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Three Idiots

After Tare Zameen Par, this is my second post on any movie. I do not say that I am a critic or I write only great movies’ reviews. However, after Tare Zameen Par, this is the first movie, which has instigated me to write. It is surely an extension to Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai, with an outstanding social message and ridiculing current education system, which engages students into Rat Race defeating the very purpose of education. Hirani has beautifully painted the picture of today’s student who as soon as starts going to school or college, the realm of idea is infused into his mind that he has to score high in examination and beat everyone in the Rat Race. He is demoralized if he does not do well in the exams and from there a series mental torture begins which continues for rest of his student life. He does not get to recover from the stress he faces to excel in the never-ending competition and sometimes takes extreme step to end everything forever.

Movie has traces of Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller, 5 Point Someone, with some exciting tweaks. The book carries its verve and the movie has its own. Amir Khan has done an impeccable job as  RANCHOD DASS CHANCHAD (Rancho, Phunsukh Wangdu) and Madhavan and Sharman Joshi have done their bits brilliantly as well. Kareena Kapoor adds glamour to the movie, but her presence is well felt. After Dr. J C Asthana in Munnabhai MBBS and Lucky Singh in Lage Raho Munna BHai, Boman Irani has carved out the character of Viru Sahastrabudhhe in 3 Idiots marvellously. His dialogue in the very first lecture of the class, “Life ek race hai, agar tez nahi daudogey to koi tumhekuchal kar aagey nikal jaayega”, would have definitely reminded many of us of our class teachers or principals or parents.

This movie is a perfect blend of comedy and satire. One of the lightest moments in the movie was when Virus’ (name given to Boman Irani by Amir Khan) model student, Chatur Ramalingam or Silencer (again the name given to Omi Viadya by Amir Khan), gave a welcome speech in Hindi, which was modified (better word is Adultrated) by Amir Khan. Silencer was poor in Hindi and so he could not understand what he was speaking and at the end, he could only find himself in soup.

I could not find any dull moment in this movie. Rajkumar Hirani surely knows the art of mixing humour with emotions. He has skilfully given lighter shades to the serious moments in the movie, which makes you feel more juvenile and teaches you that whenever you are passing through the tough period of life, just put your hand on your heart and sympathise it by saying, All is Well. I loved the part where Amir explains the reason behind saying All is Well, “Hamara dil bahut darpok hota hai. Jab aisa ho to ussko kaho..Aal Izz Well, chachu. Fikar na kar. Iss tarah problem ko face karne mein aur courage milta hai !! “- THIS WAS AWESOME !!

Movie has everything that is required to make it a big hit. It carries a social message, it makes you to laugh your heart out and yet it makes you cry at places. Music is the other good part of the movie. I just loved the picturisation of Behti Hawa sa tha wo and Give me some sun shine. Zoobi Doobi is also a very nice song. The climax is shot perhaps on the bank of Pangog Lake. I never saw Ladakh looking so picturesque in any Indian movie.

In all, ‘3 Idiots’ is a complete ‘paisa vasool’ film that will keep you engaged until the last hour! Frankly speaking, ‘3 Idiots’ is an out-and-out Amir Khan film as the actor successfully pulls off the college kid with great epitome. To end with an awesome advice given by Amir, ”Kabil Bano, Success jhakk maar kar peechey ayegi !! “

  1. Nishant
    January 4, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Well written Anupam !

    I saw the movie today and could understand very well where do you come from 🙂

    I watch 2 films back-to-back Avatar & 3 idiots, one was a visual treat and the other was an emotional treat.

    Somehow i have always liked the vidhu vinod chopra camp and the addition of Aamir to it has made it a unmatched combo which reflects in the collections which has already grossed 240 Cr in 2nd week with an investment of only 35 Cr approx….imagine !! I am eagerly awaiting for an IPO of this camp 😛

    No wonder its a gem of a movie taking us back to the good old days memories of which were frozen as fossils in some part of our mind. Kudos to this effort.

    Am eagerly waiting for ‘My Name is Khan’ for some hot debate with some of my pals who are big SRK fans 🙂


  2. hakim
    March 3, 2010 at 6:43 am

    very nice review,bu you add more nice dialogues of this film,ok all izz well,kee it up and go ahead.

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