Munna Bhai

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Murli Prasad Sharma
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Sanjay Dutt as Munna Bhai
First appearance Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Last appearance Munnabhai Chale Delhi
Created by Rajkumar Hirani
Portrayed by Sanjay Dutt
Nickname(s) Munna Bhai
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Thug
Relatives Circuit (Munna's sidekick)
Religion Hindu
Nationality Indian

Munna Bhai is an Indian fictional character who appears in the Munna Bhai film series. The character is created by Rajkumar Hirani and portrayed by Sanjay Dutt.


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.[1] 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[2] has been announced by producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It will be directed by Subhash Kapoor, and was expected to go on floors late 2013.


The character Munna Bhai was counted as one of top 20 fictional characters in Bollywood[3] The film Lage Raho Munna Bhai popularized the term Gandhigiri (Gandhism in English).[4][5][6]


  1. ^ Bhai: Sacred Games
  2. ^ Ritwika, Gupta. "I cannot imagine Munnabhai 3 without Sanjay Dutt – Subhash Kapoor". 
  3. ^ Indian cinema@100: Bollywood's 20 best characters - NDTV. NDTV. Retrieved July 14, 2014
  4. ^ Allagh, Harjeet Kaur (31 January 2009). "Bole tho... Gandhigiri". The Hindu (The Hindu). Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  5. ^ Chunduri, Mridula (29 September 2006). "Gandhigiri, a cool way to live". (Times Internet Limited). Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  6. ^ Sharma, Swati Gauri (13 October 2006). "How Gandhi got his mojo back". (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2006-10-13. 

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