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3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 December 2009 (India)
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Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Farhan Qureshi (as R. Madhavan)
Javed Jaffrey ...
Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad (as Jaaved Jaaferi)
Parikshat Sahni ...
Mr. Qureshi (as Pareekshit Sahani)
Olivier Lafont ...
Suhas Tandon (as Sanjay Lafont)
Rahul Kumar ...
Millimeter - MM
Amardeep Jha ...
Mrs. Rastogi
Farida Dadi ...
Mrs. Qureshi
Mukund Bhatt ...
Mr. Rastogi
Chaitali Bose ...
Kamini 'Kammo' Rastogi


Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi want to re-unite with their fellow collegian, Rancho, after faking a stroke aboard an Air India plane, and excusing himself from his wife - trouser less - respectively. Enroute, they encounter another student, Chatur Ramalingam, now a successful businessman, who reminds them of a bet they had undertaken 10 years ago. The trio, while recollecting hilarious antics, including their run-ins with the Dean of Delhi's Imperial College of Engineering, Viru Sahastrabudhe, race to locate Rancho, at his last known address - little knowing the secret that was kept from them all this time. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing images and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2009 (India)  »

Also Known As:

3 Ahmak  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£437,554 (UK) (25 December 2009)


$6,523,137 (USA) (19 February 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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The hospital shown in the movie is Fortis Hospital, Noida. See more »


When "Virus" explains about the monthly income of Rancho Farhan and Raju's parents, the "two" and "five" in the amount written on the board keeps changing shape in every shot. See more »


Farhan Qureshi: Today my respect for that idiot shot up. Most of us went to college just for a degree. No degree meant no plum job, no pretty wife, no credit card, no social status. But none of this mattered to him, he was in college for the joy of learning, he never cared if he was first or last.
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References Gol Maal (1979) See more »


Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Shantanu Moitra and Shaan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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This Christmas & New Year, go gift yourselves - watch this phenomena (Not for Professors) !
25 December 2009 | by (IIT Roorkee, India) – See all my reviews

I'm an IITian myself and hence, needless to say, was looking forward to this movie as it is based on the life in IITs. I went with my family and watched the first-day-first-show and was I pleased ? In one sentence - The best Bollywood movie ever ! If you are into movies, then this one is not to be missed unless you are the 4th idiot. I cried, I laughed and I enjoyed every moment of the 3 hours that I spent watching this gem. The songs that seemed mediocre before watching the movie, feel like perfect for the movie. They are so ideal for the situations that I just loved them.

As you can understand, they could not bring the name of any IIT into the movie to avoid disputes. But trust me, whatever they have shown about the life in IITs, it's all true. Right from suicides, cold-hearted Professors to lack of encouragement and support for talents who can really bring serious change in this world. The movie successfully depicts how once inside, your life is only about meaningless grades, go get into the race before it's too late.

Take my free advice and avoid any reviews or words from people who have already seen the movie. Don't let anyone spoil any scene from the movie. Rush to the nearest theater and experience the phenomenon for yourself. You'll bless me for this advice !

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