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3 Idiots - Ws Sac

Aamir Khan , Madhavan , Rajkumar Hirani    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised! Oct. 30 2013
By Witster
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With a name of "3 Idiots" I didn't have high expectations but it turned out to be a movie with some laughs and some tears...
and I really liked the message. It was a nice change to see a movie with men singing and dancing as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie surprised me Dec 1 2013
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I didn't expect to like this movie. My husband put it on and I humored him because I thought at least I had popcorn to munch on and when I was finished that I would leave.
This film was funny.
At times it was a tad strange.....odd, really, but then the script would bring in some intelligent wit and I began to enjoy the ups and downs and turns that the film had to offer. It was really funny, moving at times and it kept a solid story.
My least favorite parts were the bollywood parts. I thought the song "All is Well" was funny, but I could have done with a shorter version.....less bollywood.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Movie! Dec 3 2010
By SJMiller - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this movie on a SAS Flight to Copenhagen. I had never seen a Bollywood movie before and I was so impressed with this particular movie that I watched it a second time on the flight and now I'm ordering the DVD from Amazon. I am considering buying and downloading at least some of the mp3s from the soundtrack via Amazon as well.

The movie is in Hindi. I speak no Hindi, but it has English subtitles. The movie was lighthearted entertainment. I found it very funny, with a good soundtrack, it had a thought provoking theme, and an engaging plot. It probably won't be widely acknowledged outside of the greater Hindi speaking world, but it is definitely worth the effort to find it and deal with the subtitles. I've recommended it to several of my colleagues who I know either speak Hindi or are interested in foreign films.

I don't collect DVDs so I rarely purchase movies. Only those that have a significant impact on me in terms of being entertaining enough for multiple viewing and sharing with friend and family motivate a purchase. I think this movie is worth it and am adding it to my "collection" of approximately 5 or 6.

If you don't purchase it at least make the effort to rent it! You won't be disappointed.

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A review for Bollywood novices June 16 2011
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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Following the stupendous success of "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2008, interest in Indian cinema increased markedly. Yet that movie, while set in India, was directed by an Englishman. Most people in the U.S. know very little of real Indian film, but the number of Bollywood fans is growing rapidly, and they are almost evangelical in their admiration for Aamir Khan, the star of "3 Idiots" and a golden boy in his native country. Of the relatively few exports from that enormous market to play in American theaters, this 2009 film is one of the best. It makes a fine entree into the cinematic culture of India, which is, I must warn you, an acquired taste.

The first thing you may notice is the language, which entails what linguists call "code switching." Sentences often begin in Hindi and end in English or vice versa. But much more important to grasp is the Bollywood aesthetic, which is radically different from Hollywood's; to enjoy it requires a suspension of the rules that constrain American films. Ours have rather tightly defined genres: domestic drama, buddy picture, slasher movie, Broadway musical, sci-fi actioner, and so on. Combining two of them is rare; three is straight over the top.

Indian film, in contrast, is kitchen sink filmmaking, throwing together themes and plots from many diverse genres to create tales of epic scope (this one is nearly three hours long). These sagas whipsaw the viewer back and forth from farcical parody to ghastly tragedy to musical fantasy to weepy melodrama to toilet humor to social protest to romantic comedy. The plots are frequently Byzantine in their complexity and the characters hopelessly unrealistic. As in the Hindu epic Ramayana, they are better thought of as caricatures of love, wisdom, heroism, foolishness, envy, ambition, and other traits.

Now if you find a frenetic hodgepodge of styles and a resolute lack of realism irritating, if you can't accept what will at first seem crazily contradictory conventions, you won't like Bollywood. If repetitive fart and pee jokes bother you, if the idea of grafting a "Revenge of the Nerds" sensibility onto "Mamma Mia!" or of having Judd Apatow direct "Days of Our Lives" strikes you as horrifying, then this movie is not for you. But if you can wrap your head around these jarring juxtapositions, read on.

I'll admit I'm not a big Bollywood fan, but I have to give props to screenwriter-director Rajkumar Hirani for the manic energy and complete commitment he brings to his interpretation of "Five Point Someone," a novel by Chetan Bhagat. "3 Idiots" centers on three students attending the most prestigious engineering college in India, a pressure cooker of a school. They include Farhan (R. Madhavan), who is an aspiring but frustrated photographer, and the impoverished Raju (Sharman Joshi). The charismatic leader of this triumvirate, Rancho (Kahn), is a witty prankster, a down-to-earth genius, and a humanitarian guru who makes it his mission to humble the arrogant: to show the educational authorities their wrongheadedness and the wealthy their hypocrisy.

While he's at it, this charming idealist saves the life of Raju's father, crashes a wedding, and wins the heart of Pia, a medical student (played by the beautiful Kareena Kapoor) who happens to be the daughter of his nemesis, the dean of the college. The dean is a heartless buffoon (played to the scenery-chewing hilt by Boman Irani) who is in the habit of driving his students to suicide, but Rancho gets the better of him. And all of this is accomplished before the first half of the movie is over!

The film could easily have ended at midpoint, but no. Rancho mysteriously disappears, and so his friends embark upon a quest that frames the plot, along with Chatur (Omi Vaidya), an envious rival who has made a wager with him. They attempt to track him down, settle the bet, and reunite him with his lost love. We move back and forth in time and tone with myriad subplots about exam results, summary expulsions, dreams deferred, job interviews, identity swaps, heartbreaking betrayals, near-death experiences, miraculous recoveries, and undying friendship.

There's a runaway bride scene that puts "The Graduate" to shame, and enough high-stakes medical drama for several soap operas, including paralysis, a coma, and a bizarre episode in which a team of engineering students uses car batteries and a vacuum cleaner to deliver a baby during a blackout. And interspersed with all of this are several wild song-and-dance numbers, one of them set in a communal bathroom and another that involves flying and a rainstorm and a cross between the Twist and the Chicken Dance.

In the end, justice is done and all's right with the world. The challenges our protagonists face -- of fulfilling their parent's old-fashioned expectations in a viciously competitive educational system and an utterly class-ridden society, or of following their own personal passions and finding happiness and untold wealth in the process -- are resolved to everyone's satisfaction. Our saintly hero finds true love and, after hours of teasing, gets a single kiss. We're in India, remember, where the good guys must be chaste (though cavorting in their underwear is apparently just fine).

It's a cheerfully preposterous film filled with fine performances, one of the most well-made pieces of pabulum I've seen since the cricket-themed colonial epic "Laagan," a 2001 Aamir Khan movie of nearly four hours that received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. With a story that aspiring young Indians can relate to, "3 Idiots" was hugely popular at home, shattering all sorts of box office records and winning a ridiculous number of awards.

Would you like to know more about India, a place where tradition and modernity uneasily coexist? Then this marathon of broad tragicomedy and rags-to-riches wish fulfillment is an entertaining way to learn. Bear in mind that this is nothing like reality. It's hyperreality: what a nation of 1.2 billion who experience poverty and a daily grind and rapid social change are hoping for, not what you'll really find if you visit. As such, it reveals much about their mentality, about their ideals and anxieties, and about what motivates them. If you can let go of your American preconceptions, it's a head-spinning ride that's undeniably fun.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Hindi Cinema? Start Here! April 6 2011
By Traddles - Published on Amazon.com
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This film is one of the all-time biggest hits of the Hindi film industry, and that's no surprise. Whether you're a fan of Hindi movies or simply stumbled upon this page by accident, you need to watch this movie, and here's why:

It will introduce you to one of India's best and most famous actors, Aamir Khan. His performance as Ranchhoddas Shamaldas Chandchad (known affectionately as just "Rancho") is terrific, and I certainly think it's Aamir Khan's best role. Rancho's two best friends, Raju and Farhan, are played with great sensitivity and humor by Sharman Joshi and R. Madhavan, respectively. The stunning Kareena Kapoor is simply wonderful as Rancho's love interest, taking the role far beyond just "love interest" - she's Rancho's sprightly and hilarious equal.

The story arc covers several years in the lives of 3 friends, and the narrative becomes epic by the end of the movie - you find yourself marveling at the twists and turns, all of which are tied up nicely. The story has two foundations: the bonds of true friendship, and a critique of the education system in India (though the message has universal applicability). Rancho, Raju and Farhan are students at a prestigious engineering college, where they are randomly assigned to be roommates. Raju wants to be an engineer in order to support his poverty-stricken family, Farhan doesn't really want to be an engineer at all, and Rancho...Rancho bursts into their lives as an enigmatic figure whose background and motives are unclear. Most of the film is spent jumping between their college days and the present, in which Raju and Farhan attempt to sort out the mysteries of Rancho's past. I'll resist the urge to describe my favorite moments in the film (of which there are many), because the story is something you have to experience for yourself.

The music and dancing is less frequent than in a typical "bollywood" film, but very creatively filmed, perhaps due to the director-producer team of Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who also peppered their "Munna Bhai" films with creative song and dance numbers.

The script, editing, and acting are all superlative. Ultimately, the film will make you wish that you had friends like Raju and Farhan, and an attitude like Rancho's.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See! Feb. 28 2011
By Zhongxun Guo - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone with a graduate degree in film production, I am absolutely baffled by the fact that this lavishly entertaining and richly rewarding enterprise has not been recognized by major international film festivals and Academy Award. Without revealing any plot of the movie, I have to point out that this is the crowning jewel of the Indian film industry, an energetic roller coaster ride in the vast sea of unpredictable twists and turns in characterization, plot, social and cultural issues and life in general.
Made with a paltry $7 million, it dwarves Hollywood big cast, big budget, big effects idiotic productions.
See it, by any means!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not an idiotic movie Sept. 27 2010
By Evelyn Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Aamir Khan is a very talented actor and the supporting cast were excellent. The story is about one man's view of the world as opposed to those around him. I laughed, cried and rejoiced at the antics of the four main characters and of course Kareena Kapoor the love interest is very easy to watch. The first time I watched the movie I had no English subtitles but managed to follow the film and could not wait for my DVD to arrive. A unique way of marketing and very well worth the extra money! The subtitles filled in the blanks and I enjoyed the sense of humour especially the "speech" that had been altered. I am an Australian over 70 and I am hooked on Hindi moves. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS FILM 10 out of 10.
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