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3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 2009 (India)
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)
Pia (as Kareena Kapoor)
Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad (as Jaaved Jaaferi)
Mr. Qureshi (as Pareekshit Sahani)
Olivier Lafont ...
Suhas Tandon (as Sanjay Lafont)
Rahul Kumar ...
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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't be Stupid. Be an I.D.I.O.T.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


INR 550,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,645,502, 27 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,532,908, 7 March 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,000,000, 7 March 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The idea of the flying helicopter was offered by Dia Mirza. See more »


Suhas enters through the main gate during the wedding, which is not possible as he was already in the building where the wedding was taking place. See more »


Machine Class Professor: Why are you back?
Rancho: Sir, I forgot to take something...
Machine Class Professor: What?
Rancho: Instruments that record, analyse, summarise, organise, debate and explain information; that are illustrated, non-illustrated, hardbound, paperback, jacketed, non-jacketed; with foreword, introduction, table of contents, index; that are indented for the enlightenment, understanding, enrichment, enhancement and education of the human brain through sensory route of vision - sometimes touch.
Machine Class Professor: [confused] What are you trying to say?
Rancho: Books sir! ...
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References Malcolm in the Middle: Surgery (2001) See more »


Give Me Some Sunshine
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Suraj Jagan and Sharman Joshi
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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User Reviews

Very good movie!
6 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is the very first time i write a review, mostly because I'm very lazy.

However I just watched this film and i gotta admit it...

I loved it!!!!

At first i was like well "lets see what this movie has to offer"

(btw its also the first Indian movie I've ever seen) and I was like okay

its funny and then... like wow so thoughtful and reflexive! It really

made me meditate about my career and my real dreams! Its a very good

movie! I'll recommend it to all my friends!

You must watch it!

All is Well!

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