Sunday, 27 December 2009

3 Idiots (2009)

At a glance:
Finally, a movie that no reviewer can be faulted for pinnin five glowing stars to - Rajkumar Hirani's winsome 3 Idiots. Reunitin Rang De Basanti stars Aamir Khan (pic, centre), Sharman Joshi (pic, left) and Madhavan (pic, right), the Munnabhai maestro delivers an endearin crowd-pleaser that's substantial and more importantly, resoundingly entertainin. Backed by producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and built on a refreshin source material in Cheetan Bhagat's 2004 novel Five Point Someone (a bestsellin English novel in India about three strugglin students at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi), looks like Bollywood saved the best for last in 2009's curtain frame. This is a triumphant picture in every sense of the word. Chroniclin varsity days never looked more fun than when a 44-year-old Aamir Khan plays Rancho, an avant-garde ME student at India's leadin university who knows the difference between gettin a degree and gettin an education. Told in flashbacks, we follow Raju (Sharman Joshi) and Farhan (Madhavan) as they track him down, years after he disappeared from uni mysteriously. Thrown in the mix are a colourful set of characters - the draconian, by-the-book Don King dean Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani) they not-so-fondly dub Virus, his disillusioned daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor) and also the unrelentin sore loser Chatur "Silencer" Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya) who insists that academic distinction is achieved solely by acin exams.
Reminds me of:
Uni days. The heart of the story is about missin out on fun and the true meanin of learnin, as most students in India (and obviously elsewhere) chase their parents dreams in pressure pots called universities. However, while this screen treatment can be preachy and overly simplistic at times, it's delightful narrative keeps the movie at a zoobi doobi pace, allowin the audience to overlook some of the more contrived and predictable sequences. There are only five music tracks (Aal Izz Well, Zoobi Doobi, Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh, Give Me Some Sunshine and Jaane Nahin Denge) but they serve ever so well to keep the momentum of the adventure.
Most memorable line:
Rancho: "Chase excellence and success will follow you, pants-down."
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It's truly a wonder how 3 Idiots can be successfully driven by three male leads with relatively little screen time for the only female lead played by Kareena Kapoor. End product is a memorable knockout picture that surely sits well with the handful of Hindi films in every 10 years or so that we concede as both commercially and critically acclaimed. Although the movie will be available for download on YouTube three months after its theatrical release (a move to fight piracy), this isn't a movie you would want to miss at the cinemas.