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"If possible I would abolish religion from society," says Raju Hirani

Director, producer Raju Hirani says joining the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune was the best decision of his life

brunch Updated: May 03, 2015 12:37 IST
Nihit Bhave
Nihit Bhave
Hindustan Times
Raju Hirani,100-crore club,Rekha

Will you remake a south Indian film?

Just not the ones in which the heroes defy the laws of gravity.

One Bollywood trend you detest.

The 100-crore club. You can’t judge a film by the business it does.

One thing you wish you were good at.

Playing a musical instrument. I wish I could play the guitar or the keyboard.

The song that destresses you in an instant.

Kisiki Muskurahaton Pe Ho Nisaar



i (1959).

The most embarrassing moment of your life.

When I met Rekha for the first time, I was so enchanted that I told her I’d grown up watching her films. She just turned around and said, “That’s not a very nice thing to say to a lady!”

If you could, what’s the one thing you would abolish from society?


A thing you realised about Mumbai when you first moved here.

It was that the city was too big for a small-town boy. I couldn’t handle the distances.

Your favourite cartoon/comic book character while growing up.

The Phantom.

If you were to trade skills with a director, who would you choose?

Guru Dutt for his technical finesse.

The last book you read was…

The Lives Of A Cell: Notes Of A Biology Watcher

by Lewis Thomas.

Your first Bollywood crush.

There have been so many! Madhuri Dixit, Madhubala, Parveen Babi…

The best decision of your life was...

Joining the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

The worst decision of your life.

I’m yet to make it.

Three people you can call idiots without offending them.

My writer Abhijat Joshi, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Aamir Khan.

Your favourite dialogue of all time is…

“Aisa toh aadmi life mein doich time bhaagta hai. Olympic ka race ho ya police ka case ho.” from

Amar Akbar Anthony


The first person that you go to for feedback.

Abhijat Joshi.

The last time you needed a Jaadu Ki Jhappi (hug) the way Munnabhai gives it.

I need one every day in the week leading up to my films’ release.

The best advice you’ve received.

Life is too short to complicate it with petty troubles.

One thing you can’t leave home without.

My car, obviously!

The Munnabhai of your life is…

My father.

From HT Brunch, May 3
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First Published: May 01, 2015 18:27 IST