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Yesterday was a first; the first time I have ever watched a Hindi movie from the first row. We reached Cinemax at 21:30, the movie was scheduled to begin in five minutes, there were three of us, there were exactly three seats left in the movie hall, and these seats–S1, S2, and S3–happened to be in the extreme end of the first row. I was hesitant; Darshan was adamant; Vishu was neutral. In the end Darshan won. Vishu readied himself for a “Wimbledon” experience. [For those who do not understand the lingo, "Wimbledon" experience means you follow the action from left to right and then from right to left.]
Lagey Raho Munnabhai weaves a moral into its story. The movie hopes to spread the Gandhian philosophy of truth and ahimsa. Frankly, it gets a bit on your nerves at times. But on the whole, the movie is an enjoyable experience with lots of opportunities for laughter. The acting is quite decent. The music, however, gets chaotic at times. Vidya Balan is amazingly cute. She looks so different from the Parineeta days. I hope this movie is a stepping stone in her career.
I am not sure what the Bollywood industry wants to convey through the umpteen movies. It’s a cycle of oxymorons. One movie tells you to fight like crazy and beat-up everyone you see, all in the name of righteousness. The next movie tells you to keep smiling at your enemy and to not lift a finger. What should you as the audience take away from the movies?
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