It was just a coincidence that I watched Lage Raho Munnabhai on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti for I did not know that the movie was even related to Mahatma Gandhi.

Munnabhai and Circuit are back - this time, with a different message and a different story - What happens when a Bambaiyya don "meets" Mahatma! Though the movie is filled out and out with comedy, it doesn't just stop there - it also delivers the strong message of "Gandhigiri"(Munna's term for 'being Gandhivaadhi'!). Bambaiyya hindi used throughout the movie is enjoyable!

Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi shine throughout the movie - be it in the comic scenes or the emotional ones. Boman Irani as a Punjabi builder, gets ample footage and he does a brilliant job!
Jhanvi - Munnabhai
The gorgeous Vidya Balan plays the role of Jhaanvi, a bubbly Worldspace RJ. There is not much screentime for her in this movie, but she has done her bit perfectly! Her "Good Morniiinnnnnnnnng Mumbaaaaai" has become famous and is already being commonly used by youth when they meet thier friends and also in Yahoo Chats!
Check out Jhanvi's Good Morniiiinnnnng Mumbai clip here

Dialogues were good in many places, especially the ones carrying Gandhiji's messages. Some of my favourites:

"chaata maarna aasaan hai, maafi maangne ke liye himmat chahiye, beta.. yeh kaarayon ka kaam nahin hai" (It is easy to slap someone, but to apologise, one needs courage. It is not something for cowards.)
Gandhiji - Munnabhai
"Bhai, mujhe to barso pehle maar diya tha.. Par mere vichaaar teen goliyon se nahin marne wale hain." (I was assassinated years back, but my thoughts are not the ones which die because of 3 bullets!)

"Bachpan mein jab tu jhooth bolti thi, to tera baap taxi pakad ke bhaag jaata tha kya?"

Films like Rang De Basanti and Lage Raho Munnabhai are the only hopes of saving Bollywood from the Karan Johars of the world! Kudos to Vidhu Vinod Chopra & Rajkumar Hirani for this brilliant effort.

Positives: Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani and of course, the theme of "Gandhigiri".
Negatives: Gets a bit preachy, but it is inevitable.

Kya jhakaas movie hai! Aise picture
bahut kam ich dekhne ko milte hain aajkal... Apun bolta hai, miss nahin karne ka, maamoo!



Update: The melody "Pal Pal Pal" from this movie is a total copy of the song "Theme for a dream" by Cliff Richard. Shantanu Moitra too joins the list of Copycats!!!
Listen to both the songs here.
By Aravind on Monday, October 02, 2006 at 6:30 PM Post Categories: , , ,
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  1. DD

    Hindi-a? Kalakkare! ;)
    But yeah, awesome movie!

  1. sudeep

    i'm not quite impressed with the movie.. especially the claim of "gandhigiri"! i think it's just another dadagiri movie!

  1. sruthi

    gandhigiri the nxt cool thing
    gandhigiri is the next in thing in democracy.
    the literary ideologies of GANDIJI might not be relevent today,its metaphoric still holds good.
    As we can see from the past gandhijis ideologies have made a huge impact even during the brutal british rule.it was the time were india as a country was very unstable ,therewere sexual descrimination,cast differences and a time were religious existed.now we are subjected to an educated crowd,a govt so called democracy,an era bringing citizen journalism and realityTV becoming popular.things seem to be more implementablewith the huge media savvy crowd.
    gandhigiri will alwaysremain more safest more acceptable and influential concept in the society .

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  1. Aravind

    @ DD:
    Normal Hindi illa... bambaiyya hindi ;)

    @ Sudeep:
    I disagree.. it is not a dadagiri movie... Doesnt it carry the preachings of Mahatma? doesnt it break the misconception that Gandhian values wont work today? The movie has been packaged with humour and dadagiri to make it saleable...
    How many ppl would hav watched the movie if it only had Gandhiji's preachings and nothing else?

  1. Aravind

    @ Sruthi:
    thanx for dropping by...
    Ya... gandhigiri still holds and will hold good forever!!

  1. Ramya

    Very refreshing movie !
    Gets a little tooo preachy at places, pulls it down. And its going privately for the Oscars as well !

  1. Aravind

    @ Ramya:
    Ya.. it does get preachy... but as i have mentioned in the review too, i think it is inevitable!

    And ya... read the news.... 3 Hindi movies going for the Oscars!! :D

  1. Ponnarasi Kothandaraman

    Hindi maalum nagi... :)
    But understd somting frm the english sentnces :)
    Nice review! :)

  1. tamizhan

    arey maamu.. ye picture preachy nahi hai re.. woeech uska.. wo kya kehte hain re circuit.. (bhai, usp, usp) haan, usp hai.. abhi apun yahaan se kalti leta hai..

  1. Aravind

    @ PK:
    Thanx :)

    @ Thamizhan:
    Ha ha :)
    good one!!

    preachy in some places, which is the USP :D

  1. Praveen

    coool movie man..and equally cool revieww...
    gandhigiri is a gr8 philosopy for life

    and i really liked wt u said atlast...these are the kind of movies we want.....to hell with karan joharrr and all those mushy romantic guysss

  1. Aravind

    @ Praveen:

    Thanx :))

  1. Sujatha

    mmm u r right....great movie...i enjoyed it...and i can remember saying that about too many of the recent hindi flicks...i dont believe too much in gandhi himself though...ever read "why i assassinated mahatma gandhi"?...do if u can lay ur hands on a copy...but i am all for the ideals of truth, peace and righteousness. gr8 blog da.

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