Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Lage Raho (Keep at it!)

The year 2006 will be remembered for its re-makes and sequels. What with Umrao Jaan and Don being re-made and Munna bhai, Hera Pheri and Dhoom having sequels.
I am not a big fan of sequels. Most of the time – I find they lack the soul of the original. Especially in Bollywood – a movie is made – if it’s a hit – then they think of a sequel.

Yesterday, we watched Lage Raho Munnabhai – a sequel to the immensely popular Munnabhai MBBS. And I must say, while I wasn’t disappointed, it wasn’t a big wow.

To begin with – I like Sanjay Dutt. He’s not a great actor or anything – but there is a certain likeability he brings to the characters he portrays. And what should I say about Arshad Warsi. His comic timing and the panache with which he delivers his tapori lines is awesome. Nothing over the top – and yet so funny. I remember walking on the streets of Bangalore with Arshad Warsi(while he was hunting for a lock or something) and the response he received from the aam-junta to his Circuit-giri, I was really stunned (more so since I hadn’t watched the movie then). And he is still good as Circuit.

The basic story line is the same – Munna is a golden-hearted goon and Circuit is his Man Friday and one man army. Munna falls in love with an RJ and in a bid to impress her builds up this whole charade of being a history professor. As compared to the original, things have gotten a wee bit serious here – what with Munna spouting Gandhi teachings. I must confess – things got a bit stretchy here. I thought the movie could do with a bit of editing here.

Boman Irani is as usual his funny-villainous self. Competent in that department. Poor Diya Mirza has been reduced to being sister/daughter in most movies these days. She is one actress – who I find has such exquisite delicate features. It’s a shame – she didn’t hit big time heroine-dom. As in all Munna-movies, the heroine, Vidya Balan here, doesn’t really have much to do. However, Vidya is quite a bright spark.

The icing on the cake – for me – is a cameo by Abhishek Bachchan. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance – but paisa vasool(money’s worth) for me.
Of course, alls well that ends well – Munna gets his girl. The girl gets her house.

I cant find specifics to complain about – but there’s that kick lacking in the sequel. Munnabhai MBBS had an intrinsic funniness and heart to it. Here Gandhiji sobers things up a fair bit. I was kinda waiting for the movie to end. Also, the original stood out for its use of tapori dialect. In wanting to professore-ise Munna in the sequel, the zing in the tapori-ness has been toned down. Sadly!
All in all a good movie – got a lot of laughs. Some of the songs are rather hummable.

I would recommend it to anyone – who’s missing hearing some tapori words. And anyone who needs some laughs.


At 10:15 AM, Blogger Orchid said...

Didn't mind the movie either!

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Rohini said...

If you haven't seen Umraon Jaan yet, don't subject yourself to the torture.

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Abha said...

Yeah, agree, It was good but not as good as Munnabhai MBBS. But it sure has made Gandhigiri popular !

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Alan said...

This one is on my list to see, just haven't gotten to it yet. I liked Munnabhai MBBS.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger That Armchair Philosopher said...

"you were walking with Arshad Warsi on the streets of Bangalore"?

Now thats something I'd like to hear more about :)

At 4:56 AM, Blogger itchingtowrite said...

liked it though felt arshad was under used

At 6:49 AM, Blogger artnavy said...

u shld see vivah- so inadvertently funny and intentionally syruppy

were u doing a poll with O& M with arshad- i adore him

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Something to Say said...

Orchid: yeah - its a time-pass movie

Rohini: awww..dont say that - i wanted to watched it for Abhishek Bachchan..cant stand Ash tho.

Abha: Just saw a news article - where some people sent the Police Commissioner flowers - just to let him know that they were concerned about the crime rate in Rajkot (gujrat). Gandhi-giri or Munna-giri sure is getting popular.

Alan: Dont have too many expecatations from this one tho.

That Armchair Philosopher: Welcome! O yeah - I not only walked the streets of B'lore with him - also helped him shop for outfits there :)

Itchy: You're right - we could have done with more of Circuit.

Art: O no poll with Warsi. Just some shoot. And he's really really a nice guy - soooooo down to earth.

At 3:17 AM, Blogger the mad momma said...

well i felt it lacked punch too.. but i feel that way about most sequels. and i agree with almost everything except diya mirza.. in my journo days i had to meet her often and she reminded me of a thin little white lizard.. specially her lips.. i know i am nasty! i love arshad warsi.. unfortunately never met him.

At 12:12 AM, Blogger Something to Say said...

mad momma - little white lizard??? and I thot she was so pretty :(

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Oooh yes, an Abhishek cameo can be a bright spot even in the most dreadful muck (I'm lookin' at you, Neal N Nikki)!


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