3 Idiots (2009)

Given the rave reviews 3 Idiots has received, this is one post you may happily ignore.

I was fairly unimpressed. At no time in the movie, was Aamir Khan believable as kid who is anywhere between the 17 – 21 year slot. It seemed to me that he was caught up confused, between playing the Rancho in the guise of Ram Shankar Nikumbh from Taare Zameen Par (2007). The fluctuation between the wisdom and silliness of the character was screeching like a chalk on a blackboard.

The comedy is in place, but isn’t a surprise given the college context and Sharman Joshi & Omi Vaidya. The film has been compared with Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) which is fair, I suppose – message-in-a-funny bottle. But it did not have the wonderful seamlessness of comedy and social messaging that MMBBS had. MMBBS kept the story on mother Earth, all the while.

The music was uninspiring to a large extent. Kareena Kapoor was fairly ignorable (Why am I writing about her). Boman really needs to think of being stereotyped. I’ll admit I was expecting much more from Madhavan, but that one scene between father-son was worth it. The gimmicks were in place and quite irritating at times. Javed Jaffrey, I know is capable of much more. Did VVC or Hirani not know that?

All in all, it’s well, but not wow.


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