Rajkumar Hirani
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Rajkumar Hirani feels the 'pressure'..

Rajkumar Hirani


Mumbai, Feb. 5 -- Several celebrities maintain the stance that with success comes responsibility. And that often leads to pressure. It's no different for film-maker Rajkumar Hirani, who despite having an enviable track record of delivering blockbusters, feels the pressure of meeting people's expectations over and over again.

"The only time I didn't feel any pressure was during my debut movie (Munna Bhai MBBS; 2003) because the joy of making my debut movie was good enough. I didn't even get up the next day to check the reactions. Then people start expecting; and we are all human beings, so you feel the pressure," says Hirani.

At the same time, the film-maker insists that he can only make a film when he has a strong story to tell. "If you notice, whatever I've made is not conventional wisdom. To make a film of the kinds we've done, is a very thin territory. Like with Munna Bhai MBBS, people could have said, 'Again you are making a film on Gandhiji. Is it a documentary?' But I consider myself fortunate that whatever I made was not only loved, but also became commercially successful."

In the same vein, Hirani reveals that he doesn't want to fall into the trap of formula films. "The audience is very sharp. They want to be intellectually stimulated. So, give them something interesting and they will come and watch. The perception that people only want this (formula films) is not true. They want to see intelligent stuff," adds Hirani.