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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Tribute to Munna Bhai MBBS


Generally speaking, I'm not a big fan of Hindi movies. Well, not anymore, and before you get all up in arms about this, allow me to explain myself. I used to be, and still am, a huge Amitabh Bachchan fan! Earlier on in my life though, I used to imitate him and spout Hindi words that I didn't really know existed in Hindi...or ones that no Hindi-speaker knew anything about either. It was all about recreating the scene, with the dashing dialogue and the stone cold glare by the hero, with a half-smirk for effect, that told the audience all would be well in the world again. Good would ultimately, if not for the five millionth time, finally conquer evil. But this movie, well, it's something else.

The sense of humor was outstanding, and I think the verbal interaction between Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi were simply, and by far, par excellence. Can't say that I understood all the lingo, but there was an unmistakable local lilt to the language being used, and the expressions were hilarious. Also, the story was simple enough and didn't have too many twists and turns. Boy's parents come to the big city to find out he's been lying to them that he's a doctor, when he's really a thug. Boy tries to keep up appearances but fails. Boy's parents are distraught, so boy decides to really become a doctor. Boy meets girl he knew from a long time ago and really fancies in college, but she doesn't recognize him so he plays Cyrano de Bergerac to himself, or his alter ego. Girl happens to be daughter of the principal of the college, man responsible for exposing the boy for what he really is and therefore, Boy's biggest enemy. Boy points out the flaw in the "healing" that healthcare providers really provide. Boy wins back hearts of everyone involved. Straightforward, right?

It was more the deeper message of the movie, about how doctors don't see their patients as people anymore, merely objects in pain on hospital beds, that created the impact. That, and elements of a kind of bittersweet comedy give this movie a now-tearjerker-now-comedy feel. Simply a treat, I say! Oh, and I know I've described the story in an oh-so-blah-blah way, but that's because I don't want to give away anything. Well, the story, perhaps. But you're missing something if you don't watch the movie for the joy it will bring you. Remember, I'm the non-Hindi movie fan! And, before I go, I'd just like to say that the performances by Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani were just great!

There is a second part to this movie, but telling you about it now will only find me getting ahead of myself. ;-)
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