Mumbai: Post the humongous success of ‘3 Idiots’, Rajkumar Hirani is the most sought after director in Bollywood. The soft spoken and ever smiling director, who has just returned from New York, is working on his next flick, which emulates the success of his previous Box Office hits like ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and ‘3 Idiots’.
Talking to a news daily on his upcoming projects, Rajkumar dismissed the grapevine about making ‘Hey Bhagwan’ on three hundred Gods as he said, “We have 33 crore Gods, why would I choose 300 of those? Unless of course, people think that in three hours I can only accommodate 300. Anyway, the important issue here is that I will be making a movie on religion. But the media reports saying it deals with 300 Gods is wrong. My writer Abhijat Joshi is here. And we have just got a fix on the idea. The script itself is still to be written. I’m also writing ‘Munna Bhai’.’’
When enquired how he feels to be voted as the number one director in Bollywood, a gushing Raju said, “My parents will be happy for sure. However, I don’t want to fall into this trap of numbers. I believe that today I’m on top because of ‘3 Idiots.’ Tomorrow there may be no film or there could be a film that has not done very well. This can happen. So why fall into this trap? I believe that each film is my first film and I give it all I have. Just because I have three good films behind me, it doesn’t make me all-powerful. I have to still strive to give my best to whatever I undertake. A filmmaker is only as good as his last film.’’
When quizzed whether he will cast Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan in his next, Raju said, “I have worked with the best — Aamir. However, I can’t say who the leading man in my next film is unless I have a ready script. I don’t write films keeping an actor in mind. It goes the other way around.’’
Raju feels that current Bollywood is undergoing a great change with some great cinema in the offing as he signed-off, saying, “While ten years ago we only made love stories with the song-dance fix, now we have makers like Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap and Imtiaz Ali doing different work. Each has his own style and strength. And Hindi cinema is certainly poised for a great take-off.’’