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3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 2009 (India)
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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".

Director:

Rajkumar Hirani

Writers:

Rajkumar Hirani (screenplay), Abhijat Joshi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamir Khan ... Ranchoddas 'Rancho' Shyamaldas Chanchad / Phunsukh Wangdu
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
Olivier Lafont Olivier Lafont ... Suhas Tandon (as Sanjay Lafont)
Rahul Kumar ... Millimeter - MM
Parikshit Sahni ... Mr. Qureshi (as Pareekshit Sahani)
Farida Dadi ... Mrs. Qureshi
Amardeep Jha ... Mrs. Rastogi
Mukund Bhatt ... Mr. Rastogi
Chaitali Bose Chaitali Bose ... Kamini 'Kammo' Rastogi
Javed Jaffrey ... Ranchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad (as Jaaved Jaaferi)
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Storyline

Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi want to re-unite with their fellow collegian, Rancho, after faking a stroke aboard an Air India plane, and excusing himself from his wife - trouser less - respectively. Enroute, they encounter another student, Chatur Ramalingam, now a successful businessman, who reminds them of a bet they had undertaken 10 years ago. The trio, while recollecting hilarious antics, including their run-ins with the Dean of Delhi's Imperial College of Engineering, Viru Sahastrabudhe, race to locate Rancho, at his last known address - little knowing the secret that was kept from them all this time. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't be Stupid. Be an I.D.I.O.T.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing images and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Rajkumar Hirani would later work with Kareena's cousin Ranbir Kapoor in Sanju (2018). See more »

Goofs

One of the first scenes, with Madhavan in an Air India aircraft, shows a distant shot of the aircraft to be an Airbus 321. Though, when moments later when the captain calls for an emergency landing at Delhi, the cockpit is that of a Boeing. See more »

Quotes

Pia V. Sahastrabudhhe: You Gujaratis are so cute. But why does your food sound so dangerous? Dhokla, fafda, handwa, thepla, khakhra, they sound like missiles. Today, Bush dropped two dhoklas on Iraq: 400 dead, 200 injured. I can deal with khakhra, fafda, but your name? Ranchhodddas Shamaldas Chanchad. Yuck! I won't change my last name after marriage
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical release was rated U/A after the applicant replaced three words: Achhut (untouchable), upper caste and doctor with Badshah (king), Gulam (slave) and Jyotish (astrologer) respectively. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.86 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Aal Izz Well
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam, Swanand Kirkire and Shaan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Wonderfully entertaining.
2 June 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

25 December 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bangalore, Karnataka, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR550,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,645,502, 27 December 2009

Gross USA:

$6,532,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,262,836
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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