Munna Bhai refers to the protagonist of a series of Bollywood films directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vinod Chopra Productions. The first film is Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) and the second is Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). The third installment of the franchise will be made once Sanjay Dutt is released from jail. 
Murli Prasad Sharma (Munna Bhai) is portrayed by Sanjay Dutt. He is a "Bhai" - a leader in the Mumbai underworld. His nickname, Munna Bhai has a double meaning. It could refer to the form of "Bhai" as an honorific, as the word traditionally translates as "brother"; however, within the context of Mumbai slang, "Bhai" has also come to refer to a hoodlum. His sidekick is Circuit (portrayed by Arshad Warsi). They both speak in Bambaiya Hindi, a dialect specific to Mumbai, India.
Munna Bhai was first introduced in the 2003 film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. which involves his adventures as a faux-medical student, who finally tells the truth about himself and learns to help people along the way.
In the second movie, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Munna Bhai becomes a faux-professor. He begins, thereafter to see the image of Mahatma Gandhi who persuades him to stop pretending he is a professor and who teaches him to help other people solve their problems through Gandhism, which Munna Bhai terms Gandhigiri.
A third movie in the installment, and possibly the last one, titled Munnabhai Chale Delhi has been announced by producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It will be directed by Subhash Kapoor, and was expected to go on floors late 2013.
- "Munnabhai will return once Sanjay comes out: Raju Hirani". November 17, 2013. The Times of India. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
- Bhai: Sacred Games
- Ritwika, Gupta. "I cannot imagine Munnabhai 3 without Sanjay Dutt – Subhash Kapoor". YouthTimes.in.
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