Rajkumar Hirani (born 20 November 1962) is an Indian film director and editor. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and critically acclaimed filmmakers of the Bollywood film industry. Hirani is known for directing Hindi films, including Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009) and PK (2014). All his films have been huge commercial successes, won several awards including the National awards and has often been regarded by the media and audiences as some of the most path-breaking films in the history of Indian cinema.He won 11 Filmfare Awards.
Hirani was born on 20 November 1962 in Nagpur to a Sindhi family; his ancestors originally belong to Mehrabpur, a city in the Naushahro Firoz District, Sindh, of modern-day Pakistan.His father Suresh Hirani ran a typing institute in Nagpur. Rajkumar Hirani studied at St. Francis De’Sales High School, Nagpur, Maharashtra. He did his graduation in commerce. His parents wanted him to be a chartered accountant, but he was more keen on theatre and film. Hirani helped his father in his business.
In his college days he was involved with Hindi theatre. Suresh got his son’s photographs shot and packed him off to an acting school in Mumbai. However, Raju could not fit in and returned to Nagpur after three days. His father then asked Raju to apply to the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, but the acting course had shut down by then and chances of admission to the directorial course looked slim as there were far too many applicants.Hence, Raju opted for the editing course. He earned a scholarship, thereby reducing the load on his father’s shoulders