The 2003 superhit, Munnabhai MBBS, just can’t seem to catch a break. So much so, that every time someone is caught cheating in a medical exam or a fraudulent doctor is exposed, the media compares it to actor Sanjay Dutt’s character in the film.
On Monday, five boys were caught cheating during the AIIMS PG entrance exams. They used smart phones to send the question paper to a friend who sent them the answers — a strategy reminiscent of the film, in which Dutt has a friend reading out the answers to him on phone.
The makers of the film are aghast by the comparisons. “Munnabhai is entirely about how we should not be cheating in life, so, we are surprised that it is being used as an example here,” says the spokesperson for makers Vinod Chopra Films.
Actor Arshad Warsi, who plays Dutt’s sidekick Circuit, says, “It is so stupid. If someone has been found cheating, then it is he who is responsible and no one else or no film for that matter. I think when anyone gets into any problem, the first reaction is to put the blame on others.”
“This is such a lame comparison. No film can be held responsible for ‘inspiring’ others to cheat, or smoke. If that is the case, why don’t we learn from good films?” says film critic Rajeev Masand.