Co-Written, Edited and Directed by Rajkumar Hirani
The name of Rajkumar Hirani is so popularly attached to a Mumbai Bhai that it might miss ones mind that Munna had gone to college in his first part. So, with 3 Idiots Hirani comes back to a familiar environment.
Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) are room mates at one of the premier institutes of technology in the country (ICE). The film from start to end is a humor loaded anger statement about the current scenario of academic education in our country.
Farhan always wanted to be a wild life photographer. But, ends up at ICE to fulfill his dad’s dream.
Raju on the other hand has a problem ridden family to feed. This constant fear of responsibility takes over Raju’s life and now, he lives in constant fear of the future. The drug Raju uses to get out of this fear is his over dependence on God.
Finally, Rancho. Rancho has this habit of giving out free advises to anybody and everybody, if he believes that he has a solution for them. And most of time, he does. Ranncchoddas Shamalaldas Chanchad (Rancho) is a millionaire’s heir until the end of the first half, where a tale spin awaits you.
Even though Farhan has a voice over going through the film, it is chiefly Rancho who speaks out the script writers’ mind about careers and the excessive pressure being enforced on young minds.
The 3 Idiots apart, Viru Sahastrabuddhe a.k.a Virus (the college principal played by Boman Irani) steals the spot light with a kind of performance that’s rare on an Indian screen. Boman Irani totally transforms himself into an old, cold and grade obsessed academician. The film mostly surrounds the difference of opinions of Rancho and Virus. And in the midst of this opinion war we have the Rancho-Piya (Kareena) romance, the adventures of the idiots and plenty of humorous drama (Piya is the daughter of Virus).
And a certain character by the name of Chattur Ramalingam nick named ‘Silencer’ (played by Omi Vaidya) – a believer of the current system is an exceptional character and performance to look forward to.
The film is fun, it is well paced and honest. But, we cannot ignore the similarity it has to Hirani’s previous films. The ragging of freshers, ‘All is Well’ instead of ‘Jadu ka Jappi’ and the build up to some of the major moments in the film are seriously similar to the Munnabhai series. There is one particular baby scene in the film which might ring a lot of bells if you are familiar with a carom board and an old man of Munnabhai.