IN THE beginning of 3 Idiots, there is just Ranncchoddas Shamalaldas Chancha, Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi, but it takes little time for the audience to start identifying with the trio as themselves or someone they knew in the tumultous period of life called college.
Rancho played by Aamir Khan
easily becomes the light of the film, while Farhan Qureshi by Madhvan and Raju Rastogi by Sharman Joshi remain likeable too. The three inseparable friends in college and hostel, termed the Three Idiots by the world
around them pull you in, as Rancho goes missing and the other two try to locate him through Shimla, Manali
Raju and Farhan recall Rancho as a free thinker, who inspired them to do something special and be different from the crowd. Rancho had also been in conflict with their guide and mentor Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani) due to his unique look on life. As they remember the sweet scent of college life through Rancho's story, they remain dedicated to finding him.
Aamir Khan who has perfected the art of delivering good films via his one film yearly formula can suceed a third time too, as 3 Idiots evokes the same energy as Taare Zameen Par in 2007 or even Ghajini in 2008. He cannot be described as anything else but brillant in this role of an engineering student. His encounters with Sharman and Madhvan work great whilehis contrast with Boman Irani's Viru Sahastrabudhhe avatar is also engaging. Then, there is also the sparkling chemistry with Kareena Kapoor
R Madhavan shows the most ease with his guise of Farhan Qureshi, affably switching to flashback and the present. Do watch his conglict with his father, played by Parikshit Sahani, when he tries to explain how he wants something different from his life.
Sharman Joshi's Raju Rastogi is his best performance till date, especially the breakdown scene with his family.
A special mention must be made of Boman Irani's Viru Sahastrabudhhe who embodies an institution which snubs the 3 Idiots. He is vicious and best reminds the audience of their own experience of snarky professors during their college days. Kareena Kapoor, who plays his daughter is in contrast to him, becoming a complete charmer.
The surprise package here is Mona Singh
, the erstwhile Jassi from television, playing Kareena's sister. She however, does feel crowded into the cast and isn't able to shine through.
Rajkumar Hirnai has more than established his mettle with the film Three Idiots which remains different as compared to the earlier Munnabhai films. The narration remains smooth and flashback connect more with the script. He packs a glimpse of the entire atmosphere - from suicide to ragging to secret drinking sessions.
The musical score of Three Idiots, while not classic material, has a youthful zest to it and is already dominating all music charts in the Christmas season. There are five song tracks on the 3 Idiots album - Aal Izz Well, Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh, Give me some Sunshine and Zoobi Doobi, These have been excellently voiced by Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Swanand Kirkire, Shantanu Moitra, Suraj Jagan, Sharman Joshi and Shreya Ghoshal.