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Three Idiots (2009)


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Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes, ridiculously out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend -- the impressible free-thinker Rancho, who is in unique way, touched and changed their lives. It's a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho's romance



Vidhu Vindo Chopra

Apr 26, 2011


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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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There's an unavoidable joie de vivre (symbolized by Rancho's meditative mantra "All is well") and a performance charm that make this one of the more naturally gregarious Bollywood imports.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (2)
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A superstar for more than two decades, Aamir Khan has never been more popular than he is today, in his mid-40s.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Very much a character-driven piece, which not only makes the laughs bigger but also earns a deeper involvement.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

A fabulous achievement across the board. A typical Bollywood confection but also social commentary on a dysfunctional engineering school system that pressures huge numbers of students into suicide.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source:

Flaws aside, 3 Idiots is an entertaining comedy-drama that's worth seeing for a thoroughly charming central performance by Aamir Khan.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Three Idiots

Despite Aamir Khan's charismatic performance, this initially amusing comedy gets sadly lost in a melodramatic second half full of ludicrous situations and unnecessary revelations, with a pathetic conclusion that believes that hugs and laughs are enough to solve everything.
August 13, 2014

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Rajkumar Hirani's magical spell again worked wonders. I wasn't expecting that it would work for me either. While it was still under production, I can remember having read in one of the newspapers as to how this movie could succeed given that it is based on a bestseller (5 Point Someone). And I reckoned then (not that I've read the book till date; probably I'm just one of those hyppos). But the movie turned out to be a bestseller in itself. I know not how far did those who have read the book enjoyed the movie, if at all, but I was in for a ride. It's an incredible piece of entertainment with an underlying message, but doesn't get too preachy at any point. I'd have found the screenplay flawless had the birth sequence towards the end wasn't so stretched. Putting that aside, it's miraculously excellent. Needless to say, besides Rajkumar's brilliant execution, Aamir, Madhavan and Sharman's excellent performance also help making predictability an ignorable factor in this masterpiece.
February 21, 2013

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None quite like it. It is captivating as well as being funny and a lot of lessons there to be found. Though definitely good, the ending is simply too good to be true. Nevertheless, it is a fine film with a lot of heart, a lot of soul and everything else.
May 1, 2012
Adriel Lim

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I have a new love... cheesy Bollywood movies! This movie is such fun, it is like the 3 stooges with subtitles! Plus there is the gratuitous "meaningful moment that you see coming but still feel the heart strings plucked anyway. FUN, FUN, FUN!
June 28, 2011

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    1. Raju: I have learnt to stand up on my feet after having broken both my legs.
    – Submitted by Salihah M (9 months ago)
    1. Rancho: Learning is not memorizing the exact words from the book. Learning is understanding it and being able to explain it in your own words.
    – Submitted by Salihah M (9 months ago)
    1. Raju: Sir, I have learnt to stand up on my feet after having broken both my legs. This attitude has come with great difficulty. No sir, I can't. You may keep your job, and let me keep my attitude.
    – Submitted by Akbar L (20 months ago)
    1. Rancho: Pursue excellence, and success will follow, pants down.
    – Submitted by Chrisel Ann K (21 months ago)
    1. Rancho: These engineers are very smart sir, they didn't invent a machine which can measure the pressure on the brain. If they had, we would have come to know that this was not a suicide but a Murder.
    – Submitted by Hemanth C (21 months ago)
    1. Rancho: Instruments that record analyze summarize organize debate and explain information which are illustrative non-illustrative hardbound paperback jacketed non-jacketed with forward introduction, table of contents, index that are intended for the enlightenment, understanding enrichment enhancement and education of the human brain through sensory root of vision... Sometimes touch.
    – Submitted by Hemanth C (21 months ago)
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