3 Idiots - Notepad

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Though 3 idiots is a little more slapsticky than the Munnabhai series, the crass humor seems to be with a purpose. What remains fascinating is the blend of comedy with his social messages, as usual. He makes being good look so simple.



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Plot Summary

Rancho (Aamir Khan) is a student of Engineering who is more interested in the Science rather than the jargon. He teaches Farhan (R Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) to look at their lives the same way.

What Worked

  • The little things that comment on society today like - the wife doing Pranaayam (breathing exercises) while her attention sways everywhere or the blatant use of phones in a library
  • Boman Irani's lisp - awesome!
  • Coinages like "millimeter, jahaanpana, and of course aal izz well"
  • If the statistic is right - 1 student per hour kills himself in India. Then it is a shocker. And I think all of us need to know that.
  • The improvisations - whether they work in reality or not, and whether they are possible or not - they were fun to watch.
  • The cinematography in the climax scene.
  • The editing of the joobi-doobi song. And the birdie dance too

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The slowish start. With Madhavan's whole airplane routine. It was unengaging.
  • How did Rancho know the exact part of the door frame the senior would piss at?
  • Boman Irani's Einstein look.
  • Why can't a person on screen strumming a guitar strum it to time it with the strings playing? It looks so damn bad!
  • The hostel was too neat and clean for a boy's hostel.
  • So, the whole campus knows someone has died and only our 3 Idiots run to him? Why?
  • Rancho happily jumping in to give Pia some free advice. It's not like he was doing it for everybody. That bit just didn't work.


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • So our man, Raju took his toothbrush but forgot to put on pants. He has his priorities right, alright! Hygiene is more important than appearances!
  • Ha ha! The word "piss" actually found place in a English-Hindi dictionary!
  • Awesome T-shirts they all had!
  • Nice sherwani that Suhas character had. Hope it becomes a trend-setter.