Friday, October 22, 2010

Review: 3 Idiots

NB: This was my very first post, so read it with caution.

3 IDIOTS (2009)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Screenplay: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi
Starring: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani

Reviewed 10th of August 2010
In India, "3 Idiots" became not only the biggest Blockbuster ever - it also succeeded in winning (almost) every major movie award of 2010. At the beginning of the movie I found myself asking a simple question: "Why?". What was it about this movie, that amazed the Indians that much? There was one fact, that, for me, spoke rather against the movie: Aamir Khan is TOO OLD! He does (surprisingly) look more handsome than in RDB... And he plays well, as always. But come on, playing a college student while being 44 years old?! I didn't know, what to think of this. However, the movie is funny - even though some of the jokes seem a little like American Pie to me, a movie I do like, but my amusement is always a little overshaded by guilt: I ask myself - Is this actually funny, or is it just stupid?
Main essence of the movie seems to be: Have fun in your life, do what you want to... or so. I translate this to the fact, that we should just forget some of our moral values for a while, and just enjoy the experience of watching "3 Idiots". This was something I realised, when I already had seen half of the movie: Do not take this movie too seriously - it is not supposed to be. Neither the characters, nor their actions and attitudes, nor the rushing shift between joke and melodrama. (Oh, but I have to say, the actors were fantastic!). You must let yourself be lulled by the overexcited "All Izz Well" or the sweet "Zoobi Doobi", and be amused about Ranju's cute black-and-white house. Because, when I accepted all that, I found "3 Idiots" to be a rather succesfully made movie. Not the best Indian Movie ever, not for me, and it does not at all come anywhere near Avatar - but when the credits rolled over the screen, I was truly satisfied by this movie, and I was happy. And isn't that just, what a good movie should make you feel like?
I think, the Indian comedy is on it's right way! (Please (!!!), no more Phir Hera Pheri or Bhagam Bhag)!

PS: Well, Akshay Kumar can't let it be, can he? Just saw the beginning of "Housefull"... I turned it off, when Malaika wouldn't marry him and the Loser-song came up... Never again will I watch a stupid Akshay-Kumar-Comedy. 

Rating: 9.3
    Thank you for reading my review
    Mette M. K.


    1. I didn't like this movie all that much either. But I am guessing the movie worked in India because Indians could identify with the subject.

      There is a lot of peer & family pressure in India on kids to get into engineering and medical sciences & to become a doctor or an engineer. So a lot of them sacrifice their individual dreams & wishes and get into a profession that assures good salary. This movie sort of told them it is alright to pursue your dreams and to hell with everything else.
      I guess that is the reason it worked big time in India.

      1. I didn't say I didn't like it - my rating is 9.3/10, so that makes it one of my favourite movies.
        But thanks for your comment!

    2. Just finished watching this and I really enjoyed it. Like you mention it is a light hearted film not to be taken too seriously. Had fun with it!

      1. Haha, awesome! Didn't know anyone was reading my old posts :D I enjoy this movie every time I watch it, so it's cool to hear you enjoyed it too.

      2. I think I saw a link to your post on IMDB and since I know your blog that's the first one I checked out.

    3. i agree with the firsst comment..apart from the fact that i simply loved the movie. you do have to be familiar with what goes on in india to appreciate the message. here, in most sections of society anyone who isnt a doctor/ engineer/ lawyer is considered stupid, if i may put it that way, or atleast it was that way until sometime back


    Let the discussion begin!