'Lage Raho Munnabhai' - one more sequel set for release ...

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Indo-Asian News Service

New Delih, Aug 2 (IANS) It is sequel time in Bollywood. After the

successful run of "Phir Hera Pheri" and "Krrish", it might be third

time lucky for "Lage Raho Munnabhai" that is set to enthral audiences

with the winning combo of Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Boman

Irani.

One of the most-awaited movies of the year, the film, which is the

second instalment of hit comedy "Munnabhai M.B.B.S" about the lovable

goon and his misadventures in a medical college, is slated to hit the

screens on Sep 1.

It will see much of the original cast, Sanjay, Arshad and Boman,

with some new teammates - Vidya Balan, who replaces Gracy Singh, and

Dia Mirza.

Director Raju Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who made the

first part, have teamed up once again for the sequel.

It isn't novel for Bollywood dream merchants to recycle ideas and

package them in a new format, but the fact that most sequels this

summer have turned out to be better than the originals is what has

surprised trade analysts.

Hrithik Roshan starrer "Krrish", part two of "Koi... Mil Gaya", was

a phenomenal success and "Phir Hera Pheri", in which Paresh Rawal,

Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty teamed up again, has been a huge

hit.

The unprecedented success of the two films has written a new chapter

in the history of Bollywood, which hasn't had a successful sequel till

now.

As far as "Lage Raho Munnabhai" is concerned, the film has been in

the news since it went on floors and there was much hype over the

name.

Initially, it was titled "Munnabhai Meets Mahatma Gandhi" and later

"Munnabhai 2nd Innings", but Chopra didn't like either.

Following the footsteps of Vishal Bharadwaj, Chopra conducted a poll

for selecting an apt title for his film. An astounding 83 percent voted

for "Lage Raho Munnabhai" as it had a nice zing.

If the unforgettable characters in the original struck a chord, part

two also promises to be a heart-warming, rib-tickling laugh riot.

Sanjay is once again the disarming, philosophical Bhai and Arshad

the hilarious and touchingly loyal Circuit. Vidya Balan is Jhanvi the

radio jockey Munna has lost his heart to even before he has seen

her.

Boman is Lucky Singh and once again Munnabhai's adversary. He's a

rich builder, whose Gurdaspur roots are very much evident in his lingo

and his demeanour.

The battle between Lucky and his nemesis Munna has all the

ingredients of a laughathon.

The twist in the tale comes when Munnabhai comes face to face with

Mahatma Gandhi (Dilip Prabhawalkar) and both stick to their respective

philosophies even while they are compelled to work together for the

same goal.