If you think about the most popular person in Indian history, the first name that comes to mind is Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji was the most prominent figure in India's struggle for Independence. Many movies have been made on Gandhiji but none of them compares to the classic Lage Raho Munnabhai.
Lage Raho Munnabhai had a strong cultural impact and even though for a short term, was responsible for the resurrection of Bapu's philosophies, through a new term, Gandhigiri. It was the first movie to be shown at the United Nations and received a standing ovation. The film was a huge help in revoking the nation's interest in Mahatma's values. Gandhiji ideologies remained only in the books and people had forgotten to practice them. Munna bhai has a perfect mix of both humour and emotions. Whilst providing entertainment to the audience it also gives them the message of peace, love and forgiveness.
The movie was a sequel to the superhit Munnabhai MBBS and people were a bit skeptical about the sequel as they usually don't match up to the original. But this movie erased that fear among the audience. The chemistry between Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi was brilliant and they picked up from where they had left. Vidya Balan was excellent and looked very natural in the movie.
One has to wonder why there is such a dearth of movies on Gandhiji, the most memorable movie apart from Lage Raho... would have to be Gandhi, which was a hollywood movie and Bapu's role was portrayed by the british actor Ben Kingsley. Another movie on the Mahatma was Gandhi My Father, but it was based more on the relationship between Gandhiji and his son. The world has acknowledged that Bapu was a greatest messenger of peace and his birthday is celebrated as the World Peace Day. One surely hopes that in the coming time more filmmakers would make movies based on his ideas, values and philosophies so that the next generation does not forget about this great soul.
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