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3 Idiots (2009)

3idiots2009

3 Idiots (2009) is a 2009 Bollywood comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, with a screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It was loosely adapted from the novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat.3 Idiots stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani.

Upon release, the film broke all opening box office records in India. It was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India and has the highest opening day collections for a Bollywood film. It also has the record for highest net collections in the first week for a Bollywood film. Within 10 days of its release, the film crossed the INR 1 billion mark in India and became the first film of 2009 to do so. The film also created a new box office record for a release in the last quarter of a year (October to December), breaking the previous record set by Ghajini. It is also the highest-grossing film to be released in the second half of the year (July to December), breaking the previous record also held by Ghajini.

3 Idiots has become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in India and is also the highest grossing Indian film ever, breaking the previous record set by Ghajini which also starred Aamir Khan.The film set a box office record for the Indian film industry, grossing INR 339 crore worldwide. It was expected to be the first Indian film to be officially released on YouTube, within 12 weeks of releasing in theaters on March 25, 2010, but never got released. The film also went on to win many awards, winning six Filmfare Awards including best film and best director, ten Star Screen Awards and sixteen IIFA awards.

The film also uses real inventions by little known people in India’s backyards. The brains behind the innovations were Remya Jose, a student from Kerala, who created the exercise-bicycle-cum-washing-machine, Mohammad Idris, a barber from Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh, who invented a bicycle-powered horse clipper, and Jahangir Painter, a painter from Maharashtra, who made the scooter-powered flour mill.[5] The film is scheduled to be remade as “3 Rascals” in Tamil andTelugu.

Plot

Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), and Rancchoddas “Rancho” Shyamaldas Chanchad (Aamir Khan) are three engineering students who share a room in a hostel at the Imperial College of Engineering, one of the best colleges in India. While Farhan and Raju are average students from modest backgrounds, Rancho is from a rich family. Farhan wants to become a wildlife photographer, but has joined engineering college to fulfill his father’s wish. Raju on the other hand wants to uplift his family fortunes. Rancho is a wealthy genius who studies for the sheer joy of it. However, Rancho’s passion is for knowledge and taking apart and building machines rather than the conventional obsession of the other students with exam ranks. With his different approach Rancho incurs the wrath of dean of college, Professor Viru Sahastrabudhhe (ViruS) (Boman Irani). Rancho irritates his lecturers by giving creative and unorthodox answers, and confronts ViruS after fellow student Joy Lobo hangs himself in his dormitory room. Joy had requested an extension on his major project on compassionate grounds—his father had suffered a stroke—but ViruS refused, saying that he himself was completely unmoved by his own son’s accidental death after being hit by a train. Rancho denounces the rat race, dog-eat-dog, mindless rote learning mentality of the institution, blaming it for Lobo’s death.

Threatened by Rancho’s talent and free spirit, ViruS labels him an “idiot” and attempts on a number of occasions to destroy his friendship with Farhan and Raju, warning them and their parents to steer clear of Rancho. In contrast, ViruS’ model student is Chatur Ramalingam or “Silencer”, (Omi Vaidya) who sees a high rank at the prestigious college as his ticket to higher social status, corporate power, and therefore wealth. Chatur conforms to the expectations of the system. Rancho humiliates Chatur, who is awarded the honour of making a speech at an award ceremony, by substituting obscenities into the text, which has been written by the librarian. As expected, Chatur mindlessly memorises the speech, without noticing that anything is amiss, partly aided by his lack of knowledge on Hindi. His speech becomes the laughing stock of the audience, infuriating the authorities in the process.

Meanwhile, Rancho also falls in love with ViruS’ medical student daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor) when he, Raju and Farhan crash her sister’s wedding banquet in order to get a free meal, in the process further infuriating ViruS.

Meanwhile, the three students continue to anger ViruS, although Rancho continues to come first in every exam, while Chatur is always second, and Farhan and Raju are inevitably in the last two positions. The tensions come to a head when the three friends, who are already drunk, break into ViruS’s house at night to allow Rancho to propose to Pia, and then urinate on a door inside the compound before running away when ViruS senses intruders. The next day, ViruS threatens to expel Raju lest he talks on the other two. Unable to choose between betraying his friend or letting down his family, Raju jumps out of the 3rd floor window and lands on a courtyard, but after extensive care from Pia and his roommates, awakes from a coma.

The experience has changed Farhan and Raju, and they adopt Rancho’s outlook. Farhan decides to pursue his love of photography, while Raju takes an unexpected approach for an interview for a corporate job. He attends in plaster and a wheelchair and gives a series of non-conformal and frank answers. However, ViruS is unsympathetic and vows to make the final exam as hard as possible so that Raju is unable to graduate. Pia hears him and angrily confronts him, and when ViruS gives the same ruthless reply he gives to his students, she denounces him in the same way that Rancho did over the suicide of Lobo. Pia reveals that Viru’s son and her brother was not killed in an accident but committed suicide in front of a train and left a letter because ViruS had forced him to pursue a career in engineering over his love for literature; ViruS always mentioned that he unsympathetically failed his son on the ICE entrance exams over and over to every new intake of ICE students. After this, Pia walks out on the family home, and takes ViruS’s spare keys with her. She tells Rancho of the exam, and he and Farhan break into ViruS’s office and steals the exam and give it to Raju, who with his new-found attitude, is unconcerned with the prospect of failing, and refuses to cheat and throws the paper away. However, ViruS catches the trio and expels them on the spot. However, they earn a reprieve when Viru’s pregnant elder daughter Mona (Mona Singh) goes into labour at the same time. A heavy storm cuts all power and traffic, and Pia is still in self-imposed exile, so she instructs Rancho to deliver the baby in the college common room via VOIP, after Rancho restores power using car batteries and a power inverter that Rancho had dreamed up and ViruS had mocked. Rancho then delivers the baby with the help of a cobbled-together Vacuum extractor.

After the baby is apparently stillborn, Rancho resuscitates it. ViruS reconciles with Rancho and his friends and allows them to take their final exams and they graduate. Rancho comes first and is awarded ViruS’s pen, which the professor had been keeping for decades before finding a brilliant enough student to gift it to.

Their story is framed as intermittent flashbacks from the present day, ten years after Chatur vowed revenge on Rancho for embarrassing him at the speech night and promised to become more successful than Rancho a decade later. Having lost contact with Rancho, who disappeared during the graduation party and went into seclusion, Raju and Farhan begin a journey to find him. They are joined by Chatur, now a wealthy and successful businessman, who joins them, brazenly confident that he has surpassed Rancho. Chatur is also looking to seal a deal with a famous scientist and prospective business associate named Phunsukh Wangdu. Chatur sees Wangdu, who has hundreds of patents, as his ticket to further social prestige. When they find Rancho’s house in Shimla, they walk into his father’s funeral, and find a completely different Rancho (Jaaved Jaffrey). After accusing the new man of stealing their friend’s identity and profiting from his intellect, the host pulls a gun on them, but Farhan and Raju turn the tables by seizing the father’s ashes and threatening to flush them down the toilet. The householder capitulates and says that their friend was a destitute servant boy who loved learning, while he, the real Rancho, was a lazy wealthy child who disliked study, so the family agreed to let the servant boy study in Rancho’s place instead of labouring. In return, the real Rancho would pocket the qualifications and the benefits thereof, while the impersonator would sever all contact with the world and start a new life. The real Rancho reveals that his impersonator is now a schoolteacher in Ladakh.

Raju and Farhan then find Pia, and take her from her wedding day to Suhas by performing the same tricks with his material possessions, and having Raju turn up to the ceremony disguised as the groom and eloping with Pia in public. When they arrive in Ladakh, they see a group of enthusiastic Ladakhi children who are motivated by love of knowledge. Pia and the fake Rancho rekindle their love, while Chatur mocks and abuses Rancho the schoolteacher. He asks Rancho to sign on a “Declaration of defeat” document. And sees that Rancho is using the pen which ViruS had gifted him. Chatur snatches the pen from Rancho and starts to move back. When Rancho’s friends ask what his real name is, he reveals that his real name is Phunsukh Wangdu and phones Chatur, who has turned his back, and tells him that he will not be able to sign the deal with him because he has his pen. He asks Chatur to turn around meet his prospective business partner. Chatur is horrified and falls to his knees, accepts his defeat and continues to plead his case with Phunsukh to establish the business relationship he was after.

Cast

Aamir Khan as Rancho
Kareena Kapoor as Pia V. Sahastrabudhhe
Madhavan as Farhan Qureshi
Sharman Joshi as Raju Rastogi
Boman Irani as Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Virus)
Omi Vaidya as Chatur ‘Silencer’ Ramalingam
Ali Fazal as Joy Lobo
Rajeev Ravindranathan as Lead Ragging Senior
Javed Jaffrey as Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad
Mona Singh as Mona
Akhil Mishra as Librarian Dubey
Parikshat Sahni as Mr. Qureshi
Pitobash as Junior 1
Achyut Potdar as Machine Class Professor
Chandrashekhar as Airlines Ground Staff 2
Jayant Kripalani as Campus Interview Panel Head
Arun Bali as Shyamaldas Chanchad
Rahul Kumar as Millimetre – MM
Rakesh Sharma as Minister at Shyamaldas’ Funeral
Amardeep Jha as Mrs. Rastogi
Shoaib Ahmed as Chhotey
Dushyant Wagh as Centimetre
Atul Tiwari as Minister in Auditorium
Supriya Shukla as Matron in Hospital with Pia
Malvika Singh as Mona’s Baby
Farida Dadi as Mrs. Qureshi
Meghna Bhatia as Mrs. Rastogi
Omi as Chatur – pondicherry boy
Captain A.S. Duggal as Pilot
Tanveer Ahmed as Professor in Induction Motor Class
Shankar Sachdev as Ambulance Driver
Chaitali Bose as Kamini ‘Kammo’ Rastogi
Pooja Goswami as Air Hostess
Harvinder Singh as Mr. Dhillon
Nishi Singh as Maid at Pia’s House
Shailaja Dhar as Lady at Mona’s Wedding
Dinesh Kumar as Mona’s Husband
Sonu as Library Clerk
Aakash Dabhade as ICE Student 2
Pandit Prayag Raj as Panditji at Pia’s Wedding
Trilok Sadhwani as ICE Student 4
Dr. Kishor Patil as Doctor in Ambulance with Raju
R.S. Kodange as Doctor at Airport
Mukund Bhatt as Mr. Rastogi
Hitesh Tak as Ragging Senior 2
Sitaram Sharma as Manager at Pia’s Wedding
Vaidyanathan as Professor Vaidyanathan
Rajendra Patwardhan as Govind
Dileep Desai as Priest at Joy’s funeral
Sanjay Sood as Peanut Vendor at Shimla
Annapurna Kaul as Airlines Ground Staff 1
Dayal Sharma as Caretaker at Shyamaldas’ House
Apul Jaisinghani as ICE Student 3
Saurabh Agnihotri as Housekeeping Boy at Pia’s Wedding
Kumar Veer Singh as Waiter at Mona’s Wedding
Dr. Praful Kulkarni as Doctor startled by scooter in hospital
Michael Joseph as Exam Hall Professor
Dharmendra Bhurji as Airport Cab Driver
Raghunathan as Professor in Corridor
Sarvanna as College Security Guard

Sound Tracks

“Aal Izz Well”
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam, Swanand Kirkire and Shaan
Music Label T-Series

“Zoobi Doobi”
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal
Music Label T-Series

“Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh”
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Shantanu Moitra and Shaan
Music Label T-Series

“Give Me Some Sunshine”
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Suraj Jagan and Sharman Joshi
Music Label T-Series

“Jaane Nahin Denge Tujhe”
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam
Music Label T-Series

“Zoobi Doobi – Remix”
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal
Music Label T-Series

“Aal Izz Well – Remix”
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam, Swanand Kirkire and Shaan
Music Label T-Series

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 02 January 2011

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