Rajkumar Hirani was born in Nagpur.
His father Mr Suresh Hirani had a a typing institute.
Rajkumar Hirani studied in St.Francis De’Sales High School.
Rajkumar did not had enough marks to get admission in engineering or medical courses so he did graduation in commerce.
Rajkumar Hirani helped his father in his business but he wanted to be actor. In 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. But Raju could not blend 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 way too many applicants. So Raju opted for the editing course.
He earned a scholarship, thereby reducing the load on his father’s shoulders.
After FTII Rajkumar tried his luck as Film Editor.
Bad experiences forced him to shift to advertising.He gradually established himself as a director and producer of advertising films. He was also seen in a Fevicol Ad where some guys and elephants are trying to pull and break a fevicol plank saying “Jor laga ke Haisha”.
He was doing good in advertisement business but he wanted to make movies so he took break from advertisement and started working with Vidhu Vinod Chopra. He worked on promos and trailers for 1942: A Love Story.He edited promo’s for Kareb.. He got big break as film editor with Mission Kashmir.
Rajkumar Hirani’s first directorial venture was Munnabhai MBBS in 2003 which is considered a cult classic, it not only broke all formulaic conventions associated with Bollywood films but also became a trend setter.
Made on a budget of Rs 10 crores, it was a huge hit worldwide and has taken a distributors share of Rs 25 crores from the Indian market.
His second directorial effort was Lage Raho Munnabhai which had a strong cultural impact in India, popularising Gandhigiri. The film was generally well-received by both critics and the mass audience and was a huge box office success.