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(2009)

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Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has claimed that 3 Idiots will be legally released on YouTube within 12 weeks of releasing in theaters - a first in the history of Indian cinema.
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The college and the hostel scenes were filmed at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, although the fictional "Imperical College of Engineering" depicted in the movie is situated in the city of Delhi. The ragging scenes were shot in the girl's dormitory and the resident girls saw the whole scene (not shown). The actors admitted to feeling uncomfortable while getting undressed to their underwear in front of them and getting their buttocks stamped.
Aamir Khan never stands still in the entire movie. He is always swaying in some direction. Apparently, he concluded that the the new generation of kids never stand still after observing his nephew.
Only Indian movie to be in IMDb's top 250 movies list for a long time. Others Indian films are always fluctuating in the bottom list of 250.
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.
While shooting the drunk scene, Aamir Khan 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.
The film was shot in reverse, the present day scenes were shot first and then the college scenes.
Aamir Khan, in a recent interview revealed that Abhijaat Joshi is working on the sequel, which might hit the screens around 2020.
Most voted (user ratings) Indian movie on IMDb.
Known for preparing for every role that he signs, actor Aamir Khan was avoiding eating his own birthday cake. When asked why, he said "I am surviving on milk and few bananas as I have been asked to lose weight for the role".
First Bollywood movie to earn 200 crores nett at the domestic box office. Also, Aamir Khan's first 200 crore movie. Ended up with 202 crores domestically and 395 crores worldwide. Highest ever.
Kareena Kapoor always wanted to work with Rajkumar Hirani. So she herself approached him for the role of Pia.
Raju Hirani was taking a nap while the special effects team were testing a smoke machine. The team left for 2 minutes while the director inhaled the smoke and almost died!
Shahrukh khan was offered the role of Rancho; he declined owing to lack of filming dates and interest.
Every time Rancho has an eccentric idea, a high pitched sound can be heard in the background.
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The campus shown in the movie is that of 'Indian Institute of Management' - Bangalore.
Before Hirani made his first movie (Munna Bhai MBBS, released 2003) he had written a draft about three college students studying in an engineering college. The movie was to star Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, and Abhishiek Bachan. Filming was to take place after Munna Bhai MBBS released, however due to creative issues, between Hirani, and the producer the film was never made. Five years later Hirani announced 3 Idiots, based on three college students studying engineering.
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Aamir Khan got inspired by A.R. Murugadoss (who directed him in Ghajini earlier) for the dressing sense and body language of the lead character 'Rancho'.
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Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has claimed that 3 Idiots will be legally released on YouTube within 12 weeks of releasing in theaters - a first in the history of Indian cinema but in reality was never done.
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The hospital shown in the movie is Fortis Hospital, Noida.
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Sanjay Dutt was supposed to make a cameo in the film, but this never happened. Also, Arshad Warsi was offered both the roles of Farhan and Raju but declined due to lack of dates. Both have previously worked with Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra in the Munnabhai film series.
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The SUV used throughout the movie is a 2010 model Volvo XC-90 R-Design..
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When Virus asked students who wants to win the pen in the first day of school, Rancho is the only character who didn't move his hand and won it after all.

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