#51 #Scriptors100BestFilms #LageRahoMunnabhai
Today the adage ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ has widened its dimensions and has come to be relevant with films as well. A perfect film does everything that a perfect book can do, i.e. inform, entertain, inspire, & educate.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai is one among such films that proved to be perfect on all these accounts. It did not only bring us all these elements that we, at Scriptors, strongly believe all films should propagate, but also the film is one of the rare occurrences wherein it surpassed its prelude, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., in terms of these ‘perfect film’ pre-requisites.
At one glance it may seem like a regular film where a hero falls in love with a heroine and does things to make her fall in love with him. The magic-point where LRMB stands apart is ‘what things he does’ and ‘what happens when he does those things’. Raju Hirani and Abhijat Joshi have absolutely conquered the motive of making this film when they conceived the idea of bringing none other than Mahatma Gandhi into the picture. First of all it seems very organic that a cute and naïve person like Munna Bhai would start hallucinating Gandhi after practically studying Gandhi (as if to write a PhD thesis) for three days. This idea takes the film on an entirely different level, and in the process revives the long-lost Gandhian philosophy in an entertaining manner.
LRMB did not only coin the new word, Gandhigiri, but also made it functional in the Indian society. The film exhumed its effect by prompting many Gandhigiri-style protests, as well as shooting up the sale of books on Gandhi, especially Gandhi’s autobiography ‘My Experiments with Truth’ – even among prisoners.
Such a positive and feel-good film that also revitalizes a priceless philosophy of truth, LRMB is one film that must never be missed.