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New Delhi (UNI): Gandhian principles of truth and non-violent Satyagraha seem suddenly back in focus as the Nation commemorates the 137th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. Kicking off a renewed public debate on relevance of Gandhiji's gospels of truth, non-violence and satyagraha, for long confined to the history tomes gathering dust in shelves of libraries, is Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Lage Raho Munnabhai, a Bollywood film which seeks to emphasise the continued relevance of Gandhian-philosophy in modern India through the popular characters of 'Munnabhai' and 'Circuit', made famous by last year's hit Munnabhai MBBS.
The lovable don Munnabhai, who struck a chord with cinegoers with his remedy of 'Jadoo ki Jhappi' in 'Munnabhai MBBS' has warmed its way into the hearts of the cinegoers again in Lage Raho Munnabhai, making the Gandhian principles of truth, non-violence and satyagraha the new anthems of a Nation plagued by widespread consumerism and violence. The film seems to have re-introduced the concept of non-violence and satyagraha among the modern generation.
Lage Raho Munnabhai's contribution in leading to rediscovery of Gandhi's message by the present generation was pointed out by Prime Minister Manmohan singh in his address at a function in Durban yesterday. ''Every generation has rediscovered relevance of Gandhiji's message. I was heartened to see recently that back home in India the most popular movie about a young man's discovery of the universal and timeless relevance of the Mahtama's message,'' Dr Singh said at a function to mark the centernary celebrations of Gandhiji's satyagraha.
As the nation commemorates the 137th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, the ideologies of truth and non-violent Satyagraha put forward by him suddenly seem back in focus in the realm of public consciousness. Kicking off a renewed public debate on relevance of Gandhiji's gospels of truth, non-violence and satyagraha, which have for long been confined to the history tomes gathering dust in shelves of libraries, is Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Lage Raho Munnabhai, a Bollywood film which seeks to emphasise the continued relevance of Gandhian philosophy in modern India through popular characters of Munnabhai' and Circuit, made famous by last year's hit Munnabhai MBBS.
The stupendous success of the film shows that audiences have fallen in love with Munnabhai in his new 'avatar' as a radio jockey advocating the Gandhian philosophy of truth and satyagraha as a solution to the day-to-day problems of the common man, be it in helping an old man securing his long-pending pension, reforming a youngster habituated to squandering his father's hard-earned money in shares or making a 'perpetual spitter' realise his mistake.
That the film has left audiences deeply impacted by the Gandhian ideals is evident by an incident wherein a couple who had bought a house in Ahmedabad and had been consulting a vaastu expert before shifting in, abandoned the plans the moment they watched Lage Raho Munnabhai. Inspired by the message of Gandhism in the movie, employees of liquor vends of the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) are watching the matinee show of the film at 'Delite' cinema here today. ''There was no better way for us as a large group to remember collectively what Mahatma Gandhi stood for and watch the film on the 100th anniversary of the 'Satyagraha' movement,'' Mr Jalal Shrivastava, Managing Director, DSIIDC, said.