The biggest ‘Kaminah’ this year has been those expectations that we have had, right through the year with movies like Delhi 6, What’s Your Rashee and many more. All from highly talented directors, fresh from classics. Strangely few have managed to live upto expectations. With 3 Idiots, the biggest and most hyped release of the year, you expect on-screen magic – a heart warming classic due to two names
1) Rajkumar Hirani – The universally acclaimed director of Munnabhai Films.
2) Aamir Khan – One of the very best in the business, both as an actor and a film-maker.
Can’t get bigger or better, can it? Sadly, Rajkumar Hirani doesn’t get it right this time.
3 Idiots is about 3 friends – Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi), doing their engineering in one of the top colleges in the country which is run by a weirdo Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani). Like most professional colleges in the competitive world that we live in, its all about scoring the highest marks. The result? Mental pressure, rise in suicide rates and a lot more. With almost every parent wanting their son / daughter to be a engineer or a doctor, the director also talks about the lack of passion for the profession amongst students.
3 Idiots Review
What works for 3 Idiots
- Rajkumar Hirani once again takes up a socially relevant issue and successfully conveys the message, while entertaining the audience with humor, without getting too preachy.
- Except Boman Irani’s character, all the characters in the college are easy to relate to.
- Dialogues written for Aamir in the film are fantastic and would work big time with the audience.
- The music is good, All Izz Well rocks!
- Aamir Khan looks young and almost perfect for the character of Rancho. He is brilliant with his comic timing and equally good in emotional sequences.
- Aamir’s character is very similar to Munnabhai – witty and funny with a heart of gold.
- Sharman Joshi and Madhavan are good, not much scope to perform though.
What didn’t quite work
- 3 Idiots lacks the subtleness of Hirani’s previous films. Over-the-top sequences (read the section below), melodrama, unrealistic situations just don’t work.
- Kareena Kapoor has about 30 minutes of screen time and frankly, has nothing to do.
- Boman Irani’s character which was meant to be funny was outright awful. He tries hard to make faces, to lisp and harder to make you laugh but never gets it right.
- The second half is slow, lengthy and way too filmy.
Scenes worth a mention
- When Kareena and Aamir first meet up at the wedding.
- Sharman Joshi’s interview scene.
- Madhavan’s scene with his father, when he tries to convince him to take up wild life photography.
- Feel good scenes involving Aamir.
Unrealistic, filmy and over the top sequences
- Mona Singh’s 10 minute long baby-delivery scene on the table tennis table. The floods in the city, Kareena directing Aamir over the webcam, power failure and finally the vacuum cleaner used as a suction to pull out the baby. One word – Disgusting.
- Kareena walking out of her marriage for the second time, too filmy too unrealistic.
- The twist just before the interval doesn’t work. Was it even necessary?
- Frequent dropping of pants and pissing wasn’t funny.
- Rancho’s disappearing act.
Overall, 3 Idiots tries too hard to be funny, the first half is good, the follow up isn’t. It works in parts but coming from Rajkumar Hirani, we expected better, much better!
Worth a watch once for Aamir Khan fans and for the message that Hirani has conveyed through the film – a must for parents and students.
Other notes – The audience reaction was great, many scenes were loved. The movie should do well at the box office, it has enough masala in it to appeal to both masses and the so-called classes.