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3 IDIOTS

REVIEW MOVIE

Victor Morando Nainggolan


XII B 5

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Content . . .

Title,Genre,Director,Year,Duration,Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Interpretative
Recount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Evaluative
Summation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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1. Title,Genre,Director,Year,Duration,Stars
Firstly from. . . .

Title : 3 IDIOTS
Genre : Comedy , Drama

Director : Rajkumar Hirani

Year : 2009

Duration : 180 min

Stars : Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (R


Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi).

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2.

Orientation

The locations for the film have been


selected from different places of India. The
shots had been taken in Delhi, Bangalore,
Mumbai, Ladakh, Chail and Shimla. The
shooting has also taken place at the Indian
Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani| Produced by
Vidhu Vinod Chopra |Screenplay by
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod
Chopra | Story by Abhijat Joshi and
Rajkumar Hirani|Based on Five Point
Someone What not to do at IIT by
Chetan Bhagat| Editing by Ranjeet Bahadur
and Rajkumar Hirani|
Narrated by R. Madhavan

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3.

Interpretative Recount

Most engineering college hostels in India are testosterone-charged


geekdoms. A friend, a chemical engineer who now sells telephone
cards in the US told me this morning that five instant recalls from his
days at the Delhi IIT are rum, porn, ragging, Hindi swear words and
multi-culturalism. Some of that is abundantly present in 3 Idiots, the
new film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, most of which is set in an
engineering college in Delhi.
But a lot of the real vignettes of hostel life are sorely missing. This
hostel does not have much diversitywe dont see a slice of India
that most hostels of reputed colleges contain. Every stressed
engineering student is in awe of one man, Rancho (Aamir Khan), or
trying to quit by killing themselves.
The germ of this campus film is Chetan Bhagats best-selling book
Five Point Someone, but Hirani and his co-writer has altered many
situations and added twists in the plot to make it suitable for cinema.
It is an anticipated film, with Aamir Khan and two other very good
actors, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi, as well as Kareena Kapoor
in the lead roles. Khans promotional tour across India, in disguise,
grabbed headlines. My own anticipation revolved around the director,
for a film is ultimately his visionwith or without stars. Hirani has
written and directed the Munnabhai films, two of the most seminal
films of this decade.
In 3 Idiots, Hirani is not at his best. The story of three friends who
meet in college does not smack of the quintessential Hirani touch
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simple, but layered; funny, but poignant; and original, but universal.
The Munnabhai films were not only feel good, which tend to typify
most commercially successful Hindi films, they weaved in the larger
messages of the script into the story seamlessly.
They were ambitious scripts that demanded risks. 3 Idiots is loud,
overwritten and melodramatic.
There are some genuinely funny scenes and moments. The audience
at the press screening, which also consisted of people who were not
from the media, were in splits throughout (some even applauded).
Hirani has indeed captured some moments with the right emotional
punch. The ragging sequences, some moments between Rancho and
his girlfriend Pia (Kareena Kapoor, vibrant and glamorous in
spectacles), drunken conversations of the three friends on the hostel
terrace, pranks on the resident nerd (predictably a Tamil)some of
them look effortless and spontaneous, but any discerning film lover
would know that the director has worked very closely with actors
before filming.
The message of the film, which is that our education system is
antithetical to free thought and knowledge, is an easy one to relate to.
At some point in our school and college days, all of us have felt boxed
in; wished the pernicious physics professor was a little more human.
But the script, written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi, hammers it in. The
vehicle is Rancho, who is a philosopher, self-help guru, science
genius, man of the world, loyal friend and do-gooder all rolled into
one. In other words, an impossible human.
Right from the moment Khan appears on screen, he is doing
something or saying something that evoke either awe or jealousy. Free
spirited geniuses can have their tragic flaws too, which can make
them even more interesting than they are. On the other side of the
argument is the college, or the establishment, which is symbolized by
Professor Viru Sahastrabudhhe, or Virus (Boman Irani)a quirky
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man with a lisp, who is brazenly undemocratic and Naziesque.


Hiranis demarcation of these two worlds is too simplistic to be true.
Khan, who is known to be passionately involved with every film he
takes up, lends Rancho a studied cool and all-knowing air which gets
annoying towards the end. He even delivers a baby on a snooker table
and walks away after that, with tears in his eyes. Although Khan
emerges as the star of the film, Madhavan and Joshi have performed
their roles with conviction. Madhavan is a fine actor in the hands of a
good director and Hirani has extracted the best out of him. Kapoor,
who plays the effervescent heroine, does not have much of a role, but
she is powerful in some scenes.
3 Idiots is worth a watch because of some scenesand for the
friendship that begins abruptly, but keeps growing through the film
until a surprise at the end. Like his earlier films, this is an entertainer
too. If only it had less histrionics and a little more real life, this would
have been yet another Hirani classic.

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4.

Evaluation

3 Idiots at the end of the day is a funny film with a heart. There
is a nice little buddy film, with likable characters, right down to
the small ones (Millimeter), and that is always pleasant. Yes, I
find the right word dear reader to describe the film pleasant. A
pat on my back please. Thank you very much. Coming back, the
film is irreverent in a calculated measure too. And dont bother
if you have heard 70 percent of the jokes elsewhere, through
mails, through anecdotal quips, through text messages, and what
not. You know, like the stuff with pencil in space. Many of
those. And the ending delivery sequence is utterly ridiculous.
Theres a YouTube video and it is the films funniest moment,
though I know not if it was intentional. The fact is Mr. Hirani is
terrible with scenes of serious drama, and what his solution is
keep punching with funny liners. As I say in my review
of Funny People, humor has always been a defense mechanism,
or in this case, a neat little diversion to keep you busy. The
dramatic scenes just dont stick.

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5.

Evaluative Summation

3 Idiots in the end is an All Izz Well movie. Its


entertaining and it has a core message that it
delivers well. Watch it I doubt you will regret it.

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