Movie Review: 3 Idiots (2009)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★½☆
Box Office: Super Blockbuster

3 IdiotsBravo! Bollywood smartys had done it again. The invincible Rajkumar Hirani goes more ‘hearty’ and less ‘arty’ this time to give us a witty and touching look at life and makes a befitting comment at the mad rat race we are in where the quotient of success is measured with a materialistic tape without giving the call of your heart any grape.What happens when unrealistic pressures to achieve gets on you, unable to bear and handle you say it quits, people call it suicide but in ‘3 Idiots’ Rancho (Aamir best till date) asks, it can also be murder?

Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) slog through engineering just to fulfill their parents’ dreams and secure a stable, well paying job. Enter Rancho (Aamir Khan), a maverick genius who studies only for the love of it. His practical approach towards studies is in stark contrast to the marks-oriented model followed by college dean Viru Sahastrabudhhe aka Virus (Boman Irani). Hirani once again uses the protagonist as a tool to convey his optimistic philosophy about life. You can say Rancho does the job of a Munnabhai. On the last day of college, Rancho mysteriously disappears – till one fine day Raju and Farhan land up on a clue and set out looking for him in the hills of Ladakh.

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Positive Reviews
5.0 “one of the most entertaining films of the decade”
5.0 “a clean sweep to drama”
Star Box Office
5.0 “Laugh. Cry. Fly. Go watch it.”
India Today
4.8 “a must watch movie and arguably the best of 2009!”
Planet Bollywood
4.5 “Chase your dream and shine like the 3 Idiots”
Movie Talkies
4.5 “Rush for it”
Times Of India
4.5 “easily ranks amongst Aamir, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s finest films. Do yourself and your family a favour: Watch 3 IDIOTS”
4.0 “a must watch flick and one of the finest movies of the year. Go grab it!”
4.0 “More power to you, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. We know now why you speak so much, so long, and so loudly. It’s because movies such as these can silence everyone else”
4.0 “a must watch this festive season!”
Zee News
4.0 “you shall come out with many a memorable moments and an amazing inspiration that the film gives”
Real Bollywood
4.0 “Go watch it… I’d say please watch it”
4.0 “cinema at its best”
DNA India
4.0 “this is much bigger than just a film, it’s a cultural phenomenon”
Mumbai Mirror
4.0 “not to be passed and a great Holiday treat for families”
Desi Hits
4.0 “From a filmmaker who’s lived with the iconic Munnabhai for more than half a decade, this is an admirable effort and a challenge well met”
Rediff 2
4.0 “”
Real Bollywood 2
3.8 “lets you loosen up enough to make you stop believing everything they say about the world being a bad place. All izz well, indeed”
Full Hyderabad
3.5 “one film which will surely leave you with a smile. There will be a few glances at your watch if you have a problem sitting at one place for too long”
3.5 “the sort of movie you’ll take home with a smile and a song on your lips, unless the hype has entirely messed up with your expectations”
Hindustan Times
3.5 “It’s not that “3 Idiots” is a flawless work of art. But it is a vital, inspiring and life-revising work of contemporary art with some heart imbued into every part.”
3.5 “didn’t live up to my expectations, but if you are looking for nothing more than a light Friday night entertainer, this is well worth the money”
Planet Bollywood 2
3.5 “So was the film worth trekking in the freezing cold, facing adverse weather conditions and crappy public transport? Yes, I have no regrets. “
3.0 “Leaves you with a smile and warmth that last long after the film is over”
Outlook India
3.0 “Though a bit too calculated and designed, 3 Idiots is still an ok option for the significant message, interesting cast and scattered breezy moments”
3.0 “tries too hard to be funny, the first half is good, the follow up isn’t. It works in parts but coming from Rajkumar Hirani, we expected better, much better!”
3.0 “a distant third compared to Hirani’s previous works. Yet, it has this perfect combination of comedy with a social message that should work well with the masses”
Now Running
3.0 “though it would have been great if the director had adopted a sharper vision and stepped a little more out of his comfort zone, I still recommend you make time for 3 Idiots”
Now Running 2
3.0 “a feel good watch with a positive message”
Buzz 18
3.0 “Rajkumar Hirani spins a yarn that despite a few botches has its heart in the right place”
3.0 “an earnest but calculated effort that runs, but never flies. Watch it anyway, because it’s the season to be jolly, and good laughs are guaranteed”
IBN Live
Negative Reviews
2.0 “It’s okay, boss, *chalta hai*. Even Sachin has an off day, and we still have great hope”

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