It’s a time to rejoice for all Munna Bhai fans as the epic duo of Munna Bhai and Circuit is all set to return to the big screen this year.
One of the most loved movie franchises of Indian cinema, Munna Bhai MBBS was released in 2003, followed by its sequel Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2006. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the movies chronicle the tale of a soft-hearted gangster and his loyal sidekick Circuit. Apart from the hilarity of the situations they land up in, the emotional quotient of the movies, especially the relationship between Munna and Circuit, was widely appreciated.
Now after 13 years of ongoing speculations, we finally have a confirmation regarding the third instalment of the movie. Arshad Warsi told the PTI, “I do know that the script is pretty much ready. I do know from Raju (Rajkumar Hirani) that the film will go on floors this year - either mid or the end of the year. The work on the script is going on. As of now, yes it’s Sanju and me. These are the things I’ve been told.”
Since there has been a gap of more than a decade, Arshad reveals that he is slightly nervous to pick up the iconic character of Circuit from where he left off. He stated, “I tend to do my film and forget about my character and I move on to the next one. I tend to forget, which is what happened with Munna Bhai. When I came for the second part, I was doing the same role differently. I released something isn’t quite right. Then Raju and I saw a couple of scenes from the first one and remembered how I should be doing. This time too, I’m sure I’ll do it.”
Although we are excited to see what Munna Bhai has in store for us this time, it does sadden us to realise that this would definitely be the last film Hirani makes in the series.
Rajkumar Hirani told the Mumbai Mirror that the film took so long to materialise that they could not zero in on a script. He was quoted saying, “I could’ve taken any of them released another film, knowing people would watch it. But I don’t want to make a Munna Bhai which is not so 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 last movie that Rajkumar Hirani directed was the blockbuster hit Sanju, a biopic on Sanjay Dutt which gave us major Munna Bhai flashbacks. In fact, Sanjay Dutt even delighted all his fans by showing up in a cameo in the last song of the movie along with Ranbir Kapoor.
On the work front, Arshad Warsi confirms that the fifth instalment of Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal is also in the works, but he is currently gearing up for the release of Fraud Saiyaan, directed by Sourabh Shrivastava. The comedy film is presented by Prakash Jha and scheduled to be released on January 18.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Dutt is working on his upcoming film Panipat, which is directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar and stars Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon.