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Gangster turns to Gandhigiri!

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 20:00 IST

After committing uncountable murders and other crimes, gangster Babloo Srivastava wants to take a U-turn. Reason: The man wants to go the Munnabhai way!

Babloo, top underworld don Dawood's accomplice, is so impressed with recent flick Lage Raho Munnabhai and its concept of Gandhigiri that he has vowed to practice the same.

Srivastava claims to follow Gandhism to attack violence and spread peace in the country. While appearing before the court, Babloo said, "I watched Lage Raho Mumnnabhai and was very much impressed by the concept. The way Gandhigiri have been displayed in the movie, I think it gives a lot of new lessons to the youngsters.

Today Gandhiism is the order of the day. What AK-47 can't do, Gandhigiri can do. I am of the view that Gandhigiri is more powerful than AK-47! We didn't get freedom because of violence but we earned freedom because of the steps and movements started by Gandhiji. I have great regard for the man and I think I too have learnt many new things after watching the film."

The gangster made headlines sometime back when he expressed his love for Monica Bedi. At present, he has been convicted for life imprisonment in one of the murder cases while going for trial in another case.

Talking more about his plans of endorsing Gandhigiri, he says, "I will try my level best to incorporate Gandhigiri in my life too. Let's see how far I can do it. I don't think by wearing khadi one can come close to the views of Gandhiji. Wearing khadi is not what matters but what makes a difference is the ideology, which Gandhiji spread."

Now whether it's a publicity stunt or Babloo will actually embrace Gandhigiri or not, only time will tell. But, shall we say - Well begun - for starters! What say?