People have been raving about 3 Idiots so much that I convinced myself and my cousins to spend some serious money (and time) on a visit to the local multiplex. All in all, it wasn’t a bad deal but it was rather different from what I expected it to be.
3 Idiots is loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s book Five Point Someone (which for some unknown reason I call Five Point Something). Very loosely. So loosely, in fact, that I was left a little confused by the plot. I was expecting the film to follow the general direction of the book and that didn’t quite happen. Perplexed by the twists and turns of the movie and diffident about my memory, I had to turn to the cousin repeatedly and ask “Do you remember reading this??!” Each time I asked, the cousin dutifully shook her head to confirm that the plot was indeed taking off on a route very different from the book. Take my word for it, there was a lot of head shaking the poor thing needed to do that day.
I have read the book and while it is a book that appealed to the masses, I dint think of it as earth shattering material. That’s not to say it dint have the right elements. I think I was put off by the too-plain language, but the book gives you ample scope to pick up the right elements and weave your screenplay around them. If you do a smart job of it, you have yourself a young, funny movie. I think it’s a storyline that should find takers. Most people who ever attended college enjoyed it, so a story based on experiences in college would, by simple logic, appeal to this fairly large slice of the population pie.
The cast consisted of actors did a good job of their job-ie.acting. The fabulous actor that Amir Khan is, he put in his all in playing the role of a twenty something. He could successfully act that way, but let be honest here- no amount of make up, perfect lighting and faultlessly angled shots can make you look twenty years younger than your present age. So to me it looked like there was an inconsistency in how Rancho walked, talked, behaved and the way he looked. The other two actors looked more appropriate for their roles(not that they are anywhere near 20 years of age) , they acted well and their characters got a fair share of space in the film. I liked Madhavan because, well, I like him and I loved they way they developed Sharman’s character- reminded me of some people I know. 😉 Kareena Kapur was the glamour quotient.( I ‘ve got to do something to start liking her. With the number of hits she gets,she’s obviously here to stay) Boman Irani as the father of the glamour quotient and the Director of the Institute was outstanding. Minor characters like Chatur Ramalingam and Millimetre were impressive too.
Now about the humour in the movie. The movie is funny and there were scenes where I laughed my guts out. Yet, in a diametrically opposite reaction, there were “funny” scenes that made me cringe. Crude or cheap humour just doesn’t do it for me. I wish Indian cinema would mature a little more in the quality of humour. Finesse is a good thing… even in humour.
If I were to rate the movie .I’d give it something like a 2.75 or 3/5. Its not a bad deal. There is a long weekend coming up,you could see it then. I am sure the producers will be grateful if you push up their stats on their already- declared- hit film. You wont regret it either.