3 Idiots – Entertaining and Not Idiotic One Bit
Posted by Vivek on December 28, 2009 | No Comments
2009, an otherwise dismal year for Bollywood, ends on a positive note with 3 Idiots. The film is an entertaining watch and also has an underlying message of following one’s dreams and on a side note, that innovation are something the Indian education system, rarely promotes, if anything, it negates the imaginative mind.
The film is about campus life, albeit, not in the traditional Bollywood way, but one which highlights the pressures of the education system, hence a professional college life, as opposed to a fun college life is profiled.
The film is also very Indian in location and spirit, but has a universal theme of coping with real world pressures that we all face, at almost every stage and wake in life.
A visual treat ensues in the latter half, as some fine locations are captured on the lens, leading credence to the view that there are enough wonderful locations in India, provided there is an eye to capture them on camera.
Pace, of the story is crisp and although it moves between the past and the present, the viewer is rarely confused. The director and the story teller, do enough to keep us engaged to the narrative unfolding on the screen.
While the onscreen romance between the leading pair, has a touch of realism to it, make no mistake that at heart this is a full on commercial Hindi cinema, with all it’s melodrama and high octane emotions, which are wound around a present day situation. Hence a film which has a positive and feel good note to it, complete with all the songs, the good guys and the not so good one’s.
The individual performances give way to the package of the film as a whole, although Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani and Kareena Kapoor, rise above their normal Bollywood self. Madhavan and Javed Jaffery are somewhat wasted and Aamir is his competent self. American Indian Omi Vaidya, is a treat.
Overall definitely an entertaining, masala, watch for the whole family. It will bring back those memories of campus life and also make one reflect on where we are today and where we need to be, not so much materially, as in from within.