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Release Date:
24 December 2009 (Australia) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
25 wins & 13 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
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)

User Reviews:
easily the best Indian movie in 2009.... and one of the best ever See more (288 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Aamir Khan ... 'Rancho' Shamaldas Chanchad

Kareena Kapoor ... Pia

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

Sharman Joshi ... Raju Rastogi

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)
Sanjay Lafont ... Suhas Tandon
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  &
Abhijit 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
 
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
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
Vikram Gaikwad .... makeup designer
Suraj Godambe .... hair stylist
Ritesh Naik .... makeup artist
Serena Tixeira .... key hair stylist
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
Mohd Abrez .... digital compositor
Badarinathchinimilli .... digital compositor
Biju Dhanpalan .... visual effects: Fable Farm (as Biju D.)
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
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
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 »
Sound Mix:
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:
While shooting the drunk scene, Aamir suggested that they get really drunk and that happened on the shoot which resulted in numerous retakes and the stock of camera roll got over and the unit had to go to another shoot in Bangalore (where the film was shot) to get roll.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the librarian Mr. Dubey narrates the speech to Chatur, he begins with this line: "Hamare director Sahab Ne Yahaan Kai Chamatkar Kiye Hain!" In the actual speech this line is missing! And Rancho did not change the speech; he only changed some words and added a Sanskrit Shlok.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:
Referenced in Anjaana Anjaani (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jaane Nahin Denge TujheSee more »

FAQ

Which novel is this movie based on?
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127 out of 184 people found the following review useful.
easily the best Indian movie in 2009.... and one of the best ever, 24 December 2009
Author: Watching

I was lucky to see the first day show of 3 idiots on Thursday in Dubai. Well the title of this post says it all. The movie is an example of classic film making. brilliant and highly entertaining.

Watch 3 idiots for a) amir khan's incredible acting b) intelligent and highly energatic screenplay & direction (Rajkumar Hirani has done it yet again!) c) amazing chemistry among actors, d) some of the best comedy scenes coming from Indian cinema in a long time and e) a heart warming story which keeps you spell binded right till the end.

I would rate it as among the best from amir khan (which obviously means among the very best from bollywood. I would also give a lot of credit to the director rajkumar hirani, who after this movie (and his previous munna bhai series) should rank as among the top in bollywood too. 9/10.

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