Hirani in December 2014
20 November 1962|
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
|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, Sanju|
Rajkumar Hirani (born 20 November 1962) is an Indian film director and editor. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and critically acclaimed filmmakers of the Hindi film industry. Hirani is known for directing the Hindi films Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009), PK (2014) and Sanju (2018). All of his films have been huge commercial and critical successes. Most have won several awards, including the national awards, and have often been regarded by the media and audiences as some of the most path-breaking films in the history of Indian cinema. He has won 15 Filmfare Awards. He is the founder of production house Rajkumar Hirani Films.
Early life and education
Hirani was born on 20 November 1962 in Nagpur to a Sindhi family. His ancestors originally belong to Mehrabpur, a city in the Naushahro Firoz District, Sindh, of modern-day Pakistan. 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.
In his college days he was involved with Hindi theatre. Suresh had his son's photographs taken and sent him to an acting school in Mumbai. However, Hirani could not fit in and returned to Nagpur after three days. His father then asked him to apply to the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, but the acting course had shut down and his chances of admission to the directorial course looked slim as there were far too many applicants. Hirani opted for the editing course, and earned a scholarship..
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. It broke all formulaic conventions associated with Bollywood films. Made on a budget of Rs. 55 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 the 2006 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 well received by the critics. It 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 and Sanjay Dutt in the 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.
Hirani's fifth film was Sanju, a biopic on Sanjay Dutt, with Ranbir Kapoor playing Dutt's role. Hirani and his co-writer Abhijat Joshi wrote the screenplay. The film released on 29 June 2018. It received generally positive reviews from critics, but was criticised for its supposed image cleansing of its protagonist. Sanju became one of the highest-grossing movies of year 2018 and also one of the highest grossing Indian films.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2000||Mission Kashmir||No||No||No||Yes||Entry in Bollywood; 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|
Frequent actor collaborations
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
|2004||Munnabhai MBBS||National Film Awards||Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||Won|||
|Filmfare Awards||Best Film (Critics)||Won|
|Producer's Guild Film Awards||Best Debut Director||Won|
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Screenplay||Won|
|Bollywood Movie Awards||Best Director||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Debut Director||Won|
|2006||Lage Raho Munna Bhai||CNN-IBN Indian of the Year||Entertainment||Won|
|2007||National Film Awards||Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||Won|||
|Filmfare Awards||Best Film (Critics)||Won|||
|Star Screen Awards||Best Film||Won|||
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Director||Won|||
|Bollywood Movie Awards||Best Director||Won|||
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Story||Won|||
|Zenith Power Team Award||Won|
|Global Indian Film Awards||Best Film||Won|||
|Stardust Awards||Best Director||Won|||
|Broadcast India Awards for Excellence in Film & Television||Best Director||Won|||
|2010||3 Idiots||National Film Awards||Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||Won|||
|Filmfare Awards||Best Director||Won|||
|Star Screen Awards||Best Director||Won|||
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Director||Won|||
|Stardust Awards||Best Director||Nominated|||
|Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards||Best Director||Won|||
|Producers Guild Film Awards||Best Director (Special Honour)||Won|||
|2015||PK||Star Screen Awards||Best Dialogue|
|Star Guild Awards||Best Film||Won|||
|Best Male Singer||Nominated|
|Best Female Singer||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|Best Sound Mixing||Won|
|Hall of Fame (Special Award)||Won|
|60th Filmfare Awards||Best Screenplay||Won|||
|Best Costume Design||Nominated|
|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|
|Indian Film Festival Melbourne||Telstra People's Choice Award||Won|||
|2018||Sanju||Indian Film Festival Melbourne||Best Film||Won|||
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