Monday, August 28, 2006 15:22 IST
The wait is finally over. The good-hearted goon -- Munnabhai, who made us guffaw as well as ponder over
ills ailing the practice of medicine -- returns to the marquees Sep 1.
The first part, "Munnabhai M.B.B.S", was released with no fanfare whatsoever in the winter of 2003. But it
had gone on to become the sleeper blockbuster of the year in addition to setting higher standards for Indian
cinema to follow. In fact, "Munnabhai M.B.B.S" has the unique distinction of being made into a Hollywood
film by 20th Century Fox.
Actor Sanjay Dutt as Murli Prasad Sharma aka Munnabhai or Munna supported by Arshad Warsi as the
inimitable Circuit will be seen again in "Lage Raho Munna Bhai", a movie that is expected to witness a
The much-awaited new chapter in life of the much-loved Munna is attracting mounting enquiries for block
bookings weeks before cinema halls open the window for advance booking.
News reports say the Fame multiplex in Andheri, Mumbai, has already got the first 13 shows houseful on
account of bookings through Internet and Short Message Services (SMS).
Expectations from the film by the writer-producer-director team of Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani
are sky-high to say the least, according to all trade indicators.
In the sequel, Munna, who confronts every situation with his unique street-wise attitude and humour, goes
on an unexpected historical tour that brings him face-to-face with teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
Much like this year's blockbuster -- "Rang De Basanti" -- the filmmakers are apparently trying to establish
that the Father of the Nation and his ideals continue to have relevance in today's time.
Once again Arshad is Munna's trusted handyman who fixes everything for him, including his love life.
Among the changes, Boman Irani, who had entertained all as Dr. J. Asthana in the original, returns in a new
avatar in part two. Ditto for Jimmy Shergill.
And Vidya Balan replaces Gracy Singh, who was Munna's love interest in the original. Dia Mirza is the
other new addition and Abhishek Bachchan is rumoured to have put in a special appearance as her screen
In take two Munna falls in love with the voice of popular Radio Jockey Jhanvi, played by Vidya.
Complications arise when Jhanvi mistakes our good-hearted goon for a professor of history and forces him
to give a lecture to her family.
As Munna tries to sort out this 'minor' entanglement in his otherwise perfect life, Circuit comes up with a
bright solution. And then, the most unusual thing occurs in Munna's life including an interface with Gandhi.
Shantanu Moitra's score for "Lage Raho Munna Bhai" is nothing to write home about. But it is very likely it
picks up once its situation or scenario is more obvious, once the film hits the theatre.
Unlike the original in which the novel characterisations were the best part of the film, the sequel has to deal
with the fact that it has little surprises to offer.
Meeting expectations from the film to entertain as much as the original including delivering a social
message will be doubly difficult for the film. Here is the hope Munna gets it right second time around,
especially, because talks are already underway for part three.