As Rajkumar Hirani said, “there was clearly a risk involved in the film’s setting and characterizations for having a déjà vu effect with his first film.”
Rajkumar Hirani, working off a script he wrote with Abhijit Joshi in a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production (loosely based on a Chetan Bhagat novel), creates a motion picture that does much more than entertain and educate – it makes you think about the way you think – while making you laugh and cry and be taken on a cinematic journey as any film would.
Nevertheless, Hirani’s direction is so impeccable that without a conscious effort, the analogy never strikes your mind and the scenario never looks repetitive. In his trademark style, Hirani grabs your attention from scene one with an unconventional opening to the film.
He touches on student suicides; parents pushing students into a field they are not keen on; students silently trying to excel in something they are not passionate about; overzealous students who learn by rote without knowing the meaning of what is going into their head, and also human emotions of how when a friend fails, you feel sad but when the same friend tops in college, jealousy takes hold. The staid, mechanical ways in which education is imparted where students are like machines. The setting is a prestigious engineering college and at the centre of it all is Aamir Khan, a genius student who likes to see some fun injected in the lectures. All these aspects and more are beautifully woven into the screenplay to sock you right under your chin without sounding preachy. Hirani does it all so beautifully that you want to go back to college and relive all those moments which is being shown in the film.
Rajkumar Hirani serves you idealism but with utmost conviction. He is able to establish a compelling connect with his audience, qualifying himself as one of the finest filmmakers of his time.
A clearly bow to him.
I wish I could give more than 5