As directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the Bollywood comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. concerns Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt), a roughshod character who inhabits a Mumbai dhobhi ghat with his gang, and spends his days boozing, whoring, brawling and “settling financial disputes” in a rather unconventional manner. Munna couldn’t be more content, though complications arise given the fact that his villager parents believe he’s a doctor in charge of a charity hospital. To maintain this con, Munna and his gang annually prepare for the folks’ visit by pretending to be top-tiered physicians, well-shaven and polished and clad in spotless white lab coats. This year, however, the deceit threatens to come toppling down when Munna’s father, Hari Prasad Sharma, runs into an old friend, Dr. Asthana, who just happens to have a gorgeous young daughter employed as a physician – a woman named Dr. Suman (Gracy Singh). The two fathers reason that their children would make a perfect match – which leads to outrageous complications. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Munnabhai MBBS‘s strongest assets are its screenplay and dialogues. But you need to know Mumbai really well to get the joke in Abbas Tyrewala’s (the man who wrote the lyrics of Aslambhai in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega) lines like: “Feelings strong hota hai to bina phone ke Chembur tak awaaz jaata hai” or “Kahan se doctory pass ki? Dongri Medical College!”
I have no idea how SRK would have played Munnabhai. But Sanjay Dutt simply cakewalks through his role. He is convincing as a bhai, an emotional son and a concerned wannabe doctor. The bonding and vulnerability in the father-son scenes with his dad, Sunil Dutt are conveyed without being overtly melodramatic.
Sunil Dutt exudes the warmth and grace of the elderly man we are all accustomed to seeing in our families. Not once does it seem like a performance, Dutt Sr is genuine all the way.
Another actor without whom Munnabhai MBBS would not be the same is Boman Irani. The man cracks you up with his portrayal of the bittersweet, eccentric and weird Dr Asthana.
Overnight, Munnabhai’s bashing booth becomes a spic and span clinic with well fed patients. Like Munna’s dad remarks, “Kyun bhai tum ab tak yahin ho? Peechle saal bhi maine tumhe dekha tha [What are you still doing here? I remember seeing you here last year as well].”
Hari Prasad bumps into an old acquaintance, Dr Asthana (Boman Irani) during a laughter therapy session. The two decide to fix their kids Munna and Chinkie (Gracy Singh) together. Unfortunately for Munnabhai, the charade comes to an end when Dr Asthana reveals his true tapori identity to his heartbroken father.
Now, the story of Munnabhai turning into an MBBS kickstarts.
Back in Mumbai, Munna becomes Munna ‘bhai’. His job description includes kidnapping, breaking bones and paisa vasooli (obtaining money by physical force) and making threats on the phone. But hold on, Munnabhai and his sidekick Circuit (Arshad Warsi) are a conscientious pair. They only loot dirty money.