Shankar Dada M.B.B.S.

Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. is a 2004 Indian Telugu-language comedy drama film directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee. A remake of the Hindi film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), the film stars Chiranjeevi, Sonali Bendre, Srikanth, Girish Karnad, and Paresh Rawal. It received positive reviews and was commercially successful completing 100 days run at the box office.[1]

Shankar Dada M.B.B.S.
Shankar Dada MBBS Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJayanth C. Paranjee
Written by
Based onMunna Bhai M.B.B.S
by Rajkumar Hirani
Produced byAkkineni Ravi Shankara Prasad
CinematographyK. Dattu
Edited byMarthand K. Venkatesh
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
Distributed byGemini Film Circuit
Release date
  • 15 October 2004 (2004-10-15)
Running time
172 minutes

Chiranjeevi and Srikanth both won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu awards respectively at South Filmfare Awards in 2005. In 2007, its sequel, Shankar Dada Zindabad was released.


Shankar Prasad (Chiranjeevi), nicknamed "Shankar Dada" (literally "Brother Shankar") is a bhai or goonda: a crime don in Hyderabad. Given that his father Satya Prasad (Girish Karnad) had wished him to be a medical doctor, he creates the faux Sri Satya Prasad Charitable Hospital (named after his father) and pretends to live in accordance with this wish whenever his father and mother (Venniradai Nirmala) visit him in Hyderabad.

One year, however, Shankar's plan goes awry when his father meets an old acquaintance, Dr. Ramalingeswara Rao (Paresh Rawal), and the two older men decide to marry Shankar to Ramalingeswara Rao's daughter Dr. Sunitha "Chitti" (Sonali Bendre). At this point the truth about Shankar is revealed. Ramalingeswara insults Shankar's parents and calls them "fools" for being ignorant of Shankar's real life. Shankar's parents, aghast and later heartbroken, leave for their village. Shankar, in grief and despair, decides that the only way to redeem himself and to gain revenge for the humiliation suffered by his father at the hands of the spiteful Ramalingeswara is to become a doctor. He decides to go to a medical college to obtain an MBBS degree, the graduate medical degree in South Asia.

With the help of his right-hand man ATM (Srikanth) and others, Shankar "gains admission" to the Osmania College of Medical Sciences, where he again encounters Ramalingeswara, who is the dean. His success there becomes dependent upon the (coerced) help of faculty member Dr. Mohammad Rafi (Surya). While Shankar's skills as a medical doctor are minimal, he transforms those around him with the "Jantar Mantar" (heartful hug) — a method of comfort taught to Shankar by his mother — and the compassion he shows towards those in need. Despite the school's emphasis on mechanical, Cartesian, impersonal, often bureaucratic relationships between doctors and patients, Shankar constantly seeks to impose a more empathetic, almost holistic, regimen. To this end, he defies all convention by treating a brain-dead child named Sriramachandra Murthy alias Sriram (Vaishnav Tej) as if the kid were able to perceive and understand normally; interacts on familiar but autocratic terms with patients; humiliates school bullies; effusively thanks a hitherto-underappreciated janitor; and encourages the patients themselves to make changes in their lives, so that they do not need drugs or surgery.

Ramalingeswara, who perceives all this as symptoms of chaos, is unable to prevent it from expanding and gaining ground at his college. He becomes increasingly irrational, almost to the point of insanity. Repeatedly, this near-dementia is shown when he receives unwelcome tidings and begins laughing in a way that implies that he has gone mad. This behavior is explained early on as an attempt to practice laughter therapy, an attempt that seems to have backfired — Ramalingeswara's laughing serves more to convey his anger than diffuse it. Meanwhile, Sunitha becomes increasingly fond of Shankar, who in his turn becomes unreservedly infatuated with her. Some comedy appears here because Shankar is unaware that Sunitha and his childhood friend "Chitti" are one and the same; an ignorance that Sunitha hilariously exploits. Ramalingeswara tries several times to expel Shankar but is often thwarted by Shankar's wit or the affection with which the others at the college regard Shankar, having gained superior self-esteem by his methods.

Eventually, Shankar is shamed into leaving the college: his guilt for not being able to help a dying friend gets the better of him. In the moments immediately following Shankar's departure, Sriram miraculously awakens from his vegetative state; at this point, Sunitha gives a heartfelt speech wherein she criticizes her father for having banished Shankar, saying that to do so is to banish hope, compassion, love, and happiness, etc. from the college. Ramalingeswara eventually realizes his folly. Shankar later marries Sunitha, learning for the first time that she is "Chitti". Finally his parents reconcile, and now, Shankar Prasad is Shankar Dada MBBS.



Shankar Dada M.B.B.S.
Soundtrack album by
Released4 September 2004 (2004-09-04)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSupreme Music
Aditya Music
ProducerDevi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Shankar Dada M.B.B.S.

The sound generated at Taramati - Baradri used to be audible to the entire fort of Golkonda because of its strategic location. The producers of Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. obtained special permission to hold this event at such an historical venue. But rain played the spoilt sport and it rained cats and dogs for 3-4 continuous hours in Hyderabad. The organizers changed the venue to Shilpakalavedika, Madapur.

The celebrities who graced this occasion include K Raghavendra Rao, D Rama Naidu, C Aswini Dutt, KL Narayana, KS Rama Rao, Allu Arvind, Vijaya Bapineedu, Shyam Prasad Reddy, C Kalyan, KC Sekhara Babu, Tagore Madhu, Dil Raju, Ashok Kumar, Chanti Affala, Arjuna Raju, Burugapally Sivarama Krishna, VV Vinayak, Seenu Vytla, Satya Murthy, Allu Arjun, Ali, Rohit etc. Raghu Kunche and Bhargavi anchored this event.[3]

Later after the completion of 50 days, two songs "Sande Poddu" (performed by Shankar Mahadevan & Kalpana, written by Sahithi) and "Tellarindo Maava" (performed & written by Devi Sri Prasad) were added to the official track list and The Audio was Re-Released. Both versions were well received.

Track list
1."Shankar Dada M.B.B.S."ChandraboseMano5:46
2."Naa Pere Kanchanmala"VeturiKarthik, Malathi5:22
3."Chaila Chaila"Devi Sri PrasadChiranjeevi, K.K.6:07
4."Ye Jilla"ChandraboseAdnan Sami, Kalpana5:03
5."Pattu Pattu"SahithiManicka Vinayagam & Sumangali5:11
6."Sande Poddu"SahithiShankar Mahadevan, Kalpana5:34
Total length:33:22


Filmfare Awards South
Year Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
2004 Best Actor – Telugu Chiranjeevi Won [4]
2004 Best Supporting Actor – Telugu Srikanth Won [5]


  1. ^ "The film's phenomenal 100-day run". The Times of India. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  2. ^ "14 years for 'Shankar Dada MBBS': Interesting facts about the Chiranjeevi starrer". The Times of India. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Telugu Cinema function - Audio Launch - Shankar Dada MBBS - Chiranjeevi - Devi Sri Prasad".
  4. ^ S.R. Ashok Kumar (10 July 2005). ""Autograph" bags 3 Filmfare awards". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 5 August 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2005". Retrieved 5 August 2009.

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