Last March I wrote about a great Hindi movie, a comedy called Munnabhai M.B.B.S., which is something of a remake of Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School. Well, the circle is now completed with director Mira Nair having bought the rights to make the Hollywood remake of Munnabhai.
I have actually bought the remake rights of Munnabhai MBBS, my dear friend Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s wonderful blockbuster last year.
… I have sold it to Twentieth Century Fox. I am producing this film, an African-American version of the film. It’s going to be called Gangster MD. And I hope to have Chris Tucker.
… it will again be a confluence of African-American and Indian actors, something I did more politically in Mississippi Masala with Denzel Washington, but now with a comic vein. So that’s the new kind of marriage that I am interested in, where Hollywood is buying Bollywood in a way.