September 18, 2006

Gandhigiri Is In?

It must have taken some amount of gandhigiri for the 'Munnabhai MBBS' team to come up with this gem of a sequel. Hats off Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi (and Vinod Chopra, in small print). The runaway success of 'Rang De Basanti' would have frightened lesser men to think of making a movie with this story line. What a stunning rejoinder to that didactic tragedy by Rakeysh Sharma. Just see the contrast in the use of radio in both movies. It could not have been said in a better way. What warmed my cockles more after watching 'Munna.. was the audience's reactions. The sombre and glum audiences coming out after watching 'Rang.. could not make out much of the film's climax. Long discussions followed on the justifiability of the progatonists resorting to violence. But the film's overall sheen and style ensured that film was a hit. In contrast there was a definite difference in the mood of the audiences coming out after watching this one of the ultimate feel-good movies I have seen.
After a long time we have a movie which remains with you long after you have seen it. We have people talking about a movie not just because the filmmaker has an effective PR company to ensure all TV chanels and newspapers are discussing it. It seems Gandhigiri is here to stay, at least as a term. By the way a new website by the name http://www.gandhigiri.org/ has been launched couple of days back. It has a discussion forum and a blog proclaiming "if Munnabhai can why can't we do Gandhigiri?" A milion dollar question!

1 comment:

Guwahati City said...

of course.. its a million dollar question.. anyway .. even if Gandhigiri can affect a fraction of indians ..then also i would consider it as a greate achievemnt ..