Friday, September 01, 2006

Lage Raho MunnaBhai

The difference between the two parts:

I went for MunnaBhai M.B.B.S.:

  • Without reading any reviews
  • Having seen no great hype
  • Without any expectations.
I came out of the theatre adding one more movie to my all-time favourite list. A movie that made me smile and laugh over and over again. A rarity in today’s movie era

I went for Lage Raho MunnaBhai

  • Without reading any reviews
  • Having seen a far larger hype
  • With loads of expectations
I came out of the theatre adding one more movie to my all-time favourite list.A movie that made me smile and laugh over and over again. A rarity in today’s movie era

I’m not going to reveal the story of the film; if I did, I would be doing grave injustice to Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra who have come up with another masterpiece. The trailers have not given away anything and please watch the movie to find out the connection between MunnaBhai and the great Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Thumbs up to Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra for carving a special niche and I can’t wait for MunnaBhai sequels to come our way.

Sanjay Dutt charms and Arshad Warsi sails through. Arshad Warsi must be one of the best actors in the industry today when it comes to comedy and its sense of timing. He has to be! The one-liners are as memorable as part one and boy, the writers have done a great job, it’s not easy to be so witty everytime.

Vidya Balan looks beautiful and do her eyes talk! She doesn’t have much to do but she still impresses. Boman Irani plays his role to perfection and I can’t find a flaw with this man. Most of the characters from part one play out various roles and to perfection. There are a few surprises which our extremely pleasant and some are well kept secrets; and we will let them be till every one has watched the movie. But if you all know who is my current favourite then you ought to know that I was very very glad that this person had a special appearance!

It was a great pleasure to see some veteran Marathi actors like Atmaram Bhende and Dilip Prabhavalkar adorn the stage here. The casting is almost perfect.

The only con (if you can find one) is the music, this time there is no ‘Dekh Le’ to hit the disco scenes but the songs are situational which are built in well. One song though does leave a mark. It is not the title track or the romantic one! I’ll leave that for you all to figure out once you have seen the movie.

  • Without getting too serious Lage Raho MunnaBhai makes us think
  • Without sounding pretentious it manages to convince us that things can still work if we follow his teachings
  • Without getting too preachy it gets the message across to a nation that has fallen asleep; that it is only a matter of self belief

I would love to list out my favourite scenes and dialogues from the movie but that would amount to spoiling your fun and I don’t want to do that. So, here is one which everyone must have seen on their TV sets. When I saw it too, I told my husband that we have to see this movie first day first show….

‘Apun ke Birthday pe bhi Dry Day ho

Nahi, Nahi, Dry Day Nahi.’

Well Munna and Circuit, Tumhare Birthday Pe Hum Log Dry Day Kaise Rakhenge?

After all we are drunk on your antics!

12 comments:

The Guy Next Door said...

I saw this movie a few hrs ago and had almost the same opinion abt quite a few things. Good Stuff

Truman said...

Oh so it is good?! Wow :)

Oh and about Arshad Warsi, have you seen "Waisa bhi hota hai". Such natural acting.

He is probably the most underrated actor in the industry today, thats what I feel.

Sandip said...

The best thing about LRM is that its NOT a sequel to the first one, so they dont have to be tied down to old characters and storylines and now they have unlimited potential to make more films with just the same lead guys. Sort of like the Rush Hour series - these 2 guys have developed amazing timing (never thought I'd say this about a comedy movie with Sanjay Dutt in it).

Bole to, ye pikchar to dekhnaich mangta hai mamu...

Minal said...

@The guy next door: Read your review too. Its indeed a neat movie and guess original stuff always welcome!

@Truman: I saw Waisa bhi hota hain in parts , he was good but I liked him even better in Seher. Watch it sometime, serious stuff but good.

@Sandip: Bang on, they can do a neat 'Munnabhai-Circuit Series' and the dialogues! I intend to keep a collection of them just as I keep a graffittee collection;-)

Mangesh said...

Hey minu, mast movie aahe na! It was really a great one to watch after a real long time I guess! I was so apprehensive about it and never even bothered to see the promos or ads... apprehensive after the crap called Phir Hera Pheri!

U wont believe it, I saw that movie in the theater (PHP) and twice in the volvo when travelling to and from Hyderabad!!! So this time I was quite scared what crap ill get dished out in LRM, but it is a masterpiece!!!

Its quite difficult to make a comedy with a subtle message, the man Raju has done it brilliantly! Its films like these which so make me believe that making movies is an art... nothing more, nothing less! Great weekend treat! :-)

Tugga said...

Things work if we follow that fascist hack's teachings? Sure they would, I am sure all the bullock-carts, handmills and billions of poor people would work if we followed his teachings.

Ketan said...

समझो हो ही गया. मस्त गाना है मामू

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Amit said...

Munna Bhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munna Bhai is AWESOME!!!

-Amit
http://www.ipatrons.com

anish said...

Really really really well put!

I agree completely about Lage Raho - it was brilliant!

Chanced upon ur blog thru desipundit..

arent u updating it any more?

blog on!

Truman said...

hello, long time no updates??

Minal said...

@Amit: I agree too:-)
@anish: Thnks, yes not pdated it for long, just getting settled into job , new place and new life:-)

@trumna: It has been a really long sabatical. Not a conscious one, initially did nto feel like writing ( no exciting criket happening too) and later trying to settle down into the new job and life here:-) Hopefull plan to get back to it by net yr atleast:-) How are u doing?