January 21, 2010 4:08:25 PM IST Bollywood Trade News Network
RAJKUMAR HIRANI and SUBHASH GHAI
In 2008, Whistling Woods International (WWI) constituted the Maestro Awards which it confers on filmmakers for their outstanding contribution to the media & entertainment industry. The Awards were initiated to felicitate professionals who've had an impactful career in the artistic or technical fields in the industry, subsequently raising the bar for young filmmakers.
This year WWI Maestro Award 2009 was awarded to Mr. Hirani for delivering three exceptional films with strong social messages that have resonated with audiences worldwide.
The current hottest Director Rajkumar Hirani conducted the first Master Class of 2010 at Whistling Woods International (WWI), an institute promoted by the eminent filmmaker Mr. Subhash Ghai.
Rajkumar Hirani (popularly known as Raju) was at WWI to talk about his film making experiences and learning, the blockbuster of 2009, 3 IDIOTS and the importance of pursuing education in what you love doing.
Talking to the WWI students about the important elements when making a film Mr. Hirani said "The most important thing is 'scripting'. If you have a good script, execution is simple. More time you spend on the script, you face fewer problems while making the movie. If you are spending a year fine-tuning the script, it is a good investment. Pre-production and casting are also extremely critical. I advise students to plan in as much details as possible. Do all groundwork before commencing the shoot..." He also added, "Large film budgets are not necessarily a good thing. Lack of resources promotes innovation".
In his past, Rajkumar Hirani has directed movies like MUNNABHAI MBBS and LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI. He got his big break as film editor with MISSION KASHMIR.
Mr. Hirani also made one thing very clear to the students pursing your dreams is very important and so is acquiring formal education in your chosen professional. "Many of the experiences shared in the film were personal. I, myself, originally had intended to become an engineer because of it being the most popular option among everyone those days. However, I was fortunate not to get a seat and my interest in theatre got the better of me. I had to make huge effort in convincing my father of my desire to pursue film-making similar to the scene in the movie. Once convinced, it was my father who suggested that I join an Institute to learn the trade. I also joined a film school to learn Direction but got into Editing as there were no seats in the Direction course. Again, this was a blessing in disguise, because now I know how important editing is. I am able to script well and shoot exactly what I need and there are zero scenes that need to be cut during the edit. Education is a must. Else one will probably take eight years to learn what one can learn in three."