“3 Idiots” (stylized as “3 Idiots”) is a comedy-drama film from India, released in 2009. It serves as a coming-of-age story and was written, edited, and directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The screenplay was co-written by Abhijat Joshi, and the film was produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The storyline of the movie is loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, “Five Point Someone.”
3 Idiots Movie 2009 Cast, Plot, Production, Music, & Release
Starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi in the lead roles, “3 Idiots” brings together the trio three years after they collaborate in “Rang De Basanti” (2006). The film also features Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, and Boman Irani in significant roles. It employs a narrative structure that intertwines two parallel storylines—one set in the present and the other taking place ten years earlier.
The plot revolves around the enduring friendship of three students attending an Indian engineering college and cleverly satirizes the social pressures inherent in the Indian education system.
During their freshman year at Imperial College of Engineering (ICE) in Delhi, Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi enroll in the esteemed institution and become roommates with Ranchhoddas Shamaldas Chanchad, affectionately known as “Rancho.” Unlike his peers, Rancho approaches engineering with a playful and experimental mindset, resulting in outstanding academic performance.
However, Rancho’s unconventional approach clashes with the strict ideology of the college’s director, Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe, who is commonly referred to as “Virus” by the students. The repercussions of the college’s rigid system become tragically evident when a fellow student named Joy Lobo takes his own life after failing to meet a project deadline.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Parikshit Sahni||Farhan’s Father|
|Farida Dadi||Farhan’s Mother|
|Chaitali Bose||Raju’s Sister|
|Arun Bali||Shamaldas Chanchad|
|Boman Irani||Viru Sahastrabudhhe|
|Jaaved Jaaferi||Ranchoddas Chanchad|
|Amardeep Jha||Raju’s Mother|
|Mukund Bhatt||Raju’s Father|
|Jayant Kripalani||Campus Interview Panel|
Loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel Five Point Someone, the movie features Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi in the lead roles.
In her cinematic debut, she portrayed a supporting character in Rajkumar Hirani’s comedy-drama 3 Idiots (2009), a film that stands among the highest-grossing Indian movies ever made.
Kareena Kapoor portrayed the character of Pia Sahastrabuddhe, a medical student, and the love interest of Rancho (Aamir) in the film.
Vaidya’s standout performance came in the supporting role of Chatur Ramalingam (or “The Silencer”) in the Bollywood film 3 Idiots, released in 2009.
Boman Irani portrayed the character of Viru Sahastrabudhhe, also known as Virus, in the film.
In the film 3 Idiots (2009), actor Olivier Lafont portrayed the character of Suhas Tandon, the money-minded fiancé of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s character.
Following the triumph of Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), director Rajkumar Hirani and screenwriter Abhijat Joshi contemplated creating a third installment in the Munna Bhai franchise called Munnabhai Chale Amerika. However, Hirani, feeling drained from working on back-to-back films with a similar structure, opted to embark on a new script outside the boundaries of the franchise.
Shantanu Moitra, known for his musical prowess, took charge of composing the film’s soundtrack, while the talented Swanand Kirkire contributed the lyrics. This project marked Moitra’s second consecutive collaboration with Rajkumar Hirani, following their successful partnership with Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). Moitra not only composed the songs but also collaborated with Sanjay Wandrekar and Atul Raninga to create a captivating film score.
On December 25, 2009, the film “3 Idiots” had a widespread domestic release in India, with a total of 1,550 prints and 1,760 screens. Trade analysts considered this release to be extensive for a Bollywood film during that period. Leading multiplexes allocated over 95% of their screens for the movie before its release.
Additionally, the film had a substantial international release, with approximately 344 prints distributed across 415 screens. However, there were varying reports regarding the exact number of screens, with Bollywood Hungama and The Times of India stating figures ranging from 342 to 366 screens.
Upon its release, “3 Idiots” garnered extensive critical acclaim from both domestic and international critics. The film was highly praised for its direction, thought-provoking themes, engaging humor, compelling story, well-crafted screenplay, mesmerizing soundtrack, and exceptional performances by the cast.
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|Based on||Five Point Someone
by Chetan Bhagat
|Box office||₹400.61 crore|
|Cinematography||C. K. Muraleedharan|
|Directed by||Rajkumar Hirani|
|Distributed by||Reliance BIG Pictures|
|Edited by||Rajkumar Hirani|
|Narrated by||R. Madhavan|
|Produced by||Vidhu Vinod Chopra|
|Vinod Chopra Films|
|Release date||25 December 2009 (India)|
|Running time||171 minutes|
|Screenplay by||Abhijat Joshi
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