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Munnabhai has changed my life: Sanjay Dutt

Mumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt, who will soon be seen in the third installment of the `Munnabhai` series, says the reel character has changed his real life image in many ways.

The B-town `Khalnayak` will return as Munna and Arshad Warsi the Circuit in Vidhu Vinod Chopra`s third film in the franchise, which is reportedly titled as `Munnabhai Ki Aatma Katha`.

"All I would say is I am happy with the response the film (Munnabhai MBBS) and my role has been getting even today. It is a memorable role and very few actors get to do it. I feel am lucky to have got this role. Personally, in daily life or even career-wise, `Munnabhai` has changed my life and image in many ways," he said.

Sanjay, who essayed the role of a local goon with a golden heart in the Rajkumar Hirani-directed `Munnabhai MBBS` and `Lage Raho Munnabhai`, said the role of Munna is a "memorable" one.

Interestingly, the actor was initially offered the role of Zaheer, which was played by Jimmy Shergill in `Munnabhai MBBS` by producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Hirani said Sanjay accepted the role without even reading the script. "I feel Sanju is suitable for the role of Munna considering his huge built… just like a bhai. Also, in the film Munna has a golden heart, he helps everyone, solves all problems… just like how Sanju does in real life. I cannot see anyone playing Munna except Sanju," Hirani said.

When asked if he does any special preparation before getting into the skin of the character, the 52-year-old said he is the "director`s actor". "As an actor I was never nervous doing films. I always give myself to director. For the second part, `Lage Raho Munnabhai`, before going on sets, I must say I had seen `Munnabhai MBBS` ten times. I saw how Munna behaves, speaks, his body language, etc," the actor said.

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