Thursday, September 07, 2006

Munna Shines Again

Bole tho ek dum jhakkas. September 11, 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Satyagraha started by Mahatma Gandhiji in South Africa way back in 1906. So this film Lage Raho Munna Bhai comes at a right juncture to remind all of us of the long forgotten Gandhiyan principles of Truth and Non-voilence.

Interestingly, this film is not a sequel to the earlier Munna Bhai MBBS as many of us thought. Other sequel released this year was Phir Herapheri, sequel of Herapheri, which was not up to the mark set by its prequel as it is the case with most of the sequels. One more sequel was Krrish, sequel to hugely hit Koi Mil Gaya. But this film Lage Raho Munna Bhai breaks the jinx that sequels do not perform well than its prequel(Ironically it is not a sequel and only the concept in the prequel has been carry forwarded).

Here the Bhai with a golden heart comes in a new avtaar of history professor. If it was healing doctor Munna in Munna Bhai MBBS, here he is preaching Satya aur Ahimsa, in the footsteps of Mahatma. The plot starts with the kidnapping of the Corporation official much in the same light as in Munna Bhai MBBS, but with a different plan. Well begun is half done. Thab se shuru hotha hai dil kholke hasne ka silsila jo film ke aakhir thak chaltha rehtha hai.

If you are convinced that Munna Bhai MBBS was the best comedy film ever made in Mumbai, think again, Lage Raho Munna Bhai(LRMB) is set to break all the records. As with the other big budget films of the year LRMB boosted of first several shows in Mumbai being entirely booked before the release itself. So I take pride in the fact that I saw the movie two days after release i.e on Sunday itself. Story unfolds as Munna is in love with the RJ Jahnvi (Good Mornnnnnning Mumbai, as she greets her audience every morning). Munna wins the quiz organized by the Radio Channel on October 2 based on Mahatma with the help of the professors caught by him and gets a chance to meet Jahnvi and go on air. Again for the professors he has prizes if they answer the questions first. There in the studio he introduces himself as professor of history. So he is invited by Jahnvi to her home to give lecture on Mahatma. Munna now goes to Gandhi Library to study about Mahatma and gets into chemical locha to see the Mahatma everywhere in Mumbai and what follows after that is a tale of Munna walking on the footsteps of Mahatma. There is never a dull moment in the film. To be frank you may miss some of the jokes cracked when you start laughing for the first one. Such is the impact that the whole theatre will be indulged in laugh riot.

Film tells the principles of truth and non-voilence in a much acceptable manner. Be it be the confession of Munna to Jhanvi or the facing bribe problem in a govt office by retired teacher or the problem with the neighbour's nuisances. Worth a watch for every film goer. I am now planning to go for this movie for the second time.

On the other side I felt some of the dialogues were repeated from the Munna Bhai MBBS. Like when Munna goes to the Gandhi library circuit says padhai me dhyann de bhai, tension nahin lena ka. Or when circuit and munna decide to leave for the village, Munna asks what will you do in the village. For that circuit says main gaon jaavunga tho bail kya karegi?.

When Munna Bhai MBBS was made, it was remade in Kannada(with Upendra as Uppi Dada MBBS) , Telugu(with Chiranjeevi as Shankar Dada MBBS) and Tamil(with Kamal Hasan as Vasool Raja MBBS). Will Lage Raho Munna Bhai be remade in regional languages? Lets wait and watch.

What I feel is that when everyone comes out of the theatre after seeing the movie one is sure to have tilted a little for the Gandhiyan principles. Lage Raho Munna Bhai.


  1. you are absolutely right!!!
    we just enjoyed every moment of it.. as raveesh said in the article,usually sequels wont be as good as their predecessors, but munna and circuit proves it wrong.
    just imagine this:tickets were selling at 100 bucks(in black),that too in mysore..
    wonderfull review raveesh, why cant you leave this industry and get into bollywood...

  2. uttama vimarshe raveesha!!!!
    ella dakshiNa bhaaratada bhaashegaLalloo ee chitravanna nirmisabeku!!! uttama chitra hindi bhaashe gottilladavarigoo talupali..
    adu kannaDadalli uppidada amara entalo.. uppi dada haage iru antalo nirmaaNagoLLali.. jai munna bhai.. jai uppi dada....

  3. too good ...
    saw the movie today ... its tooooo good

  4. Thank you all for your time and comments. Too good film.

    Missed to mention one more instance in the film: A girl asking Munna, how to decide whether the guy she is going to meet will be her Mr.Right or not. So there comes the Gandhiyan principle of judging people by the way they address other people who are a rank below them.

    @Pavan, I am still an amateur in writing bollywood reviews, dude. Infact, this is my first film review. Anyway thanks for the compliments.

  5. LRMB has managed to create awareness abt gandhism which over history textbook couldn't do.
    Nice review raveesh. there are good points in ur review, one of such is
    To be frank you may miss some of the jokes cracked when you start laughing for the first one.
    I missed out many jokes due to this reason. so planning to watch movie for second time.

    Lage Raho Raveesh. review of Upendra's Aishwarya is on cards.

    - shande (

    PS: i unable to post comments with my login. so i hv posted anonymous comments.

  6. hi raveesh,
    you missed one more important part of munnabhai-II,'gandhigiri"
    great thinking by the drector...
    hats off hirani sahaab



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