Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is about how Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) and Chatur Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya) go on a road trip to Shimla to search for their long-lost best friend Rancho (Aamir Khan) while Farhan recounts their epic tales of friendship at university, their feud with the head of the university Viru Sahastrabuddhi (Boman Irani) and Rancho’s romance with Pia Sahastrabuddhi (Kareena Kapoor) as they try to get through the ruthless education system of India.
Back when it released it 2009, I insisted to see it for two reasons – 1. It had Aamir Khan, who I adored deeply and still do for his work on Taare Zameen Par and, 2. It had Kareena Kapoor, who I had a great crush on and still do. And I went to watch the movie. The theatres where only playing 3 Idiots at that time, with the movie minting money like none other. We had to book the tickets a day ago, because of the movie’s immense popularity but the impact was felt by my young mind of 8 years only when I walked into the screening. Apparently, people had bought tickets to stand and watch the movie. The whole hall was literally packed with people , and there it began.
I can honestly say that the dialogues of 3 Idiots are second to none in the history of cinema. It felt like a Robin Williams stand up act. It moved at a unflagging pace, yet made us laugh our hearts out at every wit. At the time of its release, it was considered a social stigma to not have watched 3 Idiots with many of my friends going to watch the movie just because they couldn’t handle the insults hurled them for not doing so. That was when I could really experience the word-of-mouth promotions at its zenith.
I haven’t seen a movie which handles its themes as well as 3 Idiots. Which other movie can you name which goes from a song to next in 6 minutes and from a moment of absolute comedy to a heartbreaking emotional flair. Only one name comes to mind. Spielberg’s Jaws in which there is a scene in which a scene of comedy turns into absolute horror. Such accomplished is 3 Idiots. It works as a great satire, observing the flaws of the Indian education system under a microscope, going through the issues in a languid way, without forgetting its themes under its rapid fire comedy-riot.
The factor that made 3 Idiots such a great movie is its brutal stark realism, the way the characters talk, their body language, reminded me of my own friends. There isn’t a single dull moment in its long running time. Not one.
The performances by each actor is unforgettable. Although it had Sharman, Aamir, Madhavan and Kareena, the stand out is undoubtedly Omi Vaidya as Silencer. The direction by Hirani is superb. The way he conducts the entire movie is unbelievable. For a change in Hindi movies, the cinematography is fabulous. It looked pretty as a picture. The songs are stupendous, devoid of any Bollywood nonsense often attached to the songs churned out.
The bromance and romance are unbelievable. For the entire running time, we forget that Madhavan, Sharman and Aamir are on the screen, for us it’s Farhan, Raju and Rancho. The striking chemistry between Aamir and Kareena is unforgettable. There set the screen on fire whenever they are on screen and you really want to jump up and whistle when they kiss at last.
The way the movie depicts the flaws of ED of India is breath taking. They resonate deeply with everyone’s life and works just as a satire should. I loved it !
3 Idiots has a soul which maybe the purest it can be. I love it, I adorn it. You become the 5th friend among the gang as the story progresses. Whenever I watch it, it makes me want to fall in love, hug my friends, to excel and more importantly, love myself. 3 Idiots is a classic like no one other, but moreover, the movie is a friend of mine like none other.
Rating : 9.8 / 10
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