3 Idiots – 3 hours to mull over pursuing on letting success pursue you
The film – and the original novel – is the story of three students Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (R. Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) from different backgrounds and their lives at the one of India’s leading Engineering Institutes. It looks at the respective pressures they face with their families and how they cope and face with them, whilst weaving the story of their relationship as three friends. Other pivotal roles include Pia (Kareena Kapoor) Rancho’s girlfriend and as ViruS the director – beautifully performed by Boman Irani.
Vinod Chopra and director Rajkumar Hirani team up again to produce a brilliantly up beat comedy. Munna Bhai series director and producer of Parineeta and Eklavya have done it again. Not only has he smashed the Indian box office but 3 Idiots have equally survived the short-lived presence of Indian releases in European – here in the UK for example – box office. The film has even beaten US release Nine in terms of time and screen attendance.
What is it that makes the various audiences engage with 3 Idiots and even rave about them? Not only does this film appeal to your alpha Bollywood aficionado, but it also appeals to any individual who faces the recurring dilemnas of duty, family pressure, choosing the safe and prestigious route over making the jump for pursuing your most inner dreams and passions – against all odds.
The three lead actors, Khan, Joshi and Madhavan have a great chemistry on screen as three different yet extremely close schoolmates very reminiscent of Dil Chatha Hai. The Abhijat Joshi’s screenplay is beautifully written in a descriptive yet engaging way, that makes the spectator live the various moments of joy, sorrow inner tortures of these students with them throughout their years at the institution. The sudden twist in the story cleverly surprises the spectator and keeps you hooked on and engaged until the end.
Writer and director have formed the perfect dream team in terms of the lines but equally the direction of the university and family scenes – when the new students are being bullied along with the scenes of pranks and humour which are sided with great punch lines with which you cannot help but smile and actually laugh out loud. Even the dramatic scenes which are supposedly to be embedded with drama have to be taken with a pinch of salt. The description of Raju’s family that has to be supported is a metaphor of India’s Golden era’s melodramatic scenes of the 1950s and one cannot help but a smile and even actually laugh out loud.
Hirani delivers his message on how to face being torn between family pressure and one’s own aspirations and passions in a very clever yet subtle way. This, one must admit is one of the hardest things any of us has had to do unless – like it is very often demonstrated throughout the film, a major event – suicide, near death accident – happens to turn things around and make one focus on what is actually most important. After all, you only have one life and it only gives you one chance to live to your fullest – after you never get most things in life back.