What’s new for the year 2010? Well, my husband treated me to the movie 3 Idiots. And I’ve got to say.. It sure was a wonderful treat!
This latest Christmas flick is creating waves all over India and I think the world too. Knowing that some of the best names star in this movie, it is not a wonder.
When I initially listened to the songs in it, I was not too impressed. However, it had very meaningful lyrics.
Innovative multiplex was so crowded that the show which was supposed to have begun at 4:00 pm started only by around 4:30 pm!!! Pushing our way into the theater we soon enough found our seats which was in a cozy corner. As soon as I saw Vidhu Vinod Chopra’ banner, I knew I was not going to be disappointed. The movie commenced without much ado and you have to hand it over to Rajkumar Hirani (who gave us our Munnabhai series) for such an excellent movie! From the very first scene, it was a riot of laughter!
The movie begins with Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan) receiving an anonymous call on his mobile while in an aircraft informing him about vital information of Rancho (Aamir Khan). With his friend Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), he sets out on a journey to Shimla, Manali and Ladakh. The movie goes to and fro between the present and the past when all three of them were studying at the Imperial College of Engineering. The professor, Virus (Boman Irani) detests this group of the (so called) 3 Idiots and especially Rancho who with his intense interest in engineering never gives up on an opportunity to think out of the box.
Rancho makes Farhan realize his passion, helps Raju overcome his fear and falls in love with the Professor’ daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor).
3 Idiots is not another romantic comedy. It holds a message for the Indian society regarding its outlook upon the education system. It provides encouragement for students to think out of the box and not to always follow conventional methods of achievement. It questions the pressure put on students for high marks and the impossible task of knowing the curriculum inside out and asks why one cannot follow ones heart to be happy. It demonstrates that by putting your heart into what you are doing, success will automatically come find you.
This movie leaves the viewer with a smile on their face and a feel good aura. It has many memorable dialogues.
Shantanu Moitra’s music actually sounds much better on the screen than just listening to it. ‘Give me some sunshine’ and ‘Jaane nahin denge’ are some really beautiful songs. My personal favourite is ‘Jaane nahin denge’. It really touched my very soul. Upon seeing it on the silver screen, tears came to my eyes but with so many friends around I could not give in to crying, now could I?!
Overall, I could not pinpoint any one best actor in this movie, because each and every single one of the stars in this movie has done a wonderful job even if it may have been in a short role! Even the little Rancho, Millimeter and Mona Singh are memorable!
It sometimes is a bit predictable but overall I would rate the movie a 4.5 out of 5!
As an afterthought.. the movie is not 100% the book as many allege. Once you watch the movie, you are sure to go back to the book and check what the big controversy created by Chetan Bhagat was all about!