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Three Idiots (2009)



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Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes, ridiculously out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend -- the impressible free-thinker Rancho, who is in unique way, touched and changed their lives. It's a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho's romance with the spirited Pia, and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe. And then one day, suddenly, Rancho vanished. Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did he leave? The friend who influenced and inspired them to think creatively and independently, even as the conformist world called them "three idiots." Where is the original idiot now? Finally, in misty mountains of unparalleled beauty, the friends find the key to the secret.

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Aamir Khan
as Rancho
Boman Irani
as Viru Sahastrabudhhe, aka Virus
as Farhan
Omi Vaidya
as Chatur Ramalingam
Javed Jaffrey
as Rancchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad
Amardeep Jha
as Raju's Mother
Farida Dadi
as Farhan's Mother
Rahul Kumar
as Manmohan/Millimeter
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Critic Reviews for Three Idiots

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

Raju Hirani continues with the overly moral tone that defined his previous films. But it does say something of his surefootedness and craft that you still listen to him and enjoy the many lessons he teaches you.

May 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

3 Idiots was good in parts, but it didn't blow me away.

May 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This quirky well-acted film proves, as the title track says, that generally 'all is well' with commercial Hindi cinema.

May 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Despite its flaws, 3 Idiots conveys a powerful message about how valuable your friends can be when they push you toward reaching your own highest potential.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

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.

January 29, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Three Idiots


Despite Aamir Khan's charismatic performance, this initially amusing comedy gets sadly lost in a melodramatic second half full of ludicrous situations and unnecessary revelations, with a pathetic conclusion that believes that hugs and laughs are enough to solve everything.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Rajkumar Hirani's magical spell again worked wonders. I wasn't expecting that it would work for me either. While it was still under production, I can remember having read in one of the newspapers as to how this movie could succeed given that it is based on a bestseller (5 Point Someone). And I reckoned then (not that I've read the book till date; probably I'm just one of those hyppos). But the movie turned out to be a bestseller in itself. I know not how far did those who have read the book enjoyed the movie, if at all, but I was in for a ride. It's an incredible piece of entertainment with an underlying message, but doesn't get too preachy at any point. I'd have found the screenplay flawless had the birth sequence towards the end wasn't so stretched. Putting that aside, it's miraculously excellent. Needless to say, besides Rajkumar's brilliant execution, Aamir, Madhavan and Sharman's excellent performance also help making predictability an ignorable factor in this masterpiece.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


None quite like it. It is captivating as well as being funny and a lot of lessons there to be found. Though definitely good, the ending is simply too good to be true. Nevertheless, it is a fine film with a lot of heart, a lot of soul and everything else.

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

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