Rajkumar Hirani, one of the Bollywood’s ace filmmakers, has been named as a jury member for this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival. It is to be noted that the film festival brings prominent names from across the globe on the esteemed panel and Hirani would now be one of them.
Rajkumar Hirani, who has given some of the classic projects to the film industry including Munnbhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots, PK and Sanju, will be the jury panel alongside Italian director Paolo Genovese and Chinese actress Zhao. Russia’s Aleksey German Jr., Mexican producer Nicolas Celis, and Chinese actor Wang Jingchun will also join Hirani in judging the 22nd SIFF Golden Goblet Award.
Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is the only competitive film festival in China approved by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Adhering to its principles of promoting the development of the Chinese film industry, and the exchange and cooperation between Chinese and foreign film industries, Shanghai International Film Festival looks at promoting the country’s rising filmmaking talent and has become a ground where India is leading the list of jury panelists with Rajkumar as the frontrunner.
Rajkumar Hirani was also recently announced as a jury President for the Malaysia International Film Festival. Well, it’s quite an honour for the ace filmmaker.
In January this year, Rajkumar Hirani was accused of sexual misconduct by an assistant director during his 2018 directorial ‘Sanju’. As per the report of HuffPost India, the woman had written a detailed mail to Hirani’s partner Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his wife Anupama Chopra two months ago. In the mail, the alleged victim shared that Hirani had sexually abused her for around 6 months. However, the filmmaker denied the charges and said that the accusations have been made to malign his reputation.