The Best Rajkumar Hirani Movies and Where to Watch Them

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Rajkumar Hirani is a cinematic master of family-friendly humour in Bollywood. With his latest work being the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dunki, Hirani’s filmography is adorned with delightful comedy-dramas most of which carry an underlying social message.

Here’s a look at Hirani’s finest works in his short but impactful filmography.

Early success with Munnabhai films

Starting out as an assistant director under Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Hirani carved his niche in mainstream Bollywood with the medical comedy Munnabhai MBBS which starred Sanjay Dutt as a gangster who aspires to become a doctor. 

Earning immensely positive reviews, Hirani followed up the movie with the spiritual sequel Lage Raho Munnabhai which advocated Gandhian ideals of non-violence in everyday life. The movie’s surreal premise found the titular goon saving an old-age home after he starts having visions of the Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi. 

A Successful Partnership with Aamir Khan

Apart from Sanjay Dutt, Rajkumar Hirani’s most enduring acting collaborator has been Aamir Khan. The Bollywood star first joined forces with Hirani in 3 Idiots, a comedy-drama set in the cutthroat world of Indian engineering colleges. Pairing Khan alongside character actors R Madhavan and Sharma Joshi, Hirani crafted a powerful narrative that satirizes the country’s education system in the director’s typical heartwarming way. 

3 Idiots was followed by PK, another satire that addressed religious dogmas from the point of view of a naive alien. Despite rousing some controversy, PK was an instant hit among the country’s religiously diverse populace and still rests on the box-office as one of the highest-grossing Bollywood movies.

A Semi-Biographical Detour 

Hirani took a break from his social message dramas in 2018 with Sanju, a semi-biographical look at the turbulent life of the filmmaker’s recurring collaborator and personal friend Sanjay Dutt. From fighting drug addiction to going to jail on charges of terrorist links, Dutt has had his fair share of real-life drama. And while Sanju spurred some critical debate on creative liberties, it was still a hit with Ranbir Kapoor’s convincing performance as the Bollywood actor. 

An Immigrant Comedy with Shah Rukh Khan 

After two critical and commercial successes with Aamir Khan, Hirani set his eyes on the other big Khan of Bollywood: the one known as SRK. Titled Dunki (a local pronunciation of the word “donkey”), the comedy dealt with the struggles of illegal Indian immigrants to America. While its theatrical opening didn’t match the standards of his previous hits, Dunki is still a sweet, little addition to Hirani’s feel-good track record.

Why PK is Rajkumar Hirani’s best movie 

PK is not just one of Aamir Khan’s best movies but it can also be regarded as Rajkumar Hirani’s finest work. A close contender can be the duo’s other collaboration 3 Idiots but PK is Hirani at his quintessential peak. With Khan playing an eccentric alien, PK explores India’s multi-religious identity and the dogmas within it. 

For the sake of his popular audience, Hirani has frequently steered clear of socio-political subjects in his films. However, PK is arguably his most audacious piece of art, one that caused debate even before it was released. Nevertheless, everyone should see the film because it does not constitute a hostile critique of organized religion. Rather, it just raises polite issues about how false prophets might misrepresent and defame religion. PK has it all, remaining as Hirani's best work to this day, from Khan's comedic performance as the infantile alien to an intense romantic plotline that crosses national boundaries.

Where can you stream Rajkumar Hirani’s filmography? 

Most of Rajkumar Hirani’s movies can be streamed on Netflix and Prime Video. 

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  1. PK

    PK

    2014

    IMDB 8.1 (201k)

    #1

    A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, the man's innocent questions and childlike curiosity take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting go.

  2. 3 Idiots

    3 Idiots

    2009

    IMDB 8.4 (436k)

    #2

    Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like "Rancho." From the moment he arrives at India's most prestigious university, Rancho's outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down—along with the lives of his two newfound best friends. Together, they make life miserable for "Virus," the school’s uptight and heartless dean. But when Rancho catches the eye of the dean's daughter, Virus sets his sights on flunking out the "3 idiots" once and for all.

  3. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

    Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

    2003

    IMDB 8.1 (88k)

    #3

    A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor.

  4. Lage Raho Munna Bhai

    Lage Raho Munna Bhai

    2006

    IMDB 8.0 (49k)

    #4

    Lovable goon Munna falls for a morning radio host by the name of Jahnvi, who also runs an elders' home which an unscrupulous builder seeks to attain. In order to gain Jahnvi’s attention, he cheats his way to winning a Mahatma Gandhi radio quiz. When Jahnvi consequently expresses interest in Munna, he and his best friend Circuit attempt to keep up the facade.

  5. Sanju

    Sanju

    2018

    IMDB 7.7 (52k)

    #5

    Sanju explores some of the most crucial chapters from movie star Sanjay Dutt’s dramatic and controversial real life. It gives a lowdown on his tryst with drugs and his trials and tribulations in the Arms Acts case and the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

  6. Dunki

    Dunki

    2023

    IMDB 6.6 (74k)

    #6

    When his friends in Punjab struggle to clear the immigration process, an ex-soldier guides them on a risky journey to enter the UK without permission.