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Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

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 is the first film in the popular Munna Bhai series of Bollywood. It stars Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Jimmy Shergill,Sunil Dutt, Gracy Singh and Boman Irani.

Plot

Murli Prasad Sharma, 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 Dr. Asthana's daughter, Dr. "Chinki" Suman (Gracy Singh). It is at this point that the truth about Munna is revealed. Dr. 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 Dr. Ashthana is to become a doctor in fact. He therefore decides to go to a Medical College in order to obtain an M.B.B.S. degree; the graduate medical degree in India, an acronym of "Medical Bachelor and Bachelor of Surgery".

With the help of his right-hand man Circuit and others, Munna "gains admission" to the Imperial Institute of Medical Sciences, where he again encounters Dr. Asthana, who is the dean of the medical school. His success there becomes dependent upon the (coerced) help of 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 therefore becomes increasingly irrational, almost to the point of insanity. Repeatedly, this near-dementia is shown in a scene wherein he has just received unwelcome tidings, at the revelation of which he begins laughing in a way that implies that he has gone mad. This behavior is explained early on as an attempt to practice laughter therapy; an attempt that seems to have backfired in that Dr. Asthana's laughing serves rather 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 Dr. Suman hilariously exploits. Dr. 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.

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

Dr. Asthana eventually realizes his folly. Munna later marries Dr. Suman, learning for the first time that she is "Chinki". Subsequently the Medical College – under Rustam Pavri's management since the retirement of Dr. Asthana – begins to imitate Munna's radical methods of treatment. Munna and Dr. 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 a pun both on his father's alias and on the process by which an electrical device fails. As the film concluded, we see Anand, restored to normal mental health, narrating the story to children.

Cast

Actor/Actress Role
Sunil Dutt Shri Hari Prasad Sharma (Munna's father)
Sanjay Dutt Murli Prasad Sharma aka Munna Bhai
Arshad Warsi Sirkeshwar aka Circuit
Gracy Singh Dr. Suman Asthana (Chinki)
Rohini Hattangadi Parvati Sharma (Munna's mother)
Boman Irani Dr. J. C. Asthana
Jimmy Shergill Zaheer (Cancer patient)
Kurush Deboo Dr. Rustam Pavri
Yatin Karyekar Anand Banerjee (wheel chair patient)
Mumait Khan Nandini / Hospital dancer

Awards

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 also 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.

Remakes

Gangsta M.D. is an announced English language version of the movie produced by Mira Nair. Vasool Raja M.B.B.S. is the Tamil version starring Kamal Hassan. Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. is the Telugu version starring Chiranjeevi. Uppi Dada M.B.B.S. is the Kannada version starring Upendra.

Trivia

  • This film marked the first time Sunil Dutt and his son Sanjay appeared onscreen together. He and son Sanjay had also appeared in Reshma Aur Shera (1971), Rocky (1981) and Kshatriya (1993) but did not perform scenes together.
  • This was Sunil Dutt's first film role after a long period working in the Indian government since 1993. It was also his last cinematic appearance as he died in 2005.
  • Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. was originally supposed to feature Shahrukh Khan (another Bollywood mega star) in the title role. The end credits mention his name and thank him for his inputs to the character .
  • While some media reports suggested the influence of the Robin Williams film, Patch Adams, both director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra stated that there was none.
  • The film was followed in 2006 by Lage Raho Munna Bhai.

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