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Monday, October 02, 2006

Lage Raho Munnabhai

As far as i know, i and BNB are the only people in India who don't think LRMB is the best thing to have happened to Indian cinema in recent times. Don't get me wrong, i liked the movie in parts. Arshad Warsi is funny and there are moments in the movie which make it worth watching. Infact its a good entertainer and definitely not a waste of time or money. But a classic? A 'great'? Bullshit.
I thought you could get drenched in the sentiment mazhai only if you are in a P.Vasu movie or something. This went a step further. The movie had so much of sugar coated all over it that had there been an ounce more, i would have had a severe bout of "sugar-poisoning".
Its not funny enough and yet not serious enough. If the said greatness is because of the 'theme' or 'message' or 'the way the message was delivered' or whatever, then by that token every Cheran film should be a masterpiece (i'm not a big fan of his movies by the way). On the other hand, if the said greatness is because of the 'treatment', you gotta be kidding me!
BNB says
Nobody wants to be critical ; nobody wants to be the grumpy guy in the room; everyone wants to gush more than the others and slip and fall in the salivatory orgy that's going on over this feel good, crass, juvenile, college final year project type attempt at movie making

I wouldnt say its as bad as a final year project type attempt, but pretty much agree with whatever else he says. And i would like to know if Vidya Balan would have that plain freaking irritating expression and smile even in a scene where her kids are killed in front of her eyes. EKSI*

Are the audience somehow mass hypnotized to think, feel and say that they're watching a timeless classic when they watch these Munnabhai movies? I'm not sure if the sequel is better than the first part. Which brings me to the point, why was the first part considered a 'great' movie in the first place? There is no problem in someone telling "Munnabhai is the movie i've enjoyed the most and watched the most number of times" or something. I also understand that Vasool Raja MBBS was NOT better than the original. Fair enough [Kamal haters, please re-read - VR MBBS was NOT better than the original]. However, what i don't understand is that almost the entire blogosphere and the middle class militia look at VR MBBS as though it was a "Dayavan" and at Munnabhai as though it was a "Nayagan". For me, the original was better and it worked mainly (not only) because of the Mumbai "setting" - the dada culture, the lingo etc. Sanjay Dutt playing a dada role is like an Indian batsman piling on runs in the Ranji trophy. Its a comfort zone. Kamal's performance was the lone saving grace of the movie (i love the "Seena Thaana" song by the way), though its a film he could have done without - he did it for L.V Prasad's grandson- nor was it a role that challenged Kamal, the actor. A sleep-walking role. Another important difference is the Arshad Warsi - EKSI "Shanti theatre operator" Prabhu thing.
Coming back to the sequel, seeing the unbelievable hype around the movie - even otherwise reasonable reviewers heaped praises and hailed it as a classsic - i was expecting something better. Oru 'timepass'-a 'timeless'-a pesarangale!

P.S: "High-class" ena koorappadum Satyam thirai valaagathil Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu paarkkumpozhudhu 'andhar', whistle, koral ellam ezhuppi kalaasiya rasigargalana engalai thaikkulathinor silar 'imsai' endrum ''indecent fellows' endrum sitharithurukkalaam. Aanaal, indru Abhishek Bachan oru nimida vedathil kaatchi alithapodhu kadhalan, kanavan, magan, peran arugiliruppadhayum porutpaduthaamal adhe thaikulathinarl ezhuppiya ghoshangalai enna endru sitharippadhu?? EKSI*! :(

P.S 2: What has the world come to?

* - Even at the risk of explaining the obvious, EKSI = Enna Kodumai Saravanan Idhu


  • is this worse than the Rang de basanti hysteria?
    whch sucks IMHO

    By Blogger ada-paavi!!!!, at Mon Oct 02, 06:56:00 AM  

  • here's a third person who's not impressed with LRM.

    By Blogger sudeep, at Mon Oct 02, 11:43:00 AM  

  • A sleep-walking role. Another important difference is the Arshad Warsi - EKSI "Shanti theatre operator" Prabhu thing ROTFL ... ella kamal fansum andha aala enpaa ipdi refer panreenga ? :-D.

    I remember watching Arashad Warsi and Simran in 'tere mere sapne'(her first moive, iirc) and thinking that both of them are going to go places. It happened in Simran's case. Poor AW is still playing second fiddle.

    By Anonymous BNB, at Mon Oct 02, 04:06:00 PM  

  • When the rasana ketta jenmams make 'kanravi' 'K..K...' movies to smash bo records and join the 'all time great', idhellaam enna periya!!

    By Blogger Me too, at Mon Oct 02, 08:00:00 PM  

  • Havent seen the movie yet..But i certainly dont expect it to be a classic based on the 1 st version and considering that its the same crew thats worked on this one as well..Besides Hey Ram-la Kattada Gandhism-a LRMB-la kaati impress panna poranga???

    By Anonymous Ulaganayagan, at Tue Oct 03, 12:08:00 AM  

  • At the risk of starting a flamewar, i feel LRM's strength is getting some message across without being all preachy and serious about it. It is very easy to make a serious preachy movie and easier still to make a fultoo timepass movie.

    How difficult is it to make a movie like LRM?

    By Anonymous tamizhan, at Tue Oct 03, 08:02:00 AM  

  • Bala,
    Have not watched the movie, but I thought much of the hype and box office success is because the movie has sort of come as balm and soothener for the terrorism ravaged northies (especially the Mumbaites).
    But again claiming that MunnaBhai is a classic is just a reflection of the fact that the mainstream media and the common man in most parts of the country continue to believe that hindi cinema is Indian cinema. And what surprises me more is a comedy film in Hindi is praised sky high and considered a classic. This while even Narasimha Rao would accept that Tamil and Malyalam movies have infinitely better comedy.
    I think we should get hold of a few hundred of our media maanga's and make them watch MMKR. Maybe that would help.

    By Blogger Sridhar(mutRupuLLi), at Tue Oct 03, 02:18:00 PM  

  • Srivatsan,
    I wouldnt say both the movies are 'bad' :)

    Welcome and glad to find some company in this issue :)

    Appadi refer panradhu dhaane nyayam. EKSI Prabhu took over as Shanti theatre operator because the previous operator feld!

    Welcome back!!

    Exactly... aanaa andha pechukke idam illa... Poles apart... HR, Anbe Sivam ellam ivinga pakkale pola irukku...

    Karuthukkalai parimarikkolvadhil edharku flamewar?
    "i feel LRM's strength is getting some message across without being all preachy and serious about it"
    Not preachy?? I felt as though i was sitting in a moral science class for a good part of the duration of the movie!

    N.Indian audience's condescension is nothing new but my point was that even Tamilians seem to hail Munnabhai as a classic and call VR MBBS a crap movie...This can be seen especially from Rajini fans whos pet line of defense (on being remindedabout Rasini being nothing more than an animated cartoon and the absurdity of his movies) is "Amaanm... Kamal mattum VR MBBS madhiri classics-la nadikkala?"
    Even if VR is crap, the same set of people would have hailed Munnabhai.. andha kanakku dhaan puriyala...

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Oct 03, 08:05:00 PM  

  • Yeah hindi movies are massively overhyped if they are decent. RDB was good (definitely not as bad as ada-paavi calls it) and its sent to oscars nomination. Funny that in neutral orkut communities, I find this movie in "Great movies" threads most of the time. I haven't see LRM and Omakara yet.

    Its just that most of the movies are so pathetic that even a mediocre effort will be hyped and worst of all celebrated.

    By Blogger thilak, at Wed Oct 04, 04:51:00 PM  

  • Haven't seen MB2 but I agree about most of your post.

    I was in Bombay during the MB1 rage. I delayed watching MB1 as I had been bowled several times by media hype googlies led by the peerless ToI (only to see the film credits 'Our media partners -Times Network' - what is Hindi for koottu kaLavANi ?)

    When I finally watched it, I was in for a pleasant surprise.While it is far from a classic, it is easily one of the most enjoyable films I have seen in the last 2-3 yrs. That's all and no further.

    As far as Oscar goes I am only reminded of Gounder's line in Walter Vetrivel: "O thaaraaLamaaga, yaar vENdumAnAlum aasaippadalAmE"

    By Anonymous msp, at Thu Oct 05, 04:09:00 AM  

  • Hi,

    Nice blog!

    Why don’t you consider writing about some of the new “India 2.0” sites that are creating a little buzz as well?

    Eg: www.ilaaka.com




    By Blogger rajeev, at Thu Oct 05, 12:17:00 PM  

  • thilak,
    I want to watch Omkara too...

    About Oscars, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon madhiri padangalukku ellam award kudukkaraanga...:
    And talking about Gounder, as he says in Thayin Manikkodi, "ennada periya OsCAR, adhaan veetla ivalavu car irukku illa..."

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Sat Oct 07, 01:29:00 PM  

  • LRM is good , but i cant digest sanjay dutt singing, "raghupathi raaghava rajaaraam"... aandavar can do this, but no EKSI prabu pleaseeeee....

    bala, namma omkara ticket vaangikittu, melody theatre kulla pona nyaamagam varuthey...

    By Blogger karthikeyan, at Tue Oct 10, 11:21:00 PM  

  • Karthi,
    "bala, namma omkara ticket vaangikittu, melody theatre kulla pona nyaamagam varuthey..."
    Amaam Amaam!

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Oct 10, 11:43:00 PM  

  • add me also to the list of people who felt that LRM was a cheesy overdone comedy movie which has to be enjoyed and forgotten promptly. Even if you consider the silly theme of Gandhiism, one would wonder whether it was Gandhigiri or munna's pistol on the head of the astrologer that did the trick of pulling out the bunglow keys from Lucky Singh. Even otherwise threatening the astrologer scene was much well done by Sathyaraj AKA Ammavasai AKA Nagaraja Chozhan in Amaidhi padai than Munna.

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Wed Oct 25, 10:00:00 AM  

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