Munna Bhai

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Munnabhai)
Jump to: navigation, search
Munna Bhai
Munnabhai series character
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
Aliases Murli Prasad Sharma
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Thug
Title Bhai
Family Hari Prasad Sharma (father)
Parvati Sharma (mother)
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.

Films overview[edit]

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.

Munnabhai M.B.B.S[edit]

Main article: Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

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.

Lage Raho Munnabhai[edit]

Main article: Lage Raho Munna Bhai

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.[2]

Munna Bhai 3[edit]

On 25 February 2016, Sanjay Dutt was released from Yerwada Central Jail after completing his sentence (2013-2016) for illegal possession of firearms in 1993. 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]

TV commercial[edit]

A television commercial named "Munna Bhai fight against dengue" made by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare (India) in 2016 features 'Munna Bhai' and 'Circuit'. It was made to create awareness of dengue fever.[4]


The character Munna Bhai was counted as one of top 20 fictional characters in Bollywood[5] The film Lage Raho Munna Bhai popularized the term Gandhigiri (Gandhism in English).[6][7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bhai: Sacred Games
  2. ^ "Munna and Circuit are divine fools'". India Limited. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Work on Munnabhai 3 to begin next year: Vidhu Vinod Chopra". Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Indian cinema@100: Bollywood's 20 best characters - NDTV. NDTV. Retrieved July 14, 2014
  6. ^ Allagh, Harjeet Kaur (31 January 2009). "Bole tho... Gandhigiri". The Hindu. The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  7. ^ Chunduri, Mridula (29 September 2006). "Gandhigiri, a cool way to live". Times Internet Limited. Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  8. ^ Sharma, Swati Gauri (13 October 2006). "How Gandhi got his mojo back". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  9. ^ Shaikh, Zeeshan (January 9, 2008). "Real-life Munnabhai, in Nashik jail". Hindustan Times. Nashik. Retrieved 2016-02-14. The 30-year-old once had 19 cases of assault and extortion against him. He now swears by non-violence. The transformation, much like the character of Sanjay Dutt in the blockbuster movie Lage Raho Munnabhai, is thanks to Mahatma Gandhi. 

External links[edit]