3 Idiots - A Review by Deepika
Life is all about listening to your heart and chasing your dreams. That’s the essence of 3 IDIOTS!
To cut a long story short, all you’d like to say about the film is, All izz very, very, very, very, very well. Watch this film to know what it means!
You go in to see 3 Idiots expecting the genius Aamir Khan to weave magic on screen.
But despite the mental conditioning, the impact of the film is so overwhelming that it leaves you spellbound for hours after it has ended.
Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), and Rancho or Rancchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad (Aamir Khan) are three engineering students who all share the same room in a hostel at the fictional Imperial College of Engineering, one of the best colleges in India. While Farhan and Raju are mediocre students from modest backgrounds who want to lift their families out of poverty, Rancho is a wealthy genius who studies for the sheer joy of it. However, Rancho’s passion for knowledge and machine-building rather than exam rankings, conforming to the system and social climbing incurs the wrath of Professor Viru Sahastrabudhhe (ViruS) (Boman Irani).
Rancho irritates his lecturers by giving creative and unorthodox answers, and confronts ViruS after a 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 and then proceeding to phone Lobo’s ill father and inform him that his son will not be graduating. Rancho denounces the rat-run, dog-eat-dog, mindless rote learning mentality of the institution, blaming it for Lobo’s death, after which ViruS hauls his rebellious student and forces him to lecture the other students. Rancho them embarrasses the staff and students by asking them questions about non-existent concepts (Farhanitrate & Prerajulization), prompting them to search through textbooks trying to find a definition.
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, and works by mindless rote learning, and unethical means of destroying his competition, such as trying to distract his classmates by feeding them pornography magazines. Rancho humiliates Chatur, who is awarded the honour of making a speech at an award ceremony by inserting obscenities into the text, which has been written by the librarian. Chatur proceeds to mindlessly memorise and read the speech without noticing that anything is amiss, which is littered with vulgar language directed at ViruS and the federal education minister, much to their horror, and to the students’ uproarious laughter.
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. This incident provokes further run-ins with ViruS, but Rancho wins over Pia after first insulting her fiancee Suhas and then demonstrating that Suhas only sees Pia’s hand in marriage as a means of furthering his career by marrying into an influential family. Rancho does this by damaging Suhas’s expensive material goods, and then confiscating Suhas’s gifts to Pia. The latter incident provokes an angry tirade from Suhas towards Pia about how much money she has lost him—he thinks that she was absent-minded and lost the present. After this, the pair fall in love and Pia saves Raju’s ill father by administering emergency treatment after he collapses.
For rest of the story, watch the movie!