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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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24 December 2009 (Australia) See more »
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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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25 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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3 Idiots' still awaits 10-year test: Boman Irani
 (From Filmicafe. 19 March 2010, 1:20 PM, PDT)

3 Khans come together for 3 Idiots premiere
 (From Bollyspice. 24 December 2009, 10:07 AM, PST)

Rajneeti theatrical won't be premiered with 3 Idiots
 (From BollywoodHungama. 22 December 2009, 6:33 AM, PST)

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Best Movie of 2009! Aamir Khan reigns Supreme!! See more (303 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
Sham Kaushal .... stunt coordinator
 
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
 
Thanks
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
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Three Idiots" - India (English title) (copyright title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing images and crude humor
Runtime:
170 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
1 of the 3 Indian movies to be in IMDb top 250 for long time. The other two movies also staring Aamir Khan, Rang De Basanti (2006) & Taare Zameen Par (2007)See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The mobile phones used in the college period are the ones which were not used in 1998 when the film is setSee more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Like Stars on Earth (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Behti Hawa Sa Tha WohSee more »

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160 out of 246 people found the following review useful.
Best Movie of 2009! Aamir Khan reigns Supreme!!, 24 December 2009
Author: ahujarajiv from India

We saw a sneak preview of 3 Idiots last night at Globus Cinema in Bandra, Mumbai.

Brilliant. Simply, brilliant.

Simple but articulate story telling laced with lots of humour and lessons from life. A wonderful experience to watch as every single actor from Sharman, Madhavan, Boman, Kareena & Aamir deliver probably the best performance in a movie this year.

Sharman & Madhavan start off on a journey to seek out their friend Rancho. Together they were the 3 Idiots in college. And they take us the viewers with them on this beautiful journey with such warmth, panache, humour and love, that we don't want the journey to end.

Sharman really shows why he's one actor to watch out for. His acting genes come through in every single scene. He's perfect in his role. Sharman, you rock!

Madhavan as the guy who's chasing his father's dreams rather than his own is wonderful. The character who learns to laugh at life and it's ironies thanks to his friend Rancho. Madhavan shows his humorous side brilliantly savoring every scene and making it a pleasure to watch. His narration of the movie is very good.

Boman Irani is probably the one actor we take most for granted just because he's so brilliant! His characterization of the control-crazy, hyper-active, hyper-competitive, almost dictator-ish, college principal, is beyond words. He plays it so so well, that you love to hate him. He's that Good.

Kareena comes through in this movie as one of the finest actresses we have. No one else could have played her part and also looked so beautiful at the same time.

And now take it from a hard core Amitabh Bachchan fan, Aamir Khan is the best actor in town today after AB. Period.

His range is phenomenal and his characterization of 'Rancho' in this movie is positively brilliant. The small mannerisms, the walk, the smile, the attitude, the brilliance of a young person who's not restricted by the educational system, his positive attitude towards every thing in life, it's Rancho you are looking at. Not Aamir.

Aamir's ability to transform himself convincingly from the super-huge well-built temporary amnesia patient on a revenge spree in Ghajini to this whacked out college student, which is half the age he played in last movie shows his prowess as a master actor to transcend age barriers to play almost every role in the book.

This is THE best movie of 2009. Aamir again reigns supreme. Thank you Raju Hirani & Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Cliché word, but I have to use it - FANTASTIC !! 10/10

P.S. Don't forget to say 'Aal Izz Well'

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