Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Lage Raho ....

A simple story. The protagonist , inspired by the Mahatma, experiences hallucinations. Unaware, that he is hallucianting, he feels, he can communicate with the Mahatma. The inspiration, he has drawn from the man, makes him impart this to the rest.

The message in the movie, was not like a sugar coated bitter pill, but more of a sugar coated calcium tablet, with loads of chocolate layers in between. The movie does not preach, but just reminds us of the values , that we must not have forgotten in the first place. The director, has indeed taken a big risk, in casting Gandhi as one of the characters around whom the movie revolves. The movie, is clean. It is a thorough entertainer. The chemistry amongst characters, the dialogue delivery, the screen play ........ it's composed of the right ingredients, to make a thoroughly lovable movie.


This is a movie, that kind of makes you ponder about this enigma called Gandhi. Will Gandhiism actually work, in today's world that is strewn with violence? Was there a clear cut understanding of what was Gandhiism? Or was Gandhiism, just a collection of *best practices* from the religious scriptures, and epics? Was the Satyagraha, a passive means to solicit victory? Was he a lateral thinker amongst his contemporaries, that he devised a means that was unthinkable as a path to victory? Is tolerance, an act of bravery? Is n't Honesty, giving up your right to be a survivor? The protagonist, in real life, being embroiled in a controversy, that aimed to destroy the very fabric the Mahatma, intended others to adorn? An irony?


Ah, this movie makes you think, albeit subtely. "Lage Raho Munnabhai" ............ the title seems to be a stab at "Lage Raho 'Insert your Name Here' " ......to the values that were once *noble* and now ..... out of vogue..........

6 comments:

Avinash said...

couldn't agree more. A masterpiece! One (I guess the first Indian) movie where the sequel has no link to the first part except the protagonists. Director doesn't justify the same too.. and why should he?

Nice review.. Lage raho Jay!!.. :)

Jay said...

@Avinash,

Ham tho lage rahenge :-)

Deepa said...

Questions Questions Questions!
Nevertheless ...
Sounds lik a movie to watch .

Shub said...

nice blog dude....

Canary said...

heyy.. am bak to blogging after ages.. and upto som short story writing! :p lemme know how u like it.. (if u manage to read it :p ) BTW, me too agrees dat this is the best movie in ages !!

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