Following trends in filmmaking is very dangerous: Rajkumar Hirani
At present, there would hardly be anyone who wouldn’t want to be part of a Rajkumar Hirani film. With an impeccable track record, owing to path-breaking and hit films such as Munna Bhai MBBS (2003), 3 Idiots (2009), and PK (2014), among others, Hirani has managed to create a strong foothold in the industry in the past decade.
A favourite of the critics and the masses alike, the director, when asked if he would like to give himself a 10/10, he says, "If you have seen 3 Idiots, you will realise that I’m against the marking system. I have always believed that marks should never be displayed because the moment they are revealed, it results in a race. And cinema is not a race. Everyone is making their kind of films, and each one has a different audience."
While Hirani’s films are entertaining, they also bring forth socially relevant issues. However, he says that with an industry which is over 100 years old, looking for new ideas can become quite a task at times. "I believe that the audience is not dumb. For many years, there was a belief that if a particular thing is being appreciated then making more films around the same theme or format would be right… for me that is very dangerous. I feel that something will work the first time around, as it was unique, but it will not work the second time. I have been lucky that my endeavours have been accepted. It also reinforces my faith in the fact that we should always present something new," he says.