Pants down and palms up! Give a high five! 3 Idiots is not a film, it’s one complete college life that goes whoooosh like a roller coaster before your eyes, guaranteeing tons and tons of rollicking laughter. A must-watch entertainer for all the campus students, 3 Idiots is a commendable tale of friends, and friendship that’ll last down your memory lane, for years to come. It is nonetheless like a kid that never tires of entertaining you.
Though an adaption of Chetan’s famous Five Point Someone, 3 Idiots has nothing much that could be related with it. Unlike Hello, the movie completely butchered Chetan’s work, this is just the opposite, probably even better. In fact it seems, in the case of 3 Idiots, the film makers have had a healthy competition with the author. With every passing sequence we see the efforts have gone higher and higher to make the film more interesting.
After the few initial sequences, the film is narrated in a non-linear pattern by Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), the first idiot. He is brought together with the second idiot Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) by Chatur Ramalingam, who apparently wants to clear the score with the three idiots. Thanks to Chatur Ramalingam’s obsession to prove that he is the winner, the two idiots reunite with the third one- Ranchoddas Laxmandas Chanchad (Aamir Khan).
The charm lies in it’s unconditional friendship and heart-touching songs with their beautiful lyrics. 3 Idiots is something that will get you crying and at the very same moment, making you laugh like anything. Salt water is a good conductor of electricity. Everyone’s read it, but Rancho (Aamir Khan) applied it on his ‘pissed-off’ senior to escape getting ragged on his very first day of the Imperial Engineering College. An Edison-in-the-making, he believes in striving for excellence rather than success, which, in fact, is the core message of the film. The song “Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh” is something that describes him the best. Infact the same was used as a background score throughout the movie, and it definitely was awesome! But my personal favorite is “Jaane Nahi Denge Tujhe”. The song plus it’s timing in the movie, leaves you with nothing but tears. It’s something just awesome! The types only one who lived/lives his life for friends would understand, feel and appreciate. Another one that gets you dissolved in it’s beauty is “Give Me Some Sunshine”. It comes on a tragic note though, but is something worth listening.
Despite the foibles, ‘3 Idiots’ makes for an enjoyable watch, thanks to the bonhomie cracked up on screen by Aamir, Madhavan and Sharman. Aamir’s Rancho is a bouncy, fidgety genius with a golden heart. The 44-year-old actor almost passes off as a 22-year-old collegian, bringing out in his character the juvenile buoyancy and vivacity few actors of his age can. Madhavan and Sharman give ample support from the flanks, but a word of praise needs to be reserved for Sharman who shines equally in dramatic as well as funny scenes. Kareena, sadly, has been relegated to a corner but makes her presence felt in a few well-enacted sequences, but it’s Boman Irani who comes up with the best performance in the ensemble with his brilliant portrayal of an eccentric professor. His jawline protruded, his brows pursed, his gait ungainly, his speech lisped, Irani is every bit the vile and virulent Virus he’s supposed to be.
Concluding, 3 Idiots has everything one could easily relate with his or her college life. Seniors, ragging, ugly professors, pissed off students, cool nicks, rum, rustications, suicides, love.. everlasting friends. It is a perfecto to watch with friends this Christmas. Aal izz well, Cheers!