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In the spotlight… With Rajkumar Hirani and Dibakar Banerjee

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Rajkumar Hirani

ASHWINI turns the spotlight on RAJKUMAR HIRANI and DIBAKAR BANERJEE, two filmmakers who invariably leave audiences panting for more…

Rajkumar Hirani

Was there ever a director before who never gave a single flop? Was there ever an editor, who went on to write and produce the highest grossing films? Was there ever a director before whom virtually no one could critique? Was there ever a director whom even other directors loved and worshipped publicly? Rajkumar Hirani is definitely one of a kind. He seems to have the Midas touch. Anything he touches, turns into crores. No one has been able to decode this cool mind, yet.


In a humble effort to do so, the most difficult thing that this man gets right is simplicity. It’s as simple as a smalltime hoodlum who suddenly wants to be a doctor joining medical college at 40. It’s as simple as Gandhiji coming into this day and age, playing mind games with a goon. Or even simpler, an alien coming to Earth from another planet and raising questions about God! As strange as the one-liners may sound, the films are even more enjoyable, relatable and delightful. He has the power to bring a lump to your throat and make you laugh just before that tear rolls down. Be it MUNNA BHAI M.B.B.S, LAGE RAHO MUNNA BHAI, 3 IDIOTS or even PK, you’ll find yourself experiencing an emotion that makes you feel that life is not all that bad after all.dibakar Banerjee

Raju Hirani is, without doubt, the coolest mind we have in the industry today. Find us a person who thinks otherwise. The only complaint we could have is that we have to wait almost five years to see his next brainchild, touted to be a biopic with Ranbir Kapoor playing Sanjay Dutt! Do hurry, Hirani!

Dibakar Banerjee

A cool mind is way sexier than a hot body. And mind you, we don’t refer to the, apparently, intellectual pseudo artists. There’s something about Dibakar Banerjee that makes you wonder what really goes on in his brain. With just six feature films to his credit till date, he finds himself among the top rated directors of Bollywood. Whether it was KHOSLA KA GHOSLA, OYE LUCKY LUCKY OYE, LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA or even SHANGHAI, each of these films was based on an in-depth understanding of an issue hardly ever dealt with before. The more recent DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHI took us back to the good old days and kept us on the edge of our seats right till the last shot. Even that short story he told in BOMBAY TALKIES was par excellence. One can seldom go wrong with Nawazuddin Siddiqui but Dibakar Bannerjee made his presence felt as well all through the journey of that struggling actor. He once said, “There will never be a Dibakar Bannerjee-kind-of-film.” Can’t help but agree because no two films of his are even remotely similar.

However, the music of a film speaks volumes about the director and he has, by far, the best understanding of sound in film. His films may look dark but they bring a smile to your face. The climactic fight in …BYOMKESH BAKSHI has people piercing rods into each other’s eyes but strangely, you feel the evil side of you smirking rather than being freaked out by the scene. That’s the power of the way he uses his music. Until he gives us another reason to smirk, let’s go back and rediscover some of his older gems!