Rajkumar Hirani was writing for his next project. The story went something like this “A freedom fighter slips into coma because of a head injury during the struggle, and continues to stay in coma for years together. Many years after the Nation has attained freedom, he wakes up only to be deeply disturbed by what he sees in an independent India.” Mr Hirani could not think anything beyond this even after months and months of brainstorming. Then a fleeting thought intrigued him – what would have Munna Bhai (a character from his previous film) done in this setting? From hereon the story came to him so effortlessly! But this newfound flow of thoughts completely changed the original plot of the film. This is how the story of Lage Raho Munna Bhai was created. Listening to this story in 2006 on a cold December night in Pune under a tree (more on this tree later) from Rajkumar Hirani himself about the inception of Lage Raho Munna Bhai was an experience in itself. By the time he had finished it was almost dawn. Stories and films have a soul of their own. They are born out of thin air like miracles. We must just be aware enough to witness them.
(Translated by Amogh Patwardhan)