Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

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Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Screenplay by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Rajkumar Hirani
Story by Rajkumar Hirani
Starring Sunil Dutt
Sanjay Dutt
Gracy Singh
Arshad Warsi
Jimmy Sheirgill
Boman Irani
Music by Songs:
Anu Malik
Background Score:
Sanjay Wandrekar
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Edited by Pradeep Sarkar
Rajkumar Hirani
Distributed by Vinod Chopra Productions
Entertainment One
Release date
  • 19 December 2003 (2003-12-19)
Running time
156 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget est. 55 million[1][2]

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. is a 2003 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani (in his directorial debut) 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 Sheirgill, Gracy Singh, Boman Irani and Sunil Dutt and was later followed by a second film Lage Raho Munna Bhai, and became the first instalment of the Munna Bhai film series. Vidhu Vinod Chopra announced on 29 September 2016 that production on the third Munna Bhai film starring Dutt in the title role will begin in 2017.[3]

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. At the box office, it achieved a silver jubilee status (25-week run) being one of only eight films to have achieved this status since the year 2000. In its 26th week of release, the film could still be found playing on 257 screens throughout India.[4]

Plot[edit]

Murli Prasad Sharma (Sanjay Dutt), nicknamed Munna Bhai (literally Brother Munna), is a bhai or gunda: a good-natured 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 betroth 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 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" (Yatin Karyekar) 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 and other mates accept it. Meanwhile, cancer patient Zaheer (Jimmy Sheirgill) is in a dying state seeking help from Munna. But unfortunately he dies in Munna's arms.

Eventually, Munna is shamed into leaving the college: his guilt over not being able to help Zaheer 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 criticising her father for having banished Munna, saying that to do so is to banish hope, compassion, love, and happiness 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 as he is about to leave for Kolkata, West Bengal.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In an interview, Hirani discussed how the idea for the film emerged from his interactions with some friends who were medical students.[6] Later, he also had the opportunity to interact with a lot of medical professionals when some members of his family became sick. These experiences gave birth to the idea for the film.

During the scripting stage, Hirani wanted Anil Kapoor to play the lead role.[7] However, Shah Rukh Khan was later cast as Munna along with Sanjay Dutt as Zaheer but due to his back problems Khan was forced to turn down the film.[8][9][10][11][12][13] Nevertheless, the end credits of the film thank Khan for his inputs into the script.[14] Hirani also narrated the script to Aishwarya Rai during the time he was in talks with Shahrukh Khan.[15] Khan and Rai were working together on Devdas at the time. Vivek Oberoi was considered for the role but in the end Sanjay Dutt took the role as Munna, which ultimately gave him an image make over and helped change the public perception of the controversial superstar; 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.[16]

The film has a similar premise to the 1998 American film Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams. The director Rajkumar Hirani, however, denies there being a resemblance, and says that he had not watched the film before the release of Munna Bhai.[17]

Hirani did not have a big budget to shoot the film. As a result he had to change the way certain scenes were shot. For example, the film ends with stills of Munna Bhai's wedding. Hirani was told that setting up a wedding stage and making a wedding outfit for Gracie Singh would cost him several thousand rupees. To save on some of that money, Hirani arranged to have the stills shot on an actual wedding stage set up for a real wedding near the sets. The production team reached an agreement with the wedding hall management and used their stage after a wedding ended.[18]

Music[edit]

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
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The music is composed by Anu Malik and Sanjay Wandrekar with the former composing the songs and the latter, the score. Lyrics for the songs are penned by Abbas Tyrewala and Rahat Indori. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 1,000,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fifteenth highest-selling.[19]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.

Date of Ceremony Awards Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
3 February 2005 51st National Film Awards Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Won
20 February 2004 49th Filmfare Awards Best Film (Critics) Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Won
Best Film Nominated
Best Screenplay Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Lajan Joseph Won
Best Director Rajkumar Hirani Nominated
Best Actor in a Comic Role Sanjay Dutt Won
Boman Irani Nominated
Best Dialogues Abbas Tyrewala Won
Best Supporting Actor Arshad Warsi Nominated
22 May 2004 International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Screenplay Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Lajan Joseph Won
Best Actor in a Comic Role Boman Irani Won
Best Dialogues Abbas Tyrewala Won
Best Film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Nominated
Best Editing Rajkumar Hirani Won
Best Director Nominated
Best Story Nominated
Best Actor Sanjay Dutt Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Arshad Warsi Nominated
Best Music Director Anu Malik Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Sunidhi Chauhan (for the song "Dekhle Aankhon Mein Aankhien Daal") Nominated
Best Lyrics Rahat Indori (for the song "Dekhle Aankhon Mein Aankhien Daal") Nominated
28 May 2004 Producer's Guild Film Awards Best Debut Director Rajkumar Hirani Won
Best Editing Won
Best Director Nominated
Best Film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Nominated
Best Actor Sanjay Dutt Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Arshad Warsi Nominated
Best Screenplay Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Lajan Joseph Nominated
Best Cinematography Binod Pradhan Nominated
26 February 2004 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role Arshad Warsi Won
Boman Irani Nominated
Best Debut Director Rajkumar Hirani Won
Best Cinematography Binod Pradhan Won
Best Film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Nominated
2004 Bollywood Movie Awards Best Director Rajkumar Hirani Won
Most Sensational Actor Sanjay Dutt Won
Best Supporting Actor Arshad Warsi Won
21 December 2010 BIG Entertainment Awards Best Film of the Decade Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Nominated

Remakes[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Director
2004 Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. Telugu Chiranjeevi, Sonali Bendre, Paresh Rawal Jayanth C. Paranjee
2004 Vasool Raja MBBS Tamil Kamal Haasan, Sneha, Prabhu, Prakash Raj Saran
2006 Uppi Dada M.B.B.S. Kannada Upendra, Uma, Anant Nag D. Rajendra Babu
2017 Dr. Nawariyan Sinhala Ranjan Ramanayake, Ruwangi Rathnayake Ranjan Ramanayake

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