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3 Idiots Review

3 Idiots
Deepa Garimella /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
You know you've got your ticket's worth when you find yourself not minding middle-aged men playing 19-somethings. And when you can't think of many others who'd do it just as well.

Getting expectations right from 3 Idiots mostly consists of a once-over of the names associated with the project. It is a Rajkumar Hirani film - walk past the threshold of wit and humour, and it is a film laden with comfortingly moralistic stances. It was adapted from a Chetan Bhagat best seller - it has a filmi ending. And, it stars Bollywood's resident self-confessed perfectionist-marketeer, Aamir Khan - it has a hero who you'd want to desperately be like, and yet be miserable that you're not.

Borrowing its essence from Five Point Someone, the story opens with college chums Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) falling over each other to meet a certain long-lost friend Rancho. Presumably, Rancho has not been in touch with them for donkey's years, and has resurfaced now according to their classmate Chatur (Omi).

It turns out that when in engineering, Chatur, in response to a humiliating incident, had challenged Rancho (Aamir Khan) to meet on campus after a decade to prove which of the two would prove to be more successful. Rancho, however, hasn't turned up now, and the friends embark on a journey to find out where he reportedly lives right now - a journey that has a twist or two waiting to shock them.

Farhan, meanwhile, takes us through the flashback of how the trio - Farhan, Rancho and Rastogi - met in hostel and went on to share a room, and life. Running their institution, the Imperial College Of Engineering, is a draconian principal Viru Sahasrabuddhe (Boman Irani), whose daughter Pia, (Kareena Kapoor), Rancho eventually romances.

Then come the stereotypes. Farhan is a photography-lover whose engineering education is part of the fruition of his ambitious father's dream. Rastogi's family scrounges through his father's illness just so he can get a decent education. And there are a few others like them. Sahasrabuddhe is the kind of professor who tells his students that it's never mattered in history who No. 2 is.

Quite the perfect setting for one of Rajkumar Hirani's pet peeves - suicide. Rancho is a cheerful, optimistic whiz kid who is impossibly indifferent to success or failure, and while letting him tower around what is technically a world of lesser mortals, Hirani puts forth his counsel on the issue, vehemently terming it murder.

In several other ways as well, the film is designed to get nods of familiarity from reformist teachers and parents indignant at the education system. There are sermons on the chasteness of a thirst for knowledge, the virtues of engineering creativity, and the joy of learning with no strings attached. Remember, this was the team that made a goon a fully-qualified doctor. And single-handedly took the social stigma out of Gandhigiri.

The jokes are situational as well as plot-driven, and some of them will be familiar to avid followers of e-mail forwards. Campus insights are perched amidst light-hearted banter, and though no one on the set is a teenager, there's enough to scrape up an evening's worth of memories for those who've partaken of hostel life.

The film is not without its cheesiness, though - the childbirth scene was quite unsettling, the "balatkar" speech was drawn out, the one standing joke throughout the film is on Chatur's incessant farting, and, on a really serious note, the peeing prank should have come with a statutory warning.

Aamir quite dominates the movie, but surprisingly, he overdoes his part. He passes off as college-going better than most other actors his age do, but aspects of the character like exaggerated teenagish expressions and an over-bouncy gait give away the fact that he's actually making an effort.

However, it's nothing that takes away the fact that people will queue up to watch the brilliant actor, especially when it's been this long.

Boman Irani's the other person for whom this film will really work. He's doing a lot of what he's done in Munnabhai MBBS, but he's an indispensable part of the whole bargain, and he dazzles.

Sharman Joshi has powerful - read, those that need him to weep - scenes, and handles them really well. Madhavan is essentially background furniture, even though he gets to narrate the story, but you're glad to have him around anyway. Omi, the guy who plays the bookish Chatur, is sufficiently comic-bookish, with his over-the-top nerdiness. Which leaves us with Kareena - a heroine sidelined unfairly. Her scenes do have meat, both comic and dramatic, though.

The music alternates between peppy and lilting, and the songs are well-choreographed, well-shot, the works. As for the visuals, it's a bubbly film all through. The college scenes were reportedly shot in IIM Bangalore. As for the present, there are picturesque shots of the northern mountains - or whatever they passed off as Shimla and Ladakh.

In all, 3 Idiots lets you loosen up enough to make you stop believing everything they say about the world being a bad place. All izz well, indeed.
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3 Idiots (hindi) reviews
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  • Cast
    Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Javed Jaffrey, Mona Singh
  • Director
    Rajkumar Hirani
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - No
Sesh on 8th Apr 2010, 11:15pm | Permalink
This movie has been reviewed and commented on to death. So, I will not share all my thoughts.

I found something funny and interesting in fullhyd's archives - This movie was originally titled the same as the book it was based on, and had an entirely different star cast (or was rumored to). Wonder how it turned out in that parallel universe.

Pros: Acting, Comedy, Omi, Narration (Screenplay)
Cons: Plot contrivances, soundtrack
Krishna on 5th Jan 2010, 9:38am | Permalink
You can always expect something different from Aamir with a lot of "wow" and once again he's delivered the goods. Just go watch this and have a great time folks.

Pros: Aamir, Sharman and Madhavan
Cons: Climax
viju on 4th Jan 2010, 11:19am | Permalink
a pretty neat movie, somehow reminds one of Dil Chahta Hai... as usual a different film from Aamair's stable as expected. comedy is good, but predictable in some parts and jokes and even some dialogues... hmm but a good holiday break! worth watching once!

Pros: aamir n visuals
Cons: predictability
Aruna on 4th Jan 2010, 8:05am | Permalink
After watching this film, I decided I should write a comment on this it goes like this.....
A movie worth watching.....not once but twice.
Good performance by all the leads.
I read Chetan's 5. someone.T his film hardly resembles it. Except for two scenes everything is new. Even the background reason for the two scenes is also not same as in the novel.S o I think it will be good for Chetan Bhagath to be away from making this film a controversy.
Just wanted to clarify one comment below by Vara. The principal gave him the pen for saving his daughter. But while saving his daughter, Aamir could show his talents....not one but many. So it's reasonable to say Aamir was given the pen for his talents and not just for saving the life of principal's daughter.

Pros: Everyone's performance,story,screenplay & the message
Cons: Some scenes r embarrassing to see,but ok...can adjust when compared to the routine films which have lot of it
Movie Lover on 31st Dec 2009, 4:19pm | Permalink
Lovely movie.... Education means understanding.. not just gaining marks and getting jobs :-)

Pros: Amir Khan and friends
Cons: None
Anand ch on 29th Dec 2009, 11:14am | Permalink
superb comedy, you will surely remember your college days, this would be the top of the lot movies
gopalav5 on 28th Dec 2009, 7:37pm | Permalink
After watching grossly overrated Hollywood films, intolerable Tollywood films and repeat & undecided local political news amidst the Bandhs,3 Idiots was a refresher and entertainer. Not that it is flawless but keeps the audience in splits. From some of the audience's reaction it was evident that it is a repeat viewing for them.My only grouse is there are lot of PISSING scenes then the KISSING scenes. The most disgusting was when Chatur on his way to Ladakh, PISSES by. the road and with the same hand snatches the cookies from his friends in the car. I could hear few young girls in the theatre murmuring "yeakh! will not they wash their hands after pissing". A point to be noted.

Pros: performances of all
Cons: as mentioned above
Abhishek on 28th Dec 2009, 10:17am | Permalink
One of the best movies to see in the current scenario (what would we expect anyways when Aamir and Raju Hirani team up). The movie has good bits of comedy, I fell down and laughed out when the scene of Chamatkar / Balatkar replacement happens. The last 30 mins were predictable, there could have been some better work in there. I liked the messages movie conveyed.

Pros: Story, comedy, actors and the execution
Cons: Not many. Kareena is wasted.
Vara on 27th Dec 2009, 1:04am | Permalink
Most of the scenes will remind MunnaBhai MBBS, Director lost some where in emphasising the key point of the story. When the princlpal gives his pen to Aamir, it appears that he is giving it because Aamir saves his daughter and not because of his talent

Pros: Aamir, good visuals & music
Cons: Bad script
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