He is the man who made the rediscovery of the Mahatma fashionable among Gen Z in its latter day avatar, Gandhigiri. But Rajkumar Hirani, director of the laugh riot Lage Raho Munnabhai, insists that he is “a simple man who just loves his work.”
The balancing act:
“I certainly want to convey a social message, but without compromising on entertainment,” he asserts. But this does not take any thing away from the director who is all set to complete the hat-trick with Munnabhai Chale Amerika.
“The film will be a comment on the East-West divide and how each is perceived.” While Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi will take the story forward, Hirani plans to cast an American actress for the female lead.
Although Munnabhai films have turned out to be a huge phenomenon, the director plans to move beyond the Munnabhai genre. “I am doing another film under the Vidhu Vinod Chopra banner, which will take a look at the education system with the humour quotient intact.”
Lage Raho... is a major contender for most of the prestigious awards this year, pitted against the blockbuster Rang De Basanti. So is there a rivalry? “Not at all. Honestly, I will not be disappointed if I don’t get any award,” he says. Honest, indeed!