The third installment of Munnabhai series is being planned. Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has confirmed that Abhijat Joshi is in the process of writing a script for the same.
Hirani, who is currently busy with Sanjay Dutt’s biopic featuring Ranbir Kapoor as the actor, has stated he will start working on Munnabhai Part 3 early 2018. The film, which was announced soon after Lage Raho Munna Bhai had released, took a backseat- first due to lack of a good script and then the film’s lead actor Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to 3 years of jail due to his involvement during the Bombay blast.
Hirani meanwhile got busy in making blockbuster films like 3 Idiots and PK. But now the filmmaker is optimistic about making the third installment of the hugely popular series. This will be the final in the series, Hirani has mentioned.
Hirani admitted that since the release of ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ in 2006, the follow-up to his directorial debut, ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, which had released three years earlier, he has five half-written ‘Munna Bhai’ scripts lying with him. “I could’ve taken any of them and released another film, knowing people would watch it. But I don’t want to make a ‘Munna Bhai’ which is not as 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,” he asserts.
“Now, while I am shooting this film, Abhijat is working on the script of ‘Munna Bhai 3’. Hopefully, by the time I’m done with the biopic, it’ll be ready and I can jump into it in the new year. It’s a great idea and in the same territory as the other two, but still just a half-worked idea,” he admits. In 2010, Raju had announced ‘Munna Bhai Chale Amrica’ but the film was stalled after Sanjay was arrested in 2013. “We started on it immediately after finishing ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’. We even shot a trailer. It was a funny script but the second half didn’t work out. I will surely make one more ‘Munna Bhai’,” says Raju, quick to add that this is not that script but a new journey. “It’s too early to say where it is going, but I had a great time working with Sanjay and Arshad earlier and I wanted to continue with them. The topic is such that it will suit an older Sanjay and Arshad. Physically Munna and Circuit might change a bit but they will continue to be my divine fools.”
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