Shahrukh Khan may be looking for a blockbuster success in My Name is Khan, Salman Khan may have his hands full of controversies, Hritik may have almost disappeared from the face of Bollywood, but ‘aal is well” with the Ace Khan: Aamir Khan.
3 Idiots, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, directed by Rajkumar Hirani (Munnabhai-fame) and starring Aamir, Kareena, Boman Irani, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi predictably released on 25-December. This is the third of Aamir’s films (after Taare Zameen Par and Ghajini) to be released on 25-December, and if the signs are anything to go by, is slated to be another blockbuster hit.
If Taare Zameen Par was about mind and its problems (dyslexia), Ghajini was about a split mind and an awesome body, 3 Idiots has lots and lots of the nether part, the butt. In any other film, it would have been gross and awful, but Hirani makes it a focal point of laugh riot that ensues.
3 Idiots is indeed a laugh-riot, except some parts where it tries to appeal to our minds… and our hearts.
There is some talk about the film being based upon “Five Point Someone: What You Shouldn’t Do at IIT” by Chetan Bhagat. The movie does have some resemblance: a premier technical institute and its three whacky protagonists, the gorgeous daughter of principal, and a couple of sequences; but to conclude that the whole plot is based on the book would be going too far.
Of the cast, Aamir steals the show naturally. Be it his impish face or his body language, he looks fresh, every bit a college student. Boman Irani, Madhavan and Sharman Joshi suit their roles nicely. Kareena doesn’t have much to do.
Though the songs haven’t exactly been a rage, the one song that stays with you is “Behti hawa sa tha wo…”. The lyrics of “Give me some sunshine” are fantastic. “Zoobi Doobi” is wonderfully retro.
The movie is a full 3-hr long run, but credit goes to the director for not making it seem lengthy. Still, a couple of sequences could have been completely chopped off, in order to make the product a bit more compact and effective.
But mostly, the movie is full paisa wasool stuff. On a scale of 1-10 (where 10 is the best), I would rate 3 Idiots at 7, plus an extra 0.5 thrown in for some awesome cinematographic shots of Ladakh and Simla.