3 Idiots

  • Directors: Rajkumar Hirani
  • Producers: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
  • Writers: Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni

Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), is about to travel in a plane, when suddenly he receives a phone call. He fakes a heart attack, gets out of the airport, and calls his friend Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), telling him that he has got a call by someone who claims that he knows where they can find their old friend Rancchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad (Aamir Khan). However, when they reach the place, they find out that the caller was an old batch mate Chatur Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya), who was also known as “Silencer” in the college days. He reminds them of a ten year old bet between him and Rancho that who will be more successful. He tells them that he knows where Rancho is, and the three seek a journey to find him.

The movie goes in flash back, where Farhan, Raju and Rancho join the Imperial College of Engineering, a.k.a. ICE, a fictional Indian engineering institute. It is shown that Rancho is an extraordinary student, or an Idiot, as labelled by the Professor Viru Sahastrabudhhe (ViruS) (Boman Irani), due to his intense interest in machines.

Rancho becomes an important part of both his friends, as he makes Farhan realize that his passion is photography, not engineering. He also helps Raju boost his self confidence, and helps him realize that Ramalingam (Silencer) just takes in the words, does not learn it. Other things include helping ViruS’s elder daughter in her pregnancy, saving Raju’s father, making ViruS remove his mustache on a bet that Raju will get a job through campus interview, helping both his friends clear their papers and falling in love with ViruS’s younger daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor). ViruS also gifts him his pen, marking him as his best student.

Suddenly then, Chotu reveals that he really is Phunsukh Wangdu, a scientist, who likes to teach and change the education system. Incidentally, he is the person who Ramalingam intends to find, so that he can sign a deal with him, as his job is based on that deal. Thus Chotu finally proves that he is much better than him.

Lage Raho Munna Bhai

  • Directors: Rajkumar Hirani
  • Producers: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
  • Writers: Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi, Vidhu Vinod Chopra
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, History, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan, Boman Irani, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Dia Mirza, Jimmy Shergill, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Saurabh Shukla

The central protagonist, Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt), interacts with an image of Mahatma Gandhi and learns the principles of Gandhian philosophy. He is helped by his sidekick, Circuit (Arshad Warsi). They both speak in Bambaiya Hindi, a dialect specific to the Indian city of Mumbai.

At the beginning of the story, Munna is in love with the voice of Janhavi (Vidya Balan), a radio jockey. He devises a plan to meet her when she announces a contest featuring the life and beliefs of Mahatma Gandhi set for 2 October—Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday celebrating the birth of Gandhi. Circuit helps Munna win the contest by kidnapping and then bribing a group of professors. As the winner, Munna is granted an interview with Janhavi wherein he presents himself as a professor of history and a Gandhi specialist. Janhavi subsequently asks Munna to present a lecture on Gandhi to a community of senior citizens who live in her home, called the “Second Innings House”. In order to prepare for this event, Munna engages in a period of intense study, wherein he studies for 3 days and 3 nights without sleep, of the life and works of Gandhi.

It is during this period that the image of Mahatma Gandhi (portrayed by Dilip Prabhavalkar), addressed by his nickname “Bapu” (“father”), appears and offers help and advice to Munna. He encourages Munna to tell the truth about himself to Janhavi, but does not succeed for much of the film. Gandhi continues to appear each time Munna sings Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram (a song often sung in Gandhi’s memory). With Gandhi’s help, Munna succeeds in impressing Jahnavi and cultivates a new lifestyle based upon Gandhism (particularly adherence to non-violence and truth), which transforms everyone with whom he comes into contact. Munna starts to co-host a radio-show with Janhavi and Gandhi’s image, guiding his audience to use Gandhigiri (a neologism for Gandhism) to solve everyday problems.

In this manner, the application of Gandhi’s concept of satyagraha (non-violence) to day-to-day modern life (and thus the revival of Gandhi’s “spirit”) was the central thematic issue of the film. The film also tackled issues related to social justice such as the impact of superstitions caused by astrology and numerology on daily life. Khurana’s own soothsayer is disgraced when Munnabhai challenges him to foretell his own future.

Munnabhai M B B S

  • Directors: Rajkumar Hirani
  • Producers: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
  • Writers: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Lajan Joseph, Abbas Tyrewala
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Jimmy Shergill, Sunil Dutt, Gracy Singh, Boman Irani

Murli Prasad Sharma, nicknamed “Munna Bhai” (literally “Brother Munna”) is a bhai or Gunda; a crime don in the Mumbai underworld. Given that his father had wished him to be a medical doctor, he creates the faux Sri Hari Prasad Sharma Charitable Hospital (named after his father) and pretends to live in accordance with this wish whenever his father (Sunil Dutt) and mother (Rohini Hattangadi) visit him in Mumbai.

One year, however, Munna’s plan goes awry when his father meets an old acquaintance, Dr. Asthana (Boman Irani) and the two older men decide to marry Munna to Dr. Asthana’s daughter, Dr. “Chinki” Suman (Gracy Singh). It is at this point that the truth about Munna is revealed. Dr. Asthana insults Munna’s parents and calls them “fools” for being ignorant of Munna’s real life. Munna’s father and mother, aghast and later heartbroken, leave for their village.

Munna, in grief and despair, decides that the only way to redeem himself and to gain revenge for the humiliation suffered by his father at the hands of the spiteful Dr. Ashthana is to become a doctor in fact. He therefore decides to go to a Medical College in order to obtain an M.B.B.S. degree; the graduate medical degree in India, an acronym of “Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery”.

Dr. Asthana eventually realizes his folly. Munna later marries Dr. Suman, learning for the first time that she is “Chinki”. Subsequently the Medical College – under Rustam Pavri’s management since the retirement of Dr. Asthana – begins to imitate Munna’s radical methods of treatment. Munna and Dr. Suman open a hospital in Munna’s home village, where they implement Munna’s ideas daily. This, in addition to the birth of their offspring, earns Munna the nickname “Munnabhai – M.B.B.S. – Miya Biwi Bachhon Samet” (literally “Husband Wife with Children”). Munna’s parents reconcile with him. His sidekick Circuit marries and has a son, who is nicknamed “Short Circuit” as a pun both on his father’s alias and on the process by which an electrical device fails. As the film concluded, we see Anand, restored to normal mental health, narrating the story to children.