Subhash Kapoor of Phas Gaye Re Obama fame is replacing Rajkumar Hirani as the director of the third Munnabhai film, tentatively titled Munnabhai Chale Dilli.

“Yes it is true I would be directing the third part of Munnabhai series. I am quite excited and looking forward to it,” PTI quotes Subhash as saying.

The first two films of the series — Munnabhai MBBS (2003) and Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) — both directed by Rajkumar Hirani, were huge hits at the box office.

Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Hirani and writer Abhijat Joshi felt that Subhash was perfect to take the franchise forward. “After seeing Subhash’s work and discussing his thoughts and ideas, Raju, Abhijat and I collectively felt that we have, after a long search, found an individual with the right sensibility and approach to work with us in taking forward the Munnabhai franchise. I am pleased to welcome Subhash Kapoor into the Vinod Chopra Films family as the director of the next Munnabhai film,” Mr. Chopra said in a statement.

Subhash’s next film is Jolly LLB , a comedy based on Indian court system, starring Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi, both of whom played key roles in both Munnabhai films. – PTI