I had heard a lot about this Hindi movie Lage Raho Munnabhai. Last week I picked it up from the library and we watched it. The DVD came with English subtitles so the rest of my family was able to watch it as well.
Most will agree with me in that, Bollywood movies (including its regional language variations) usually revolve around various permutations and combinations of lovers and love stories. One other major variation is a shameless knock-off of popular Hollywood movies.
Yeah, yeah, there are exceptions and this movie Lage Raho Munnabhai is one such exception. The director has re-interpreted Mahatma Gandhi‘s principles to tell us that his principles are still very relevant. In this country where Mahatma Gandhi has just become a picture on the wall and his principles long forgotten and consigned to the dustbin of history, it is refreshing to see how his principles could be applied even today.
This movie has even spawned the application of Gandhi’s principles (Gandhigiri as they call it in this movie) in real life which are featured in popular newspapers. Yes, it has the usual Bollywood staples – song & dance sequences and corny/mushy events. But the overall concept is a master stroke of creativity.
Sanjay Dutt as Munna Bhai and Arshad Warsi as Circuit have hit it off again with some excellent emoting. Vidya Balan provides the added color. All of us enjoyed this movie a lot. If you are longing to see an Indian movie which is not a blatant copy or a quadrangular/multi-angular love story, see this one.