Monday, January 18, 2010

3 Idiots – Film Review
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3 Idiots is a must watch film because it carries a message for everyone and touches the problems our education system is facing today. The elegance personified director Rajkumar Hirani like his previous movies like the Munnabhai series and the perfectionist Amir like his movie Taare Zameen Par once again successfully delivers a strong but simple message. The film tells you that education is not about getting good marks and achieving success but it is all about craving for excellence. And it is important to be passionate about whatever you choose to do in life. These are simple, philosophical thoughts everyone is aware of, but they are remarkably depicted in the film. I, too like everyone else came out of the theatre with just one line on my lips “Bhaiya, All is well”.

The story begins with Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan) and Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) looking for their friend Rancho (Amir Khan) who goes missing after graduation. It has been years since they have met Rancho and the story unfolds in flash back with both the friends thinking about Rancho. The trio meets at the country’s number one engineering college and become great buddies. They meet Rancho who is their roommate and discover his unique and inquisitive nature when he starts questioning his professors for everything they teach in the class. Rancho always tells them to pursue excellence and success would automatically follow. But while doing so he enters into the bad books of the college director Viru Sahasrabuddhe (Boman Irani) and in good books of his daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor).

Every inch of the film is intensely and thoroughly thought upon. The director wonderfully touches upon delicate aspects like the peer pressure our education system puts upon the students, parents pushing their children into a field they are not keen to join and student suicides. There are delicate, poignant and heart touching moments in the film. There is a striking similarity in this film which has Amir Khan questioning the dean of the college, just like it happens in the director’s previous endeavor Munnabhai. However, the film is gripping and unpredictable to such an extent that those similarities are not noticed easily. The film has comedy, romance, fun and basically everything that keeps you glued for more than 180 minutes of the film. 3 Idiots is loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel Five Point Someone but again, the pace of the film doesn’t let you ponder over it. The movie is shot at beautiful locations of North India especially Ladakh. I always wonder why are Bollywood films shot at exclusive locations across the world when there are beautiful places like Ladakh already present in India.

Amir Khan is brilliant in the film. He clearly stands apart in the film as expected. Other actors like Sharman Joshi and Madhavan are not at all overshadowed by the presence of Amir Khan in the film. They too have their own space and are too good. Kareena is the female version of Rolls-Royce and you’d know after watching this film that she is one of the best actresses we have today. Boman Irani is marvellous.
All in all, 3 Idiots is an inspirational, cinematic and a delightful film. It is the best film that would ever be made in years to come. Unbelievable but true.

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