3 Idiots (2009): What kind of idiot are you?

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Aamir Khan with his real eyes

84. 3 Idiots (2009) — When I first heard the title of this movie, I thought I could do without it. Had enough of silliness onscreen; why would I want to spend a good three hours for more of the same? When I saw the trailer, I was like, huh? (Probably cos there were no subtitles …) Why would I want to watch three silly dudes singing, dancing and overacting? When I saw the movie poster (see specimen on right), my decision was sealed. I mean, c’mon! (Who knew furniture designers have an aesthetic duty to the universe?)

Well, three years after its release, thanks to constant badgering by my beloved Sayesha and her beloved Viv, I have finally watched 3 Idiots. Turns out they (the characters!) aren’t idiots at all! Well, not in the sense I thought they would be … The snap judgement I’d made turned out to mirror the attitude attacked in the film, that of muscling your way through life with a giant plank in your eye. Oh yeah.

So, if you’ve ever been weighed down by the expectations of family, friends, teachers, bosses or enemies — or have ever done the weighing down yourself — you’re going to be amused, aghast, affected and, above all, encouraged by this film. Might be a bit too neat in parts but easily forgiven thanks to the delightfully deft handling of a serious social issue set in the pressure cooker of academia, as well as the endearing cast. All is well (ahem).

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