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This quirky well-acted film proves, as the title track says, that generally 'all is well' with commercial Hindi cinema.
Despite its flaws, 3 Idiots conveys a powerful message about how valuable your friends can be when they push you toward reaching your own highest potential.
3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half.
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.
A superstar for more than two decades, Aamir Khan has never been more popular than he is today, in his mid-40s.
Aamir Khan is stupendous as the rule-breaker Rancho. But the rest of the cast doesn't remain in the shadows.
Raju Hirani continues with the overly moral tone that defined his previous films. But it does say something of his surefootedness and craft that you still listen to him and enjoy the many lessons he teaches you.
Aside from the emotional whiplash, 3 Idiots will be meaningful for anyone who has ever struggled to find their bliss.
This is the sort of movie you'll take home with a smile and a song on your lips.
Very much a character-driven piece, which not only makes the laughs bigger but also earns a deeper involvement.
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.
Flaws aside, 3 Idiots is an entertaining comedy-drama that's worth seeing for a thoroughly charming central performance by Aamir Khan.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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