Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Cast: Aamir Khan (Rancho), Madhavan (Farhan), Sharman Joshi (Raju).
Genre: Comedy – Drama
Did you know that the largest film industry in the world is not Hollywood but Bollywood? With more than 800 films a year, the movie capital of Mumbai (India) owns a distinct style that most of us are not used to. Yet, I’ve always been very curious about it, and a few days ago I watched an Indian movie for the first time. It was called 3 idiots, and I think it is a great start for those of us who are interested in this country’s fascinating culture.
Farhan and Raju haven’t seen their friend Rancho in a very long time. About ten years ago, they went to the same Engineering College, but after graduation Rancho dissapeared and lost contact with his friends. Now Farhan and Raju are determined to find him and go from one place to another looking for any traces. In their way, they remember lots of anecdotes from the time they were University students and everything they learned from Rancho. Why did he suddenly dissapear? Was he hiding some kind of secret? And most important of all, will they finally find him?
In general terms, I liked this movie very much. But before saying why, I want to tell you what felt kind of weird to me. One thing was the lenght of the movie. It lasts almost three hours, and though it is not tedious, there must have been a way to make it shorter. Nevertheless, this is one of Bollywood movies’ characteristics, so it is totally understandable. Secondly, there are the musical numbers. The actors suddenly begin to dance and sing, and you find yourself wondering whether you’re watching Glee or if it is really the movie. But once again, this is very particular of the Indian style, and if you accept it, you are even able to enjoy the music and the coordinated moves. You only have to be a bit open-minded and these things won’t be an obstacle for you.
So, what did I like about 3 idiots? Apart from some funny scenes and tear-jerker moments, what I actually loved was the message that the movie tried to convey. “Chase excellence and success will follow”, says Rancho to his friends. He is intending to show them that the important thing is not to get high grades and being recognised, but to truly learn and explode your talents. I don’t know if, as shown in the movie, Indian Institutes of Technology (ITT) use this kind of methods that praise the memorization of concepts above real learning (though this ITT student assures so). But I can say I see this happening everyday at my school. We may not specifically learn by heart, but in a way we are taught to solve problems (of every kind) in the single way that they show us, what with time, kills most of the creativity and imagination of the students. The few who still care about their education, end up worring solely about the marks they get and not about learning. This shouldn’t be about saving more and more information as though we were a hard disc, this should be about adquiring the skills that allow us to create solutions of our own and explode our potencial. Apart from this, the movie deals with other problems at ITTs, such as the pressure the students feel and the high suicide rates.
There’s something else the movie conveys (there may be lots of other things, but these are which touched me most). I’m talking about the choosing of a career and how hard or misleading is when pressure from your family and the society and the will to earn more money mix up with your actual interests and dreams. I won’t tell you too much, just that 3 idiots deals with it in a magnificient way.
To sum up, I want to say that if you are able to watch something different (which is not SO different after all) you may come to enjoy this movie very much. 3 idiots is one of those films that, apart from entertaining, leaves you thinking about your own life, so in my opinion, that makes it worth-seeing. ☼
Watch the trailer ↓ (You may notice that it is half in English and half in Hindi. The whole movie is like that, since in India there are so many different dialects that they use the English language as a sort of unifier)
– Written by GuadiRC –