Three Idiots

A glimpse of its name will give you a vague idea of the movie
protagonists — three idiots. It sets its scene in one of the most
prestigious Indian engineering universities and follows those three
friends for a time stretch of roughly a decade, with a large portion
narrating their four-year college life. Like in any classical Indian
movies, the characters dance and sing in unexpected occasions, but the
dancing scenes are accompanied with lively music, kaleidoscopic colors,
traditional costumes and well-coordinated changes of dancing arrays,
creating laugh-provoking chemicals and cheering the audience up. Not
blunt, nor tedious. Despite its lack of mind-blowing plots and cliche
ending, this two-hour heart-warming story is not a bad choice to unwind
yourself with.

The story started with two friends hearing the hero Launchu who had
disappeared for many years came up. About ten years ago, in order to
learn knowledge of engineering, gardener’s son Launchu replaced his
master’s son to go to the Imperial College of Engineering. At this
school, students were only judged by their grades because “poor grades
mean no future”. But Launchu didn’t want to drift with the current. He
just wanted to learn what he liked rather than pursuing high grades. He
affected others with his cheerfulness humor and kindness and broke the
cramming system through his wisdom. In the process, he gradually helped
his two friends realize their real dreams. At the end of the movie,
Launchu became an honored scientist and his friends also achieved their
   On the one hand, the movie is not perfect. I think for a movie which
wants to reflect the reality, it’s a little idealistic. It seems that
Launchu was a life winner. However, in reality, we are leading the
opposite life. We are fighting for the high grade point average, for the
opportunity to go abroad. We are facing the realistic and cruel life.
It’s too difficult to be Launchu.
  On the other hand, the film is an excellent comedy. In the process of
studying, Launchu and his friends always did some funny tricks and
sometimes messed things up. So I believe you will roll in the aisles
when you are watching the film. And someone commented that “this is the
sort movie you’ll take home with a smile and song on your lips”. But at
the same time, it’s not just a comedy. The film is a real reflection of
educational reality. It shows the weakness of the cramming system. At
the beginning of the movie, the headmaster gave the speech “life is a
race, run fast or you’ll be trampled. Even to be born, one had to race
300 million sperms”. In this best Indian college, everyone are under
significant pressure. Nobody cares if you are learning useful knowledge.
The scores represent everything. The school is full of pressure,
suicides and humiliations which are also the Indian common social
problems. This is a comedy that makes audience “smile and tears”. From
this movie, I learned that maybe we can not change our situation, but we
can change ourselves. We can’t change the education system, but hold our
dreams and do what we really like, it’s the happiest and the easiest way
to success.
  In general, it’s a film that deserves to watch many times, and the
movie shows mesmerizing scene, for those who want to see Bollywood
color, costumes, decor and, of course, many songs and dances, there are
all here at Three idiots.

Recently I have unfailingly surprised myself with the fact that I have
so far watched 55 movies that has “India” as a tag. I know, though, that
it is nothing to be surprised about when dwarfing this figure against
either the sheer volume of Bollywood productivity, or the subsequent
reminder that has already been seven years since the rabbit hole of this
incredible country has cracked open for me.

By no exaggeration,‘3 idiots could rank the top-one Indian movie in my
list. During the 3-hours’ time,I felt it nothing tedious and could
indulge myself in the various stories and also the slice of life by the
characters.Separated from the traditional Bollywood movies characterised
by its singing and dancing scenes,this movie seeks more than the
superficial level.

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This figure has nonetheless put me into a justifiable position to
summarize my stereotypes on Indian movies. And it does not take long to
come up with these words:
cheesy, “masala”, dramatic (and sometimes naively or even stupidly so),
loudly, and- of course- sing and dance, sing and dance, sing and

It delivers profound themes such like do not load too much pressure over
the young people.India ranks No.1 in suicides,cases of them seems all
committed by the youth themselves but actually were murdered by the
pressure around.This kind of mental pressure originates not only from
the educating system but also from the family expectations and
responsibility.The chief character Rancho is just the very person to
give the suggestion.He’s bold enough to criticise the titled professor
and sarcastically points out the unappropriated teaching method that are
widely applied.Just as told in movie,students are just trained to get
high scores but not well educated in their specific knowledge scope.To
his friend Raju and Fanhan,he give each one the courage to offload the
family burden and to pursue the ideal life which has been long dreamed
of.To me,Rancho is such a talented person who doesn’t limit in his
loving mechanism field but also does play a practical engineer to fix
the complex problems of the life operation.

These stereotypes sometimes feel comforting to foreigners like me,
because stereotypical movies are easy to follow even if you don’t
understand the language. You can also start guessing the plots early on,
and the movies would end up with no substantial difference from your
guessing. Being easy and predictable, it also saves brainpower so that
you don’t have to think much. In other words, it is a cheap and really
effortless way of relaxation. An entertainment.

Apart from the critical phenomenon and genuine emotional love that the
movie intends to transfer,the humor,the singing-and-dancing scenes and
the suspense are also well inserted into the whole.I especially like the
first musical segment.It is surprisingly shot in their washroom and all
guys,with naked body covered by bubbles,are just yelling and wriggling
under the big shower.It’s so hilarious to see these guys enjoy so much
about their lovely campus life and the genial friendliness among them.

Insomuch as it is entertaining, it can be confusing and even
frustrating. In all the Bollywood movies I’ve watched so far (perhaps
with the sole exception of Slumdog Millionaire which is actually from
Hollywood), India is always portrayed as spotlessly clean, without dust
and no single trace of pollution. Metros or local trains are never
packed. Traffic jam never a grueling pain to be confronted (fair enough:
why waste the precious screen time on the seemingly endless jams?!)
Suffocating crowdedness and the lack of space? All these can be
whitewashed by an idyllic hue with some simple maneuvering of colors and
lights made possible by advanced filming technologies…

Another impressive segment is the first shoot of Raju’family.In order to
reveal theirs proverty and harshness of life,the pictures are shot in
black-and-white with sparkling snowflakes.To be frank,once Raju’s
disease-trapped father and gloomy sister at the window shew up,I just
couldn’t help but raising my smile and this piece of segment was
definitely highlighted by Raju Mum’s rolling pin,a quite neglectful prop
at first.Just after Rancho and Fanhan put the pancakes into mouths,the
most weird scene happened!His mum used that rolling pin to help Raju’pa
to scratch!After doing the favor she just continuously used it,with a
sticked chest hair,to roll on the dough!Omg…

If even the surface of life is fabricated and brushed into such a fancy
and romantic fairy-tale never-land, what portion of reality would you
expect the movies to touch upon in terms of real contents?

I still appreciate some dialouge in the movie,eg
‘With such fear of tomorrow,how’ll you live today.’
‘Life is a race run or you’ll be trampled.’
‘Engineers are a clever bunch.They haven’t made a machine to measure
mental pressure.’
And the most significant—
Aal izz well!!!