Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Lage Raho Munnabhai

First lets get the inevitable comparison with the first installment out of the way. 'Munnabhai MBBS' was a more complete, more intelligent film. 'Lage Raho' is more feel-good and commercial than the first part. It packs in more gags and laughs to play up to the gallery. So is the effect diluted? Not entirely. 'Lage Raho' still retains the goodness of the 'Munnabhai MBBS' film and builds a different message into the narrative without getting too preachy. I'd rate the first part marginally higher than the sequel.
However, the film is a great ride! Replete with fun, frolic and some Gandhian philosophy. The film doesn't start from where the first movie ends, but is a completely new episode in itself, easily holding its own. Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi are back in their lovable avatars and this time are aided by Dilip Prabhawalkar, Boman Irani and Vidya Balan. The story involves Munna's experiences with Gandhi's teachings and his bid to live by the great man's ideals. He takes on a corrupt builder, Irani, in this episode and how he wins his lady love's (Balan) heart while helping distressed people along the way forms the meat of the story.
The gags in the film are good and this installment packs in more laughs than ever. In this regard, the duo of Dutt and Warsi do an exemplary job. Warsi especially deserves a pat on the back for his comic timing. His sudden lack of screen space in the second half is unfortunate. The film is sugar coated in its goodness. Of course if you have that man Gandhi woven around the story line it can't but be helped. Jimmy Shergill, Dia Mirza and Parikshit Sahni make appearances as beneficiaries of Munna's newfound mantra of 'Gandhi-giri'. This is the new catch phrase as against 'Jadoo ki jhappi' in part one.
The Munnabhai series is one of those rare comedies which live up to the great Mukherjee/Chatterjee tradition. They will be well remembered as classic comedies in years to come. Hirani's direction isn't too bad. Shantanu Moitra's music is tuneful but just about passable. Nowhere in the Parineeta or Yahaan league. He even lifts Cliff Richard's 'Theme for a dream'.
All in all a good movie to be enjoyed with friends and family and one which leaves you feeling good after the show. When was the last time you were able to do that?

PS: Ladies, watch out for Bachchan Jr. in a cameo!

3.5/5

Cheers!
Abhishek.

6 comments:

stuti said...

ya, good one it is.i don't believe in the concept of drawing comparisons of movies with their previous ones, so as an independent movie, i think it was quite a fun one......best thing about it being it would go down well with all age groups.

agree, music wasn't so great. but despite being a rip off, "pal pal....har pal" is pleasing to the ears.

circuit's performance was sooooper, i thought.

Cogito said...

thx for the reveiew.heard the movie is sooper...

Yashashwini Y P said...

agreed! I'd give MBBS a 5/5. check mine too
http://www.yashuhitchcock.blogspot.com/

The Introvert said...
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The Introvert said...

i wud give it 4/5. one mark deducted for the music... movie is fantastic otherwise..
it's the issue of originality of concept that somehow keeps any sequel from being rated as great as the original one.

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

stuti - hmm..not too sure about the music..for me the knowledge of copyright violation kills any chances of me enjoying the music...

cogito - yea man..tk the wife as well..im sure she will enjoy it as well.

Yashashwini Y P - hey gr8 reviews! munnabhai mbbs was better yea..

introvert - i couldn't agree more. originality rocks...was hard pressed to see one original film last year..this years been a refreshing change from RDB, to PHP, to MW, and now LRMB.