Lage Raho....


This movie needs no introduction. This movie won our hearts, made us think and grabbed lot many awards. Truly deserving!!!

Wonderful performances, beautiful picturization, very good acting, amazing direction, list is almost endless.... but the most intriguing part for me in the movie was its presentation. Its presentation of Gandhiwada or as mentioned in the movie, Gandhigiri. I respect Gandhiji as a freedom fighter who struggled to get freedom to my motherland. But the idealism which he presented was far from what I used to think practical. My immediate reaction would be, "C'mmon, if someone acquires your house, will you sit and do satyagraha???!!!" Call it an influence of Netaji and Swami Vivekananda very early in my life, I believed in ACTION!!!

The same concept of Gandhitwa was presented in the movie and can you believe it, I completely agreed with the way of approach Munna solves problems of each caller. The one which stands out is the scene where a guy spits near caller's door and Munna tells the caller to smile at him, forgive him and clean it by himself. The end result was that the guy realises his mistake and apologises. Nobody was offended, no blood, no violence, not even a heart break. But the mission was accomplished. If somebody were to tell me this, may be I would have laughed at it, but not now. On second thoughts, now I feel, if the caller were to scold him, he would have spit more with vengeance making the wall an abstract painting :o)

Now I understand why do we go out to have food at the resturant when mom can cook so well, is it the way they present the food? The food looks so yummy and appealing, before you even taste it, your eyes would have feasted on them. Now I understand the need of a salesman, call it Marketing with added respect ;o) even for a sound product. Unless presented well, any concept however strong it might be, can fail.
Waiting for Munna Bhai goes to America now, for the humour, for the performances, for the songs and then for a MESSAGE :o)

15 comments:

  1. Good review man !
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  2. well...u alluded to swami vivekananda's sayings for belief in action..but swamiji himself was a proponent of renunciation and satyagraha...as he said in the west that we in india want to see how much we can suffer and this is how we overcome the problem after our suffering so that it seizes to be a problem anymore...as he used to quote the ideal of sita in this regard...he was sold to action without desire but at the same time for non-confrontation..except when there is a real bugger who attacks the motherland...and for the movie..i couldnt watch it somehow..but the real impactwould be only if people bring the idea into practice..otherwise its just another drama for gains for the producers...

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  3. Hmmm, I said Netaji and Swami Vivekananda. Though Vivekananda was a proponent of satyagraha, he always insisted youth to be courageous, responsible and accountable for their actions. At the same time Netaji belived in action. Showed extreme passion of, leave my home(country) or I will kick you out kinda attitude.

    Somehow, during my earlier years of childhood, I belived-doing satyagraha was less courageous, its as if letting the opponent to feel pity on you. At the same time, I used to think its a very time consuming process to sit and wait for the results than trying to get control of the things.

    As I said, any idea/concept needs to be well presented otherwise layman like me will never know the true content in it.

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  4. Satyagraha, I don't think that solves any problem in todays greedy world.

    In fact as long as a person have strength, he should fight.
    Self suffering I somehow feels not a MANLY act.

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  5. Your Blogs are quiet GOOD.. [:)] But u should write quiet often...

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  6. @Raj

    Thanks a lot, with this kind of encouragement I would surely make time to blog :o)

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  7. and u need to be a lot courageous to ask for satyagraha...only the one who is correct has such strength to act so...and it is not about satyagraha in a war situation or any other situation demanding for a brawny confrontation..it is about situations where we may otherwise loose cool and act rash becoz we are ourselves not too sure...one who is sure about himself can have the patience required for such an action....and you may hit back if someone takes your virtue to be hesitation or meekness for too long in practical situations....but it is worth a try sometimes especially when the intentions are not wrong on any side and just misunderstandings or likes may be present..

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  8. The thread is bouncing over the Head! [:)] Is there some pre-requisite course to be attended to understand the thread? Hehe...

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  9. hehe....1 pre-req is the movie itself...but hey..not really..i havent watched as yet...:).....baanki humne aankh band karke likh liya ..ab tum bina dimaag lagaye padh liyo...

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  10. Either way, it is not making any sense... [:D]

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  11. @Utkarsh,

    What you are saying is right to certain extent but may not hold good in all cases, especially in today's world. A Satyagraha has to attract sufficient man power to back it. No one will care if one person is fasting but if there are 100 people fasting over some reason, that obviously calls for attention. I have seen incidents where there are couple of people doing Satyagraha near Corporation Circle. The only evidence to their battle is a lone banner. But no use, poor guys, finally drop their battle and join the band wagon. I am not telling Satyagraha is completely useless. Just that we need to know who is the opponent.

    @Raj,
    There is no pre-requisite to this thread as every single human being in India knows Mahatma and his principles :o)

    @Kishore
    Endurance is not weakness, sometimes it asks for more strength than fighting back. Try out this once, when you are very very angry try to keep your calm and behave with all the compassion with the person who caused that anger to you. Then you tell me the result and your feeling both.

    Thanks all, its good to see people discussing and sharpening their as well as our brains :o)

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  12. @akshatha...
    for sure there are practical limits to these "ways" while dealing in real life situations..and more so, it is more about personal restraint than dealing with others...like doing what is right rather than what is convenient..or not blaming others for some things which apparently can be blamed on to others..anyway nice pondering over the matter...gud luck guyz..

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  13. Hm....
    Well I guess am too young to connect.... [:D]
    Dont know much about the characters u guys are talking...

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  14. @Utkarsh,

    In fact thanks to you, for sucha wonderful discussion after a long time. Yes, most of the times its about doing right, but there are 'n' number of ways of doing right. As long as the justice is obtained a little bit of wrong would also won't be bad.

    @Raj,
    Seeing your earlier comments, I don't think you are too young to connect. Anyways thanks for adding a lighter note to otherwise serious discussion ;o)

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  15. Well, in that case may be i am too old to understand.... JK [:)].. Why dont u post a comment on my blog.. Have written one today... [:)].. Usually I get offline comments and not sure why ppl [incidentally only my friends visit the same] arent adding any online... May be ur comment would start the pouring in of comments like the Rain in Mungaru Male... [:)]

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