Sunday, December 27, 2009

3 Idiots - Desi Hit

The Story:

Rancho, played by Aamir Khan, is an open-minded and unique person who has touched the lives of many. In fact his two friends, portrayed by Madhavan and Sharman Joshi, miss Rancho and decide to go on an adventure to find him. "3 Idiots" quickly becomes a collection of flashbacks and lost promises and bets.

As the two friends begin their journey they quickly get caught up in a bet they had once made to crash a wedding. But instead they crash a funeral and the whole thing goes haywire. Amongst all the crazy happenings, our characters have more personal and deep journeys along with the physical one. As the scenery becomes vast landscapes, we reminisce with our newly made friends as they remember all they have been through with Rancho and how much he has affected their lives. Along this trip down memory lane we meet Pia, played by Kareena Kapoor, who was romantically involved with Rancho during their college days. The boys also remember their mentor Viru Sahastrabuddhe, played by Boman Irani.

We soon learn that Rancho had disappeared quite suddenly after college, which is why his friends had decided to go find him. They are left with so many unanswered questions such as: who is Rancho? Where did he go? Better yet, where did he come from? In school these friends were named the three idiots and now a mystery surrounds the original idiot...

The Cast:

Aamir Khan as Rancho
Kareena Kapoor as Pia
R. Madhavan as Farhan Qureshi
Sharman Joshi as Raju Rastogi
Boman Irani as Viru Sahastrabudhhe
Mona Singh as Mona

The Crew:

Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Cinematography: C.K. Muraleedharan
Story: Rajkumar Hirani, Abhit Joshi

What Worked:

The hype surrounding Aamir Khan was rightly deserved,; however, each character was essential and played phenomenally. With the equal importance of each character, the story and casting were great! Along the lines of the story, this movie has a strong and relatable message of young adults and the stress they feel. The message goes deeper as we are left questioning the causes of suicide. The movie does answer the questions posed about Rancho (Aamir Khan) and continues past that point leaving us satisfied as movie viewers.

What Didn't:

The story, as moving as it is, does drag at towards the end. Also certain scenarios were just a tad farfetched. Had everything stayed as realistic as possible and timed perfectly, this movie would be perfect.

The Soundtrack:

"3 Idiots" has two great tracks - "Aal Izz Well" and "Jaane Nahin Denge Tujhe." "Zoobi Doobi" is one climbing the charts, while "Behti Hawa" and "Give Me Some Sunshine" make more sense after seeing the film as they are woven into the storyline. The soundtrack has a few great songs that can stand alone, others truly complete this film.

Slated or Rated:

Aamir Khan is quite selective in his film choices. When he is ready to star in a production, media and fans are immediately drawn in. The hype '3 Idiots' has received did not surprise many and the promotional tactics were all unique. '3 Idiots' lives up to the hype as the story is complete, the movie does not fall flat, performances are commendable, and the music is the icing on the cake. This movie is not to be passed and a great Holiday treat for families..

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