Sanjay Dutt's Munna Bhai, M.B.B.S., remade as Kamal Haasan's Vasool Raja, M.B.B.S., now comes in Kannada as Uppi Dada MBBS. Though it began with the Tamil and Telugu versions, the Kannada version faced a late and delayed delivery. Still, it is running to packed houses all over Karnataka, this is a compliment to the makers and to hero Upendra. Comparison to the other versions is inevitable; The first Hindi version was the best, and this version is the best from the other end.
Uppi Dada M.B.B.S., like the original, gives the message that humanity and humility is much more than the clinical therapy. Director D. Rajendra Babu has maintained the original plot, script, and rough language with good translation and ear for local language, creating the right touch. Upendra has written the dialogues, written some lyrics, and sung a song in his own voice, which is making something of a cult Hero.
Upendra is fabulous as the Dada who wants to become a doctor just to avenge the humiliation from a Dean. His mannerisms, dialogues, dialogue delivery, body language and brooding looks give full authenticity to his character. Gurudatt, who plays Arshad Varsi's role in the original, is inadequate. Naveen Mayur, who acts exceptionally well as a cancer patient, is outstanding. Uma is the debut heroine and makes a good impact in her first Kannada film. She is good as a medical student and dean's daughter who acts maturely, without revealing her physical charms, and eventually falls for the Dada.