Quick review: Munna Bhai Lage Raho


Wow what a movie. Clearly the best movie I’ve seen (this year) even better than Rang De Basanti. The comparison is apt… but I can’t explain without adding some spoilers (and so I won’t).

Lage Raho was genuinely funny. And appealled to the idealistic side in me… the side that believed there was something good and it is possible to achieve it. And in that sense, raised important social/even theological questions.

Of course there were cinematic problems. Like the part right after the intermission where they do an extended “help-drama” sequence… and the ending was a bit stretched and filmy. And the relationship between Munna and that girl… hmm… ok… not so overly done as I feared it could have been… but still a bit too stereotypical/flat for genuine cinema. I guess expecting a girl to fall for a professor premise was a bit far fetched in the manner it was portrayed.

But come-on. Compare these with the moments of sheer pleasure found sprinkled everywhere… Munna/Circuit relationship/conflict/resolution… psychological realism (when Munna realises what he sees! wow)… and also some moments where you actually feel the “solutions” are possible… were all beautiful.

I have so much more to say about the film and I might add to this review. But in conclusion I was to emphasis that this is clearly a must-see film. And certainly one of the best Hindi films of this decade.

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