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Munnabhai Chale Delhi to be directed by Subhash Kapoor

The director, who’s too busy with his Aamir Khan film, has been replaced by Subhash Kapoor of Jolly LLB

Rajkumar Hirani will not direct Munnabhai part three, titled Munnabhai Chale Delhi. Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has confirmed the development with TOI. Apparently, it was Hirani’s everexpanding schedule for PK that led to the decision. He will be replaced by Subhash Kapoor, whose Jolly LLB is up for release on March 15.

Says Vidhu, “I have seen Subhash’s work and after discussing with Hirani, Abhijat Joshi (screenwriter, Lage Raho Munnabhai) I realised that Subhash has the sensibility and the approach required to take the Munnabhai franchise ahead.”

The much-awaited third installment of Munnabhai has been going through considerable chop and change. There were speculations that Hirani may not be a part of the film, though he scotched the rumours in an interview to TOI in August last year.

“I was not happy with the second half of the script. I was suffering a writer’s block, you may say. But once the script of P.K. was out of the way, I was inspired enough to get back to Munnabhai,” he had said. Subhash Kapoor will now work on the script put together by Hirani. But that is all the change you can expect for now.

Sameer Rao, CEO of Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films, assures: “Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi will continue as Munna and Circuit respectively. Kapoor will be done with his current assignment of Jolly LLB by March, thereafter he will get into Munnabhai Chale Delhi.”

The film is expected to go on floors sometime later this year.

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