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3 Idiots  (2009 - Hindi)

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  • In search of excellence

    3 Idiots rating: 9 out of 10(Pravir wrote on 26 Dec 2009)

    Taking a balanced stance on the eternal skills vs. expectations dilemma, without being too preachy or too simplistic is not an easy task. With three of the finest craftsmen Aamir Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani joining hands, this does look too easy for them. It’s a hat–trick for Rajkumar Hirani…

    Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) and Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan) join a prestigious college for the engineering degree; the college being run by a stern and methodical Viru Sahastrabuddhe a.k.a. ‘Virus” (Boman Irani). They are joined by their roommate Ranchhoddas Shyamaldas Chanched a.k.a. “Rancho” (Aamir Khan), a heir of a wealthy dynasty and who is not an ordinary student. He questions and poses logical challenges to the existing education and governance system of the college, flexing muscles with the faculty right up to Virus himself. He gets punished, abused but never gives up and even tops all the academics. The same batch of students has “capable muggers” also, such as Chatur Ramalingam (Omi), who belongs to the normal education seekers breed.

    Rancho tries and mostly succeeds in changing the mindset and lifestyle of quite a few people; his test cases include “Dara Dara” Raju, “Mara Mara” Farhan and his father (Parikshit Sahni), the hostel staff boy (interestingly named Millimeter and later Centimeter), Virus’s daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor) and last but not the least Virus himself, in those four years. After degree completion, Rancho disappears. Life goes on for the rest until one day, taking a clue from Chatur; they all unite and start a search for Rancho cut across Shimla and Ladakh. Are they able to find the “real” Rancho is what their hunt is all about…

    Based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller, the script takes inspirations from yesteryears classics ‘Bawarchi” and “Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen” and Hirani’s own Munna bhai series; and the result is a heavily engrossing entertainment. And wait, it even takes on Adarshlok’s “Gupt Gyan” in a high–tech state–of–the–art child birth joint venture in the pre–climax. Full marks to Hirani, VVC, Chetan Bhagat and the ever dependable Abhijat Joshi for their joint efforts on the writing. The lines are crisp and witty and are beautifully integrated in the narrative that it becomes tough to excuse yourself during the proceedings from the auditorium for a quick MV. Apt editing and pleasant cinematography in the domestic region makes for a great viewing of it’s nearly 3 hours long run.

    The sequences – defining machine and book, Rancho’s impromptu lecture, use of scientific methods to teach lessons to a couple of wicked souls, the tragic success of the helicopter, pressure on Raju, Farhan’s hesitance, Chatur’s “balatkari” speech and his competition with Rancho, Piya’s brainwash, the new–age–less–space mobile ambulance scene, and most of the scenes between Rancho and Virus are high points of the film. It’s a continuous stream of laughter with sudden shocking speed breakers of tragedy, catching one completely off–guard. There are few unexplained question marks as well. Never in four years, Rancho visits his home, nor does anybody come to meet him from his family; and nobody notices it. Piya is madly in love with Rancho, but takes no efforts to search for him after his disappearance; it’s highly impossible to trace him from the college records. Raju’s recovery and Mona’s delivery may not be digestible to all; but that’s how characters are treated and cured in Hirani’s films (remember the carom board “Rani” therapy for Pappa in Munna bhai?). And never mind the blooper how the lid of the empty ash pot reappeared in its place when Raju already dropped it in the commode…

    Performances: Though none of the three main protagonists are into their teens anymore, it doesn’t show anywhere. Thanks to their characterization and sincere acting. Aamir slips into Rancho in such a way that it’s tough to differentiate between the two. Madhavan and Sharman are excellent. Kareena in Kiran’s getup is natural and likeable. Parikshit Sahni, Mona Singh, Vinita Malik, Achyut Potdar and Javed Jaffrey are good in their small appearances. Boman Irani delivers a brilliant performance of a person who doesn’t even realize how many IPC section 306 cases he is part of. Omi Vaidya has probably got role of a lifetime and he is splendid; a true award worthy performance.

    Music: The impeccable Swanand Kirkire / Shantanu Moitra pair has given easy on ears numbers with superb lyrics. The songs are well placed in the narrative and are a treat to watch. “Aal Ijj Well”, “Jaane Nahin Denge”, “Give me some sunshine” and “Behti Hawa” are nice numbers, and “Zoobie Doobie” is very well picturised.

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