His films have inspired many but little did we know that his own film 3 Idiots(2009) inspired filmmaker Raju Hirani. So much so that the 52-year-old doesn’t want to ever stop his 16-year-old son, Vir, from ­following his heart.
“My son is growing up and has shown some interest in making films. But I am not pushing him, especially after having made 3 Idiots. I am like, ‘Do, whatever gives you joy’.” When asked for reaction to his friend, mentor and ­producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s recent remark that Hirani’s Lage Raho Munnabhai was a better film than his last venture PK, Raju says, “I appreciate truthfulness. If someone says my film is great but is actually lying, it makes no sense. I feel I am lucky that I have such people around me who can point out the truth. Vidhu or Abhijat (Joshi) are the honest voices behind me who keep telling me what they feel about my films.”
He adds, “And I was aware that PK will be a difficult film. It won’t be easy to make a film on religion which happens to be a ‘not so very popular’ sentiment with Indians.”