Hirani in December 2014
20 November 1962 |
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
|Other names||Raju Hirani|
|Education||St. Francis De'Sales High School, Nagpur, Maharashtra|
|Alma mater||Film and Television Institute of India|
|Occupation||Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film editor|
|Notable work||3 idiots, PK, Munna Bhai MBBS Lage Raho Munna Bhai|
Rajkumar Hirani (born 20 November 1962) is an Indian film director, He is widely regarded as the most successful and one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century Indian cinema. Hirani is known for directing Hindi films, including Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009) and PK (2014). All his films have been huge commercial successes, won several awards including the National awards and has often been regarded by the media and audiences as some of the most path-breaking films in the history of Indian cinema. 
Early life and education
Hirani was born on 20 November 1962 in Nagpur to a Sindhi family. His father Suresh Hirani ran a typing institute in Nagpur. Rajkumar Hirani studied at St. Francis De'Sales High School, Nagpur, Maharashtra. He did his graduation in commerce. His parents wanted him to be a chartered accountant, but he was more keen on theatre and film. Hirani helped his father in his business.
In his college days he was involved with Hindi theatre. Suresh got his son's photographs shot and packed him off to an acting school in Mumbai. However, Raju could not fit in and returned to Nagpur after three days. His father then asked Raju to apply to the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, but the acting course had shut down by then and chances of admission to the directorial course looked slim as there were far too many applicants. Hence, Raju opted for the editing course. He earned a scholarship, thereby reducing the load on his father's shoulders.
Hirani tried his luck as a film editor for many years. Bad experiences forced him to shift to advertising, and he gradually established himself as a director and producer of advertising films. He was also seen in a Fevicol ad where some men and elephants were trying to pull and break a Fevicol plank, saying "Jor laga ke Haisha". He was also seen in the Kinetic Luna ad campaign created by Ogilvy & Mather. He was doing fairly well in the advertisement industry, but he wanted to make movies, so he took a break from advertisement and started working with Vidhu Vinod Chopra. He worked on promos and trailers for 1942: A Love Story. He edited promotions for Kareeb. He got his first big opportunity as a film editor with Mission Kashmir.
Munnabhai MBBS and afterwards
Rajkumar Hirani's first directorial venture was Munnabhai MBBS (2003), starring Sanjay Dutt, which is considered a cult classic. Munnabhai MBBS broke all formulaic conventions associated with Bollywood films. Made on a budget of Rs. 10 million, it was a huge hit worldwide and took a distributor share of Rs. 25 million from the Indian market. His second directorial effort was 2006 released Lage Raho Munnabhai, which had a strong cultural impact in India, popularising Gandhism under Munna Bhai's notion of Gandhigiri.The film won widespread critical acclaim from critics and had a number of prominent screenings.
His third film was the comedy 3 Idiots, starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani. It was released on 25 December 2009 and was also very well received by the critics. 3 Idiots became the highest grosser in Indian cinema, shattering all records across Indian and overseas markets.The film was later remade in different languages.
His fourth film was the alien satirical drama PK, which starred Aamir Khan, Saurabh Shukla and Anushka Sharma in lead roles. It was released on 19 December 2014, broke existing records in India and became the highest grossing Indian film, collecting over Rs.500 crore at the box office.PK was the first Indian film to gross more than ₹7 billion and US$100 million worldwide.
Currently, Hirani is filming Sanju, a biopic on Sanjay Dutt, with Ranbir Kapoor playing Dutt's role. Hirani and his co-writer Abhijat Joshi have written the screenplay of the film. The film is slated to release in early 2018. Shooting of the film is finished by January, 2018.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2000||Mission Kashmir||No||No||No||Yes||Entry in Bollywood & also his first film as an editor|
|2003||Munna Bhai M.B.B.S||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|2006||Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|2016||Saala Khadoos||No||No||Yes||No||Multi-language film, producer of the Hindi version|
|2004||51st National Film Awards||Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||Munnabhai MBBS|
|49th Filmfare Awards||Critics Award for Best Film|
|National Film Awards||Best Debut Director|
|National Film Awards||Best Screenplay|
|Stardust Awards||Dream Director|
|Bollywood Movie Awards||Best Director|
|Zee Cine Awards||Most Promising Director|
|2006||CNN-IBN Indian of the Year||Entertainment||Lage Raho Munna Bhai|
|2007||54th National Film Awards||Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment|
|Best Screenplay (Original)|
|52nd Filmfare Awards||Best Film Critics|
|Star Screen Awards||Best Story|
|8th IIFA Awards||Best Director|
|IIFA Award for Best Dialogue|
|Bollywood Movie Awards||Best Director|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Story|
|Power Team Award|
|Stardust Awards||Dream Director|
|Global Indian Film Awards||Best Story|
|Broadcast India Awards for Excellence in Film & Television||Best Director|
|2010||57th National Film Awards||Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||3 Idiots|
|55th Filmfare Awards||Best Director|
|Star Screen Awards||Best Director|
|11th IIFA Awards||Best Director|
|Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards||Best Director|
|Star Guild Awards||Special Honour of 2009 for Best Film|
|2015||Star Screen Awards||Best Dialogue||PK|
|Star Guild Awards||Best Film|
|60th Filmfare Awards||Best Screenplay|
|16th IIFA Awards||Best Director|
|Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards||Best Film|
|ETC Bollywood Business Awards||Highest Grossing Director|
|Top Grosser of the Year|
|Box office Record breaker of the Year|
|Box office 300 cr club|
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- "Aiming to Please". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
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- "Aamir Khan's '3 Idiots' becomes Bollywood's biggest grosser". The Independent. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- "PK may stagger past $100 million milestone at boxoffice". The Times of India. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
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- "Bajrangi Bhaijaan Closing In On 500 Crore Worldwide". Box Office India. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
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- "PK Strong In China – Heads For 700 Crore Worldwide".
- "PK at 601 crore worldwide". Box Office India. 21 January 2015.
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- "PK Top Overseas Grosser After China Weekend".
- "PK may stagger past $100 million milestone at boxoffice". The Times of India. 17 January 2015.
- "Transformers 4 – machine-tooled for domination: 2014 global box office in review". The Guardian. 17 January 2015.
- "Rajkumar Hirani confirms Sanjay Dutt biopic with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- "Narrated the script of biopic to Sanjay Dutt, says Rajkumar Hirani". The Indian Express. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "Shooting Of Sanjay Dutt's Biopic To Start From January 2017". Koimoi. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "Rajkumar Hirani : Awards & Nominations". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- "Lage Raho Munnabhai upstages Rang De.. at GIFA as Best Film". zeenews.com. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 10 December 2006.
- "Lage Raho Munnabhai takes top honour". dnaindia.com. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 10 December 2006.
- "This ones' bigger than FIFA's". screenindia.com. 10 November 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2006.
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