India is experiencing two ideologies through its strong entertainment media that is Indian Cinema Industry, Bollywood. Lage Raho Munna Bhai was a blockbuster and Guru is going to be another film on the same line.
One talks for Munna Bhai who is ready to bring his other cheek forward in an event of a person slapping hard. One talks for Guru Bhai who believes in not even letting the other person come closer, let alone throwing a slap.
However, the logic is clear in both cases. It is the survival of the strongest and it can be achieved by both means.
Now the question is that who represents real India, Munnabhai or Guru Bhai?
Munna bhai (character played by Sanjay Dutt) reflects a generation that wants to go for peaceful means to achieve greater end and to make the world a happy place to live in.
On the other hand, Guru bhai (character played by Abhishek Bachchan) has his own small world to worry about that is comprises of him, his family, his near and dear ones and his shareholders. However, which is the most important for him he does not disclose.
The emotions are same but the way to live life is different. Munnabhai can cry over a round of drinks if his father has met with an insult.
On the other hand, Guru bhai decides to go abroad after letting down from his teacher and father by failing in exams.
One gets an emotional support and the other builds his own self as a support. Both represent two different dimensions of life.
They may have different philosophies and way of working but the common factor is that; common public easily gets the essence of their language.
Munnabhai may choose ‘Gandhigiri’ over ‘dadagiri’. On the other hand, ‘Guru’ too does not complain much if he has to choose between using force and saying ‘salaam’.
This is what brings us to a pertinent question about who reflects the real India.
Every Indian wants to be as ‘Munna’ in daily life and wants to be ‘Guru’ as well that he secretly admires?
Guru Bhai knows the tricks to get support from every corner. He simply walks out of the enquiry session with a ‘namaste’ for the next day when he arrived in the court with killer instinct with his supporters.
Munna Bhai talks about Ideas to live life and Guru Bhai talks about life and make new ideas necessary to live happy life.
Munna may have tried to use Gandhian approach of ‘satyagraha’ to drive home a point, Guru instead believes in taking things on a fast track while challenging the basic establishment.
In the end, both movies come with same question as Why to continue believing in a law just because it is existing for long? If the law has been made, it can also be changed.
However, here is a difference between the approaches to solve the crisis in both characters.
Munna may wait patiently for it to change as per the natural course of action. On the other hand, Guru realizes the value of time and pushes things to pave the way. Now that could be through a push or a ‘salaam’, as is his belief!
So what does one aspires to become? Is it Munnabhai or Gurubhai? This is a difficult choice and the question is tough that which of both reflects the real India?