Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006): What I ask of you will not be easy

64. Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) — Of the smallish number of Hindi movies I have watched thus far, this one ranks near the very top, if not for the electric symphony of SRK+Kajol. I am now utterly convinced by the “heart” that the original movie first tried to present to the world. Somehow, the director and screenwriter Rajkumar Hirani managed to meld together Bollywood conventions turned flip side up, soul-stirring dialogue, production values that speak volumes of dedication, spot-on casting (to everyone, a big wow) , a sometimes surrealistic and always believable script that never shies away from inducing bellyaching laughs, and knowingly understated cinematography that doesn’t assume the audience is made up of dunces. He has created an entertaining, enlightened, enlightening, educational, evolutionary, empathetic and ebullient motion picture event. Look not for more or to the future or to the past but to the very presence of this movie and discover that small, still voice within you once again. I know I did. I can’t wait to introduce this to my brother and my friends. This one will not be gathering dust. May it plant a seed of conviction instead.

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