Bapu Ka Birthday | #OffThePage with Lage Raho Munna Bhai


Hey, Circuit!
What’s on 2nd Oct? It’s a dry day, bro.
Need me to stock up on booze? A dry day? Why? No clue. But don’t worry, I’ll find out… Okay. Bro, it’s Bapu’s happy birthday. Who’s Bapu? Bapu… Mahatma Gandhi…
respectfully called Bapu! – The guy whose mug is on currency notes?
– That’s the dude! Tell me more… Don’t know much, Bro.
He was skinny, but brave. – He got the Brits out.
– What! He chased them away. – Got us our freedom.
– Was he in the army? Never seen him in uniform. And even the currency note
doesn’t have his complete picture. Look… – There’s a Bapu quiz on radio tomorrow.
– Okay. – If I win that quiz,
– Yes? I will get a chance to meet Jhanvi. My future sis-in-law? Consider it done, bro. – Hey, Circuit.
– Yes, bro. What shirt should I wear? Why worry about a shirt, Bro? – You’ll be on the radio, not TV.
– Oh, yeah, you’re right. Bro, focus on your voice,
on what you say. Use a bass voice. You want to impress her, right?
So use your bass voice. The rest, I’ll handle. Lage Raho Munna Bhai released
on September 1, 2006. It’s an irreverent, affectionate
and witty salute to the Mahatma. The film re-introduced Gandhiji’s teachings
of non-violence and truth. But now, it was called “Gandhigiri”. Essentially the opposite of “Dadagiri.” Lage Raho Munna Bhai hit the sweet spot
of critical and commercial success. It swept the box office and won dozens of awards including
the National Award for Best Popular Film. Instead of a face on a note,
or an idea in a text book Mahatma Gandhi once again
became a part of our lives. This month on the 150th birth anniversary
of Mahatma Gandhi as a tribute to
the enduring power of Gandhigiri Film Companion is pleased to bring back members of the cast
of Lage Raho Munna Bhai for a special reading of the script
of this iconic film and a conversation about
the ideas, stories, and events that went into making it. Welcome to Off The Page
with Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Hello! You are not supposed to make fun of me. – No, we’re not. Applause…
– No. Just superb. Brilliant. Reading from a teleprompter, my God! Yeah, I know. Sir, so happy to have you.
Please. So, Munna Bhai MBBS released
in 2003. And this film released
after three years, in 2006, so… Sanju and Arshad, for you… How difficult was it to get back
into these characters? You know… Did you have to remember?
Did you have to find that groove again? Bit of a problem for me.
So, I tend to forget what I do… So, I do a film and then I…
it’s off my head and I move on to another project
and all that… So, I had no idea that there is going to be
a part two. So I did my work
and I left the building. And then came back to it and I started acting differently
than the original. Raju almost had a heart attack,
he was, like, “What the hell is he doing?” He told me, he said…
“Arshad…” I said, “Yeah, even I feel
something isn’t right.” – He said, “Yeah, this is some…”
– Different, how? No, I played the same character
in a different way. Then we sat and watched the film. While watching the film,
I was like, “Oh, that’s it. Okay, done.” Then we started doing it again. – And you got back into the character.
– Yeah. Immediately. Sanju, you didn’t have a problem? No, I was actually smarter. He had already watched it. I came prepared.
I watched it before coming to the set. Sir, you… had auditioned for the role of a resident
in “Second Innings Home”. Yeah! You know that. Yeah. Then how did Bapu happen? Raju had called me to do a part
of one of the cranky men, you know. Then he was just looking at me. He said,
“Let me try you for Gandhi’s role.” I was like,
“How? I’m thin, okay.” “But there is no resemblance at all.” And he told me, “Do something.”
I asked, “Do what?” He said, “Anything.” So, I did what I thought
Gandhi would do. Like smiling, and then waving my hand
and sitting in a certain manner. In this manner… Then after two days, Raju said, “Vinod Chopra would like to speak with you.” He said, “Your child-like smile.” That’s what gave me the role, I think.
I don’t know. Okay, Munna and Circuit’s sidecar… – Uff, yeah.
– What was that experience like? I mean… It wasn’t a proper vehicle? – No.
– What was that? That’s exactly my point.
What was that? Actually, it’s quite interesting. It’s fun to have a sidecar with a bike.
We do ride it. It is fun.
But this was somewhat weird… I remember, it was the first shot,
Sanju and I were sitting… we were supposed to go towards the jetty. – Oh.
– We both were sitting, and I was riding… “And action!” It just took off… – We were about to go…
– Yeah. So I said, “What is this!” Then I realized, its right handle – had to be pulled back…
– Had to be pulled back. …the left handle had to be pushed forward,
only then it went straight. That was a crazy ride.
And I had no idea. So it just swooped right in. – But then we became experts.
– Then we became experts. – We had grown biceps on one arm…
– Like this. Bruce Lee.
We had to be Bruce Lee to ride that one. It just wouldn’t go straight. Tell me when you look back at this film and what the film did,
you know, this wave of “Gandhigiri” – that swept the nation.
– Yeah. – I mean, it was just… It went everywhere.
– Yeah. I mean, even abroad. And, Boman, for the United Nations screening
you were there. – I went.
– Yeah. – What was that like?
– Unbelievable! The guys, the cops who were watching. The policemen who were watching said, “I didn’t understand a word,
but I loved the movie, man!” They loved the movie and they were
clapping and whistling in the UN. Raju wrote a letter a week or so before the release. He sent me a letter saying, “I feel like I have over indulged.” “I have preached a lot, and so on…” He wrote to me in self-doubt,
“I’m really sorry, I have let you down.” I said, “Raju, I think
it’s one of the most beautiful movies.” Yeah. “It moves me, and another thing,” “the nation needs to be reminded.” “He’s our…” “The greatest champion,
of not only this country,” “but of the world, of humanity.” And he brought it back into our lives. He brought Bapu back into our lives. You should always be grateful for that. Hey, Circuit!
What’s on 2nd Oct? It’s a dry day, bro.
Need me to stock up on booze? A dry day? Why? No clue. But don’t worry, I’ll find out… Bro, it’s Bapu’s happy birthday. Who’s Bapu? Mahatma Gandhi…
respectfully called Bapu! – The guy whose mug is on currency notes?
– That’s the dude! Tell me more… Don’t know much, Bro. He was skinny, but brave. – He got the Brits out.
– What! He chased them away. – Got us our freedom.
– Was he in the army? Never seen him in uniform. And even the currency note
doesn’t have his complete picture. Look… – There’s a Bapu quiz on radio tomorrow.
– Okay. – If I win the quiz,
– Yes? I will get a chance to meet Jhanvi. My future sis-in-law? Consider it done, bro. – Hey, Circuit.
– Yes, bro. What shirt should I wear? Why worry about a shirt, Bro? – You’ll be on the radio, not TV.
– Oh, yeah, you’re right. Don’t worry, Bro. Meet her with full confidence… and talk to her graciously. Who’s Gracious Lee? Vinod would keep saying, “You’ll see the world will change
after this movie.” And it actually did. Vinod also started
respecting me after that. First, he used to call me “idiot”
then he started calling me “buddy”… After Lage Raho…

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Comments

  1. It makes me sad and depressed when i see baba getting old i miss gold old days when the movie vaastav was released.
    Like if you love baba
    👇🏻

  2. अबे काले अंग्रेज कुछ हिंदी में बोल ताकि हम भारतीयों को भी समझ में आए

  3. PLEASE PLEASE, ANNOUNCE MUNNA BHAI 3!!!!! I am sick of watching craps, i think i watched only two new Hindi movies after PK. They are so bad. so so bad. new stupid storylines and craps. I watch old Govinda movies, not new ones. I tried to watch War a few days ago and couldn't watch it after 30min.

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  5. Thankyou so much for this series. One of the best films of all time. Looking forward to more such discussions.

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  7. Circuit.. Arshad warsi❤❤❤❤❤😍😍Missing him in bollywood good movies.. Itne acche acche content based movie, web films, web series bante hain.
    Kyun Arshad sir ko nahin lete…
    Plz
    I love you sir

  8. RSS killed Bapu.Modi is not our PM.Go Modi Go.Make unrest in our country by going into useless conflicts destroying the economy.He dont have childern but others have.For his own agenda make the life common Indian miserable.

  9. Glorifying gandhi who was a pedophile homosexual https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9836759/Was-Gandhi-gay-Intimate-letters-go-on-display-in-India.html
    So was nehru the pedo, dont forget children's day. Slap on our faces.. https://www.apherald.com/LifeStyle/ViewArticle/309441/MIND-BLOWING-NEHRU-BIOGRAPHY/
    Media, Act-whores(actor), and politicians are biggesr terriorist hiding history… India need to wake up!!!!!!

  10. Film companion hat's up and salute to you.. Gathering all the real cast of the movie together and again recreation of the scene is awesome.. Thank you so much.. We always wanted this.. Waiting another episode and also from Munna Bhai MBBS.

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