“Lage Raho Munnabhai” the second film in the Munnabhai series, Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra under Vinod Chopra Productions, C.K Muraleedharan has handled the cinematography and editing was done by Rajkumar Hirani.
It stars Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vidhya Balan, Boman Irani, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Dia Mirza, Jimmy Sheirgill, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Saurabh Moitra, Abhishek Bachchan, Rohitash Gaud, Parikshant Sahni, Ashwin Mushran, Priya Bapat, Ninad Kamat, Kurush Deboo and Arun Bali.
It was released on 1 September 2006, made on budget est. ₹200 million it has earned grossed ₹1.28 billion at the box office, it was the box office success and received the positive reviews from the audience.
Shantanu Moitra has composed the music and lyrics was written by Swanand Kirkire, Soundtrack album consists eight songs including one instrumental, the vocal is provided by Vinod Rathod, Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Karunya, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Pranab Kumar Biswas, Ashwin Shrinivasan, and Shaan
Government of Maharashtra declared the film tax free in their state, and Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography My Experiments with Truth has increased the demand after releasing the movie.
The film was received National Award for Best Lyrics to Swanand Kirkire for the song Bande Mein Tha Dum. Vidhu Vinod Chopra has submitted the film as an independent entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
The story was based on Munnabhai who encounters every problematic situation like the eviction of senior citizens from ‘2nd Innings Home’ by a greedy builder (Boman Irani), or a young man who lost his father’s savings in the stock market or the bride-to-be with an unfavorable horoscope, Gandhi advises him on strategies that are diametrically opposite of typical ‘underworld strategies’ rooted in violence. Gandhi tells Munnabhai that it requires more bravery to apologize than to commit violence or love is more powerful than hate. Mr. Hirani for reminding us about Mahatma and his values… after a long time.
Sanjay Dutt excels in the role of Munnabhai is well complemented by ever-smiling, Arshad Warsi as circuit who surprisingly shows his softer side in some well-acted emotional scenes, Vidya Balan plays her role well; she was very charming and outright adorable, the lady literally smiles with her eyes. Boman Irani as The Punjabi builder is first-rate, people get to see the various shades of his character, Dia Mirza provides glamor to the film in a brief but sweet role. Jimmy Shergill was good.