What’s it like to watch a first day first show for a movie. It must be something because I haven’t seen one anytime in my life. I actually saw the first day, second show of the movie at the time when the first day first show was running.
First day, first show means you have no recommendation and no warnings. Yes! few pre-movie release reviews gave a mixed verdict. But then not every movie has to be seen through the eyes of others. Sometimes you do have to make your own opinion.
So as I decided to make my own opinion with the First day, second show at 7:00 AM today. Feels little different going to the theatre when the rest of Mumbai is asleep on a Christmas holiday.
Raju Hirani’s third offering “3 Idiots” (3I) like his earlier film is a light comedy, feel-good film with a message. Like Aamir Khan’s last year’s “TZP”, this one focuses on the same issue, “Marksheet should not be a measurement of a individual’s intelligence”
3I is a story of three friends who meet in an engineering college. Farhan, a student from middle class family who wants to be a photographer, Raju from a lower middle class family who desperately wants to be an engineer to solve his family problem and Rancho, a genius who believes that being educated means learning something and not just a degree in hand.
The story starts with Farhan and Raju meeting each other and trying to meet Rancho who had disappeared immediately after the graduation. The story moves back and forth in the future and present with major portion happening in the college.
In addition to the three idiots, there is Pia who is in love with Rancho, Chatur who hates Rancho because he always comes second and he is the one who initiates the search for Rancho in the movie because of a bet, Farhan and Raju’s family, a college peon named millimeter and then the college principal, Viru Shahsrabuddhe named “Virus”
3I is about all these characters coming together to make a wonderful story. Everything about the story is predictable. You probably know what’s going to happen next but then it becomes irrelevant when the story is being told. You root for the characters, you laugh when the villains lose, you laugh uncontrollably when the comedy sets in. Its not like the comedy where you leave your brain behind.
The movie has its heart at the right place and some scenes are emotional and melodramatic but then these are good scenes. The way the movie is made, its difficult to understand that making a good entertaining movie cannot be that difficult with simple dialogs and scenes. But then you wonder why only less than 10 hits from the 240 movies made this year.
It does put across many messages but is not preachy, atleast not everytime.
The movie is inspired from the novel “5 Point something”. I haven’t read it but the story is changed a lot from the novel with only the central idea being the same as the novel.
The script and dialog by Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi makes you laugh and cry. Rajkumar Hirani hasn’t disappointed with this movie but the earlier product were superior. Some scenes have you in splits. Some were old jokes you may have heard as a child. But some scenes take the cake like the speech of the NRI Student Chatur or the baby being born sequence or even the climax.
Boman Irani was the principal earlier in Munnabhai MBBS. There he had the laugh, here he has the lisp. He plays the part well but its an expected performance.
Pia is played by Kareena Kapoor is good in a very brief role. Its a good thing that there was not much focus on the love story.
Two good characters in the movie were Chatur and Milimeter. Both played exceptionally well. Chatur in fact can be called the fourth hero of the movie even though he is somewhat of a villain.
However the 3 idiots are the best part of the movie. R Madhavan as Farhan, Sharman Joshi as Raju and Aamir Khan as Rancho. They played the college students to the best. The camaraderie between the three, the sheer chemistry was simply brilliant. That is what is the success of the film lies.
Aamir Khan has done it again. He has proved why he is called perfectionist. Sharman Joshi again proves why he may be the most undervalued actor and we regret why we don’t see R Madhavan often in Hindi movies.
The music flows with the movie and are not extravagantly shot except the “Zoobie Doobbie” song but then its a dream sequence.
In all, 3I is a fun film with a message and definitely a feel-good film although quite predictable. But then who cares, you don’t need effects to make a good film. Do you? You just need to have the story telling capability