Saturday, September 16, 2006

Lage Raho MunnaBhai (4 stars)

It had been months since i wtached a movie. That combined with the fact that I was desperate to see this one, forced me to watch it all ALONE :). Anyway, over to the movie.


Needless to say, it has been awesome. All the main actors have given stellar performances. Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani have all resumed from where they left off in Munnabhai MBBS. Vidya Balan has taken over from Gracy Singh and does equal justice to the role. I have always believed that these 2 are among the _very_ few really talented actresses out there.


I am not going to narrate the entire story here for obvious reasons. It would suffice to say that in this installment, Munna turns history professor to impress Jahnvi (played by Vidya Balan), who is a radio jockey. While "studying" about Mahatma Gandhi, Munna starts hallucinating and starts "seeing" Gandhiji. Then the story unfolds...

Well, thats all i'm willing to divulge ;)


Lage Raho has as much comedy as MBBS. But it has more than that. While MBBS did have a message, i personally feel it was not a relevant one, nor a direct one. Lage Raho has a loud and clear message.

Although it has been given the name of "Gandhigiri", it is not just something to be enjoyed and forgotten. Munna takes part in a radio program where people call and tell their problems and Munna gives a solution to that based on Gandhian principles. These instances set you thinking.

In a nutshell, the movie tells you to adopt Gandhi-ism as a way of life. Now I'm not sure how much that is going to be possible in the present-day world. But atleast following a few of Gandhi's values will do our country a lot of good.


Vidhu Vinod Chopra has to be complimented for this. After all how often does a sequel actully live upto expectations? Also, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has used comedy as a means to put across the social message to the public. That proves that you can use any genre of movie to motivate the masses.

I sign off by rating Lage Raho as a must-watch. Bole to, is movie ko pakka dekhnaich mangta hai haan!


Abhi said...

Hey Kiran,

Never agreed more. I too watched a movie after almost 3 months and what a great movie to see! Super fun and great message too...

Bole toh apun ge sar mein bhi chemical locha hogayla re baap!!

Seriously thinking of watching it again...