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

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

  • 8.2
  • 2h 36min
  • Comedy, Drama, Musical
  • 2003-12-19 (USA)


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!!!

Short Review

I was a kid when Munna Bhai MBBS was released. I remember everyone was trying to mimic Sanjay Dutt's style in this movie. I never understood what all the fuss was about, until I saw it myself. As a kid there were a lot of things that I didn't understand from this movie, like why is a Principal doing operation, why they catch a man and make him give the test and what the entire arc about the disabled man was. So when I watched this film when I grew up, I could finally understand it completely.From what I understand about this film, every parent wants their child to be successful, and if possible it should be in a renowned field like a doctor or an army general. No one wants their children to become street goons. And here Munna had run away from his village and become a hooligan. Now of course if his parents asked what he did in Mumbai, he couldn't tell them the truth, and so he chose to lie to them about being a doctor.Now, doctors work really hard to get to their field. And if an egoistic doctor hears a street goon calling himself a doctor, obviously he won't be able to tolerate it, especially if it's someone who troubled him a lot as a kid. So he takes advantage of this opportunity and shames Munna in front of his parents. And when they leave, Munna swears to take revenge by becoming a doctor himself. And obviously being a goon and having no knowledge about the hardships that medical students face, he uses every tool in his arsenal to make his parents proud, until the point he realises what he's doing is wrong and he should forget about it.Although this film seems like it has been made by a very experienced director, it's actually Rajkumar Hirani's first film! Yup, let that sink in. It's the perfect blend of comedy and drama. It can make anyone laugh in one scene, then cry in the very next and then laugh again in the very next scene. I really wish Bollywood made more such movies, since I believe 2000s was the last decade where Bollywood was experimenting with such films. Nowadays it's just remakes, biopics and sequels of decades old films that no one asked for. But it's films like this that keep my hope for an iconic comedy film from Bollywood still alive.