Rajkumar Hirani: Love To Give Quirky Names To My Characters in Films

  | November 09, 2014 12:59 IST
Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani says he finds unusual names interesting

Director Rajkumar Hirani, who named Aamir Khan's character 'Ranchodas Shamaldas Chanchad' in 3 Idiots and Anushka Sharma's character 'Jagat Janani' in upcoming film PK says he likes quirky names

Director Rajkumar Hirani has always used interesting-sounding names in his films, be it 'Circuit' in Munna Bhai or 'Ranchodas Shamaldas Chanchad' in 3 Idiots, and the director says he enjoys coming up with quirky moniker for his characters. (Also read: Sanjay Dutt Dedicates First PK Song to Aamir Khan)

In his upcoming film PK starring Aamir Khan, the 51-year-old director has again gone the unusual way with naming his characters- Sanjay Dutt plays Bhairon Singh and Anushka Sharma is titled Jagat Janani.

"Whenever we write a script we try and think of unusual names for the characters. We had Ranchodas Shamaldas Chanchad and Phunsukh Wangdu in 3 Idiots. Who gives the hero such unusual names? In Bollywood movies we have very simple names. But I like to keep it quirky," Rajkumar said during the launch of the first song from PK titled Tharki Chokro in Delhi last evening.

The director, however, did not reveal what PK stands for. "When you watch the film you will come to know what PK stands for. But I can say that it will be very unusual."

Rajkumar says PK is a very special film for him because it stars his two favourite actors- Dutt and Aamir. Rajkumar has worked with Sanjay Dutt, 55, in Munna Bhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munna Bhai, while he has collaborated with Aamir on 3 Idiots.

"This film means a lot to me because it has both Sanju and Aamir in it. I could not have asked for anything more," he said.

PK, produced by Rajkuamr Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Siddharth Roy Kapur, also stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla among others.

The film will hit theatres on December 19.

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