Rajkumar Hirani has given Indian cinema 2 super hits under Munna Bhai franchise. Hirani along with Vidhu Vinod Chopra as all set to release their next under this franchise this year.
After a decade of releasing the last film under the Munna Bhai franchise, Rajkumar Hirani is ready with his script of the 3rd sequel of the film. Though untitled but is said to be launched by this year-end.
Rajkumar Hirani has confirmed on his choice of the lead roles as Sanjay Dutt (Munna Bhai) and Arshad Warsi (Circuit) in his film. Actor Arshad Warsi in an interview said that if everything falls into place, the third installment of the Munna Bhai” franchise will go on floor by the end of the year.
Hirani said he has to work on the script which is near to ready and they can work upon it. Rajkumar Hirani cannot think of any other actors in place of Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi as they are the pillar of success for the film. Hirani also added that he has five half written scripts which he can choose randomly for his next film but he is particular about the quality. He added, “I could’ve taken any of them and released another film, knowing people would watch it. But I don’t want to make a Munna Bhai which is not as good, if not better, than the previous two. I’m going to make just one more after which, someone else can take the franchise forward and it has to be equally good.”
The success and love which Munna Bhai have gathered through the last two releases were humongous. This film helped to restructure Sanjay Dutt’s image after being sentenced for prison by Indian judiciary. People started associating Sanjay Dutt with his character as portrayed in the film. The first series under this franchise Munna Bhai MBBS revolves around a hospital and depicted Munna Bhai as a goon who wanted to be a doctor and how he heals patients with his humane approach. Arshad Warsi, on the other hand, gained utmost popularity in this film as a sidekick ‘Circuit’. He was shown as the goon’s friend who stood by him in all phase of life.
The second series dealt with the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi and the application of his teachings in daily life in a modern way. Lagey Raho Munna Bhai also got the same response from the audience. On the success of the first two films, Hirani said, “We were all new and naive at the time. While we were filming Munna Bhai MBBS, we didn’t think we were doing some kind of mainstream cinema. I only knew that I was doing a different kind of cinema. More than its commercial success, it fetched us a lot of love and affection from people. I was happy that my family and friends saw it. That joy itself was enough. Never in my life had I thought of anything like this.”
Sadly, Hirani will no longer be a part of this franchise after the 3rd movie. He is strict to his choice of Sanjay and Arshad and added, “The topic is such that it will suit an older Sanjay and Arshad. Physically, Munna and Circuit might change a bit but they will continue to be my divine fools.”