lage raho munna bhai

Finally managed to see the movie Lage Raho Munna Bhai last week! In summary I’d say it was not just a case of a ghost or schizophrenia or a new label ‘gandhigiri’, but a simple matter of discovering within ourselves… an elegant and creative possibility of living non-destructively ! 🙂


There was a writeup here long ago on the lines of… would anyone listen if Gandhi spoke in today’s world? I think the movie managed to do a fairly good job of the almost impossible task !

There’s even a website on gandhigiri and Deccan Herald asking for experiments of Gandhigiri (to which I’d sent a very old writeup on an attempt to save nature)

But is it a passing fad? I think the term ‘gandhigiri’ definitely is. Esp when people blindly misuse the idea for trivial selfish reasons. Afaik, Gandhi applied satyagraha only to things he truly believed in, and not just to get whatever he wanted. When misused for whimsical reasons, it simply amounts to an obstinate kid refusing to eat because he’s not allowed to go out and play in the rain! 😀

The term ‘gandhigiri’ will definitely be a passing fad, but the basic principle of non-violence is timeless.

3 Responses to “lage raho munna bhai”

  1. bellur ramakrishna Says:

    Sanjay,
    The last sentence says it all. The concept of AHIMSA is timeless indeed. But the fashion of referring to Gandhiji’s philosophy as Gandhigiri, thanks to Lage Raho Munnabhai, is unfortunate. It is okay for a dada in a Bollywood film to talk about Gandhigiri in his tapori dialect. But it is unbecoming of the mainstream media, politicians, and people to legitimise its use. It trivialises the lofty thoughts and ideals of the father of the nation.

  2. Sanjay M Says:

    Bellur, atleast people are talking about it. I cried during the movie… just being so amazed that amidst so much of bombarding from media someone’s actually managing to get a useful point across! 🙂

    So the terminology etc are only trivial reasons, why get caught up in them and miss the point 😉

    From a friend…

    ——-

    1. THERE IS NO WAY TO PEACE,
    PEACE IS THE WAY.

    2. YOU MUST BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

    3. THE WEAK CAN NEVER FORGIVE. FORGIVENESS IS THE ATTRIBUTE OF THE STRONG.

    4. FIRST THEY IGNORE YOU, THEN THEY LAUGH AT YOU, THEN THEY FIGHT YOU, THEN YOU WIN.

    5. FREEDOM IS NOT WORTH HAVING IF IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FREEDOM TO MAKE MISTAKES.

    6. FAITH MUST BE ENFORCED BY REASON WHEN FAITH BECOMES BLIND IT DIES.

    7. IF I HAVE THE BELIEF THAT I CAN DO IT, I WILL SURELY ACQUIRE THE CAPACITY TO DO IT. EVEN IF I MAY NOT HAVE IT IN THE BEGINNING.

    8. MANLINESS CONSISTS NOT IN BLUFF, BRAVADO OR LORDLINESS IT CONSISTS IN DARING TO DO THE RIGHT AND FACING CONSEQUENCES – IT CONSISTS IN DEED, NOT IN WORDS.

    9. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF DOING WILL SOLVE THE WORLD’S MOST PROBLEM.

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