Loosely borrowed from the book of Cheten Bhagat’s Five Point Someone, Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is told in flashback mode by one of the 3 Idiots, Farhan (Madhavan). It’s a tale about three friends- Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (R Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) studying in Imperial College of Engineering.
Rancho hails from a rich family and also is the rebel and leader among three 3 idiots (as the principal Viru Sahasrabuddhe, alias Virus played superbly by Boman Irani calls them).
Rancho always is up to some mischief or the other and that’s put him in loggerheads with his Principal, Viru Sahasrabuddhe (Boman Irani) whom Racho calls Virus. Rancho believes his teaching is old fashioned and thinks education should be for the pursuit of knowledge and not the pursuit of success. And in the process he earns the principal’s wrath. But despite his naughtiness and carefree nature, Rancho surprises everyone by topping his class. And eventually the director’s daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor) falls for his charm.
The twist comes in the film with Rancho mysteriously disappearing after his final graduation. And years later, his 2 Idiots, Farhan and Raju go searching for him.
Raju Hirani superbly delivers yet another monster hit and again proves when it comes to intelligent filmmaking; he’s truly the king of Bollywood. Hirani’s excellence begins with the right casting in the role of 3 Idiots. Just 3 films old, Hirani has developed a unique art of incisive characterisations and all his films, right from his highly entertaining Munnabhai series to 3 Idiots have realistic dialogues and appealing performances. And now the scary question for Raju Hirani is, what’s next for Raju…. how can he better this?
The credit goes to Hirani and Joshi for this achievement. The supremely talented duo takes us on a rollercoaster ride and back to our college days. The screenplay is alive with right twist and turns. It’s packed with right ingredients. 3 Idiots’ main strength lies in its powerful screenplay loosely adapted from Chetan Bhagat best selling book. Though Aamir Khan, Maddy and Sharman are the heroes, as a screenplay and script writers, Hirani and Joshi are the main heroes of the film. In Munnabhai they had given a phrase, Jadoo ki Jhappi, followed by Gandhigiri in Lage Raho Munnabhai and All Izz Well in 3 Idiots, which is likely to become a craze after this movie.
The only disappointing part of the film is Shantanu Moitra's non inspiring music, except for the emotional 'Give Me Some Sunshine', and the peppy 'All Is Well', there’s nothing to sing aloud about.
Madhavan is just perfect for his role and as the narrator of the film, while Sharman proves his brilliance once again. Check out his breakdown scenes. Boman once again proves to be a lucky mascot for his producers (he’s the only constant factor in all Hirani’s film). He is superb as the eccentric principal. Though Kareena’s role is limited, she once again proves that she is the best. Though the film belongs to everyone, right from Madhavan, Sharman, Kareena, Boman down to sly, NRI guy, Chatur Ramalingam to the little boy millimeter, the heart and soul of the film is Aamir Khan. He is truly the undisputed perfectionist Khan. He is a true master of his craft, undoubtedly the No. 1 Idiot.