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Munna Bhai Returns

The countdown has begun for Bollywood’s most loved Superstar, Sanjay Dutt's release from jail. The tinsel town is readying a few film scripts and the actor is expected to make a comeback to the silver screen with the third movie from the immensely popular Munna Bhai series.

Dutt will come out of Pune's Yerwada prison as a free man on February 25, earlier than expected thanks to his good conduct in jail.

We have learnt that once the actor is out, he will start working on the third instalment of Rajkumar Hirani's Munna Bhai series.

The comic adventures of Munnabhai aka Murli Prasad Sharma (Dutt) and his sidekick, Circuit or Cirkeshwar (Arshad) in Munna Bhai MBBS (2003) and Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) were well received by the audience and were huge box-office hits.

The third part was supposed to be directed by Subhash Kapoor but apparently due to creative differences things did not work out and he will not be helming the film now. The teaser of Munna Bhai Chale America was interesting but was short-lived. Apparently because of its similarity with Karan Johar's Shah Rukh Khan- Kajol-starrer My Name Is Khan, the idea was shelved.

The script should be ready in six months and the producer (Vidhu Vinod Chopra) is not rushing into it as for him the story line is far more important than business prospects. "Munna Bhai (third instalment)...when we make it will be a great film. Will it do more business than Lage Raho Munna Bhai, we don't give a damn. But will it be as good or better than the first two films...yes it will be. We will try to make a good film” quoted Chopra.

Asked if Dutt has been signed for the third part of Munna Bhai, Hirani said, "Sign? We don't have to sign and do all that. We did not sign him for Munna Bhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munna Bhai."

But sources close to the filmmakers said that they are planning to announce the film with Sanjay himself once he is out of jail.

Besides this film, DUtt will be releasing his home production, Hasmukh Pighal Gaya, and co-produce the proposed biopic on his life. However, there is no official confirmation as to when these projects would go into production.

Do you think the crazy pair of Munna bhai and Circuit will be able to deliver yet another blockbuster?