Rajkumar Hirani

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Rajkumar Hirani
Rajkumar Hirani 2014.jpg
Hirani in December 2014
Born (1962-11-20) 20 November 1962 (age 54)[1]
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Other names Raj Kumar Hirani
Occupation director, producer, screenwriter, film editor
Years active 1993–Present
Spouse(s) Manjeet Hirani
Children (1) Vir Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani (born 20 November 1962) is an Indian film director. 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).

Early life and education[edit]

Rajkumar 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 in St. Francis De'Sales High School, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Rajkumar did his graduation in commerce. His parents wanted him to be a Chartered Accountant but he was more keen on Theatres, Films.[2] Hirani helped his father in his business but he wanted to be actor in Hindi films. In 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. But Raju could not blend 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.[3] So Raju opted for the editing course. He earned a scholarship, thereby reducing the load on his father's shoulders.[4]


Early career[edit]

Hirani tried his luck as film editor for many years. Bad experiences forced him to shift to advertising,[5] and gradually established himself as a director and producer of advertising films. He was also seen in a Fevicol ad where some men and elephants are trying to pull and break a Fevicol plank saying "Jor laga ke Haisha".[6] 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.[7] He edited promotions for Kareeb.[8] He got his first big opportunity as a film editor with Mission Kashmir.[9]

Munnabhai MBBS and afterwards[edit]

Rajkumar Hirani's first directorial venture was Munnabhai MBBS (2003) which is considered a cult classic.[10] 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.[11] His second directorial effort was Lage Raho Munnabhai which had a strong cultural impact in India, popularising Gandhism under Munna Bhai's notion of Gandhigiri.

His third film was the comedy 3 Idiots starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani. The film 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.[12]

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 and broke existing records in India and became the highest grossing Indian film collecting over Rs.500 crore at the box office.[13][14]

Currently, Hirani is filming Dutt, a biopic on Sanjay Dutt, with Ranbir Kapoor playing Dutt's role.[15] Hirani and his co-writer Abhijat Joshi have written the screenplay of the film.[16] The film is slated to release in late 2017.[17]

All four of Hirani's films have been critical and commercial successes, fetching him four National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards.[18]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Other Notes
2003 Munna Bhai M.B.B.S Yes Yes Yes
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Yes Yes Yes
2009 3 Idiots Yes Yes Yes
2014 PK Yes Yes Yes Yes
2017 Dutt Film has yet to be released Yes Yes Yes Yes



Year Awards Category Film
2004 51st National Film Awards Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Munnabhai MBBS[19]
49th Filmfare Awards Critics Award for Best Film
Best Screenplay
National Film Awards Best Debut Director
Best Screenplay
Best Editing
National Film Awards Best Screenplay
Best Editing
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[19]
2007 54th National Film Awards Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Best Screenplay (Original)
52nd Filmfare Awards Best Film Critics
Best Story
Best Dialogue
Star Screen Awards Best Story
Best Dialogue
Best Editing
8th IIFA Awards Best Director
Best Story
IIFA Award for Best Dialogue
Bollywood Movie Awards Best Director
Best Story
Best Dialogue
Zee Cine Awards Best Story
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogue
Power Team Award
Stardust Awards Dream Director
Global Indian Film Awards[20][21] Best Story
Best Screenplay
Broadcast India Awards for Excellence in Film & Television Best Director[22]
2010 57th National Film Awards Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment 3 Idiots[19]
55th Filmfare Awards Best Director
Best Story
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogue
Star Screen Awards Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogue
Best Editing
11th IIFA Awards Best Director
Best Story
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogue
Best Editing
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
Best Director
Best Dialogue
60th Filmfare Awards Best Screenplay
Best Dialogue
16th IIFA Awards Best Director
Best Dialogue
Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards Best Film
Best Director
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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  2. ^ "Aiming to Please". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Will Munnabhai now take on religion". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "From Nagpur to 3 Idiots, Raju Hirani's amazing journey". Rediff. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Raju Hirani's interview about 3 idiots". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Raju Hiraniin fevicol ad". Youtube. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "IMDB Title for 1942". IMDB. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "IMDB Title for Kareeb". IMDB. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "IMDB Title for Mission Kashmir". IMDB. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "A runaway success". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Box office report for 2003". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Aamir Khan's '3 Idiots' becomes Bollywood's biggest grosser". The Independent. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "PK may stagger past $100 million milestone at boxoffice". The Times of India. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "'PK' (14 Days) 2nd Week Collection at Box Office: Aamir Khan's Film Turns Fastest ₹500 Cr Grosser". International Business Times. 2 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Rajkumar Hirani confirms Sanjay Dutt biopic with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Narrated the script of biopic to Sanjay Dutt, says Rajkumar Hirani". The Indian Express. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Shooting Of Sanjay Dutt's Biopic To Start From January 2017". Koimoi. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  18. ^ K R, Manigandan (6 January 2016). "I Love Tamil Songs: Rajkumar Hirani". The New Indian Express. 
  19. ^ a b c "Rajkumar Hirani : Awards & Nominations". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "Lage Raho Munnabhai upstages Rang De.. at GIFA as Best Film". zeenews.com. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 10 December 2006. 
  21. ^ "Lage Raho Munnabhai takes top honour". dnaindia.com. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 10 December 2006. 
  22. ^ "This ones' bigger than FIFA's". screenindia.com. 10 November 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2006. 

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