Checking Out “3 Idiots”

I caught the Bollywood film 3 Idiots last week, making it my 2nd Indian movie in as many weeks. Funny enough, this was more than I’ve seen in the past couple of years. Even more surprising, I saw it at the Indian movie theater in Fremont, a place I avoid going at all costs. I hadn’t been there in several years and within 5 minutes of getting there, I realized why. But that’s another story.

When I first saw a commercial for 3 Idiots, I thought it was one of those random Indian comedy movies that’s not as funny as it thinks it is. But it actually turned out to be a rather … wait for it…. good movie. (Italicized for emphasis!)

3 Idiots is about three friends during their time in engineering college in India. Yes, it’s funny but that’s not all the movie strives to be. Instead, it adds a message in there about the pressures of living up to expectations.

Aamir Khan is great in this movie so I’ll forgive him for being what, 45? and playing a 20 year old. If anything, I forgive him for Ghajini (sorry, pretty upset that credit wasn’t given to Memento). His two cohorts are from Rang De Basanti and are great as well. I’m not going to lie to you, in addition to all the funny parts, the filmmakers blatantly try to get you all choked up at certain moments. I’m admitting nothing of course.

I texted a friend of mine who had already seen it about having watched it and she mentioned something that was on my mind as well – I just saw two Bollywood films, this one and Wake Up Sid, that emphasized the need of having a profession your passionate about.

Anyways, all in all, good “fillum”.

Check out Wake Up Sid too if you can.

Side note: I can’t believe how many Aamir Khan movies I’ve seen. Looking at this list on IMDB, I’ve seen almost all of them.

My favorite Aamir Khan movies include:
-Dil Chahta Hai
-Lagaan
-Rang De Basanti
-3 Idiots
-Earth
-Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
-Qayamat Se Qayamt Tak (classic)

Side, side note: I implied above that I haven’t seen too many Indian movies as of late. I used to watch so many more because even though they weren’t all the best of movies, they were at least entertaining enough. I feel like that’s changed. I don’t want to invest in Indian movies that much anymore because it’ll end with me wanting those 3 hours back. That, and you can’t watch most Indian movies with the family anymore. Dunno what’s up with that trend.

5 thoughts

  1. Dil Chahta Hai is my favorite Indian movie of all time.

    Aamir Khan looks younger everyday, maybe that’s just me.

    I came very close to watching 3 Idiots but my wife made me watch Avatar. I have only heard good things about 3 Idiots, it is now on top of my “To Watch” list.

  2. You should read the book that 3 idiots is based on…5 point someone by chetan bagat..it makes the movie a little insipid..and i always thought that reading the book first kinda spoils the movie and vice versa(Ireally loved the Lord Of the Rings movies…but the books were alright..and I always thought the Harry Potter books outshone the movies drastically)…oh and i really liked Wake Up Sid…esp the beginning…i relate sooo much to how he goes about studying…All the way from South Africa..love your blog

  3. Thanks for the comment, I’ll definitely check out the book the movie is based on. I have yet to read the LOTR books but I totally agree with you on the Harry Potter books!

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