Written by: Mana Kumar R
| Bengaluru |
Published : 13. June 2020. 19:44:54
Vasool Raja MBBS is broadcasted on Sun NXT
The 10th. In June it was the first anniversary of the death of the legendary comedian Crazy Mohan. He left a rich legacy that includes television, theatre and film. His most memorable films were made when he worked with another sharp mind in Indian cinema, Kamal Haasan.
If you watch Kamal’s play that Mohan wrote, you don’t have time to rest. The humour in his films is not sporadic. It fits in every image and every moment of every character. Endless jokes. Mohan’s humour was so pure, thoughtful and sometimes meaningless. Yet you laugh because they’re hilarious. Just like Charlie Chaplin in the ring, the way he fights his opponent makes no sense. But you’re too busy laughing to complain.
The only complaint was that Kamal Haasan and Crazy Mohan didn’t create enough extra-temporal comedies when they had the chance. The duo’s last film was Vasool Raja MBBS, which was released in 2004.
Vasool Raja MBBS is a Tamil remake of the successful Bollywood Munnabhai MBBS. Directed by Saran, the film remains faithful to the original Rajkumar Hirani. Only Mohan makes it ten times more fun with his love of puns and solo understudies.
Take, for example, the scene in which Raaja (Kamal Haasan) first meets Professor Margabandhu (Mohan). Raja and his band on a barge went to the operating room and asked how to get into medical school. And Margabandhu quickly gets the gang out of the theatre to answer their questions. Margabandhu makes many hand gestures to emphasize her point. And it looks like the gang smells bad. At the end of the conversation Raja Margabandhu even shakes hands, and only then does he understand the stench.
Raja Margabandhu curiously asks what operation you performed.
A lot of things, Margabandhu said. And don’t forget to wash your hands.
Visibly disgusting, Raja tells his gang: I’m sorry, guys. I doubted you.
That joke wasn’t in the original movie. It was all crazy Mohan.
Not only has he added his own jokes, but his work has also spiced up the comedy that accompanies Rajkumar Hirani’s screenplay. Sanjay Dutt’s Munna Bhai is inundated with offers from the best hospitals shortly after the announcement of the results of his entrance exam. And then he breaks into the holiday song.
Crazy Mohan spices up this scene with a beautiful wordplay. Raje got a call about a sick child. His gang’s interested in the case. And this funny attitude gives way to more humour. When the conversation ends, he tells his gang that he is a child suffering from freedom of movement. First case, bhedi, baby. It’s weird, but it makes you laugh. A joke doesn’t always have to contain a message or a fact. It should be fun, and it’s non-negotiable. Mohan knew and had fun.
Mohan also leaves room for Kamal’s messages about politics and God. He who doesn’t know how to respect his neighbour can never be a man, a doctor or even a god, he adds. Anbe Venkatachalam, right? (Enbe Shivam’s pun).
While Crazy Mohan adds essence to the stage, Kamal Haasan brings depth to the scene with his impeccable performance. Your partnership is a heavenly couple. But ironically, the first meeting between them took place in the cemetery. It sounds erratic and profound, like all his films.
It is also always nice to see how Kamal Haasan speaks the Chennai dialect.
The Vasool Raja MBBS is available on Sun NXT.
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