3 Idiots

3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama film co-written (with Abhijat Joshi) and directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani and Omi Vaidya, the film follows the friendship of three students at an Indian engineering college and is a satire about the social pressures under an Indian education system.[6][7][8] The film is narrated through parallel dramas, one in the present and the other ten years in the past. It also incorporated real Indian inventions, namely those created by Remya Jose,[9] Mohammad Idris,[10] Jahangir Painter,[11] and Sonam Wangchuk.[12]

Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra under the banner Vinod Chopra Films, 3 Idiots received critical[13] and commercial success upon its release on December 25, 2009. The film was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India, had the highest opening day collections for an Indian film up until that point and also held the record for the highest net collections in the first week for a Bollywood film. It also became one of the few Indian films at the time to become successful in East Asian markets such as China[14] and Japan,[15] eventually bringing its worldwide gross to 392 crore ($90 million)[a][4][5]—it was the highest-grossing Indian film ever at the time.[16] The film also had a social impact on attitudes to education in India.[17]

The film won six Filmfare Awards including Best Film and three National Film Awards including Best Popular Film. Overseas, it won the Grand Prize at Japan's Videoyasan Awards,[18][19][15] and was nominated for Best Outstanding Foreign Language Film at the Japan Academy Awards[20][21] and Best Foreign Film at China's Beijing International Film Festival.[22] This film was remade in Tamil as Nanban (2012), which also received critical praise and commercial success.[23][24] Nanban had a Telugu dubbed version titled Snehitudu. A Mexican remake, 3 Idiotas, was also released in 2017.[25]

3 Idiots
3 idiots poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRajkumar Hirani
Produced byVidhu Vinod Chopra
Screenplay byAbhijat Joshi
Rajkumar Hirani
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Story byRajkumar Hirani
Abhijat Joshi
Based onFive Point Someone by
Chetan Bhagat
Starring
Narrated byR. Madhavan
Music byOriginal Songs:
Shantanu Moitra
Background Score:
Sanjay Wandrekar
Atul Raninga
Shantanu Moitra
CinematographyC. K. Muraleedharan
Edited byRaj Kumar Hirani
Production
company
Distributed byReliance BIG Pictures
Release date
  • 25 December 2009
Running time
172 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget55 crore[2][3]
Box officeest. 392 crore[4][5]

Plot

On board a departing Air India flight, Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan) suddenly receives a call from Chatur Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya) claiming that he has found Rancho. He then causes an emergency landing by feigning a heart attack. Farhan fetches Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) and they meet Chatur at a water tank in their old college campus; Chatur revealing that Rancho is in Shimla.

As they drive their way to Shimla, an elaborate flashback shows Farhan and Raju beginning their college year in the prestigious Imperial College of Engineering (ICE) in Delhi. They are joined by Ranchoddas Chanchad (Aamir Khan), known as "Rancho" . While Farhan takes engineering over photography to please his father, Raju takes the course to lift his family from poverty. Rancho, on the other hand, believes in hands on learning and tends to give unorthodox answers in class, coming into conflict with professors, in particular with the institution's director, Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe (Boman Irani), whom the ICE community nicknames as "Virus", and whose traditional and strict philosophies on education contrast sharply with Rancho's carefree love of learning. Meanwhile, Chatur, nicknamed “Silencer", is an arrogant Ugandan-born Tamil student with little knowledge of Hindi, who is obsessed with topping the exams.

Days later, the trio find a student named Joy Lobo (Ali Fazal) hanging in his room; his death caused by depression after Virus tells Joy's father that he will be unable to graduate. Rancho uses this to criticize Virus's method of teaching and show him how much pressure engineers face when they study - angering him further. After Rancho visits his friends' families, the trio then gatecrash a wedding to eat and meet and befriend Virus's daughter, Pia (Kareena Kapoor), who is a residency student at the city's hospital. When Virus spots the trio, he summons Farhan and Raju on the next school day and threatens them by comparing their family's income. During a Teachers Day celebration, Chatur is humiliated when he delivers a Hindi speech modified by Rancho, and bets Rancho that ten years later,they would see who is more successful. Sometime later, Rancho saves Raju's dying father with the help of Pia. Pia falls in love with Rancho.

One night during their senior year, the three friends drunkenly break into the Sahastrabuddhe residence so that Rancho can propose to Pia. As the three friends escape, Virus recognizes Raju and threatens to expel him unless he writes a letter implicating Rancho in the break-in. Unwilling to betray Rancho or disappoint his family, Raju unsuccessfully attempts suicide and ends up in a coma. With intensive care and support from his friends and Pia, Raju recovers in time for a corporate job interview. Meanwhile, Rancho and Pia post Farhan's letter to his favorite photographer Andre Istvan, who offers him a position as assistant. After advice from Rancho, he communicates his dream to his father, who gives his blessing.

Infuriated by Rancho's influence, Virus sets a difficult final exam to fail Raju. Pia tries to help the trio by revealing to them the location of the exam paper, but Virus finds out and expels them. Pia confronts Virus about her brother who committed suicide because he couldn't meet Virus' expectation of clearing the engineering exam. That same night, Virus' pregnant elder daughter Mona goes into labor during a heavy storm which cuts off all traffic and electricity. Rancho and the other students use their engineering knowledge to deliver the baby with the help of Pia over video call. A grateful Virus finally acknowledges Rancho as an extraordinary student, allowing the three to graduate. On graduation day, Rancho disappears shortly after the ceremony ends.

Returning to the present, Farhan is a successful wildlife photographer, Raju is married and settled with his family in a comfortable lifestyle with a corporate job, and Chatur is the vice president of a reputed corporation in the United States. None of them have heard from Rancho since graduation. Arriving at Shimla, they meet a man who turns out to be the real Ranchoddas Chanchad(Javed Jaffrey). From him, they learn that the Rancho they knew was actually "Chhote", an orphaned servant to the Chanchad family. Ranchoddas' father arranged for Chhote to attend ICE in his son's name, so that his son could take credit for the degree. Ranchoddas provides Chhote's address in Ladakh, where he is a school teacher. On the way, they pass Manali and rescue Pia from marrying her materialistic boyfriend Suhas over Chatur's objections; Chatur hurries to seek a business deal with world-renowned scientist and businessman with 400 patents, Phunsukh Wangdu.

Upon arrival in Ladakh, the four find the village school, witnessing young students' inventions that resemble Rancho's own college projects. Raju, Farhan, and Pia then happily reunite with Rancho, Pia and Rancho kiss, but Chatur insults Rancho, and asks him to sign a statement that he is the less successful one. Without comment, Rancho does so. As Chatur walks away in triumph, Rancho reveals himself to be Phunsukh Wangdu much to his friends' and Pia's surprise. A horrified Chatur accepts his defeat and begs him to sign the contract while Pia and the three friends run away laughing.

Cast

  • Aamir Khan as Ranchoddas "Rancho" Shamaldas Chanchad / Chhote / Phunsukh Wangdu, one of the titular trio in the engineering college who vanishes after graduation and whom his two friends hunt him for 10 years, while telling stories of their time in college together. Rancho, as a student, was conspicuously ingenious and angry at the inhumanity of the school system. At the end of the film, he is shown to be a famous scientist, entrepreneur and business magnate who also teaches young children when he takes a break from researching.
  • R. Madhavan as Farhan Qureshi, the film's narrator and one of the trio whose father persuades him to study engineering over his dream career of wildlife photography; in the end he is shown to have published several books of photographs.
  • Sharman Joshi as Raju Rastogi, another of the trio who comes from an impoverished family with a mother who is a retired school teacher and a paralyzed father who worked as a postman. In the flashback story, his family was unable to afford the car that would be demanded as a dowry for his sister. In the present story, he is a settled married man in Delhi who has freed his family from poverty by becoming a wealthy executive.
  • Kareena Kapoor as Pia Sahastrabuddhe, Virus' younger daughter, an intelligent and capable doctor. Despite her father's disapproval, she and Rancho fall in love.
  • Boman Irani as Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe, the college's strict director known as "Virus" and Pia and Mona's father who acts as the film's antagonist. He stubbornly sticks to a doctrinal method of teaching, putting him at odds with Rancho. At the end, he is shown to have changed his doctrinal methods of teaching.
  • Omi Vaidya as Chatur Ramalingam, a Ugandan-Indian educated in Tamil-speaking Pondicherry who has little knowledge of Hindi. His habit of being gassy due to consumption of pills to enhance his memorization earns him the nickname Silencer. In the present story, he is vice-president of an American company who only discovers his success being overshadowed by Rancho in the end of the film. Baradwaj Rangan of the New Indian Express wrote that Chatur being a Tamil from Uganda makes him "twice removed from the North Indians around him — a stranger to the nation as well as the national language."[26]
  • Rahul Kumar as young Manmohan (nicknamed Millimetre), and Dushyant Wagh as adult Manmohan (Centimetre). As an adolescent, he earns a small living by doing errands for students, such as laundry, finishing assignments, and getting groceries. Rancho persuades him to buy a school uniform and sneak into school to gain an education. Later he becomes an assistant to Rancho/Phunsukh Wangdu in Ladakh.
  • Mona Singh as Mona Sahastrabuddhe, Pia's elder sister and Virus's first daughter.
  • Parikshit Sahni as Mr Qureshi, Farhan's father, a strict but loving parent who just wants his son to be happy.
  • Farida Dadi as Mrs Qureshi, Farhan's mother, a loving and caring parent.
  • Amardeep Jha as Mrs Rastogi, Raju's mother, a retired schoolteacher and dedicated mother.
  • Javed Jaffrey as the real Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad. It is from him that Raju and Farhan learns the truth: the Chanchad's father sponsored an orphaned servant boy called 'Chhote', who had demonstrated his intelligence and love of learning, to earn a degree in his name, while the real Ranchoddas was in London. He does appreciate what Chhote did for him, and tells Raju and Farhan where to find him.
  • Arun Bali as Shamaldas Chanchad, father of Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad.
  • Ali Fazal as Joy Lobo, a student with a passion for machines. After Virus tells him that he will not graduate, he commits suicide.
  • Akhil Mishra as Librarian Dubey
  • Rohitash Gaud as Ranchoddas'( Real Ranchodas) servant
  • Achyut Potdar as Machine Class Professor
  • Madhav Vaze as Joy Lobo's father.
  • Olivier Sanjay Lafont as Suhas Tandon, Pia's ex-fiancé, who cares only about money and ostentation.
  • Jayant Kripalani as a company head who conducts Raju's job interview.
  • Atul Tiwari as Minister in Auditorium
  • Rajeev Ravindranathan as ragging senior student

Production

Principal photography began on July 28, 2008. Hirani and his team left in late August for the shoot with the principal cast. The film was shot in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ladakh, Chail and Shimla.[27] Aamir and rest of the cast began shooting in early September. Hirani planned to wrap up the film by December.[28] The first scene was shot in an aircraft with Madhavan. From Mumbai, the crew and cast comprising Aamir and Kareena went to Ladakh for a 20-day schedule.[29] Filming of the ICE college scenes took place at the Indian Institute of Management  Bangalore campus for 33 days as a part of the second schedule of production. The dormitory scenes were filmed at the institution's female dormitory block.[30]

The film is distinctive for featuring real inventions by little-known people in India's backyards. The brains behind these innovations include Remya Jose, a student from Kerala, who created the pedal operated washing-machine;[9][31][32] Mohammad Idris, a barber from Hasanpur Kalan in Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh, who invented a bicycle-powered horse clipper;[10] and Jahangir Painter, a painter from Maharashtra, who made the scooter-powered flour mill.[11] The character Phunsuk Wangdu may have also drawn inspiration from Ladakhi inventor Sonam Wangchuk.[12]

Soundtrack

3 Idiots
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelT-Series
ProducerShantanu Moitra
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Bollywood Hungama3.5/5 stars[33]
Behindwoods3.5/5 stars[34]
Rediff3/5 stars[35]
Planet Bollywood7/10 stars[36]

The film's soundtrack is composed by Shantanu Moitra with lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire.

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Aal Izz Well"Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Swanand Kirkire4:34
2."Zoobi Doobi"Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal4:06
3."Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh"Shaan, Shantanu Moitra4:59
4."Give Me Some Sunshine"Suraj Jagan, Sharman Joshi4:05
5."Jaane Nahin Denge Tujhe"Sonu Nigam3:30
6."Zoobi Doobi" (Remix)Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal3:27
7."Aal Izz Well" (Remix)Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Swanand Kirkire, Jaive Samsun4:41
Total length:29:22

Release

The film initially opened up on 1550 prints worldwide.[37] 3 Idiots was released in 1800 theaters in India, which was at that time a big domestic release.[38] 3 Idiots was released in 415 screens overseas.[39] 3 idiots was released in 2,215 theaters worldwide.

It was expected to be the first Indian film to be officially released on YouTube on 25 March 2010, only 12 weeks after its initial theatrical release. Officially, it was released on YouTube in May 2012, but its access has since been restricted.[40]

The film released in Taiwan on December 2010, followed by Hong Kong on 1 September 2011.[41] In China, it was released as San Geshagua ("Three Idiots"),[7] in December 2011.[42] In South Korea, it was released in 2011.[8] Alongside the original Hindi version, a Mandarin Chinese dubbed version was also released, with the popular actress Tang Wei (known for Lust, Caution) voicing Kareena Kapoor's role[43] and Huang Bo voicing Aamir Khan's role (Khan and Bo later collaborated again on Secret Superstar).[44]

Following its success in other Asian markets, Japanese distributor Nikkatsu announced plans to release the film in Japan.[45] It was released there in June 2013,[15] with the title きっと、うまくいく (Kitto, Umaku Iku).[46]

Reception

Box office

The film's worldwide lifetime gross was 459.96 crore (US$90 million),[a][4][5] making it the highest-grossing Indian film ever at the time.[16][50] The film was listed in Guinness World Records for the record of highest box office film gross for a Bollywood film.[51][52]

India

The film broke all box office records upon release. It created the highest collection record for paid previews with 27.5 million that time, which was broken by Chennai Express (2013).[53][54] In its four-day first weekend, the film netted 38 crore (equivalent to 68 crore or US$9.5 million in 2017), and broke the record held by Ghajini for the first weekend collections.[55] By the first week, the film netted 79 crore (equivalent to 141 crore or US$20 million in 2017), again breaking the box office record held by Ghajini.[56] 3 Idiots had nett grossed 56 crore (equivalent to 100 crore or US$14 million in 2017) in its 2nd week, 302.5 million (US$4.2 million) during the third week, 16 crore (equivalent to 29 crore or US$4.0 million in 2017) in its fourth week and 9.75 crore (equivalent to 17 crore or US$2.4 million in 2017) in fifth to make a total of 202 crore in five weeks,[57] first Indian film ever to collect this huge amount, hence established the 200 crore (US$28 million) Club.[58] Its final domestic gross in India was 273.82 crore (US$57.05 million).[a]

Overseas

3 Idiots became the then highest-grossing Indian film in overseas markets, with an overseas gross of US$30.5 million (186 crore).[a] Its first weekend opening collection overseas was $4 million.[59][60] It set record collections for Indian-produced films in territories such as the United States[61] and Australia.[62] In the United States, the film earned $6.5 million since its opening,[61][62] in addition to over $2.5 million in the United Kingdom, over $2 million in Canada, and nearly $1 million in Australia.[62] 3 Idiots has the biggest first week total in the US with around $3 million over its first four days.[63]

East Asia

Unusual for an Indian film at the time, 3 Idiots became a success in East Asian markets.[7] 3 Idiots had a wide release in East Asian markets including China, South Korea and Hong Kong.[64] The film had the longest showing period at cinemas in Taiwan, for more than two months from December 2010, breaking the record of Avatar, with over NT$10 million (US$629,024)[62] grossed. 3 Idiots was the first aired Indian film in Hong Kong, where it grossed HK$22 million at the box office since its showing from 1 September 2011 through January 2012,[41] the equivalent of US$3.02 million.[65][62] It was the 14th highest-grossing film of 2011 at the Hong Kong box office.[66]

In South Korea, where it was released in 2011, the film grossed ₩3,416,415,900[67] (US$3,084,647).[68] The film was number-one at the South Korean box office for five weeks,[8] drawing an audience of 459,686 viewers.[69][70]

In China, where it is known as San Geshagua ("Three Idiots"),[7] the film grossed 11 crore in 2 weeks in December 2011,[42] eventually crossing the $2 million mark within 18 days,[14] and nearly $3 million within a month, as of 5 January 2012.[71]

Upon its release in the Japanese market in June 2013, it went on to collect around ¥100 million (61 million) in its first two weeks of run – that makes the film the highest grossing Hindi film ever in Japan. Its final gross in Japan was ¥150 million[72] (US$1.6 million).[15] The film's final gross in East Asian markets was US$11,333,671 (₹69.2 crore).[3]

Critical response

India

Subhash K. Jha stated: "It's not that 3 Idiots is a flawless work of art. But it is a vital, inspiring and life-revising work of contemporary art with some heart imbued into every part. In a country where students are driven to suicide by their impossible curriculum, 3 Idiots provides hope. Maybe cinema can't save lives. But cinema, sure as hell, can make you feel life is worth living. 3 Idiots does just that, and much more. The director takes the definition of entertainment into directions of social comment".[73] Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India gave it four and a half stars and suggests that, "The film is a laugh riot, despite being high on fundas […] Hirani carries forward his simplistic 'humanism alone works' philosophy of the Lage Raho Munna Bhai series in 3 Idiots too, making it a warm and vivacious signature tune to 2009. The second half of the film does falter in parts, specially the child birth sequence, but it doesn't take long for the film to jump back on track."[74] Mayank Shekhar of the Hindustan Times gave the film three and a half out of five stars and comments that "this is the sort of movie you'll take home with a smile and a song on your lips."[75] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave 3 Idiots four and a half out of five stars and states: "On the whole, 3 Idiots easily ranks amongst Aamir, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's finest films. Do yourself and your family a favour: Watch 3 Idiots. It's emotional, it's entertaining, it's enlightening. The film has tremendous youth appeal and feel-good factor to work in a big way."[76] Kaveree Bamzai of India Today gave 3 Idiots five stars and argues that "it's a lovely story, of a man from nowhere who wanted to learn, told like a fairy tale, with the secret heart carrying its coded message of setting all of us free."[77]

Sonia Chopra of Sify gave the film 3 stars and said "Though a bit too calculated and designed, 3 Idiots is still an ok option for the significant message, interesting cast and scattered breezy moments."[78] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film three out of five stars and states: "Going home after watching 3 Idiots I felt like I'd just been to my favorite restaurant only to be a tad under-whelmed by their signature dish. It was a satisfying meal, don't get me wrong, but not the best meal I'd been expecting."[79] Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express also gave it 3 stars, stating "'3 Idiots' does not do as much for me. The emotional truth that shone through both the 'Munnabhai' movies doesn't come through strongly enough."[80] Raja Sen of Rediff gave the film two out of five stars and states: "Rajkumar Hirani's one of the directors of the decade, a man with immense talent and a knack for storytelling. On his debut, he hit a hundred. With his second, he hit a triple century. This time, he fishes outside the offstump, tries to play shots borrowed from other batters, and hits and misses to provide a patchy, 32*-type innings. It's okay, boss, *chalta hai*. Even Sachin has an off day, and we still have great hope."[81]

Overseas

The film has received praise overseas. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rare 100% "Fresh" critics' rating based on 11 reviews.[13] Derek Elley of Variety wrote that "3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half." Robert Abele of Los Angeles Times wrote that 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." Louis Proyect described it as 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."[82]

The film was praised by critics in East Asia and Southeast Asia. South China Morning Post wrote that the film "wraps a heavy message in light comedy. It is satire at its best, a powerful indictment of India's education system in which students cram for exams while stifling their dreams."[6] Chaerim Oh of KAIST Herald wrote that "the film never harshly denounces the educational system but instead uncovers disturbing truths and unseen consequences of tremendous pressure upon students" and that "if you don't end up crying like I did (or won't admit that you did), you'll still enjoy the movie."[8] In Japan, Yuri Wakabayashi of Eiga also gave the film a positive review.[83] In the Philippines, Sha Nachino praised the film's social commentary on themes such as friendship, success, and education, noting how Rancho questions the education system and the grading system, and said the film is "beautifully crafted, with some exciting twists".

In 2013, renowned Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg praised 3 Idiots, which he had seen three times and said he "loved the emotional undertones." He listed it as one of five films that he connects with, along with The Godfather (1972) and his own work on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Jaws (1975).[84]

Pre-release business

3 Idiots Pre-release business[85]
Territories and ancillary revenues Price
Satellite rights with a TV channel [Sony] 22 crore (US$3.1 million)
Worldwide distribution rights 65 crore (US$9.0 million)
Music rights (T~Series) 12 crore (US$1.7 million)
Total 99 crore (US$14 million)
  • The figures don't include the Print and Advertising (P&A) costs.

Awards

The film won 52 accolades from Indian film awards; among these are six Filmfare Awards including Best Film and Best Director, three National Film Awards including Best Popular Film, ten Star Screen Awards, sixteen IIFA Awards, five GIMA Awards, two Apsara Awards and seven Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards.

In China, it was nominated for the Best Foreign Film prize at the first Beijing International Film Festival in 2011.[22] In Japan, it was nominated in the Best Outstanding Foreign Language Film category at the 37th Japan Academy Awards in 2014;[20][21][86][87] the award was eventually won by Les Miserables. In addition, 3 Idiots won the Grand Prize at the 4th Videoyasan Awards,[18][19] held by a Japanese organisation of home video retailers in 2014;[15] 3 Idiots was selected as 2013's best video release, beating thousands of films, anime and television shows,[19] including domestic Japanese and foreign Hollywood productions.[15]

Controversies

Prior to the release of the film director Rajkumar Hirani commented on the relationship between Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat and 3 Idiots stating:

Chetan gave me this book to read and I wanted to make a film on it. But I knew right from the start that I could not make a film completely on the book, as it was very anecdotal and a film needs a plot. So I had decided to rewrite it in a screenplay format. You'll see that the film is very different from the book. After I wrote the script, I called Chetan and narrated it to him. I told him that if he did not like the script, I would stop the project. But he was okay with it.[88]

The day after the film opened, Chetan also noted:

Initially I did sit down with Raju and Abhijat while they were deciding to make a film based on '5 Point Someone'. I even went to IIT with Abhijat a couple of times. But it was just not possible for me to be involved at every stage of the screenplay writing process since I was in Hong Kong at that time, working full-time and busy writing other books. Moreover, Abhijat is based in USA, Raju was in the US for quite a while working on the screenplay but it was not practical for me to do that […] The film retains the soul of the book. 3 Idiots is different from the book but at the same time it does borrow many things from the book. The core theme and message of the film is coming from the book itself. And that's why the makers have officially credited the film as 'Based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat.'[89]

A controversy developed a few days after the release, however, over the fact that Chetan's credit, "Based on the novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat" appeared in the closing credits rather than in the opening ones.[90] At that time, Bhagat stated that he "was expecting an opening credit and I was quite surprised on not seeing it. They had bought the rights, made the payment and committed to a credit in the contract. It's there, but it's not about it being there, it's about the placement and the prominence."[91] In a 31 December 2009 blog post on his personal website, Bhagat stated that he was told the movie was only 2–5% based on the book, but when he saw it, he felt that it was 70% of the book. He also argued that he was misled by the makers of the film, though he noted, that "this has nothing to do with Mr Aamir Khan […] I am a big fan of Aamir and he has made my story reach people. However, he was told by the makers not to read the book, and he hasn't. Thus, he cannot comment on the issue in a meaningful manner."[92]

A few people responded to Chetan's statements. According to the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), during a press conference with reporters producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra "clarified that in the agreement between the producer and Bhagat, it was clearly mentioned that the author's name would be put in the closing credits." IANS also reported that Chopra "lost his cool" and "asked a reporter to shut up after being questioned whether his hit 3 Idiots was lifted from author Chetan Bhagat's book Five Point Someone."[93] Chopra later apologised, stating: "I really think I'm silly. I was provoked, but I shouldn't have done this. I saw myself on TV and saw how I was shouting 'shut up, shut up' like an animal. I told myself — 'what nonsensical behaviour'."[94] Aamir Khan also responded to these claims.[90][95] Rajkumar Hirani stated that "We have officially bought the rights for the film. We drew a contract with him and it clearly mentions about the position of his credit. With open eyes he had seen the contract, consulted his lawyer and signed the agreement […] In the contract, we have said that the title would be given in the rolling credits. We haven't changed the font size. We haven't increased the speed of the title. It's exactly there where it was agreed to be."[96] Chetan Bhagat later apologised stating, "I definitely do not have anything against team 3 Idiots. I may have some issues on the mistake they may have made but nothing about their personality or the kind of people they are. I apologise to their families if there was any distress caused to them. I also want to thank all my fans, who stood by me but I don't want them to turn against anyone especially Aamir."[97]

Latika Gupta in an article published in the weekly journal Economic and Political Weekly mentions that the film has serious problems when seen from the gender perspective, in particular that it follows the trend set by the 2007 film Jab We Met in their use of women's sexual vulnerability to create sensation and humor. In a scene of the movie, students, professors and the chief guest are seen bursting with laughter hearing a speech where the word balatkar (rape) figures 21 times and the word stan (breast) four times (in the English subtitles for international release, the words "screwed" and "bosom" are used instead).[98]

Remakes

Tamil/Telugu remake

This film was remade into Tamil entitled Nanban, in January 2012.[23][24][99]

Its dubbed version in Telugu, Snehithudu, released on 26 January 2012 in Andhra Pradesh to positive reviews.[100][101]

Mexican remake

A Mexican film remake named 3 Idiotas was released in 2017.[102][103]

Legacy

Impact

When 3 Idiots made its television debut in July 2010, it drew an audience of 39 million viewers in India.[5]

When 3 Idiots released in China, the country was only the 15th largest film market, partly due to China's widespread pirate DVD distribution at the time. However, it was the pirate market that introduced 3 Idiots to most Chinese audiences, becoming a cult hit in the country. Aamir Khan gained a large growing Chinese fanbase as a result. By 2013, China grew to become the world's second largest film market (after the United States), paving the way for Aamir Khan's Chinese box office success, with Dhoom 3 (2013), PK (2014), Dangal (2016)[104] and Secret Superstar (2017).

3 Idiots has been ranked China's 12th favorite film of all time according to ratings on popular Chinese film review site Douban, with only one domestic Chinese film (Farewell My Concubine) ranked higher.[104][105] The film holds an average rating of 9.1 out of 10 on Douban,[105] with over 700,000 votes.[106] On the Korean site Naver, the most popular web portal in South Korea, audiences gave the film an average rating of 9.4 out of 10,[8] and it is one of the top 30 highest-rated films on the site.[107]

One reason for its success in East Asian markets such as China and Hong Kong is because of their similar education systems, thus many students were able to identify with the characters.[7] Chaerim Oh of KAIST Herald wrote that the "popularity of the movie, particularly in South Korea, can be traced back to the national background of the overly competitive education system. In Korea, students of all ages - from young elementary children to university graduate students - are trained to study under overwhelming pressure and extremely high academic standards. In short, this movie is, really, our own story."[8]

The film had a social impact on attitudes to education in Asia, including education in India[17] as well as other Asian countries.[7] Chinese universities were "even prescribing the film in their coursework as a kind of stress-relief in their classrooms."[43]

Big in Bollywood

Big in Bollywood (2011) is a documentary film about American actor Omi Vaidya's journey from a struggling Hollywood actor to a successful Bollywood breakthrough with 3 Idiots.[108]

Possible sequel

When asked about plans of a 3 Idiots sequel in an interview with Hindustan Times, screenwriter Abhijat Joshi replied, saying, "Honestly, I don't know. We have an idea for the 3 Idiots sequel, a Munna Bhai part three, and also for a PK sequel; but the PK and Munna Bhai sequels interest me the most. So, I think the 3 Idiots sequel may happen in the future, but these two I really want to work on."[109]

In January 2016, director Rajkumar Hirani and actor Aamir Khan confirmed that they were considering a 3 Idiots sequel. Khan told reporters, ""Raju Hirani has given me a hint about '3 Idiots' sequel and I am giving you all a hint. The film will happen if and whenever he will write the script." Hirani agreed, saying "this is one film that I really want to do."[110]

In June 2018, Hirani was asked a question while promoting his upcoming film Sanju and he was quoted as saying, “I definitely want to make a sequel to 3 Idiots, But it’s still in the initial stage and we will take a fair amount of time to develop the script.”

The report also said that Hirani will begin shooting for the Munna Bhai sequel with Sanjay Dutt once Sanju releases. Work on 3 Idiots will begin only after Hirani is done with Munna Bhai 3. [111]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d 3 Idiots worldwide gross: 459.962 crore (US$90 million)[5]
    • Domestic: 273.82 crore[47] (US$57.05 million)[48]
    • Overseas: US$30.5 million[49] (186.142 crore)[3]

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External links

100 Crore Club

100 Crore Club is an unofficial designation by the Indian film trade and the media, related to Indian language films that have net ₹100 crore (1 billion Indian rupees) or more in India after deducting the entertainment tax. By 2012, the ₹100 crore ($19 million) box office target had become "a new benchmark for a film to be declared a hit", and those affiliated with the 100 Crore Club were considered part of the "elite strata" within the Bollywood film community. It was succeeded by the 1000 Crore Club in 2017.

11th IIFA Awards

The 2010 IIFA Awards, officially the 11th International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the International Indian Film Academy honoured the best films of 2009 and took place between June 3 – 5, 2010. The official ceremony took place on June 5, 2010, at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. During the ceremony, IIFA Awards were awarded in 23 competitive categories. The ceremony was televised in India and internationally on Star Plus. The ceremony was hosted by Boman Irani, Ritesh Deshmukh and Lara Dutta.

In related events, the IIFA Music and Fashion Extravaganza took place on June 4, 2010 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. During the event, all technical awards were presented to the winners.

3 Idiots won sixteen awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, making it the most awarded film in IIFA award history. Other winners were Aladin, Love Aaj Kal and Paa with three awards and Wake Up Sid, Kal Kissne Dekha, Kaminey, Dev.D, Delhi-6 and All the Best: Fun Begins with one.

3 Idiots (TV series)

3 Idiots is a Pakistani TV Show that airs on Aaj TV on Saturdays at 8 pm. Waseem Abbas plays an ordinary office employee, Sabir, and Iftikhar Thakur personates an uneducated villager. On 10 March 2012, Aaj TV canceled the show.

55th Filmfare Awards

The 55th Filmfare Awards were held on 27 February 2010 at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai, India. The awards given for 30 categories, out of which there were 3 special awards, 3 critics awards and 24 main awards for Hindi films released in 2009. There were 60 nominations for the top 10 categories, which were based on votes via web and newspaper forms. The award ceremony was hosted by Shahrukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan.

The major award-winning film turned out to be 3 Idiots which garnered five Filmfare awards, followed by Dev D with four awards and, Delhi 6 and Firaaq with three awards each. Paa fetched Amitabh Bachchan his fifth Filmfare Best Actor Award and Vidya Balan her first ever Filmfare Best Actress Award, for their performance as the son-mother duo of Auro and Vidya.

Aamir Khan

Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan (pronounced [ˈaːmɪr ˈxaːn]; born 14 March 1965), widely known as Aamir Khan, is an Indian film actor, filmmaker and television talk-show host. Through his thirty-year career in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema. He has a large global following, especially in Southern Asia and Greater China, and has been described by Newsweek as "the biggest movie star" in the world. Khan is the recipient of numerous awards, including nine Filmfare Awards, four National Film Awards, and an AACTA Award, as well as an Academy Award nomination. He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010, and received an honorary title from the Government of China in 2017.Khan first appeared on screen as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain's film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973). As an adult, his first feature film role was in the experimental film Holi (1984), and he began a full-time acting career with a leading role in the tragic romance Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). His performance in the film and in the thriller Raakh (1989) earned him a National Film Award in the Special Mention category. He established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema in the 1990s by appearing in a number of commercially successful films, including the romantic dramas Dil (1990) and Raja Hindustani (1996), for which he won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and the thriller Sarfarosh (1999). He also played against type in the acclaimed Canadian-Indian co-production 1947: Earth (1998).In 1999 he founded Aamir Khan Productions, whose first film, Lagaan (2001), was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and earned him a National Film Award for Best Popular Film and two more Filmfare Awards (Best Actor and Best Film). After a four-year absence from the screen, Khan returned to portray leading roles, notably in the 2006 box-office hits Fanaa and Rang De Basanti. He made his directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par (2007), a major success that garnered him the Filmfare Awards for Best Film and Best Director. Khan's greatest global success came with the thriller Ghajini (2008), the comedy-drama 3 Idiots (2009), the action film Dhoom 3 (2013), the satire PK (2014), and the sports biopic Dangal (2016), each having held the record for being the highest-grossing Indian film, while Secret Superstar (2017) held the record for being highest-grossing Indian film featuring a female protagonist. Khan won his third Best Actor award at Filmfare for Dangal. His films are known for dealing with social issues in Indian society, and they often combine the entertainment and production values of commercial masala films with the believable narratives and strong messages of parallel cinema.Within and beyond the film industry, Khan is an activist and humanitarian, and has participated and spoken out for various social causes, some of which have sparked political controversy. He has created and hosted the television talk show Satyamev Jayate, through which he highlights sensitive social issues in India, occasionally influencing the Indian parliament. His work as a social reformer, tackling issues ranging from poverty and education to abuse and discrimination, earned him an appearance on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world. Khan was married to his first wife, Reena Dutta, for fifteen years, after which he married the film director Kiran Rao. He has three children—two with Dutta, and one with Rao through surrogacy.

Abhijat Joshi

Abhijat Joshi (born 1969) is an Indian academic and screenwriter particularly known for his work with Vinod Chopra Productions, as the screenwriter for Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006),3 Idiots (2009),PK (2014) and Sanju (2018). He is a professor of English at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, since 2003.

Boman Irani

Boman Irani (born 2 December 1959) is an Indian film and theatre actor, voice artist and photographer of Irani descent. He is widely known for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood films such as Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots, Don, Happy New Year, PK and Dilwale.

Five Point Someone

Five Point Someone: What not to do at IIT is a 2004 novel written by Indian author Chetan Bhagat. The book sold more than a million copies worldwide. The popular Hindi movie 3 Idiots is based on this book.

List of accolades received by 3 Idiots

3 Idiots is an Indian coming of age comedy-drama. The film was co-written, edited and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and had story, screenplay and dialogue by Abhijat Joshi. It was loosely adapted from novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. The film stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi , Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani.

It also become a highest film of the Year as well as highest grossing Bollywood films of all time.

It was given Verdict All Time Blockbuster by Box Office.

This is a list of awards and nominations received by 3 Idiots. The film won 57 awards. Among these are five Filmfare Awards including Best Film and Best Director, three National Film Awards including Best Popular Film, ten Star Screen Awards, and sixteen IIFA awards. It also received a Japan Academy Prize nomination and won the Grand Prize at Japan's Videoyasan Awards.

Mona Singh

Mona Singh (born 8 October 1981) is an Indian actress and television presenter. Singh is known for playing the leading roles of Jassi (Jasmeet Walia) in Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, Mona Pradeep Singh in Kya Huaa Tera Vaada, winning the show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, and also for her role in the film 3 Idiots. She has acted as the lead protagonist in two Balaji Telefilms shows Kya Huaa Tera Vaada and Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do. In June 2016, she appeared on the show Kavach...Kaali Shaktiyon Se as Paridhi. She has also worked with TVF on the well received web series Yeh Meri Family playing Harshu’s mother which released in July 2018.

Nanban (2012 film)

Nanban (English: Friend) is a 2012 Indian Tamil coming-of-age comedy drama film directed by Shankar. It is a remake of Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots (2009). . The film features an ensemble cast that includes Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth, Ileana D'Cruz, Sathyan and Sathyaraj.The plot of the film illustrates the embankment of two friends on a quest for a lost buddy, who was once an optimistic and successful student. On their journey, they recount their college life and special moments that the three shared up until their lost friend secretly parted ways after convocation. During their quest, the two encounter a rival classmate who once made a long forgotten bet with them, a funeral that goes impossibly out of control, and a wedding they must crash.

The film's soundtrack and background score were composed by Harris Jayaraj and cinematography was handled by Manoj Paramahamsa. The film was produced by Gemini Film Circuit. A lengthy and controversial delay in casting delayed filming by a year. Filming took place for a total of eight months in various locations in Europe and India. The film was released on 12 January 2012. Its dubbed version in Telugu, Snehithudu, released on 26 January 2012 in Andhra Pradesh. The film was also screened at the Melbourne Film Festival. Firstpost noted that the film made on a budget of ₹55 crore collected more than ₹80 crore worldwide and ultimately was commercially successful.

Omi Vaidya

Omi Vaidya (born January 10, 1982) is an American actor, best known for his performance as Chatur Ramalingam or "The Silencer" in the 2009 Bollywood film, 3 Idiots. In addition, Vaidya has directed two short films and worked as an editor on others. He has also appeared in a number of television programs and commercials.

Parikshit Sahni

Parikshit Sahni (born 1 January 1944) is an Indian film and television actor, who is most known for playing the lead in TV series Barrister Vinod, Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (Doordarshan) and Gaatha (STAR Plus). He has also appeared in three of Rajkumar Hirani's blockbuster films Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, and PK.

He is the son of noted actor Balraj Sahni and nephew of writer Bhisham Sahni.

Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani (born 20 November 1962) is an Indian film director and editor. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and critically acclaimed filmmakers of the Hindi film industry. Hirani is known for directing the Hindi films Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009), PK (2014) and Sanju (2018). All of his films have been huge commercial and critical successes. Most have won several awards, including the national awards, and have often been regarded by the media and audiences as some of the most path-breaking films in the history of Hindi cinema. He has won 11 Filmfare Awards. He is the founder of production house Rajkumar Hirani Films.

Sharman Joshi

Sharman Joshi (born 28 April 1979) is an Indian film and theatre actor. He has worked on and directed stage productions in English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati languages, but is mostly known for his work in Hindi films. He made his acting debut in Godmother (1999). He made his debut as a co-lead actor in the Hindi film Style (2001); this was followed by supporting roles in hit films such as Rang De Basanti (2006), Golmaal (2006), Life in a... Metro (2007), 3 Idiots (2009), Ferrari Ki Sawaari (2012), Hate Story 3 (2015), and 1920 London (2016). He is playing a lead role in the Bollywood movies Kaashi in Search of Ganga and 3 Storeys. He is best known for his role as Raju Rastogi in the movie 3 idiots.

Sonam Wangchuk (engineer)

Sonam Wangchuk (born 1 September 1966) is an Indian engineer from Ladakh, innovator and education reformist. He is the founding-director of the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) which was founded in 1988 by a group of students who had been in his own words, the ‘victims’ of an alien education system foisted on Ladakh. He is also known for designing the SECMOL campus that runs on solar energy and uses no fossil fuels for cooking, lighting or heating.Wangchuk was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope in 1994, a collaboration of government, village communities and the civil society to bring reforms in the government school system. He invented the Ice Stupa technique that creates artificial glaciers, used for storing winter water in form of conical shaped ice heap.

Suraj Jagan

Suraj Jagan (born May 11, 1967) is an Indian playback singer of Malayali origin. He is noted for the song Give Me Some Sunshine from the award-winning movie 3 Idiots. The song received the "Best Emerging Male Performer" award in the Max Stardust Award. Jagan's singing career began in 1990, and has included both solo work and as front man for the rock band Dream Out Loud. He has also worked in advertising jingle campaigns, Bollywood playback singing, acting in theatre productions and an acting role in the Bollywood film Rock On!! & "Hunterrr".

Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Vidhu Vinod Chopra (born September 5, 1952) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. His better known films include Parinda, 1942: A Love Story , Munna Bhai film series (Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai), 3 Idiots, PK, Sanju and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. He is the founder of Vinod Chopra Films.

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