Dada (Chiranjeevi) is a local goon with a good heart
who defends his extortion and settlement business as
social service to maintain peace in society. But he
pretends to be a doctor to his parents to make them
contended about their son's achievement. One fine day,
Dr. Rama Lingeswara Rao (Paresh Rawal) - dean of the
biggest medical college in Hyderabad - exposes the real
identity Shankar Dada to his parents. Gravely disappointed,
Shanakr Dada's parents vow not to visit their son's
place and leave him.
emotionally wrecked Shankar Dada decides to become doctor
in real to teach a lesson to Dr. Lingam and his beautiful
daughter Sunita (Sonali Bendre) and at the same time
to prove to his parents that their son is a doctor,
in deed! The rest of the film is all about how he achieves
his twin targets of teaching a lesson to Lingam Mama
and how he wins back the love and faith of his parents!
Chiranjeevi displays an unparalleled command over each
and every aspect of his authoritative presence on the
screen. Be it acting or dances or fights, he excels
exuberantly and how! His body language is marvelous
and suits the character to the T. Since this film has
ample scope for comedy, he brings out his extraordinary
comedy timing. The most entertaining bit in the entire
cinema is the way he walks (a total bewarse walk) when
Srikanth requests him. Above all, what makes Chiranjeevi's
performance more memorable in this film is the touching
histrionics he dishes out in emotional scenes. Generally,
fans do not accept when Chiranjeevi cries. But the story
of the film is narrated in such a beautiful way that
audience become compassionate about Chiranjeevi when
he cries on the screen. There is tremendous response
in the theater when he translates Telugu samethalu [proverbs]
in English. The way Chiranjeevi interprets 'Sunita'
as 'Sun'+'aita' by reading in English is side-splitting.
Sonali Bendre is totally
cool as the girl who plays hide and seek in disguise
with Chiranjeevi. She is the perfect choice for this
role and has acted with ease. Paresh
Rawal is adequate for the role of righteous doctor
who practices laughing therapy and hates the hero to
the core. Srikanth has
done really well in the role of ATM. There have been
certain apprehensions about Srikanth's ability to do
ATM role but Srikanth surpasses everybody's expectations
and does his job with precision. Rohit
as cancer patient is remarkable. Girish
Karnad and Venniradai Nirmala
are adequate as hero's parents. Venu
Madhav, Narsing Yadav & Duvvasi Mohan are
This film is a remake of award winning Bollywood Blockbuster
Munnabhai MBBS. It speaks that a doctor should treat
his patients with love and compassion, but not with
indifferent professionalism. Adequate changes have been
made to make this film applicable to all sections of
Telugu audiences not leaving behind the masses.
- direction: Screenplay by Jayant is adapted from
the original. Doing the remake of a critically acclaimed
blockbuster from Hindi is a tough task. Jayant succeeded
in remaking this film with very good authority. The
most important aspect of his direction is canning of
emotional scenes that formed the basis of this film.
All emotional sequences are very well executed. And
at the same time Chiranjeevi's mass image has been utilized
appreciably for getting positive results. Jayant has
done a great job!
Paruchuri brothers mastered the art of exciting masses
with right words. There are wide varieties of dialogues
that vary from a mass dialogue like 'Nenu Chitti ki
moguduni avuta! Daani babuki Ranku Moguduni avutha'
to heart touching dialogues like 'Rogini prematho vaidyam
cheyyaleni doctor antakanna pedda rogi'. The following
English translation of Telugu samethalu are hilarious:
enki pelli subbi chaavuki vachindhi - enki marraige
, subbi death anniversary
2. vanda godlani tinna raabandhu
ki chasthundhi - one vulture eat 100 buffaloes
one cyclone dead.
3. mundhu undhi musalla pandaga - in front, crocodiles
4. illu alakagaane panduga kaadhu - house pasting...no
Music by Devi Sri Prasad is cool. Background music is
also good. Here is the sequence of the songs:
Pattu Pattu: There is no slot for this song in
original. But the insertion point of the film is nice
and does not look forced at all. Raju Sundaram choreographed
this song, which was shot at the luster landscapes of
Ooty. This song has Chiranjeevi and Sonali Bendre wearing
traditional dress (Sonali's midriff is covered all the
time in this song).
2. Shankar Dada MBBS: This is a complete mass
song with good steps. This has the entire gang of Chiranjeevi
dancing in gay abandon. Ashok Raj choreographed this
song. Chiru's movements in the last 30 seconds of this
song are extraordinary.
3. Chaila Chaila: This song is pretty good and
features Anjala Zhaveri in a flashback item song. The
steps are cool. What makes this song more memorable
is the sentiment and emotional feel it carries. Chiranjeevi's
portrayal of Devadas towards the end of the song is
4. Naa Pere Kanchanamala: This song is item song
with Chiranjeevi and Gaur Khan with Rohit being entertained.
Pawan Kalyan did a 7-second special appearance while
pouring some beer into the mouth of Srikanth. And the
appearance of Pawan Kalyan has got the maximum response
compared to other responses in the entire film. This
song also scores well with the theme of the film as
it is meant to entertain a cancer patient whose days
5. Ye Zilla Ye Zilla: This is best song in this
film in terms of steps and masti. This song is pictured
in the sets on Chiranjeevi and Sonali Bendre under the
choreography of Raju Sundaram. The costumes and set
work are also good.
Departments: Cinematography K Dutt is good. Artwork
by Ashok is first-rate. Editing by Marthand K Venkaresh
is adequate. Stunts by Vijayan are good in patches.
The climax fight appears bit forced and dramatic. Production
values of Gemini Film Circuit are of good standards.
The first 15 minutes of the film is mediocre. First
half of the film is excellent and is totally entertaining.
The second half is good, and has less entertainment
towards climax as emotions had to catch up. The emotion
in the film starts when Chiranjeevi and his parents
visit the house of Paresh Rawal. And the entertainment
angle enters the film the moment Chiranjeevi steps into
medical college. The plus points of the film are Chiranjeevi's
all-round performance, Jayant's handling of emotional
scenes, nice storyline, music and comedy. In emotional
films, we find less entertainment. In entertaining films,
we find less emotion. Here is one film that is blended
with both emotion and entertainment in a wonderful way.
And this film has something to offer to every cross-section
of audiences. 'Shankardada MBBS' is a universal film
that would appeal to both classes and masses. With Telugu
film industry being in crisis at present, Shankar Dada
MBBS would surely bring smiles to the buyers, film industry
and most importantly to the audiences. This film has
got great repeat value. It is a must watch film!!
Piece: You have seen Pawan Kalyan and Allu Arjun
imitating Chiranjeevi in the past. But in this film,
Chiranjeevi imitated Pawan Kalyan in a few scenes. Saying
'boss' in his most of the conversation does remind us
of Allu Arjun's saying of 'boss' in 'Arya' film.
between Munnabhai MBBS & Shankar Dada MBBS:
Munnabhai MBBS is definitely superior compared to Shankar
Dada MBBS. Munnabhai MBBS is a well rounded script with
each and every character getting the attention and footage
it truly deserves. In Shankar Dada MBBS, the footage
and roundedness in characterization for all characters
have been given relatively less attention to make Chiranjeevi
get the major pie. But the happy news is that Chiranjeevi
manages the entire show with consummate ease and story
and emotions of the original film are transported into
Telugu version in the same spirit.
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