It took almost five years for Rajkumar Hirani to finish his upcoming project 'PK' and the director, known for his 'Munnabhai' series and '3 Idiots', says he would rather make fewer films than compromise on his story for quick money.
In his decade-long career as a director, Hirani, 52, has made
just four films -- 'Munnabhai MBBS', 'Lage Raho Munnabhai', '3
Idiots' and 'PK'.
Considered among the best filmmakers in Bollywood today for his
knack of wedding social issues with an entertaining storyline,
Hirani says his success formula is just "patience and a lot of
"You keep battling your own work in a sense. There are two ways
to look at this... After making a hit, I could make more money by
signing five more films or try to better my previous work. I choose
to follow the second path rather than run after money. This is the
attempt always, whether I succeed or fail," Hirani told.
The director says he found the courage to stick to his
convictions after the surprise success of his first film in
"When I made the first 'Munnabhai' film, I thought it
would be a middle-of-the-road movie, would be liked but won't be as
successful as Yash Raj films or the ones that Karan (Johar) made.
Fortunately, it was not only liked but did well commercially. That
gave me confidence to stick to what I believe in," Hirani
The director credits his writing collaborator Abhijat Joshi for
not tiring as they struggle to come up with something unique with
"100 years of Indian cinema has happened. Anything you do, feels
like it has already been done. The struggle is to find a new and
unique idea. After that, it is a lot of patience. You keep writing
and rewriting till you are happy. Script is the real