Aaal is not just well... it's Fantastic!
Rajkumar Hirani gave us two hilarious films with a message in them and his third offering also blows your mind both laughing and with what it makes you think about when it’s done. Loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling novel Five Point Someone, 3 Idiots gives you a little bigger dose of what the Munnabhai films gave us… a smile on our faces when we walk out of the theatre. It’s a complete feel good film that entertains tickles, ignites our grey cells and also gives a very strong message of thinking out of the box and following your dreams.
3 Idiots has some really huge expectations riding on it mainly because
A. It’s Aamir Khan’s next after the mega blockbuster Ghajini and it brings together Madhavan, Sharman and Aamir once again after Rang De Basanti which was a path-breaking film.
B. It’s Rajkumar Hirani’s next after the mega blockbusters Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai and
C. It’s based on a novel that became the most talked about bestseller when it was released in India a few years ago
Well in the examination of our expectations 3 Idiots definitely stands first! Rajkumar Hirani perfectly balances the talent, humour and the emotional quotient of 3 Idiots, the story of 3 friends who chose to study engineering their own way.
Two friends Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) embark on a journey to find their third musketeer Rancho (Aamir Khan). On the way they re-discover a long forgotten bet, attend a funeral that turns out to be quite unexpected and find a wedding that they must crash but more importantly they begin an internal journey down memory lane. A journey about their friend, the whacked out, irrepressible free-thinker, Rancho and the years they spent together in the hostel of one of the best engineering colleges in India. Through their college years Rancho, Farhan and Raju faced everything from Rancho’s romance with the chirpy Pia (Kareena Kapoor) to their college director (Boman Irani)Viru Shahastrabuddhe’s (fondly called Virus) wrath! Suicides, mugging, ragging, competition, innovations and the rat race and then one day, Rancho disappeared. Who was he? Where did he come from? The idiot who changed their lives for the better is lost now and they’re on a journey to find him. But don’t worry… Aaal izzz well!
After giving us crisp one-liners in his earlier films Rajkumar Hirani entices us with the dialogues in 3 Idiots as well. Witty would summarise it in a nutshell. Rancho’s first tiff with Virus about the pen that can be used in space itself sets the mood for the “dimag ki batti jaldene wale” dialogues! The argument over the simple and complex definition of machines also takes your breath away leaving you clapping and laughing out load at Rancho’s wit! All the 3 actors immerse themselves in their characters, though Aamir’s constantly surprised face is a little annoying sometimes in the first half. At the interval contrary to the book, the director adds a superb, unpredictable twist to the plot! Post interval the twist quickly resolves and another quest begins which is when the film slags a little in pace especially during the anti-climax with Mona Singh. The whole scene seems too unreal and filmy to fit with the rest of the saucy storyline but soon after Boman and Aamir’s interaction gets your rapt attention again. The ultimate treat is the twist in the end… it’s absolutely perfect!
To say that 3 Idiots belongs to Aamir Khan would be completely unfair; it’s a film that belongs to the entire cast from Aamir’s crazy genius of Rancho to Sharman’s scardey cat Raju to Madhavan’s slogging Farhan to even Omi’s competitive and annoying Chatur! Everyone delivers a top notch performance. Boman Irani is beyond excellence as the strict disciplinarian “Virus”! His body language, expressions and even his lisp will certainly remind you of your long forgotten college/school principals! Kareena’s role is a rather small one but even in its limited timeline she delivers well, looking nerdy but cute with the glasses. Omi Vaidya is a real surprise! This new actor portraying the role of Chatur is originally from Los Angeles and is debuting in bollywood with 3 Idiots. His parts in the film make for some of the most hilarious scenes but what takes the cake is his speech for his college director… it will leave you guffawing on the floor!
The camera work of 3 Idiots deserves a special mention, though most of the film is within the confines of the college and the hostel but Maddy and Sharman’s journey through the ghats is beautiful! Watch out for the beginning of the journey when the camera floats above the picturesque mountains of northern India or towards the end when is captures the different hues of Leh and Ladakh. Even in the college story, the colours shift to black and white to make it humorous while portraying Sharman’s home-life… it really makes you laugh!
The music of the film composed by Shantanu Moitra beautifully complements the story. Though Zubi Dubi and Aal is well are popular in the music charts but personally my favourites are Give me some sunshine… the song is just perfect for the context that it’s in… and Behti hawa sa tha woh which is about Rancho and sort of forms the theme for the whole film.
3 Idiots is a treat to watch for the entire family… in fact my mom wants to watch it again! It takes a dig at everything from the increasing number of student suicides to the faults in our education system. It gives everyone something to relate to and more importantly it talks about 3 people who decided to break the mould, who wanted to be honest, creative, innovative, and unique and follow their dreams. Just like Rancho says in the film - don’t chase success, strive for excellence and success “jhak marke peeche agega!”
Just like “Jaduu ki Jhappi” and “Gandhigiri”, we have a new slogan now… “Aaal izz well!”
Don’t think about liking or not liking the book; don’t think about Aamir Khan or Rajkumar Hirani just think about the 3 Idiots and go for it… it’s totally worth it!
Rating - 3.5/5