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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

Aamir Khan, in a recent interview revealed that Abhijaat Joshi is working on the sequel, which might hit the screens around 2020. See more »

Goofs

When Rancho first appears, his luggage tag says ...SHAMALDAS..., but in the final scene Chatur's "Declaration of Defeat" has ...SHYAMLDAS..., which is a better transliteration of the name seen on a picture frame at the funeral in Shimla. 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 ...
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Alternate Versions

In South Korea, the film was edited to 141 minutes for theatrical release. The uncut version was later released at the Director's cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Anjaana Anjaani (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Zoobi Doobi
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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This Christmas & New Year, go gift yourselves - watch this phenomena (Not for Professors) !
25 December 2009 | by ankityadavSee all my reviews

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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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

25 December 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Idiots See more »

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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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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