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Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) Poster

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This was Sunil Dutt's first film appearance in 10 years.
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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 Sheirgill for the part, but they later interchanged his role with Sanjay Dutt who was cast as the patient 'Zaheer'.
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui who was a struggling actor back then plays the role of a pickpocket who robs Sunil Dutt's purse at the station.
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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.
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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.
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Sunil Dutt played father to Sanjay Dutt in Rocky 1981 and Kshatriya 1993 but this was the first and last time they both shared screen space together
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Rajkumar Hirani was afraid on how doctors would treat him after watching the film since he made so many jabs and jokes at Indian doctors.
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There are several pigeons in the film. This is a reference to the classic gangster film Parinda (1989), which was directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
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Last film of Sunil Dutt.
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The semicircular hall had 15-feet windows, which had to be broken open for the lighting to be right.
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Arshad Warsi won the Filmfare and Zee cine best comedian award in 2004.
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The original choice for Circuit was Makrand Deshpande.
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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 (2002) which also stars Sanjay Dutt.
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Dr. Asthana is a professor of anatomy but also performs surgeries in the movie. In reality it's only surgeons who perform surgeries. Anatomy Professors perform dissections of cadavers.
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Sanjay Dutt reduced his weight for the role.
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Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi's pairing worked and they both were paired together in many films.
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Loosely based on the 1998 movie Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams.
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Considered the turning point for Arshad Warsi who had been rejected by Bollywood and failing to secure many offers prior to this film.
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The Jadu Ki Jhappi scene between Sanajy Dutt and Sunil Dutt was the most memorable scene of their career's. They both were emotional while shooting it and were crying holding each other and didn't even realize that director Rajkumar Hirani had told cut.
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Rohini Hattangadi who plays Sanjay Dutt's mother is older to him by a few years.
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Sajid Khan was the first choice for the role of Circuit before Arshad Warsi got it. Also Vivek Oberoi,Anil Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan were all approached to play Munnabhai which was eventually played by Sanjay Dutt.
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Some of the background scores used were already used in earlier Vidhu Vinod Chopra movies like Kareeb and Mission Kashmir. In one such scene where there is an emotional confrontation between Sanjay Dutt and rohini hattangadi (who played his mother), the background music is taken from the song "So Ja Chanda" from Mission Kashmir. Both (the scene and the song) depicted strong emotional bonding between mother and son
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The scene where munna is looking at the x-ray ,he speculates that the patient is suffering from lymphocercoma of the intestine. It is a tribute to the Rajesh Khanna's film Anand as in that movie Khanna suffered from the same disease.
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The movie pays tribute to the movie Anand in a couple of ways. The paralyzed patient is named Anand Benerjee which is a combination of the names of Khanna's character Anand Sehegal and Amitabh' character Bhaskar Benerjee.
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Despite Munna Bhai M.B.B.S was the first movie in the Munna Bhai franchise but in this movie Sanjay Dutt hasn't played the role of Munna Bhai for the first time. Earlier Sanjay Dutt played the role of Munna Bhai in Kroadh (1990) and Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi (2002) both don't belong to the Munna Bhai Franchise .As of 2018 ,Sanjay Dutt later played the role of Munna Bhai in Lagey Raho Munna Bhai (2006) which also belongs to the Munna Bhai Franchise.
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Circuit's original name was supposed to be Farooque Khujli.
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First 2 choices of Munna Bhai MBBS were Anil Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi.
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According to the director, One of the toughest scenes from the movie is Carrom Board scene from the hospital. It needed to multiple shots multiple actors, a shot at carom table and merged all to make that scene.
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Movie is shot at Marine drive, Mumbai
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Amrish Puri was considered to play Dr Asthana who declined it.After few auditions Boman Irani was selected which gave a boost to his career.
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Film was a turning point for Arshad Warsi who career was going no where.After the film he started getting many offers in comic roles.Before signing this film he said he had no work for three years.
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Sanjay Dutt was shooting for the first time opposite father Sunil Dutt and was having difficult times as Sunil Dutt was strict and punctual on sets and also made Sanjay Dutt reach the sets on time.
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Sunil Dutt convinced Sanjay Dutt to sign the film as he felt after his jail term he was mostly getting type caste in roles of criminals and goons.
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Rajkumar Hirani got the idea of the film while interacting with some of his friends from medical background.
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Rajkumar Hirani had shot the film on low budget so he had to make certain changes.Rajkumar Hirani wanted to shoot wedding scene of Sanjay Dutt and Gracy Singh on a wedding set.But the wedding gown for Gracy Singh and new set would lift the budget more .Hence he decided to shoot a still scene on a real location located near the sets.The crew members reached the near by wedding hall and requested the management to allow them to shoot the film after the wedding ended.
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Makrandh Deshpande was also considered at one point for Arshad Warsi's role.
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Film gave and image makeover to Sanjay Dutt from his typecast roles.
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Rajkumar Hirani was first not convinced with Boman Irani .But after his look test he was convinced.
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