Rajkumar Hirani (born 22 November 1962) is a National Award and Filmfare Award winning Indian director, screenwriter and film editor of Hindi films, best known for the films Munna Bhai MBBS (2003), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) and 3 Idiots (2009), the latter being considered the highest-grossing Hindi film by distributor-share.
Rajkumar Hirani's first directorial venture was Munnabhai MBBS (2003) which is considered a cult classic. Munnabhai MBBS 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 took a distributor 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 Gandhism under Munna Bhai's notion of Gandhigiri. The film was generally well received by both critics and the mass audience and was a huge box office success.
His third film was the comedy 3 Idiots starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani. The film was also very well received by the critics. 3 Idiots became the second highest grosser in Indian cinema shattering all records across Indian and overseas markets. He is working with Aamir Khan again in the upcoming film, tentatively titled Peekay in which Anushka Sharma will be the female-lead actress.