3 Idiots: A movie review

09 January 2010

Title: 3 Idiots
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: 5+ (a 10!)
Based on a book: Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat.
Summary and part review from: gomolo.in

Two friends (R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi) embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey through memory lane and the stroy of their friend - the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho (Aamir Khan), who in his unique way, touched and changed their lives. It's a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho's romance with the spirited Pia (Kareena Kapoor), and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani). And then one day, suddenly, Rancho vanishes.... Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did he leave? The friends who influenced and inspired them to think creatively and independently, even as the conformist world called them three idiots. Where is the original idiot now? Finally, in misty mountains of unparalled beauty, the friends find the key to the secret. Three idiots is a comedy of ideas that is as provocative as it is funny, as wildly entering as it it insightful. A laugh-riot that talks about the most important of human pursuits; self-actualization.

My thoughts:
~Aamir Kahn is my favorite Indian actor (love his movie Taare Zameen Par)~

At first, I thought this would be another sappy romance/over-exaggerated hero/villian story like all Indian movies are, but I was very wrong!
The director created a story about 3 unforgettable, inspiring, tear-jerker college students, who become the closest of best friends. Rancho, played by my most favorite actos, Aamir Kahn, was just plain amazing. phenomenal. absolutely terrifically awe-inspiring. And what's even more incredible is that Rancho (and the entire movie) portrayed my own, favorite belief, "Be what you want to be when you grow up"
See, in (most) Indian families, your parents want you to either be a doctor or an engineer (Ironically, the setting of 3 Idiots is in an Engineering College). My parents, before watching this, always told me to be a doctor, but now, unbelievably, my mom said that I could be whatever I wanted to be! This is a MUST WATCH movie!!!

P.S. Aamir Kahn played a teacher-like character in 3 Idiots, just like he played a teacher in one of my all time favorite Indian movies Taare Zameen Par.
Taare Zameen Par was a really huge tear-jerker with the same incredibly wonderful inspiring-bess of 3 Idiots. One of the 2 best Indian movies ever!!!

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