Munnabhai's fans can rejoice. Bombay Times has learnt that the third instalment of the franchise will go on floors immediately after the Sanjay Dutt biopic in 2018. Director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra have finalised a concept, which will be discussed with the actor shortly.
Sanjay, who completed the final leg of his jail term early this year, is mighty excited about the project. He shares, "We have a concept in place already. Raju and Mr Chopra are working on the script. We'll start 'Munnabhai 3' immediately after the biopic wraps up. I'm also looking forward to that film because it's extremely special for me." The first two instalments of the franchise — 'Munnabhai MBBS' (2003) and 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai' (2006), are among Sanjay's most successful films. Does he feel any pressure when returning to the series?
The actor says, "Mr chopra doesn't give a go-ahead to any project till he is fully satisfied. There have been talks for a while now, but I understand why Raju and he aren't hurrying. They want to better 'Lage Raho' standards, which will take a lot of effort. Agreed, that it's a franchise that people will love to see every year but practically, we can't do that because we have to have a solid story. And cracking that takes a while."