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Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.  (2003 - Hindi)

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  • Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. rating: 10 out of 10(SUdiP bISWas wrote on 24 Sep 2009)

    When Sanjay Dutt arrived on the scene some two decades back, people noticed passion and rage in his eyes. He was labeled as an angry young boy; he did live to this image given to him by critics and his fans. While other actors who rose along with him are struggling with their images at the box-office, Sanjay has already marched half his way towards his second innings. He played foster father to Hrithik Roshan in 'Mission Kashmir'. Now he plays reel son to his real father on screen in 'Munnabhai MBBS'. In this film, Sanjay is compensating the losses made in 'Mission Kashmir' by the producers, Vir Chopra and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. This movie is an extension of Sanjay's comedy career that he sat about way back with David Dhawan in films like 'Haseena Maan Jayegi', 'Chal Mere Bhai' and 'Jodi No.1'.

    While David could not trust him as a solo hero even in the last film they made together 'Ek Aur Ek Gyarah', here comes a debutant Raju Hirani who has full faith in his capabilities. 'Munnabhai MBBS' is a story of trust and faith that Vidhu Vinod Chopra showed in Sanjay's acting despite major debacle of 'Mission Kashmir'. It is also a story of faith that Vidhu Vinod Chopra showed in his assistant Raju Hirani while giving him a chance to go ahead with this project from the very first day. Many may not remember now but the role that has been carried out by Sanjay Dutt in this film was first offered to Shah Rukh Khan, but after seeing Sanjay in the role 'Munnabhai MBBS', many may doubt if Shah Rukh could have done this role with the same ease.

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    The whole film revolves around Munnabhai (Sanjay Dutt) who is MBBS by default. In fact Munna Bhai has nothing to do with white apron, diagnosis, medical prescription and hospital because he is not a doctor. He is a Bindas man living in Mumbai with his own lucky and happy gang. They do each and every thing that could earn them bread for two times and sometimes a girl too for some masti. But this is not at all that Munna has said to his parents back home in village. His father Hari Prasad Sharma (Sunil Dutt) has an illusion that his son is a famous doctor. Every time Hari Prasad visits Mumbai, Munna runs to find a shelter in some hospital donning white coat and a stethoscope around his neck. As is the saying that a goat's mother cannot live happy for long so comes the day for Munna's kill too.

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    Sharma meets his old friend Dr. Asthana by chance. And, to Munna's bad luck Asthana has a daughter who is not only a qualified doctor but an eligible bachelor too. So the two old friends decide to convert their friendship into relationship as they think that the boy and the girl are in the same profession and will make an ideal couple. Hari Prasad comes to Mumbai to distribute sweets but this time Munna's drama goes haywire and his father comes to know the reality. Heartbroken Hari Prasad loses faith in every one. Munna decides to fulfill his father's expectations by becoming a qualified doctor. How can a street-smart guy like Munnabhai be transformed into a real doctor? How is it possible?

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    Raj Kumar Hirani alias Raju Hirani gets first division in his first examination. Welcome another intelligent Raj Kumar in the kingdom of fantasy, fun and frolics. Raj Kumar has shown immense maturity in handling a fragile subject like comedy. A comedy does make people laugh but it is not an easy task to make people laugh. Raju has camouflaged the characters so carefully that there is always one or the other character to giggle viewers when Munna Bhai is not around. This way he keeps the tempo of the film going. Raju takes care in not landing himself in a situation like that of his seniors -- David Dhawan and Harmesh Malhotra. 'Munnabhai MBBS' is an emotional comedy with purpose. In Bollywood, one hardly sees a comedy with some message. The message is for those who have kept cursing new breed of doctors. The film tells that they are human beings too.

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    Sanjay Dutt gets full marks for his portrayal as "Munnabhai M.B.BS". Though he has grown older and his age now reflects on his face, yet he manages to carry film on his shoulder. Sanju has put his heart and soul in this film and has proven that he can carry a comedy single handedly. Those who made him match timings with Salman or Govinda now better start rethinking about his potential. Second fiddle to him is Arshad Warsi who is fully devoted to his mentor's dreams. He is the new Laxman of this world if it comes to play a companion for Munna Bhai. Arshad has shown his talent earlier too but his overconfidence then took away the natural acting from him. However, this time Raju has put the regulator on his acting and the result is marvelous. Gracy Singh tries to do justice to a role, which doesn't have much significance in the plot. Jimmy Shergill is okay. Boman Irani is moving fast in his career though started late. Rohini Hattangadi supports well. It gives a great feeling to see Sanjay with his father face-to-face first time on screen. They have worked together in 'Rocky' though, but not face- to- face. Music of the film is not very upbeat but nowadays no one expects much from Anu Malik who has forgotten to compose new tunes or maybe he is finding it hard to lift foreign tunes.

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