Rajkumar Hirani is a National Award and
Filmfare Award winning Indian Director, screenwriter and film editor of Hindi
films, best known for the films Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai and 3
Idiots, earning him a well-respected place in cinematic history for some
of the most influential and iconic films of the last few decades. Hirani
has a reputation for making films that break all the formulaic conventions
associated with Indian cinema, and address some of India’s major social and
cultural issues. After completing a 3 year diploma at the Film and Television
Institute of India, his first taste of success was in the world of advertising,
before making the transition to cinema.
Rajkumar Hirani's first directorial venture
was Munnabhai MBBS which is considered as cult classic.Munnabhai MBBS not only
broke all formulaic conventions associated with Bollywood films but also became
a trend setter. Made on a budget of Rs 10 crores, it was a huge hit worldwide
and has taken a distributors share of Rs 25 crores from the Indian market.. 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.
The film was generally well-received by both critics and the mass audience and
was a huge box office success.
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