Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 36 mins

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In India gangsters are called Bhai (brothers). One such Bhai is Munna, who is feared by everyone in Mumbai, a big city in India. He cons his village-based parents into believing that he is a doctor. He gets a shock when he finds out that they are coming to verify for themselves. So he transforms a rooming shanty house into a makeshift hospital, populated by patients, people he beats up. His parents arrive, are pleased, and happy that their son is well settled. They would like him to get married to a doctor's daughter. The marriage is arranged, but before the engagement, the bride's father finds out the truth about Munna, and cancels the marriage. Munna's humiliated parents see the truth for themselves, and hurt, they return home, leaving Munna with a strong desire to hurt the doctor - and force him to let his daughter get married to him - even if it means getting admitted in the medical college - with forged documents!!!
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Cast: Gracy Singh, Sanjay Dutt

Crew: Rajkumar Hirani (Director), Binod Pradhan (Director of Photography), Anu Malik (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Crime, Comedy

Release Dates: 19 Dec 2003 (India)

Tagline: He might just cure you.

Hindi Name: मुन्नाभाई एम. बी. बी. एस.

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as Dr Suman Asthana
as Murli Prasad 'Munna Bhai' Sharma
as Young lover's mother
as Circuit
as Overacting fake patient
as Dr. J. C. Asthana
as Zaheer
as Swami
as Dr. Rustam Pavri
as Nandini / Hospital dancer
as Pick pocket
as Girl in Club
as Medical student
as Parvati Sharma
as Tender Coconut Seller
as Shri Hari Prasad Sharma
as Sweeper
as Manilal
as Sucidal Young Lover
as Anand Banerjee




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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: Universal Music India
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Rahat Indori
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Rahat Indori
Playback Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Abbas Tyrewala
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Rahat Indori
Playback Singer: Vinod Rathod, Shreya Ghoshal
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Abbas Tyrewala
Playback Singer: Anu Malik
Music Director: Anu Malik
He might just cure you.
His prescription is ... love
Factual Mistake
During the cadaver dissection scene, the professor notes that the outer layer of skin is the epidermis and asks what the inner layer of skin is, and one student enthusiastically responds, "Hypodermis!" and the professor nods to indicate that he is correct. The hypodermis is not a layer of skin at all; it is by definition that tissue that is underneath the skin. The two layers of skin are the epidermis and the *dermis*. (The prefix "hypo-" means "below," so the "hypodermis" is that layer of tissue that is "below the dermis.")

When Dr. Asthana barges angrily in the ward after the song "Seekh Lay", Zaheer, the patient hugs him to cool him down. During these shots Zaheer's head is alternatively towards the left or facing Dr. Asthana.

In the scene where a surgeon is demonstrating the dissection of a cadaver and Munna tries to look over his shoulder there is a difference in position of actors in the frontal and side-on shots. Swamy who is seen immediately next to the surgeon on the surgeon's right in the frontal shot, is seen trying to pop his head over the crowd directly behind (and at some distance from) the surgeon in the side-on shot alternatively.

Crew/Equipment Visible
t the beginning of the movie, when car starts driving, camera is visible on the left side of the hood and is seen several times during chase
This being Rajkumar Hirani's directorial debut, he wanted everything to be authentic. For the dissection room scenes, he considered shooting in a real dissection room, using real dead bodies. With due respect for everyone's feelings, the scene was shot on a set with a real person doubling up as a cadaver.

Casting for the lead role went through several process. First it was given to Shah Rukh Khan, but he declined due to his neck injury, then it was offered to Vivek Oberoi. Finally the producers casted Jimmy Shergill for the part, but they later interchanged his role with Sanjay Dutt who was cast as the patient "Zaheer".

The original choice for Circuit was Makrand Deshpande.

Rani Mukerji was very keen on this film and had signed on for the role of Chinky, but she couldn't do the film due to date problems. Then Tabu was brought in, but she soon dropped out. Finally, the role went to Gracy Singh.

This was Sunil Dutt's first film appearance in 16 years.

In the scene where the senior students are making the junior students dance naked, the song in the background is "Ishq Samundar" from the movie "Kaante" which also stars Sanjay Dutt.

There are several pigeons in the film. This is a reference to the classic gangster film "Parinda", which was directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

The semicircular hall had 15-feet windows, which had to be broken open for the lighting to be right.

Before Sanjay Dutt was cast, Vivek Oberoi was considered for the title role

Shah Rukh Khan was the first choice for the role of Munnabhai, but was forced to turn it down when he had back problems. But when Shahrukh Khan was part of the film, he helped out with the script. The producers credited him for his consulting inputs.

Sanjay Dutt reduced his weight for the role.
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Shankar Dada MBBS (Telugu)
Remade as: Vasool Raja MBBS (Tamil)
Followed by: Lage Raho Munna Bhai (Hindi)