Wonderful movie but a shade below Lage Raho ...
It was very reassuring to see Aamir Khan back to his self after the ghastly Ghazni. He has not only shed pounds (or maybe gained pounds) for this role but picked up the perfect mannerisms of a college student. Compare his style of speaking or walking or even looking against the same activities of Sharman Joshi or Madavan and you can tell the difference. With all due respect to Madhavan and Sharman, both of whom have played their characters brilliantly, I must say that Aamir is of a class of his own. The makeup artists, costume designers all have also helped a lot in creating a teenage Aamir. It was a treat watching Aamir in this movie.
If one has read the book, one knows that the movie is definitely based on the book but there are lots of things which are different in the movie. One thing for sure the movie is definitely a better adaptation of the book. Having said that I must say I am a bit disappointed with the script. At times it seemed the movie is preaching too much. Rancho wants to change the system and announces his intention very clearly to one and all. The movie depends a lot on Rancho’s dialogues (or monologues at times) to bring out the flaw in the system. This is unlike Lage Rahoo Munnabhai where Munna’s mission was not to change the system but still he could bring out the hypocrisy in man and system. Munna first had to fight against himself before he could change others. Bottomline is 3 idiots won’t be able to bring out the same passion that Gandhigiri did.
I watched the movie in a US theatre and was a bit surprised to see such professional subtitles. The marketing was done keeping US born Indians and US audience in mind. So instead on mentioning Lata Mangeshkar or Sachin Tendulkar, the subtitle mentions Michale Jackson and Muhammad Ali to make it more meaningful to the US audience.
Overall a wonderful movie but a shade below Lage Raho Munnabhai or Jaane Bhi do Yaaron.