from bollywood with love...  

rm_gentledawg 36M
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9/2/2006 4:40 pm
from bollywood with love...

viva la revoluciĆ³n! bollywood is actually delivering riveting and unconventional films after a long hiatus all thanks to fresh and knowledgeable minds who take their craft seriously. what's more sensational is the grip of bollywood films on foreign audiences, who lapped up such enamoring efforts as Being Cyrus, Khamosh Paani, Black, 15 Park Avenue and musical extravaganzas like Lagaan, Parineeta and Munna Bhai M.B.B.S for their extraordinary production values and execution. the influx of "inspired" films being made after watching western flicks has not taken a backseat due to this new creative wave but it has resulted in the tables being turned as hollywood woos South Asian scriptwriters and even directors to helm a variety of projects. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. getting remade in to a hollywood film is just the tip of the iceberg as more and more films created in the South Asian region gain prominence in the eyes of the worldwide audience. now the question is: can hollywood clone Munna Bhai's simplicity and charm aptly?

which brings me to my outing to the cinemas last night here in Mumbai to get a dose of the loveable gangsters Munna Bhai and Circuit in the sequel of sorts to Munna Bhai M.B.B.S christened Lage Raho Munna Bhai. so it's not really a sequel in the traditional sense and therein lies the beauty of the film as it takes the established main characters and throws them in to a whole different mix of circumstances. for me the film isn't quite on par with the original, as many scenes resorted to melodrama to induce forced water works and the film became somewhat preachy in its overall message. but it certainly made for wholesome entertainment, which is why we watch films in the first place, and i appreciate the fact that the writers and the director treated the story so that it never fell in to mediocrity for the sake of providing cheap laughs and gags, which is something to cheer about.

here's hoping that more great things will happen to boost South Asian cinema and that inspiration for many aspiring filmmakers will come from within and not from the contents of a rented DVD!

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