Rajkumar Hirani

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Rajkumar Hirani
Rajkumar Hirani 2014.jpg
Hirani in December 2014
Born (1962-11-20) 20 November 1962 (age 56)[1]
Other namesRaju
EducationSt. Francis De'Sales High School, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Alma materFilm and Television Institute of India
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor
Years active1993–present
Notable work
3 Idiots, PK, Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Sanju
AwardsFull list

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 in the history of Indian Cinema. 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.[2] 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 Hindi cinema.[3][4] He has won 11 Filmfare Awards. He is the founder of production house Rajkumar Hirani Films.

Early life and education[edit]

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 British India.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] Hirani opted for the editing course, and earned a scholarship.[8].


Early career[edit]

Hirani tried his luck as a film editor for many years. Bad experiences forced him to shift to advertising,[9] 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".[10] 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.[11] He edited promotions for Kareeb.[12] He got his first big opportunity as a film editor with Mission Kashmir.[13]

Munnabhai MBBS and afterwards[edit]

Rajkumar Hirani's first directorial venture was Munnabhai MBBS (2003), starring Sanjay Dutt, which is considered a cult classic.[14] Made on a budget of ₹55 million, it was a huge hit worldwide and took a distributor share of ₹25 million from the Indian market.[15] 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 worldwide.[16]

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.[17][18] PK was the first Indian film to gross more than 7 billion[19][20][21][22] and US$100 million worldwide.[23][24][25][26]. In 2015, Hirani met with an accident when trying to ride his colleague's bike and fractured his jaw. He was admitted to the hospital with his ears bleeding[27].

Hirani's fifth film was Sanju, a biopic on Sanjay Dutt, with Ranbir Kapoor playing Dutt's role.[28] Hirani and his co-writer Abhijat Joshi wrote the screenplay.[29] The film released on 29 June 2018.[30] It received positive reviews from critics, but was criticized for its supposed image cleansing of Sanjay Dutt and was accused of not telling the truth. Sanju became one of the highest-grossing movies of the year 2018 and also one of the highest grossing Indian films.

Hirani is Currently working on the pre-production of Munna Bhai 3 with Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi in lead again.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
2000 Mission Kashmir No No No Yes Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Film
2003 Munna Bhai M.B.B.S Yes Yes No Yes Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film
Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Director
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Yes Yes No Yes Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film
Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Director
2009 3 Idiots Yes Yes No Yes Filmfare Award for Best Film
Filmfare Award for Best Director
2014 PK Yes Yes Yes Yes Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Director
2016 Saala Khadoos No No Yes No Multi-language film; producer of the Hindi version
2018 Sanju Yes Yes Yes Yes Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Director

Frequent actor collaborations[edit]


Munna Bhai M.B.B.S

Lage Raho Munna Bhai

3 Idiots



Aamir Khan Yes Yes 2
Sanjay Dutt Yes Yes Yes Yes 4
Boman Irani Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 5
Arshad Warsi Yes Yes Yes 3
Dia Mirza Yes Yes 2
Saurabh Shukla Yes Yes 2
Jimmy Sheirgill Yes Yes 2
Arun Bali Yes Yes Yes 3
Parikshat Sahni Yes Yes Yes 3
Ranbir Kapoor Yes Yes 2
Anushka Sharma Yes Yes 2
Rohitash Gaud Yes Yes Yes Yes 4



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  2. ^ "Sanju box office collection day 5: The Rajkumar Hirani film earns Rs 167.51 crore". The Indian Express. 4 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Rajkumar Hirani the finest director in Hindi cinema".
  4. ^ "Rajkumar Hirani and his inimitable craft".
  5. ^ Hasan Ansari, PK' director Hirani to visit Pakistan in April, The Express Tribune, 20 February 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Aiming to Please". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Will Munnabhai now take on religion". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  8. ^ "From Nagpur to 3 Idiots, Raju Hirani's amazing journey". Rediff. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  9. ^ "Raju Hirani's interview about 3 idiots". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  10. ^ "Raju Hiraniin fevicol ad". Youtube. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  11. ^ "IMDB Title for 1942". IMDB. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  12. ^ "IMDB Title for Kareeb". IMDB. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  13. ^ "IMDB Title for Mission Kashmir". IMDB. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  14. ^ "A runaway success". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  15. ^ "Box office report for 2003". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  16. ^ "Aamir Khan's '3 Idiots' becomes Bollywood's biggest grosser". The Independent. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  17. ^ "PK may stagger past $100 million milestone at boxoffice". The Times of India. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  18. ^ "'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.
  19. ^ "Bajrangi Bhaijaan Closing In On 500 Crore Worldwide". Box Office India. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  20. ^ "PK". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015.
  21. ^ "PK Strong In China – Heads For 700 Crore Worldwide".
  22. ^ "PK at 601 crore worldwide". Box Office India. 21 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Dhoom 3- US Figures". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  24. ^ "PK Top Overseas Grosser After China Weekend".
  25. ^ "PK may stagger past $100 million milestone at boxoffice". The Times of India. 17 January 2015.
  26. ^ "Transformers 4 – machine-tooled for domination: 2014 global box office in review". The Guardian. 17 January 2015.
  27. ^ DelhiAugust 11, IndiaToday in New; August 11, 2015UPDATED:; Ist, 2015 11:32. "Rajkumar Hirani meets with an accident, fractures jaw". India Today. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  28. ^ "Rajkumar Hirani confirms Sanjay Dutt biopic with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  29. ^ "Narrated the script of biopic to Sanjay Dutt, says Rajkumar Hirani". The Indian Express. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  30. ^ "Shooting Of Sanjay Dutt's Biopic To Start From January 2017". Koimoi. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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