Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

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Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., 2003 Hindi film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Screenplay by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Rajkumar Hirani
Lajan Joseph Oommen
Story by Rajkumar Hirani
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Arshad Warsi
Jimmy Shergill
Sunil Dutt
Gracy Singh
Boman Irani
Music by Anu Malik
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Edited by Pradeep Sarkar
Rajkumar Hirani
Distributed by Vinod Chopra Productions
Entertainment One
Release dates
  • 19 December 2003 (2003-12-19)
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 100 million[1]
Box office 707.5 million[2]

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. is a 2003 Indian comedy directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The story involves protagonist Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt), a goon, going to medical school. He is helped by his sidekick, Circuit (Arshad Warsi). It stars Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Jimmy Shergill, Sunil Dutt, Gracy Singh and Boman Irani and was later followed by a second film Lage Raho Munna Bhai, and became the first instalment of the Munna Bhai film series.

It went on to win the 2004 National Film Award for Best Popular Film, and several Filmfare awards, including the Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Screenplay. It was declared a 'Blockbuster' at the Indian Box office.[2]


Murli Prasad Sharma (Sanjay Dutt), nicknamed "Munna Bhai" (literally "Brother Munna") is a bhai or gunda: a crime don in the Mumbai underworld. Given that his father had wished him to be a medical doctor, he creates the faux Sri Hari Prasad Sharma Charitable Hospital (named after his father) and pretends to live in accordance with this wish whenever his father (Sunil Dutt) and mother (Rohini Hattangadi) visit him in Mumbai.

One year, however, Munna's plan goes awry when his father meets an old acquaintance, Dr. Asthana (Boman Irani) and the two older men decide to marry Munna to Asthana's daughter, Dr. Suman "Chinki" (Gracy Singh). At this point the truth about Munna is revealed. Asthana insults Munna's parents and calls them "fools" for being ignorant of Munna's real life. Munna's father and mother, aghast and later heartbroken, leave for their village.

Munna, in grief and despair, decides that the only way to redeem himself and to gain revenge for the humiliation suffered by his father at the hands of the spiteful Ashthana is to become a doctor. He decides to go to a medical college to obtain an MBBS degree.

With the help of his right-hand man Circuit (Arshad Warsi) and others, Munna "gains admission" to a medical college, where he again encounters Dr. Asthana, who is the dean. His success there becomes dependent upon the (coerced) help of faculty member Dr. Rustam Pavri (Kurush Deboo).

While Munna Bhai's skills as a medical doctor are minimal, he transforms those around him with the "Jadoo Ki Jhappi" ("magical hug") – a method of comfort taught to Munna by his mother – and the compassion he shows towards those in need. Despite the school's emphasis on mechanical, Cartesian, impersonal, often bureaucratic relationships between doctors and patients, Munna constantly seeks to impose a more empathetic, almost holistic, regimen. To this end, he defies all convention by treating a brain-dead man called "Anand bhai" as if the man were able to perceive and understand normally; interacts on familiar but autocratic terms with patients; humiliates school bullies; effusively thanks a hitherto-underappreciated janitor; and encourages the patients themselves to make changes in their lives, so that they do not need drugs or surgery.

Dr. Asthana, who perceives all this as symptoms of chaos, is unable to prevent it from expanding and gaining ground at his college. He becomes increasingly irrational, almost to the point of insanity. Repeatedly, this near-dementia is shown when he receives unwelcome tidings and he begins laughing in a way that implies that he has gone mad. This behaviour is explained early on as an attempt to practice laughter therapy, an attempt that seems to have backfired – Asthana's laughing serves more to convey his anger than diffuse it. Meanwhile, his daughter becomes increasingly fond of Munna, who in his turn becomes unreservedly infatuated with her. Some comedy appears here, because Munna is unaware that Dr. Suman and his childhood friend "Chinki" are one and the same; an ignorance that Suman hilariously exploits. Asthana tries several times to expel Munna but is often thwarted by Munna's wit or the affection with which the others at the college regard Munna, having gained superior self-esteem by his methods. Asthana keeps a challenge that Munna can stay in college only if he passes the exam under his supervision. Munna & other mates accept it. Meanwhile, Zaheer is in dying state seeking help from Munna. But unfortunately he dies in Munna's arms

Eventually, Munna is shamed into leaving the college: His guilt for not being able to help a dying friend Zaheer (Jimmy Shergill) gets the better of him. In the moments immediately following Munna's departure, Anand miraculously awakens from his vegetative state; at this point Suman gives a heartfelt speech wherein she criticises her father for having banished Munna, saying that to do so is to banish hope, compassion, love, and happiness, etc. from the college.

Asthana eventually realises his folly. Munna later marries Dr. Suman, learning for the first time that she is "Chinki". The medical college – under Rustam Pavri's management since Asthana's retirement – begins to imitate Munna's radical methods of treatment. Munna and Suman open a hospital in Munna's home village, where they implement Munna's ideas daily. This, in addition to the birth of their offspring, earns Munna the nickname "Munnabhai – M.B.B.S. – Miya Biwi Bachhon Samet" (literally "Husband Wife with Children"). Munna's parents reconcile with him. His sidekick Circuit marries and has a son, who is nicknamed "Short Circuit". As the film concludes, Anand, restored to normal mental health, narrates the story to children.



During the production Shahrukh Khan was originally cast as Munna along with Sanjay Dutt as Zaheer but due to his back problems he was forced to turn down the film.[4][5][6][7][8][9] Vivek Oberoi was considered for the role but in the end Sanjay Dutt took role as Munna, which changed his career; and his real-life father Sunil Dutt returned to film after 10 years to play Munna's father. This is the first film in which real-life father and son Sunil and Sanjay appear together, although they both appeared in Reshma Aur Shera (1971), Rocky (1981) and Kshatriya (1993) but not in any scenes together.

The original choice for Circuit's role was Makrand Deshpande. Arshad Warsi took over the role which proved to be a turning point for his career. The scenes of the Medical College were shot at the Agriculture College of Pune and Grant Medical College Mumbai.[10]


Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik
Released 2003 (India)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Venus
Producer Anu Malik
Anu Malik chronology
LOC: Kargil
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

The music is composed by Anu Malik. Lyrics are penned by Abbas Tyrewala and Rahat Indori.

Song Artist(s) Duration
"Chan Chan" Vinod Rathod, Shreya Ghoshal 07:00
"Dekhle Aankhon Mein Aankhien Daal" Sunidhi Chauhan, Anu Malik 03:24
"M Bole To" Vinod Rathod, Sanjay Dutt, Prachi, Priya Mayekar 08:20
"Subha Ho Gayee Mamu" Shaan 04:01
"Apun Jaise Tapori" Vinod Rathod, Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi 05:32
"Dekhle Aankhon Mein Aankhien Daal (Remix)" Sunidhi Chauhan, Joi Barua 05:22


Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. was the recipient of a number of awards. At the 2004 Filmfare awards, it received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie, the Filmfare Best Screenplay Award, the Filmfare Best Dialogue Award, and the Filmfare Best Comedian Award in addition to four other nominations. It won a number of awards at the 2004 Zee Cine Awards including Best Debuting Director, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role, Best Cinematography, and Best Dialogue.

Other ceremonies include the 2004 National Film Awards where it won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film and the 2004 International Indian Film Academy Awards where it won the IIFA Best Comedian Award.


Year Film Language Cast Director Box Office
2004 Vasool Raja MBBS Tamil Kamal Haasan, Sneha, Prabhu, Prakash Rai Saran Hit
2004 Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. Telugu Chiranjeevi, Sonali Bendre, Paresh Rawal Jayanth C. Paranjee Super Hit
2006 Uppi Dada M.B.B.S. Kannada Upendra, Uma, Anant Nag D. Rajendra Babu Hit


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  2. ^ a b "Top Earners 2003". Retrieved 10 July 2008. 
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  5. ^ "Shah Rukh Khan as Munnabhai? - The Times of India". 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Why Shah Rukh Khan backed out of 'Munnabhai' | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Sanjay Dutt replaces Shah Rukh in new movie - The Times of India". 2002-06-24. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Shah Rukh was the first choice for 'Munnabhai' - IBNLive". 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
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  10. ^ "Nitesh Rane bails out Marathi filmmaker". Money Control. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 

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