It's 'Munnabhai L.L.B.' Now
Soon after MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. was declared a hit, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and director Rajkumar Hirani were in the process of starting a sequel to the film, titled MUNNABHAI M.D. Reportedly, the sequel was to feature the same cast - Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani...
...However, the project in question - MUNNABHAI M.D. - has been dropped, although the makers plan to continue making films in the MUNNABHAI series. In an exclusive conversation with this writer, Rajkumar Hirani confirmed the change of plans.
To quote Hirani verbatim: "We've decided to drop the project [MUNNABHAI M.D.], mainly because it was looking like a mere business proposition. It gave an impression that we were attempting to capitalise on the success of MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S.
"Instead, we're starting a film called MUNNABHAI L.L.B. This time around, we've decided to attempt a film keeping lawyers in mind. Actually, courtrooms and the legal system would make for an interesting subject. You keep hearing stories all the while. Even Sanju [Sanjay Dutt] keeps narrating incidents that may be incorporated in the story.
"The star cast of MUNNABHAI L.L.B. will be the same as MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. - Sanju, Arshad and Boman. As of now, we're still working on the script and a clearer picture will only emerge once we're through with the writing."
Meanwhile, praise for MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. and Rajkumar Hirani's abilities continue to flow from all quarters. Reportedly, the Roshans - Rakesh and Hrithik - seemed impressed with the film and the two sides [Chopra, Hirani - Roshans] even had a meeting to discuss a new project altogether.
"It's true that Rakesh-ji and Hrithik loved the film and they did speak highly to Vidhu. But I haven't met them yet," Hirani sets the record straight.
He continues, "I don't want to rush into anything. Even when I edited films, I didn't want to rush into film-making till I was ready with the bound script. Post-MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S, there've been plenty of offers, but like I said before, I just don't have the temperament to direct three/four films simultaneously."