Watched 3 Idiots…And I liked what I saw. Whether I love it or not depends on how much I enjoy it when I watch it the second time round.
However I don’t really understand the hysteria over the movie..People are saying and writing that they absolutely went crazy over it. Must congratulate the marketing team for a job well done.
The basic premise was similar to the Munnabhai Series, espically Munnabhai MBBS. 3I scrutinises the engineering/education system and MMBBS the medical studies/medical care system in India.
Both movies make very valid points about our beloved engineers and doctors. Nowadays doctors can’t even identify viral fever without ordering 3000 bucks worth tests. And Engineers!!!! Least said about them is better. No matter what stream they study, they all end up as IT consultants. And what do they really do? Work as glorified maintenance and support engineers to systems designed, made and used by the West.
Uff lets get back to the movie.
3I is hillarious and I am sure all students staying in hostels can identify with the first part of the movie. I am glad this movie finally talks about passion for what you are studying versus making a career out of whatever you are studying.
It is well acted and the dialogues are great. I am sure everyone will agree Chatur’s speech takes the cake. Aamir and Sharman convince us that they are students but Madhavan looks old and doesn’t really fit into the student mode. Kareena is alright if you ignore her wide eyed, close mouthed face in every scene.
What takes this movie a few paces behind is the over Bollywoodisation.. Boman acts well on his lisp but is it necessary to give him that bird’s nest hairstyle and 40s style pants. Professors aren’t the best dressed around but most are definitely decently dressed. The entire scene of Aamir delivering Mona’s baby was stupid and unnecessary. And the salt over the injury was when the baby responds to All izz well. That in effect spoilt what could have been a masterpiece.
Munnabhai MBBS was a masterpiece because at all times it was grounded to reality. By showing that a Gunda can enter an institute but can not and should not play with people’s lives, is what made that movie an all time great.
3I on the other hand, talks about a genius who can anyways be successful. What do mediocre students do? Do they have any option but to tow the line of rote and vomit?
Finally dear dear Mr Chetan Bhagat. He is kind of an icon among writers because he is the only one of his generation whose books are being embraced by mainstream Bollywood. And he cries for credit when all is done?!! As an IIM B graduate, I am sure, he must have been taught about getting good lawyers to legally back good deals. Why didn’t he cry then? He may be right in his stand but he loses ground because he only protested after the movie is declared a success. He should have made his stand clear right at the beginning in public, then VVC wouldn’t have dared to toy with him.
And I am not going to comment on the strangle hold of established producers/directors/actors on talent. It is pointless…