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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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£437,554 (UK) (25 December 2009)


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

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Did You Know?


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


The airport shown in the start, is actually shot in Bangalore and not Delhi. See more »


Rancho: Pursue excellence, and success will follow, pants down.
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References Sholay (1975) See more »


Aal Izz Well
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam, Swanand Kirkire and Shaan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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3 idiots is a masterpiece and easily one of the greatest Bollywood movies of all time
24 December 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I saw the paid premiere of 3 idiots today.On the whole, 3 idiots is a winner all the way everythingwise.3 idiots suits the term 'landmark cinema' and has all it takes to help Bollywood take a giant step into world cinema with pride.3 idiots is a sparkling example of qualitative cinema.3 idiots not only entertains, it also enlightens.3 idiots is forward-thinking, but also makes you recall your roots. It promises lots of laughs and also a heartwarming message.There are movies aplenty, but very few remain etched in your memory and possess recall value. 3 idiots is one of those films. Indisputably and undeniably, this Aamir-Madhavan-Sharman outing is worth the price of the ticket and more.The film will set new records and has the merits to emerge one of the biggest hits of all times. The weekend business should be historic, the Week 1 business should be unparalleled, the lifetime gross should be amongst the biggest of all times. In short, 3 idiots has 'Blockbuster' written all over it.The story of 3 idiots has been told differently and most importantly, the story offers so many twists-n-turns that you just can't guess what would unfold next.There's so much happening in every scene and the screenplay is so gripping that you don't feel the need to look at the auditorium ceiling or at your watch at brief intervals. You aren't restless. 3 idiots demonstrates how strong film-making can enhance and elevate an already solid concept.An Aamir Khan film is nothing short of an event. The supremely talented actor acts in one film a year and no two films are ever identical in terms of plot line.To sum up, 3 idiots is commercial Hindi cinema at its best. The film has 'Hit' written all over it. Let me put it this way: Cancel whatever you're doing today and go watch 3 idiots instead.Director Rajkumar Hirani strikes a fine balance between humor and emotions. The comic portions are executed with panache, the drama is attention-grabbing and the emotional quotient is strong enough to turn you moist-eyed. The marriage of humor and emotions as also technique and content is what drives 3 idiots to the winning post.

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