Arshad Warsi delivers a dynamite performance. Just as expected with Sanjay with Munna, Arshad was also expected to deliver the goods as Circuit because of the past movie. He might have outdone himself and given his best performance to date. He clearly has the best lines and scenes in the film. It is great to see him and Sanjay together, as they have outstanding chemistry. The scenes they share together are absolutely unforgettable. It’s too bad the romantic quotient of the film had to sideline Arshad in some parts because he truly was the show stealer in this one. One clearly wanted more Circuit in this one. Nonetheless, what we got was amazing.
The film won widespread critical acclaim from critics and had a number of prominent screenings. It was a box-office success and received a "blockbuster" rating by the website Box Office India after grossing over ₹1.27 billion (equivalent to ₹3.3 billion or US$46 million in 2019) worldwide. It was the recipient of a number of awards, including 4 National Film Awards. Lage Raho Munna Bhai was the first Hindi film to be shown at the United Nations, and was screened at the Tous Les Cinema du Monde section of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The film popularised the term Gandhigiri. Vidhu Vinod Chopra submitted the film as an independent entry for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It was later remade in Telugu as Shankar Dada Zindabad (2007).
Sequels have become a trend in Bollywood. Before this year, sequels have not been successful in Bollywood. Many producers this year have decided to go against the curse and bank on sequels to largely popular films. So far, it has been looking good as the producers have been reaping the benefits. The year is not over, and there is more to come for sure. The main problem with sequels is, can the live up to the original and actually be a better film? Lage Raho Munnabhai faced a similar task as it is a sequel to the blockbuster Munnabhai M.B.B.S. Trying to outdo such a movie is definitely no easy feat. Munna and Circuit sure had a tough task ahead of them. But now that the movie has finally come and the initial euphoria has kicked in, we can finally ask the question is it a worthy sequel to the original? More importantly, is it better than the original? Well I can overwhelmingly say ‘yes’ to both questions! Lage Raho Munnabhai is one of the finest works to come out from Bollywood this year. This is surely one movie that is guaranteed to leave a smile on your face once you exit the movie theater. Now this might be a sequel to MBBS, but it is not a continuation of that film. They bring back the central characters of Munna and Circuit and put them in a totally different situation. While most of the previous actors from the original were brought back, they are playing different characters this time. Now if this was a continuation of the first film, then I believe there would have been a chance of the movie faltering because of all the expectations that would have surrounded. Now granted, this movie was big on hype and expectations, but because people did not know what to expect this time around, it lacked the hype and hoopla other sequels have been creating. What makes this film such a joy to watch is its novel concept. We have never seen something like this in Bollywood that is for sure. This is something no sequel can say because as we all know, there is nothing original about sequels. Munnabhai can easily be heralded as the best sequel of all time, let alone this year.
Screened on 10 November 2006 in the United Nations auditorium, Lage Raho Munna Bhai was the first Hindi film to be shown at the UN. The film was introduced by Shashi Tharoor, UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama observed that, "there was a thunderous applause at the high points of the film, like the pensioner shedding his clothes. The applause at the end of the screening was unending. A vibrant Q&A session followed with director Rajkumar Hirani, writer Abhijat Joshi and actor Boman Irani, who flew to the U.S. for the screening." The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) noted that, "an evening that had started with massive security arrangements in the sombre UN setting, concluded in a festive atmosphere in the lounge of the UN with diplomats from other tables joining in raising a toast for the film." The United Nations General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that 2 October, the day of Gandhi's birth (Gandhi Jayanti), was to be "the International Day of Non-Violence."
The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, was given a private screening of Lage Raho Munna Bhai. After viewing the film, he stated that it "captures Bapu's message about the power of truth and humanism." In a speech during his visit to South Africa, Singh said, "I was heartened to see recently that back home in India the most popular movie this festival season is a film about a young man's discovery of the universal and timeless relevance of the Mahatma's message." Singh announced the creation of a new Public Services Bill to combat corruption in a press release dated 17 November 2006, and cited Lage Raho Munna Bhai as one of its influences.
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Jimmy Shergill and Diya Mirza don’t have big roles. As a matter of fact, they are special appearances. They do well with what they have. One just hopes an actor the caliber of Jimmy Shergill gets better opportunities because he clearly deserves it. Diya has the looks, but her acting does not match up.
Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer.
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Mark Sappenfield of The Christian Science Monitor argued in 2006 that the film was appealing because, "Gandhi gets his hands dirty. He appears as an apparition only visible to the wayward gangster, counselling him on how to help others deal with everyday problems." Swati Gauri Sharma suggested in The Boston Globe that what the United States "needs is a film that encourages people to take up Gandhigiri, Kinggiri, or Kennedygiri. If it worked for Bollywood, it could work for Hollywood."
In this sequel to the highly successful and much appreciated Munnabhai MBBS , the affable goon Murli Prasad Sharma aka Munna and his trusted aide Circuit are employed by Lucky Singh who's an unscrupulous builder . Munna is in love with the voice of a radio jockey named Jahnvi . He gets to meet her in person after winning a radio contest , and decides to learn about Mahatma Gandhi's life and principles to win her heart . But then something happens which is quite inexplicable : Munna begins to see Mahatma Gandhi in person , who wants to help him . Later , when Jahnvi's house is seized by the corrupt Lucky Singh , Munna embarks upon using Gandhi's principles of truth and non-violence to bring about a change in Lucky Singh's heart .
Lage Raho Munna Bhai is the recipient of 4 National Film Awards in addition to other awards. Some speculated that it would represent India as an entry for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Although ultimately losing to Rang De Basanti as India's official submission, the producers submitted it as an independent entry. However, neither film received an Oscar nomination.
The music of Lage Raho Munna Bhai was composed by Shantanu Moitra and the lyrics were written by Swanand Kirkire. Swanand Kirkire won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics in 2007 for the song "Bande Mein Tha Dum." According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 1,000,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fourteenth highest-selling.
Each film in the Munna Bhai series features Munna and Circuit in a story that is comprehensive unto itself and is not continued or referred to in another in the series. Director Hirani has compared this format to the films of Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, as well as to the James Bond series. Others have also likened the series to the work of Laurel and Hardy. Some, however, have negated this comparison, stating that the series is more akin to the Road to... "buddy films" of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Hirani stated that his work was deeply inspired by the films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
According to Tushar Gandhi, Gandhi's great-grandson, it introduced the philosophies of Gandhi to a new generation, adding that "Bapu would've spoken the language of Gandhigiri if he were alive today. I really feel this film says something that needs to be told."
After the release of the film, Gandhigiri-style protests began to take place in India. In 2006, farmers staged a protest with flowers in the Vidarbha region, and people who organised a protest in Lucknow claimed to have been inspired by Lage Raho Munna Bhai to use roses to convey their message. In Lucknow, students claimed to have been inspired by Lage Raho Munna Bhai to do volunteer work, planting trees "to conserve nature which is bound to benefit public health." Mafia don Babloo Srivastava claimed to have been inspired by Lage Raho Munna Bhai to distribute roses as a "message of love and peace". In 2008, Indian Greenpeace activists delivered thousands of roses to Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors, to reconsider his plans of building a port at the nesting grounds of olive ridley sea turtles. The "Send Pramod Muthalik a Valentine's Day card" campaign in 2009 was inspired by the film.
The actors used several techniques to develop their characters. Warsi encountered some initial problems reviving his character from the first film. Hirani recalled that on the first day of the shoot when Warsi said his first line, "he didn't sound like Circuit at all. He sounded like Arshad Warsi speaking with an accent." Warsi admitted that he had "forgotten" the character of Circuit and had to watch the DVD of Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. 3 times before being able to film the scene correctly. Dutt also confessed that he had to watch the first film 8 to 9 times to recapture the "persona" of Munna Bhai. In addition, Dutt stated in an interview that he did not read Gandhi's autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth as a preparation for Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Rather, he comments, his father, Sunil Dutt (who portrayed Munna Bhai's father in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.) and his mother (the late actress Nargis) were his role models as they "were basically Gandhians. We were brought up with those values."