Monday, September 04, 2006

Film Review-Lage Raho Munnabhai

Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Rating: * * * *

When was the last time we saw a film that was extremely entertaining and had a social message? All I can probably think of is RDB. Well here is another film which just fits that bill.
Frankly speaking , I thought Munnabhai M.B.B.S was just about good, nothing great but Lage Raho Munnabhai is way ahead of that, almost great. It's such a feel good film, it really touches your heart. The Gandhian principles, the love for the nation , et al, it's like a sense of deja-vu coz all of us have all these things somewhere at the back of our minds, but its just that our mind tells us that as of today these values are outdated. We have this apocalyptic feel about Gandhian principles. So this film will make you wonder. Maybe we will still remain the same but at least this will make you wonder which is quite an achievement in itself.
Coming back to the film. The setup is bigger and better this time. The cinematography is competent. The music is not great but suits the mood of the film. The feel good factor in the film is just too high. All the oldies in the film are simply adorable. Actually we see all the characters of the earlier episode and also Parineeta over here.
The dialogues are witty and keep you glued to your seat. The moment you think the gyaan in the film might just begin to bore you.....BANG comes a blob of funny lines that keeps you smiling.
Full marks to the dialogue writers, the script writers and the director for making something so original. Well with Gangsta M.D being made starring Will Smith in Hollywood we have enough reasons to be proud about.
The supporting cast led by Boman Irani, Dia Mirza, Jimmy Shergill are all adequate. Abhishek Bachchan's surprise entry just adds to the star value.
As far as Vidya goes, my friend thanks for breaking the one film wonder jinx. Her beautiful smile and clear face and dignified presence cannot not make anyone fall in love with her. Well babes if you are going anywhere its to the top.
I cannot imagine anyone else playing Munnabhai or circuit. Sanjay and Arshad were born to play these roles respectively. The unimitable charm and superb chemistry makes them extremely lovable.
Well if this is the quality of Munnabhai chapters that VVC banner is going to make then I must say Lage Raho Munnabhai forever.
Abhishek has a significant line in the film, similarly on the same lines I can say "If you watch this film maybe you will gain something but if you don't then you will definitely miss something."
-Sanketh Rao.


Karthik said...

Bollywood couldnot have paid a better tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee. RIP, Hrishida.

Sanketh Rao said...

i swear Karthik!!!

Deepa said...

Dearest Sanks,

My darling brother. I have read your reviews Lage Raho Munnabhai was a beautiful, heart warming and extremly touching film with values.

Its the best film ever, on the same note brother, Kabhi Alvidaa Nah Kehna, was a nasty piece of work, not keeping with the prescribed morals expected. However what can you expect from Karan Johar, he always potrays SRK in a negative light and I absolutely hate both the actor and director. The film is not only sickening, trashy, denegrates our values, shows that Indians living overseas have no respect for themselves or their heritage.

I just don't understand why are Indians living in India so fascinated by the western concept of divorce; living together ?; having affairs ?

Never in an Indian movie has a parent been mean to his child but SRK surpasses even that. Glory to the guy who is eroding everything sane and beautiful in our culture.

We who are third generation Indians living overseas actually look up to India but this film demeans any pride we have of Indians living in India. A film is not just about how well the actors have performed or the setting or the well done sets but it is about the message in the movie. This film Kabhi Alvidaa Nah Kehna is a film glorifying sex and affairs and about being a coward who cannot face up to responsibility and a woman who degrades the purity of marriage and is also a coward.

Brisbane, Australia.