20 September, 2020

Lage Raho, Hero Hirani

No fancy frills, no evil-shevil, no auteur’s hauteur. Munna, Circuit, Rancho & co...all ij good in Raju’s films.

Lage Raho, Hero Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani leaves my eminently filmi environs divided into two distinct halves. On the one hand is the extended family that loves and adores Hirani’s “saaf suthri filmein” that entertain while managing to talk a whole lot of sense while also doling out some goody-goody life lessons. On the other hand are the film-crazy friends who find him too conventional and old school to be exciting or edgy.

It’s difficult then to put Hirani in any bracket. Maybe he’s not outright the best director in Bollywood, there are several others aspiring for the same title—from a Vishal Bhardwaj to Anu­rag Kashyap to Imtiaz Ali to Dibakar Banerjee and some pretenders. Quiet and reticent, he isn’t the most well-known filmmaker either. That spot is reserved for the always-on-TV Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar. His long-time friend and associate, lyricist Swanand Kirkire, puts him in perspective: “You could call him the best popular filmmaker”; the creator of some much-loved films and beloved characters like Munna­bhai,...



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