Rajkumar Hirani is one of the most successful directors in the Hindi film industry. In his career of over a decade, he has delivered four back-to-back hits. Even now, while recuperating from an accident he met with a few weeks back, the 52-year-old is gearing up for his next movie. Here, he talks about his upcoming projects, his success mantra, and more.
Sanjay Dutt is currently out of jail on parole. How is the work on his biopic coming along?
The first draft is ready, and it is shaping up really well. The scripting is complete; it is more about structuring now. It is not as difficult a film to write as our other projects (Hirani writes his films with Abhijat Joshi).
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Were you in touch with Sanjay while he was in jail?
We communicate through letters [when Sanjay Dutt is in jail]. So, in that case, yes, we are in touch.
With such an impressive track record, have you ever had to face rejection?
Yes, from my son; he has reached that stage, where he is opposing me (laughs). In fact, I feel all the more responsible now. I cannot take things for granted. I feel that whatever I offer, it has to be good or better than my last.
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt's daughter cries while bidding farewell to him. Wife Manyata and sister Priya along with Dutt as he leaves his residence at Bandra to return to jail after Yerwada Prison authorities rejected his plea for the extension of his furlough, in Mumbai on Saturday, January 10, 2015. (Photo by Kunal Patil/ Hindustan Times)
How have you managed to deliver so many hit films?
I’m not special. I’m just an ordinary man. I just take too long to write a script. I’m never in a rush to make a film. I feel anybody who spends that much time on a script will get it right. It is not that we will never fail; we will also fail someday. I just feel lucky that whenever we have tried something unusual, it has worked. Someday, there will be a film, which won’t be identifiable. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t keep trying.
Do you take criticism well?
I have created an environment, wherein everyone I work with can have a say, and discuss things.If you come to my office, you will see that if my assistant directors don’t like something I’ve written, they rip it apart. There are times when I have to actually tell them, "Ab koi solution bhi toh batao (now at least give me a solution)". It is very important to have such a space; else you will just be living in a balloon.
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