Rajkumar Hirani, the poster boy of thought-provoking cinema in India, is arguably the most sought after filmmaker in Bollywood with his hundred percent success ratio at the box office with all of his films being the Bollywood grocers – PK, 3 Idiots, Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Munnabhai M.B.B.S. This proud Nagpurian never falls short of words when it comes to attributing his success to his learnings at his hometown Nagpur. In an exclusive interaction with Raju, when Nation Next asked Raju that as a persons creative work also bears a reflection of the place he belongs to, does Nagpur and its culture reflect in his films, pat came the reply: “Absolutely! I’m of the strong belief that small towns like Nagpur are the best places for children to grow up. Here, you get exposed to people; and stories come from people. In big cities like Mumbai and Delhi, there’s hardly any time left for kids to get exposed to the real world. Whatever you see in my films today is because of my experiences in Nagpur. Stories of my films have their roots in Nagpur. The reason I could make Munnabhai MBBS was because I spent a lot of time with medical students in Nagpur,” said Rajkumar Hirani, elaborating further, “I couldn’t get admission into a medical college but I had a lot of friends studying at Government Medical College, Nagpur. They stayed in the college hostel, where I would spend a lot of time with them. One day, I saw that the ashtray used by my friends looked like a skull. When I said that it was a damn good-looking ashtray, they told me it was a real skull. I couldn’t believe it!
There was a student at Government Medical College, Nagpur, who used to slip Playboy magazines in the rooms of his fellow students to distract them during exams to beat them in competition. I used this story in 3 Idiots. I used to note all these strange things and such experiences became a part of my films. The scene in 3 Idiots, where Madhavan goes to his father and tells him that he doesn’t wish to do engineering, has been borrowed from a similar interaction of mine with my dad. I was studying chartered accountancy and I realised in-between that I wasn’t good at it. I went to my father and told him the same.
Nation Next salutes the maverick filmmaker for putting Nagpur on the national entertainment map! Thank you Raju!
Ananya is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business: Chunky Panday
Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday starrer ‘Liger’ turned out to be a failure at the box office. It was Vijay’s debut in Bollywood and Ananya’s first bilingual film too. But the film didn’t shape up the way it was expected and even Ananya’s father-actor Chunky Panday agrees to it.
Talking about Liger’s failure, Chunky expressed, “Any actor gives his or her 100 percent to a film. And after you finish it, you go out of your way to promote the film. And these days promotional activities are a trend where you even go into masses urging fans to watch it. But sometimes things go wrong and we are depressed about it. And it’s okay, that’s an obvious reaction for any actor to feel devastated. Success or failure can happen with any film, an artist has to live with it and just move on. I’m sure my daughter (Ananya) is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business.”
Having said that, Chunky feels that one should not ‘overconfident’ or ‘underestimate’ anything in the film industry. “On a film set, almost around 400 people work. And as an actor, we don’t get to see each and every thing as a whole. We are aware of only portions of what’s happening but we don’t know what’s going to be the end result. So, it’s better to take things as they come,” Chunky stated.
Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi
Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.
The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman.
But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.
Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana
Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.
The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture.
Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.