Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. clocks in 15 years today. The real magic of the film lied in the audiences’s unawareness in Hirani’s storytelling and direction skills. This comedy about a goon pretending to be a doctor and later trying his wits out to be a doctor was filled with magical moments. The Tapori lingo of Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi made Munna and Circuit characters for the ages. This was a match made in heaven and made for each other! And as the film completes 15 years today, let’s have a look at the 5 things it taught the nation:-
1. Love Your Patients
For a film whose narrative revolves around a hospital, we were bound to get multiple shots of patients with different ailments and diseases. But there’s no place for sympathy in Hirani’s world, he’s been called as a filmmaker who takes a bitter truth and turn it into a sweet pill. Aanand Bhai was one such patient, in a comatose state for years, who finally found love in the form of Munna, and in a heartwarming finale, is cured only by the power of love!
2. Jaadu Ki Jhappi
Perhaps the most iconic takeaway from Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. was the Jaadu Ki Jhappi, which had the power to melt even the harshest of hearts. Feeling low? Just hug someone. Angry? Try the jhappi. It is possibly the best cure and the perfect medicine.
3. Goons too can have a heart of gold
Goons, before 2003, were ruthless and rambunctious. The world of Vaastav and Satya portrayed the dark and disturbing reality of the underworld. This goon, however, was too saccharine to be scary! Munna had body of ion but a heart of gold. He was the kind of Gunda you would wanted to befriend, instead of belittling.
4. Everything has a solution
Want an admission in the city’s most reputed medical college? Just make the topper of that college impersonate you and make him write your exam! Want to top the exams? Just carry your mobile phone to the examination hall, make your cohorts hijack the topper’s house and make him dictate you the answers. Want somebody to forget his girlfriend who dumped him? Just sing a song! All in all, this comedy had a solution for everything.
5. All is well in the end
The same sentimentality echoed in Hirani’s 3 idiots in 2009. All is Well! Dutt lies to his parents about being a doctor but makes them proud in the end, just because of the love he received during his stint in the medical college. Dr. Asthana, the draconian and dour dean, too, has a change of heart when he realizes the power of love. Not only cinematic-ally, in real too, All is surely well by the end, again echoed in and by SRK’s Om Shanti Om four years later.
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