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3 Idiots -- From the moment Ranco arrives at India's most prestigious university, his outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down--along with the lives of his two newfound best friends.


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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". Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Aamir Khan ... 'Rancho' Shamaldas Chanchad

Madhavan ... Farhan Qureshi (as R. Madhavan)

Sharman Joshi ... Raju Rastogi

Kareena Kapoor ... Pia

Boman Irani ... Viru Sahastrabudhhe

Omi Vaidya ... Chatur 'Silencer' Ramalingam

Mona Singh ... Mona
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
Jayant Kripalani ... Campus Interview Panel Head (as Jayant Kriplani)
Arun Bali ... Shamaldas Chanchad (as Aron Baali)
Shoaib Ahmed ... Chhote
Dushyant Wagh ... Centimeter
Pooja Goswami ... Air Hostess
A.S. Duggal ... Pilot (as Captain A.S. Duggal)
Annapurna Kaul ... Airline Ground Staff 1
Chandrashekhar ... Airline Ground Staff 2
R.S. Kodange ... Doctor at Airport
Dharmendra Bhurji ... Airport Cab Driver
Meghna Bhalla ... Raju's Wife
Harvinder Singh ... Mr. Dhillon
Dilshad Edibam ... Aunt at Farhan's Birth

Rajeev Ravindranathan ... Lead Ragging Senior (as Rajeev Ravindranath)
Hitesh Tak ... Ragging Senior 2
Rajendra Patwardhan ... Govind
Achyut Potdar ... Machine Class Professor
Ali Fazal ... Joy Lobo
Madhav Vaze ... Joy's Father
Dileep Desai ... Priest at Joy's funeral
Raghunathan ... Professor in Corridor (as Prof. Raghunath)
Vaidyanathan ... Professor Vaidyanathan (as Prof. Vaidyanathan)
Kumar Veer Singh ... Waiter at Mona's Wedding
Shailja Dhar ... Lady at Mona's Wedding (as Shailaja Dhar)
Dinesh Kumar ... Mona's Husband
Aakash Dabhade ... ICE Student 2
Apul Jaisinghani ... ICE Student 3
Trilok Sadhwani ... ICE Student 4
Akhil Mishra ... Librarian Dubey
Sonu ... Library Clerk
Atul Tiwari ... Minister in Auditorium
Praful Kulkarni ... Doctor startled by scooter in hospital (as Dr. Praful Kulkarni)
Jalil Parkar ... Doctor1 Attending on Raju's Father (as Dr. Jalil Parkar)
Debashish Naha ... Doctor2 Attending on Raju's Father (as Dr. Debashish Naha)
Michael Joseph ... Exam Hall Professor
Smriti ... Girl at Notice Board with Chatur
Sanjay Sood ... Peanut Vendor at Shimla
Dayal Sharma ... Caretaker at Shyamaldas' House
Rakesh Sharma ... Minister at Shyamaldas' Funeral
Elihud George ... Chote's Teacher (Masterji)
Sarvanna ... College Security Guard
Tanveer Ahmed ... Professor in Induction Motor Class
Shankar Sachdev ... Ambulance Driver
Kishor Patil ... Doctor in Ambulance with Raju (as Dr. Kishor Patil)
Insia Lacewalla ... Nurse
Keshav Rae ... Campus Interview Panelist 1
Lata Kurdikar ... Campus Interview Panelist 2 (as Mrs Lata Kurdikar)
Suhas Vaidya ... Campus Interview Panelist 3
Nishi Singh ... Maid at Pia's House
Saurabh Agnihotri ... Housekeeping Boy at Pia's Wedding
Sitaram Sharma ... Manager at Pia's Wedding
Pundit Prayag Raj ... Panditji at Pia's Wedding
Supriya Shukla ... Matron in Hospital with Pia
Malvika Singh ... Mona's Baby
Tsanwal Namgyal ... Kid 1 at Rancho's School
Jigmet Dorjey ... Kid 2 at Rancho's School
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pitobash ... Junior 1
Bharat Jha ... Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Rajkumar Hirani 
Writing credits
Rajkumar Hirani  &
Abhijat Joshi 

Vidhu Vinod Chopra  screenplay associate

Produced by
Vidhu Vinod Chopra .... producer
Vir Chopra .... creative producer
Anil Davda .... executive producer
Sanjiv Kishinchandani .... line producer
Aman Mahajan .... associate producer
Ravi Sarin .... line producer: Delhi
Original Music by
Shantanu Moitra (background music)
Atul Raninga (background music)
Sanjay Wandrekar (background music)
Cinematography by
C.K. Muraleedharan 
Film Editing by
Rajkumar Hirani 
Casting by
Rohan Mapuskar 
Menaka Nagarajan 
Production Design by
Sumit Basu 
Rajnish Hedao 
Art Direction by
Rajnish Hedao 
Costume Design by
Manish Malhotra 
Sheena Parikh  (as Sheena Parekh)
Raghuveer Shetty 
Makeup Department
Anna Cichon .... special makeup effects artist
Vikram Gaikwad .... makeup designer
Suraj Godambe .... hair stylist
Ritesh Naik .... makeup artist
Serina Tixeira .... key hair stylist (as Serena Tixeira)
Brian Wade .... special animatronic baby effects designer and creator
Production Management
Atishay Dayal .... assistant production manager
Bharat Jha .... production manager
Salim Qureshi .... production manager
Sarvesh Singh .... unit production manager
Bhavin Thakkar .... production manager
Sachin Utekar .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gaurav Chandelya .... third assistant director
Mahdeep Dhillon .... assistant director
Mrunmayee Lagoo .... third assistant director
Rajesh Mapuskar .... associate director
Rohan Mapuskar .... third assistant director
Menaka Nagarajan .... second second assistant director
Karan Narvekar .... second assistant director
Jai Sharma .... second assistant director
Karan Tejpal .... second assistant director
Vinay Waikul .... first assistant director
Art Department
Saikat Bose .... assistant art director
Ajay Chodanker .... assistant art director
Sunil Gujar .... graphic designer
Ramakant Kanojia .... graphic designer
Vipin Kumar .... assistant art director
Dhananjay Thorat .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Reddy Bharat .... dolby consultant
Bishwadeep Chatterjee .... sound designer
Sanjay Chaturvedi .... additional dialogue editor
Anup Dev .... re-recording engineer
Gyana Mishra .... boom operator
Nihar Ranjan Samal .... production sound mixer: sync
Nihar Ranjan Samal .... sound recordist
Sachin K. Sanghvi .... sound recordist
Varun Visoi .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Brian Wade .... special animatronic baby effects designer and creator
Visual Effects by
Badarinathchinimilli .... digital compositor
Biju Dhanpalan .... visual effects: Fable Farm (as Biju D.)
Abrez Mohammed .... digital compositor (as Mohd Abrez)
Achal Muchhala .... digital compositor: Reliance MediaWorks Ltd.
Bhavesh Patel .... visual effects: Fable Farm
Mitul Patel .... visual effects: Fable Farm
Rajiv Raghunathan .... digital intermediate production head
Rajeev Rajasekharan .... CG supervisor
Shubham Singh Rathore .... visual effects artist (visual effects)
Akshay Sachdeva .... matchmover
Saurabh Sameer .... visual effects artist
Vikas Sawlani .... vfx artist
Parantap Singh .... digital compositor
Muthu Stalin .... compositor
Mahesh Sundriyal .... smoke/flame artist
Manoj Sundriyal .... smoke/flame artist
Amol Thakur .... visual effects: Fable Farm
Shyam Kaushal .... stunt coordinator (as Sham Kaushal)
Camera and Electrical Department
Piyush Acharya .... jimmy jib operator
Arjun Singh Bhurji .... key grip
Dharmendra Bhurji .... key grip
Ramani Ranjan Das .... first assistant camera
Nilip Deb .... videographer: behind-the-scene-chroma key footage
Zeshaan Akbar Latif .... still photographer
Deval Samanta .... gaffer
Casting Department
Rohan Mapuskar .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Ranjeet Bahadur .... co-editor
Gaurav Chandelya .... assistant editor
Makarand Surte .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Subir Kumar Das .... surround music mixer
Daniel B. George .... arranged by: orchestrated & conducted
Shreya Ghoshal .... playback singer
Suraj Jagan .... playback singer
Swanand Kirkire .... lyricist
Swanand Kirkire .... playback singer
Sonu Nigam .... playback singer
Sachin K. Sanghvi .... song and music recordist
Shaan .... playback singer
Other crew
Anil Arjun .... head of distribution: overseas: Reliane team
Ranjeet Bahadur .... dialogue supervisor
Dileep Desai .... production coordinator
Subhash Dhar .... chief executive: international operations
Avit Dias .... choreographer
Ramakant Dubey .... chief accountant
Thomas Marcus George .... development & marketing executive
Caesar Gonsalves .... choreographer
Amitabh Gupta .... legal & insurance advisor
Supriya Kelkar .... assistance
Bosco Martis .... choreographer
Arun Mishra .... project team: Reliance team
Himanshu Nanda .... publicity design: H-One
Rahul Nanda .... publicity design: H-One
Kirit Parekh .... senior accountant
Ashni Parikh .... legal consultant
Mahesh Ramanathan .... management: Reliance Entertainment
Dhairya Roy .... international distribution
Anil Sekhri .... chartered accountant
Rohit Sharma .... project head: Reliance team
Deepa Singh .... project team: Reliance team
Navmeet Singh .... production assistant (as Navmeet Arora)
Sachin Utekar .... location manager
Javed Akhtar .... special thanks
Sunil Behra .... special thanks
Jitendra Bhargava .... special thanks (as Jitendra Bhargava, Air India)
Sajal Desai .... special thanks (as Dr. Sajal Desai)
Amitabh Jhunjhunwala .... special thanks
T. Kundu .... special thanks (as Prof. T. Kundu, IIT Bombay)
Dia Mirza .... special thanks
Indu Shekhar Vasisst .... special thanks (as Indu Shekhar Vasisst, CAO, IIM Bangalore)
Rajiv Verma .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Three Idiots" - India (English title) (copyright title)
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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing images and crude humor
170 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:12A | Japan:G | New Zealand:M | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46690)

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The film was shot in reverse, the present day scenes were shot first and then the college scenes.See more »
Continuity: 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! I forgot to take my books.
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Movie Connections:
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114 out of 131 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully entertaining., 2 June 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

It's hard for me to review this film, as I have not seen a huge number of Indian films--probably no more than a couple dozen. Most of the ones I've seen were wonderfully entertaining but I am far from an expert on Bollywood. Because of this, I have a hard time knowing how good this film is relative to other films from this country. So, consider this when you read this review. This may be among the very best India has to offer or it just seems that way to me.

Like so many Indian films, this is a very, very long film--with a run-time of almost three hours. When a movie is bad or just okay, this can seem like forever, but since "3 Idiots" is a very, very good film I loved its length. And, like most films of the genre, it has its share of the usual singing and dancing so foreign to films from other countries. One thing you should know, however, is that defining the type of film it is isn't really easy. Much of it is a comedy, but it also has many poignant moments (keep the Kleenex nearby), some existential moments where they explore the meaning of life and work and it's also a tender film about friendship. And, as my daughter pointed out when she saw the film, she loved that the men in the movie are not afraid to cry--something you rarely see in western films.

As for the plot, it's very long and involved and I could recount what occurs. But I don't want to spoil a single wonderful moment, so my advice is just sit back and watch--and if you give it a chance, I can almost guarantee you'll have a great time with this poignant and funny film. Wonderful and well worth your time--with a delightful script, wonderful characters and lots of moments that made me smile...and a few that brought me to tears. See this film.

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