Vasool Raja MBBS
Movie wiki in one line Title: Vasool Raja MBBS, Running time: 160 min, Release date: 12 August 2004, Language: Tamil, Censor type: U, Stars: Kamal Haasan and Prabhu and Sneha and Prakash Raj, Director: Saran, Music director: Bharathwaj, Poster: Attached, Budget: ₹200 million, Box office collections: ₹400 million, Producer: Gemini Film Circuit
Vasool Raja MBBS (English: Collection King) is a 2004 Tamil comedy film starring Kamal Haasan and directed by Saran. This film is a remake of Hindi film Munnabhai MBBS, which was inspired by the English movie Patch Adams released back in 1998. It was the first Kamal film to beat the record set by Indian eight years earlier. The rest of the cast includes Prakash Raj, Prabhu, Sneha, Jayasurya, Nagesh, Malavika and Karunas. The film's music was composed by Bharadwaj.
Sonali Bendre, who was working on the Telugu version of the same film Shankar Dada MBBS, was initially approached to play the leading female role but her reluctance to accept the offer immediately meant that the team sought and consequently signed on actress Sneha for the film. Saran hoped to sign on director K. Balachandar to play Kamal Haasan's father in the film, with the veteran director being both Kamal Haasan's and Saran's film industry mentor. However Balachandar was reluctant to act and the team finalised Girish Karnad for the role, before later replacing him with veteran actor Nagesh.
Soundtrack is composed by Bharathwaj who composes for Saran for another time and lyrics by Vairamuthu. The film has 6 songs. The audio was launched on July 2004.
The film was released in about 285 screens worldwide to highly positive reception and box-office success collecting around 400 million. According to certain reports, 10 million tickets were sold worldwide.
The film faced controversy as the petition filed by Tamil Nadu Medical Council president K R Balasubramanian stated that the film's title ridiculed the medical profession and tarnished the image of the medical fraternity. Moreover, the film title is a mockery on the medical profession which would lower dignity of the medical fraternity in eyes of public.