Rajkumar Hirani was born in Nagpur and studied there upto graduation. Right through his student days, he was very actively involved with Hindi theatre in Nagpur.
Following his graduation, he headed for the Film & Television Institute of India at Pune, where he completed his Diploma in Cinema in 1987 with a specialisation in editing. He began his career in Mumbai as an editor and gradually moved on to establish himself as a director and producer of advertising films. With his own production house, Canvas Films, he has a substantial body of advertising work for many major Indian brands behind him. Rajkumar Hirani is best known as the creator of the Munna Bhai series. He is a writer, director and producer of Bollywood movies. He is associated with Vinod Chopra Productions. He was born in Nagpur and studied there up to graduation. He then joined the Film and Television Institute of India at Pune where he specialized in film editing. He began his career in Mumbai as an editor and gradually established himself as a director and producer of advertising films. As a director, he's looked for variety - advertising, documentaries, public service spots, TV serials and music videos. Generally, human interest subjects have attracted him most - capturing the humour in a situation or the warmth of a moment. Getting his actors to give off their best and drawing out just that extra from them which goes straight to the audience's heart is what he really enjoys. Bole, toh, this funnyman is the baap of Munna Bhai. His two Munna Bhai movies have made a huge impact on people, making people adopt Gandhigiri and also smile, chuckle, guffaw and roar with laughter. This writer-director has captured the imagination of the youth this year. Occasionally, he has also edited for other directors. One such assignment for Vidhu Vinod Chopra, "Mission Kashmir', got him the Best Editor Award at the Zee Cine Awards.
He is busy shooting with the third part of munnabahi titled Munnabhai Chale Amerika but due to personal problems of lead star Sanjay dutt , Munnabhai Chale Amerika is getting little late and as Munnabhai Chale Amerika is put off to the end of 2008, there has been a lot of speculations surrounding Rajkumar Hirani's next movie. More so after his project with Shah Rukh Khan fell through. Currently the director of the much-loved Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai is scripting a movie set in an engineering institute. He denies the buzz that it's based on Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone, based on three IIT students, but he does concede that his script "starts off from the best-selling novel. The film is to be produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the film is tentatively titled Idiots.