Rajkumar Hirani

Bollywood actor Salman Khan, right, reacts after presenting a special award for Best Director in Last 20 Years to Raju Hirani during the 20th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony in Mumbai.

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Rajkumar Hirani

Photograph by Apoorva Salkade

First, the foreground: Ranbir Kapoor, flanked by director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, flashes a ‘heart’ at the press at the teaser launch of Sanju, which promises much in terms of flying high-down in the gutters-picking oneself up drama. Now look at the background—the utterly wondrous transformation of Ranbir into the man he impersonates, Sanjay Dutt. Modern make-up has done its bit. Can Ranbir motivate himself to complete the likeness?

Manager Alert The AIMA Managing India Awards (hooray! At last an award for managing!) had these assorted front-bench notables (from left): Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl, Nita Ambani, Shekhar Gupta and Bollywood director Rajkumar Hir­ani.


Raju with his father Suresh Hirani

Sticky hands Hirani was an ad industry man for long, seen here himself in an ’80s Fevicol ad

Rajkumar Hirani and Aamir Khan

Narendra Bisht

Narendra Bisht

No Shame In Radio Ga Ga PK! That commonest of initials so readily adopted as a moniker by friends-colleagues now names a film. Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir, Anushka Sharma and Vidhu Vinod Chopra do a photo op. Going by the props, it's an icky throwback to the hotch-potch '80s.