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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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This Christmas & New Year, go gift yourselves - watch this phenomena (Not for Professors) ! See more (327 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:
Komal Jha ... Student

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 
Girdhar Swami 
 
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.)
Atul Khurana .... visual effects artist
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
Gaurav Sharma .... compositor
Parantap Singh .... digital compositor
Muthu Stalin .... compositor
Mahesh Sundriyal .... smoke/flame artist
Manoj Sundriyal .... smoke/flame artist
Amol Thakur .... visual effects: Fable Farm
 
Stunts
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
Ranju Varghese .... choreographer: assistant
 
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:
Aamir Khan's character Rancho says in the movie that people study engineering, then management, and then become bankers, so what is the whole point of studying engineering. This is exactly what Chetan Bhagat (the author of 'Five point someone', the book from which the movie has been adapted) did. He studied engineering from IIT, management from IIM, and became a banker.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Viru talks about NASA developing a pen for space that works in space, writes upside, and even underwater, Rancho gets a laugh and embarrasses the professor by stating that they could have used a pencil. The graphite in pencils is an electrical conductor and breaks off during use. In a weightless environment (like a spacecraft), these pieces of graphite could get inside controls and other delicate electrical equipment, causing all sorts of problems. This is why NASA developed a special pen. An engineering professor would likely know this and be able to respond to the student's quick, naive solution. However, during the scene where Viru gives Rancho the pen, he explains why NASA made the pen.See more »
Quotes:
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:
Soundtrack:
Behti Hawa Sa Tha WohSee more »

FAQ

Which novel is this movie based on?
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221 out of 314 people found the following review useful.
This Christmas & New Year, go gift yourselves - watch this phenomena (Not for Professors) !, 25 December 2009
Author: Ankit Yadav from IIT Roorkee, India

I'm an IITian myself and hence, needless to say, was looking forward to this movie as it is based on the life in IITs. I went with my family and watched the first-day-first-show and was I pleased ? In one sentence - The best Bollywood movie ever ! If you are into movies, then this one is not to be missed unless you are the 4th idiot. I cried, I laughed and I enjoyed every moment of the 3 hours that I spent watching this gem. The songs that seemed mediocre before watching the movie, feel like perfect for the movie. They are so ideal for the situations that I just loved them.

As you can understand, they could not bring the name of any IIT into the movie to avoid disputes. But trust me, whatever they have shown about the life in IITs, it's all true. Right from suicides, cold-hearted Professors to lack of encouragement and support for talents who can really bring serious change in this world. The movie successfully depicts how once inside, your life is only about meaningless grades, go get into the race before it's too late.

Take my free advice and avoid any reviews or words from people who have already seen the movie. Don't let anyone spoil any scene from the movie. Rush to the nearest theater and experience the phenomenon for yourself. You'll bless me for this advice !

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