Friday, February 1, 2019
Lage Raho Munna Bhai — What Would Ghandi Do
This was altogether charming as a good-natured goon (a.k.a. gangster) falls for a local radio show host and in an attempt to win a chance to meet her must win a quiz about Ghandi. His resultant dip into Ghandi-ism is hilarious and was so effective that this movie spurred an actual national revival of interest in learning about this Indian hero.
This director went on to make 3 Idiots and PK so his four films have just gone from good to great. Sanjay Dutt here reminded me of Jack Klugman (for those with memories long enough to reach back to when he was Oscar from The Odd Couple TV show). He's so good natured and easy going that you wonder just how he can hold down a job as a goon. If I hadn't seen him in other movies I'd judge him to have been playing himself. However, I know he's more versatile than that having seen him portray the most evil villain I've ever seen in a movie (Agneepath).
Rating — Introduction to Bollywood (come on in, the water's fine!)