heart, but through a radio show also teaches others how to solve their problems using Gandhi's principles. Soon, however, Munna finds his own life falling apart until he learns to practice what he preaches. The problems he faces lead him to cultivate a new life based upon Gandhism, particularly non-violence and telling the truth.

Director Raj Kumar Hirani has once again proved his mettle with the sequel. He presents a humorous and enlightening bouquet full of drama, emotions, earthly simplicity, romance, real life portrayals. Definitely one step ahead of the original. Some film critics might compare Lage Raho Munnabhai to Woody Allen's Play It Again Sam. However, I feel this comparison is utterly rubbish! Where did the film critic get such a foolish idea? The plot of Lage Raho Munnibhai is as original as it can get - you will believe it, when you watch it.


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    By Blogger Self Doubting PHoenix, at 10/20/2006 10:18 PM  

  • Lage Raho Munna Bhai

    First of all, I must appreciate that the theme is interesting, true and nitty-gritty have been juxtaposed. External influence seems evident in the music pattern.

    Dowry system ends when Sunny marries Simran out of his own decision. Murli and Jahnvi love grows silently without need of proposing materialize after confiding the truth-that’s the most beautiful part. And if enemy can be won by putting the second cheek forward, you’ll still be defeated by his proxy who is getting his bread & butter.

    I think the theme can better be reframed as “Bande main rahega dum, Vande Mataram”. Murli’s interrupting the fourth line “Sabko Sammati De Bhagwan” being sung in 1st meeting at 2nd Innings House is an insult to Mahatma.

    I feel there is a lot of mockery on South Indian teacher which eventually encourages young students to insult our traditional gurus. Sikh has been portrayed as manipulator & Brahmins & Muslim criminals.

    The pattern of “Guild Homes” like abroad seems as an attempt to nullify the values of the joint family system. Unbelievable-would some anchor of World Space Radio earn enough to maintain a Guild (2nd Innings) House? Hari (Harry?) wishes his father, “Happy Birthday Atma Ram” in a “Formal Way.

    Whether or not public offices will adopt the layout shown in the pension office depicting transparency; But the attitude reflected of Govt Servant on the most responsible level is evident even after he sanctions the pension of the retired teacher. “Iski Pension De, Bhaga” still encourages the complacency of public servants to do the same-get rid of public whom they are supposed to serve.

    Principles of Vaastu meant for the overall benefit of the entire Indian Sub-Continent cannot be monopolized. Instead of blaming vastu-a geo-climatic science- which is ultimately held responsible for wrong commitment of Lucky Singh? Let’s focus on developing our nation-clearly identifying existing non-cultivable areas, ground water flow, movement of plates and develop SEZs there.

    I think we should make a movie in which fertile farmland is being gobbled up on pretext of SEZs instead of unproductive land in long-term interest of our nation and farmers ending up in long ration queues since lack of agricultural land shoots up crop prices. I remember Jagjit Singh’s number-

    ”Ab main ration ki qataron main nazar aata hoon
    Apne kheton se bichhadane ki sazaa paata hoon”

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/28/2006 8:28 PM  

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