Sanjay Dutt said yes to the film without reading the script
Interestingly, Sanjay Dutt had not even read the script of this film. He had said yes to it without knowing the story. Now the question arises that why did he do this? So the reason for this was producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. In a clip released by the production house, Sanjay had said, ‘Vinod is family. He is like a brother to me. At the same time, when Sanjay Dutt’s sister Priya read the script of the film, she felt that her brother was going to do a gangster movie again. He had said, ‘I thought it was some gangster movie and Sanjay is going to play the role of ‘bhai’ in the film. I thought let’s go well, one more film like that.’
Hirani revives Sanju’s career
‘Munnabhai MBBS’ did what no PR could do for Sanjay Dutt. This movie gave him a brand new image. Gave a persona which he flaunted openly. A connection that immediately connected the audience. The ‘Jaadu Ki Jhappi’ from ‘Munna’ and the love and respect he showed for his father (acted by Sunil Dutt) won the hearts of the people. Sanju became ‘Munna’ and ‘Munna’ became Sanju. Hirani’s film revived Sanjay Dutt’s career. It would not be wrong to say that hardly anyone could have played the character of Munna better than Sanju Baba.
People’s attitude changed for Sanjay Dutt
Once during an interview, Sanjay Dutt had admitted that both the Munna Bhai films had changed the perception and thinking of the audience towards him as an actor. This movie completely changed his image. He had said, ‘I will just say that I am very happy with the response that is being received for the film and my character even today. This is a memorable character. Very few actors get to do this. I consider myself lucky that I got this land. Personally in daily life or in career also ‘Munnabhai’ has changed my life and image in many ways.’
There were also allegations against Sanjay-Hirani
However, years later, when the same pair (Rajkumar Hirani and Sanjay Dutt) came together once again for Sanjay Dutt’s biopic ‘Sanju’, people made many allegations against them. People have even said that an attempt has been made to show Sanjay’s image through this movie. Talking on this, Sanjay while talking to India Today said, ‘I just want to say that Munnabhai was already made and that avatar was already out. I don’t think anyone will spend Rs 30-40 crore to change their image. This is a huge amount. I have told the truth and India has accepted the truth and the box office collection shows it.
Shahrukh Khan was the first choice
Now we are going to tell you another interesting thing that imagine what would have happened if ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ had Shahrukh Khan instead of Sanjay Dutt? Let us tell you that Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra wanted to cast Shahrukh Khan, not Sanjay Dutt in this movie. SRK was his first choice, but due to health issue, King Khan backed out from it and then the film fell in Sanju Baba’s bag.
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