This is the story of Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), and Rancchoddas “Rancho” Shyamaldas Chanchad (Aamir Khan) who are three engineering students sharing a room in a hostel at the Imperial College of Engineering, which happens to be one of the best colleges in India. While Farhan and Raju are average students from modest backgrounds, Rancho is from a rich family. Farhan wants to become a wildlife photographer, but has joined engineering college to fulfil his father’s wish. Raju on the other hand wants to uplift his family fortunes. With his different approach Rancho incurs the wrath of dean of college, Professor Viru Sahastrabudhhe (ViruS) (Boman Irani).
ViruS labels Rancho an “idiot” threatened by his talent and free spirit, and attempts on a number of occasions to destroy his friendship with Farhan and Raju, warning them and their parents to steer clear of Rancho. On the other hand, ViruS’s model student is Chatur Ramalingam or “Silencer”, (Omi Vaidya) who sees a high rank at the prestigious college as his ticket to higher social status, corporate power, and therefore wealth. Rancho humiliates Chatur, who is awarded the honour of making a speech at an award ceremony, by substituting obscenities into the text, which has been written by the librarian. As expected, Chatur mindlessly memorises the speech, without noticing that anything is amiss, partly aided by his lack of knowledge on Hindi. His speech becomes the laughing stock of the audience, infuriating the authorities in the process. This scene is actually very hilarious and when I watched it at the cinemas I had tears running down my face – I was laughing that hard!
Rancho also falls in love with ViruS’s daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor) who is a medical student, when he, Raju and Farhan crash her sister’s wedding banquet in order to get a free meal, in the process further infuriating ViruS.
Phunsukh Wangdu is also a character you want to look out for. I saw many Facebook profiles with that name after 3 Idiots was released. This is a movie I do watch over and over again. The message in the movie is very moving…. All izz well.
Watch it to find out for yourself if you haven’t already, You’ll want to be called Idiot after this experience…