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3 idiots, movie review

3 idiots is the most remarkable film of 2009, which touches the right chord in people’s heart with its witty story telling, marvelous acting and the incisive look which the film takes at the education system in India.

Inspired by Chetan Bhagat’s novel, ‘Five Point Someone’ chronicles the tale of three friends the 3 idiots who are room mates in student’s hostel in an engineering college.

Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), and Rancho or Rancchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad (Aamir Khan) are three engineering students who share the same room in a hostel in one of the best engineering colleges in India.

Farhan and Raju are average students from modest backgrounds; Rancho is a wealthy genius who studies for the sheer joy of it. He has a passion for knowledge and his gift for creating machines that incurs the wrath of Professor Viru Sahastrabudhhe (ViruS) played brilliantly by Boman Irani.

The principal Virus (as called by the boys) is threatened by Rancho’s talent, so he just labels him an “idiot” and even attempts to destroy his friendship with Farhan and Raju. Virus’ model student is Chatur Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya), a geek who lives by conforming to the expectations of the system, mindless cramming, and unethical means of destroying his competition. Meanwhile, Rancho also falls in love with Pia (Kareena Kapoor) who is a pre-med student and the principal’s daughter.
And then one day, suddenly, Rancho vanished…

The friend who influenced and inspired them to think creatively and independently, even as the conformist world called them three idiots. Where is the original idiot now?

Farhan and Raju embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossible out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend – the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho, who in his unique way touched and changed their lives.

3 idiots is a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho’s romance with the spirited Pia, and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe.
Finally, in misty mountains of unparalleled beauty, the friends find the key to the secret.

The story of these 3 friends is framed as a flashback from the present day, ten years after graduation. Immediately after the convocation, Raju and Farhan have lost contact with Rancho who disappeared during the graduation party, so they begin a journey to find him.

Chatur, who is now a wealthy and successful businessman, joins them in the search for Rancho, as he has a desire to settle a bet with Rancho, Raju and Farhan also find Pia and take her along with them to meet Rancho.

Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi come up with a commendable performance. Kareena Kapoor is there for a short role, and she is just marvelous in 3 idiots.

Chatur Ramalingam played by Omi Vaidya is excellent and creates an impression with his acidic tongue and gestures in the movie. Mona Singh doesn’t get much scope. Jaaved Jaffery is competent. Pareekshit Sahani is decent.

On the downside, some unbelievable filmy situations which can be excused as writer’s liberty like the episode of Mona’s delivery was a bit far stretched, and the conformist would disapprove scenes of the boys dropping off their trousers in the ragging scene and in subsequent scenes.

This film has tremendous youth appeal and feel-good factor and makes you laugh and in the process you learn the golden rules which it preaches is – Life is not about getting marks, grades but chasing your dreams.

3 Idiots isn’t an ordinary film. It’s a life-changing experience, and an insightful laugh – riot that talks about the most important of human pursuits: self-actualization.

A classic, brilliant and a highly entertaining film. What an awesome film to end the year 2009.

Cast of 3 idiots:
Aamir Khan – Ranncchoddas Shamalaldas Chanchad (Rancho)
R. Madhavan – Farhan Qureshi
Sharman Joshi – Raju Rastogi
Kareena Kapoor – Pia Sahastrabuddhe
Boman Irani – Viru Sahastrabuddhe (ViruS)
Omi Vaidya – Chatur Ramalingam (Silencer)
Mona Singh – Mona Sahastrabuddhe
Akhil Mishra – Hindi Teacher
Jaaved Jaffery
Pareekshit Sahani
Rajeev Ravindranathan
Pitobash Tripathy
Aakash Dabhade
Rahul Kumar

Credits & Crew of 3 idiots:
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani
Based on the book Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat
Story – Rajkumar Hirani
Writer – Abhijit Joshi
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Original Music by Shantanu Moitra
Cinematography by C.K. Muraleedharan
Production Design by Acropolis / Rajnish Hedao
Art Direction by Rajnish Hedao
Costume Design by Sheena Parikh
Assistant Directors – Vinay Waikul, Menaka Nagarajan, Karan Narvekar, Jai Sharma, Karan Tejpal
Sound Department – Nihar Ranjan Samal, Sachin K. Sanghvi
Special Effects by Brian Wade
Stunts – Shyam Kaushal
Lyrics – Swanand Kirkire
3 idiots, movie review

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