Some people call him the Christopher Nolan of Bollywood. Some say that he is the best filmmaker that the industry has. Actors crave to work in his films and directors are jealous of him – Rajkumar Hirani is so good at his craft that he is simply one of the best storytellers of Bollywood.
“I’m jealous of him (Raju Hirani), I’m absolutely jealous of him,” Anurag Kashyap had said on Koffee with Karan taking Rajkumar Hirani’s name when asked as to which director’s license shall be revoked. Not only the actors but even directors look-up to him.
He is a modern-day miracle man. He has the ability to make you teary-eyed and smile at the same time. You can watch his films over and over again, and you will never get bored. He is down to earth and remains unaffected with fame. He is one of the prolific directors of the country, who has given several iconic films including Munna Bhai, PK and 3 Idiots.
Here are 11 reasons why we think there is no one like Rajkumar Hirani!
1. Story is the hero of his film
While you associate with almost all the characters in his films, it is the story that is the hero of his film. You fall in love with his story, idea and each and every aspect of its supporting details. His impeccable ability to narrate a story on the big screen with a social message in an entertaining manner is what makes him stand out.
2. Each of his films is based on an idea, always a new one.
Each of his films is unique masterpieces. They are all based on an idea rather than a character. All his films capture life in many beautiful shades. They are a roller coaster ride full of emotions. He adapts the story and it becomes a journey which involves every member of the audience.
3. Each character in his films is well-crafted.
He builds-up each character to perfection that are colourful and memorable. From Millimetre in 3 Idiots to the sweeper who gets Jaadu Ki Jhappi in Munna Bhai, every character strikes a chord with the audiences. And that’s because each character is well-crafted. For instance, in 3 Idiots, Chatur Ramalingam didn’t have many dialogues but his smirks and gestures were enough to build up his character so that the audiences could relate to him.
4. Dialogues are as popular as his films
It won’t be wrong to say that dialogues are the soul of his movies. Not one or two, there are plenty of dialogues from each of his films that hold a soul-stirring quality. Indeed, the dialogues from his films are as popular as the movie itself.
“Bachcha Kaabil bano, Kaabil, kaamyabi toh saali jhak maarke piche aayegi.”
“Gyaan baantna chaiye re, tu kya apne paas rakh ke sada rela hai”
“Kaun Hindu, kaun musalmaan, thappa kidhar hai, dikha? Ye farak bhagwan nahi tum log banaya hai.. aur yahi is gola ka sabse danger wrong number hai.”
There are plenty of more gems like these.
5. He has a profound insight.
He makes each of his films with utter determination. He has a profound insight and he spends ample time on every film. Rajkumar Hirani makes one film in two-three years, and when the result comes out, it is near to perfection. It won’t be wrong to say that he is the Mr. Perfection as a filmmaker.
6. He caters to all kinds of audiences.
His films are family entertainers. He caters to all kinds of audiences – from kids to adults to elderly, whoever watches his films becomes his fan. He makes films for masses as well as classes. Be it an art lover or Masala movie fan, every type of audience can connect with his films. It’s all about human emotions!
7. All his films are packed with strong social messages
He makes feel-good movies, and all of them have a strong message. When you watch his films, you discuss them with your friends and family. You take a lot back home after spending those three hours in the theatre. Follow your dreams; believe in yourself; chase excellence and success will follow – his films are motivational.
8. For each scene, he puts in a lot of thoughts.
Each scene of a film is equally important for Rajkumar Hirani. I mean, have you ever felt bored in his films at any point? We wonder how difficult it would be to edit his films. Again, he is the Mr. Perfectionist when it comes to filmmaking.
9. His films are a mix of genres.
What genre of films does Rajkumar Hirani cater to? His films are a mix of different genres. There is comedy; there is drama; there is suspense; there is art, and there is masala too. His films evoke all kinds of emotions.
10. He challenges assumptions, beliefs and stereotypes.
From Munna Bhai to PK, Rajkumar Hirani has challenged several assumptions, beliefs, and stereotypes, and he has done that without hurting anyone. For instance, in PK, he easily conveyed that we all have been worshipping the wrong God – a stone – and that God doesn’t need ladoos and money. If God was greedy, why would he sit in temples, he would rather sit in banks or near currency printing machines.
And he conveys these important and thought-provoking messages in such a simple way that no one ever is offended. I mean, when films like Padmaavat among others faced violent nation-wide protests, Hirani managed to challenge beliefs and yet nobody questioned. He deserves applause for his story-telling techniques, doesn’t it?
11. He makes us question ourselves
His films are well-written and thought-provoking. They have unmatched imagination and creativity that they convey such strong messages that they make us question ourselves and our beliefs.
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