Mumbai: While producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has made up his mind not to repeat Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi in the third installment of ‘Munna Bhai,’ buzz has it that Aamir Khan and Sharman Joshi may soon become the new face of the cult comic franchise.
Talking to a daily, a source said, “The idea of casting Aamir and Sharman came up during the shoot of ‘3 Idiots.’ Hirani felt that a new pair would bring in a fresh breath of air into the film. Aamir and Sharman have amazing comic timing and also great chemistry onscreen. You can see that even in their first film together, ‘Rang De Basanti.’ When he shared the idea with Aamir, he loved it. He told Rajkumar that he would be game for it if the script was interesting.”
“Though Sanjay played Munna Bhai to perfection, having Aamir on board will take the franchise to the next level. He is not only a fine actor, but also a much bigger brand name, and a marketing genius,” said another source.
Meanwhile, an insider working with the franchise revealed, “A few months ago, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani had a closed door meeting with Sanju, where they told him that they would not be going ahead with him in the ‘Munna Bhai’ sequel. This definitely upset Sanju.”
Interestingly, both Chopra and Hirani were missing at Sanjay and Maanyata`s recently held birthday bash.