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Lage Raho Munnabhai
Director: Raju Hirani
Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan, Boman Irani, Dilip Prabawalkar, Jimmy Shergill and Dia Mirza
145 mins
Film Information:
Contains mild language and violence
1st September 2006 by EROS International
pg certcamera
Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt
Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt
"Fantastic, a wonderfully emotional roller coaster ride"says Vaidyanathan

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After the stupendous success of Munnabhai MBBS (a film that even found mention in the British Medical Journal), a couple of years ago, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raju Hirani return with Lage Raho Munnabhai.

Strictly speaking, this film is not a sequel but it featuresthe same characters in similar circumstances.

Sequels usually cause the viewer to have high expectations and if these are not met, then it will make a film a failure at the box office. Thankfully, Lage Raho is not only as good as MBBS, but much better.

The film starts off with Circuit (Arshad Warsi) and company, doing what they do best - kidnapping and threatening.

This time around, they kidnap a council official because a famous builder Lucky Singh (Boman Irani as a Sikh), wants to buy a plot which already has a fully built bungalow.

Munnabhai alias Murli Prasad Sharma (Sanjay Dutt), has temporarily suspended his violent acts as he has become love struck with radio presenter Janhavi (Vidya Balan).

For Munna to meet Janhavi, he decides to enter a quiz competition on Mahatma Gandhi. He wins the game by cheating with the help of some history professors.

But when he finally meets her, he is forced to lie even more in order to keep Janhavi interested in him.

When she wants Munna to address a group of senior citizens, residing in the same bungalow that Lucky Singh wants to buy, Munna has no choice but to go to the local library for more studies.

Spending five days and nights reading about Gandhi, Munna actually starts seeing Gandhi (Dilip Prabawalkar), wherever he goes. Gandhi talks to him, pointing him in the right direction.

Whilst Munna and Janhavi romance each other, Lucky Singh evicts the senior citizen from their house.

This provokes Munna to pick a fight against this property tycoon.

When Janhavi finds the truth about Munna, she leaves him. Left with no choice, Munna goes on air, confessing his love.

He also manages to save the marriage of the daughter of Lucky Singh's from turning into a fiasco. Lucky turns over a new leaf and returns the house to the old age pensioners. A proud Janhavi acknowledges her love for Munna.

The film is a brilliant emotional roller coaster ride. It makes the viewer laugh out loud and cry in some scenes when Munna and Circuit come up with some cracking jokes.

This film is very similar to Rang De Basanti, as they both preach goodness and tries to awaken the sleeping Gandhi, in every Indian's heart.

The entire star cast, especially Sanjay, Arshad, Vidya and Boman have turned in stellar performances. It often becomes difficult to decide who is the best of the lot is. The entire supporting cast too, is amazing.

The lyrics are in typical Munnabhai language whilst the musical score is enjoyable.

The film has already been declared a hit at the UK box office grossing around £550,000 to date. See it and you will know the reason why!

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