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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 (

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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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Every time Rancho has an eccentric idea ,a high pitched sound can be heard in the background. 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 »


Viru Sahastrabudhhe: [Angrily looks for Raju in the class] Raju Rastogi?
Raju Rastogi: [a drunk Raju stands up from the last bench of class... and shouts] Yes, sir!
Viru Sahastrabudhhe: How does an induction motor start?
Raju Rastogi: [Raju looks around smilingly and then shouts] Vrrrrommmmmm. Vrrrrrrrooom.
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Referenced in Life! Camera Action... (2012) See more »


Zoobi Doobi - Remix
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Wow this American loves this movie
20 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

I asked my co-workers to recommend a Bollywood movie. I expected "Dumb and Dumber" by the title. It wasn't that at all. It is more of an inspirational comedy with some serious but good messages. A more accurate title would have been "The Legend of Rancho".

Odd to me is that they speak in part English, part Hindi through the movie, kinda like some speak "Spanglish" here I suppose. I know none of the actors but the acting was good, and there was plenty of humor. The characters were believable. Most movie dancing I find a little silly but I even liked the dancing routines in the bathroom.

I will be asking my co-workers for more recommendations after this one!

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