Wednesday, May 10, 2017

3 Idiots

This is a film that everyone should see.  I have shown it to a few skeptics, and they all loved it.  I am not a huge fan of the musical – especially a Bollywood musical, so I too was a bit skeptical.  But, there are only three musical numbers and they are all big fun.

If you are feeling a bit sour and need a life-tweak, this is the film for you.  Big fun, and lots of “feels.”  Amazon has it to stream, as well as a DVD for about $9.50.  Netflix has it too.  Here’s their blurb:

“While attending one of India's premier colleges, miserable engineering students and best friends Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) struggle to beat their school's draconian system, which, in their eyes, unfairly values grades over creativity. Loosely based on Chetan Bhagat's best-selling novel Five Point Someone, this entertaining Bollywood comedy also stars Kareena Kapoor and Boman Irani.

Here's an Amazon review:

New to Hindi Cinema? Start Here!  By Traddles on April 6, 2011  Format: DVD

This film is one of the all-time biggest hits of the Hindi film industry, and that's no surprise. Whether you're a fan of Hindi movies or simply stumbled upon this page by accident, you need to watch this movie, and here's why:

It will introduce you to one of India's best and most famous actors, Aamir Khan. His performance as Ranchhoddas Shamaldas Chandchad (known affectionately as just "Rancho") is terrific, and I certainly think it's Aamir Khan's best role. Rancho's two best friends, Raju and Farhan, are played with great sensitivity and humor by Sharman Joshi and R. Madhavan, respectively. The stunning Kareena Kapoor is simply wonderful as Rancho's love interest, taking the role far beyond just "love interest" - she's Rancho's sprightly and hilarious equal.

The story arc covers several years in the lives of 3 friends, and the narrative becomes epic by the end of the movie - you find yourself marveling at the twists and turns, all of which are tied up nicely. The story has two foundations: the bonds of true friendship, and a critique of the education system in India (though the message has universal applicability). Rancho, Raju and Farhan are students at a prestigious engineering college, where they are randomly assigned to be roommates. Raju wants to be an engineer in order to support his poverty-stricken family, Farhan doesn't really want to be an engineer at all, and Rancho...Rancho bursts into their lives as an enigmatic figure whose background and motives are unclear. Most of the film is spent jumping between their college days and the present, in which Raju and Farhan attempt to sort out the mysteries of Rancho's past. I'll resist the urge to describe my favorite moments in the film (of which there are many), because the story is something you have to experience for yourself.

The music and dancing is less frequent than in a typical "bollywood" film, but very creatively filmed, perhaps due to the director-producer team of Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who also peppered their "Munna Bhai" films with creative song and dance numbers.

The script, editing, and acting are all superlative. Ultimately, the film will make you wish that you had friends like Raju and Farhan, and an attitude like Rancho's.

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