It could very well be a first in recent memory. Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra has collaborated with Om Books International and released the original screenplay of Lage Raho Munnabhai at Cross Word last evening.
On his decision to come out with the screenplay of the sequel before the first, Munnabhai MBBS, Chopra said, “I picked up Lage Raho.. for the first book because it promotes Gandhigiri. I’m planning to bring out screenplays of all my films, right from Parinda to Parineeta.”
The book will have dialogue and photographs from the blockbuster movie. “The 20 pages of pictures in the middle will be like an interval while reading the book,” said Ajay Mago of Om Books International. According to him, when he met Aamir Khan at Chopra’s office, the actor expressed a keen desire to come up with a similar book for 3 Idiots.
Director Rajkumar Hirani couldn’t wait to read the book. “I’m glad we are the first ones in Bollywood to come up with such a book,” he exulted. When told about Khan’s desire for a book on 3 Idiots, Hirani enthused, “Munnabhai took so many years. So why not 3 Idiots. We will definitely work on it.”
We just hope we don’t end up waiting for the 3 Idiots book as long as Munnabhai.