TECH TALK: Gandhigiri: LRM Reviews

Lage Raho Munnabhai (LRM) is directed by Raju Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It is the second in the Munnabhai series. It stars Sanjay Dutt as Munnabhai and Arshard Warsi as Circuit, Munnabhais sidekick. Here is the essence of the story (via Wikipedia):

Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt) falls in love with the voice of the Radio Jockey Jhanvi (Vidya Balan). He is finally given the chance to meet her when the radio station announces a trivia contest concerning the life and beliefs of Mahatma Gandhi. With the help of his friend Circuit, Munna Bhai formulates a clever scheme and wins the contest. In the process, however, Jhanvi is led to believe that Munna Bhai is a professor of history and subsequently asks him to present a lecture on Gandhi to a community of senior citizens which she takes care of at her home, Second Innings.

Munna decides that the only way out of this situation is to use the days prior to the lecture to learn as much as he can about Gandhi. He puts himself through an intensive period of study in a library devoted to the life and works of Gandhi. It is during this period of study that the image of Gandhi begins to appear to Munna Bhai. With Gandhi on his side, Munna not only wins Jhanvi’s heart, but through a radio show also teaches others how to solve their problems using Gandhi’s principles. Soon, however, Munna finds his own life falling apart until he learns to practice what he preaches. The problems he faces lead him to cultivate a new life based upon Gandhism, particularly non-violence and truth, which he calls Gandhigiri.

This is what Rediff had to say: The film is about finding the Gandhi in all of us, but never sounds didactic or preachy. Rather, it makes you laugh and cry through the whole journey during which it touches various issues of parental neglect, stagnation of the older generation, corruption, evil builders, bad manners, superstitions… the works! We live in a cynical world, but even in such times, sometimes a person, book or film comes along and shows you a tiny crack in the wall behind which there is a lot of light, and suddenly your heart is full of happiness. Lage Raho Munnabhai is one such film that makes you laugh, makes you cry, and also makes you feel good to be a human being.

Here is what CNN-IBN wrote: You know some movies just strike a chord from the word go, and Lage Raho Munnabhai is exactly that kind of film. It engages you not because it’s got the most imaginative plot – which it doesn’t actually – but because the intention of the film is clear and sincere. It’s one of those films that encourages you to laugh out loud, to embrace its characters and to make the journey with them. It’s evident that the film’s main motive is to give you a good time, but it’s commendable that writer-director Rajkumar Hirani chose to weave a message into the story. In many ways, in fact, Lage Raho Munnabhai is like those fables we read in our schoolbooks when we were little. Those simple stories that came with a moral at the end.

The last word from a review on BBC: It’s rare to see a film that bounces between humour and sentiment so seamlessly. And it is rarer still to see characters become etched in the memory so enduringly that audiences become almost protective of them. It’s testimony both to the quality of the writing and the performances, that Munna and Circuit have taken on a life of their own. Lage Raho Munna Bhai is the ultimate in feel-good cinema that leaves you feeling like anything is possible.

Tomorrow: Mass Appeal

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