Raajkumar’s son, Panini Pandit better known as Panini Raajkumar, is indeed an actor. He is an avid filmmaker.
Gautam Sharma and Natasha Singh appeared for his first movie. Aside from that, Panini, who completed a movie course at New York Film Academy, has directed and written 19 short movies, each of which is Naked And Silent, which itself is produced by the New York Film Academy. It was a storey about friendship and ambition. Gautam Sharma, better remembered for his movie Bhindi Baazaar Inc., and Gautam Kapur, the nephew of late superstar Vinod Khanna, appear in the thriller.
According to Panini Raajkumar, the major goal of his movies is to help young people feel more empowered enough just to make a significant difference in the community.
He stated, “I wish to empower them with this thought by the time I am done with my work here. If I can convince my audience to believe that even they can be Dhirubhai Ambani, Amitabh Bachman or Sachin Tendulkar, then I have succeeded and would be satisfied at the end of my life and film making journey.”
Panini goes on to explain that he has never had a specific source of inspiration in his career and that everything he knows is self-taught. “I was without a mentor. After my father passed away, I had no idea about the Hindi film industry and how the business works. I started managing my family estate, which we have in the north, the south and outside of Mumbai. I sold some land and bought some. However, it was only later that I realised that I was meant to make films. All I knew is that I loved to watch films. The films I loved are Titanic, Terminator 2 and braveheart. Now I have no other distractions in my life and I concentrate on making films. This is blissful,” he says, adding, “In fact, I celebrated clearing decades old litigations on my land with multiple parties with my family. Of course, along with satisfaction, this also lead to put on some weight.”
The director goes on to say that this has been the ideal approach to honour his father’s legacy.
He continued, “In this state of joy, I wish to celebrate what my father did all his life and what the others from the industry have been doing gloriously. After all it is true that success is not the key to happiness but it is happiness that is the key to success. Had my Papa been around he would have been proud. He would laugh joyously and open a bottle of champagne from his collection to celebrate my winning championships and breaking records in sports and studies and encourage me to ascend greater heights, which he always believed I was born to do. I expect to repeat that.”