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
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
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
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
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
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
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