If you take a crappy Indian novel like Five Point Someone and pee all over it, is it any surprise that the end result should turn out to be a piece of mutated trash called 3 Idiots.
And to those of you who mindlessly blabber that 3 Idiots has nothing to do with Five Point Someone, we say: Baby, time you dusted off the cobwebs from your brain.
There’s little entertainment or engaging drama in 3 Idiots.
Au contraire, the movie is replete with infernal nonsense – a bunch of students delivering a baby on a table tennis table with a vacuum cleaner (no kidding, guys), the institute director Viru Sahastrabuddhe (Boman Irani) behaving like an escapee from the local asylum, contrived bhashans on the education system by Aamir Khan’s character Rancho, the Aal Izz Well baloney as the baby is delivered, the stupid twist about Rancho in Shimla ad nauseum, ad infinitum.
The movie follows the Five Point Someone book, albeit with some changes that end up making the final product so much worse than the original.
Like the book, the movie tracks the lives of three boys who join a prestigious engineering college in Delhi. In this case, the Imperial College of Engineering.
The three idiots/classmates Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan) and Raju Rostagi (Sharman Joshi) are supposed to be thick friends but you never see the development of that friendship.
What is also poorly developed is the supposedly severe mental pressure on the students for high grades. Given this failure, Rancho’s railings against the inadequacies of the education system ring hollow.
Most of the crucial scenes in the movie – the funeral of Joy Lobo, the idiots’ explulsion from college, the suicide attempt of one of the idiots, confrontation between Pia (Kareena Kapoor) and her father, between Farhan (Madhavan) and his dad and between Raju (Sharman Joshi) and the college director, the birth of Pia’s nephew on the table tennis table, the college director’s reaction on seeing his late son’s suicide note et al – are either totally lacking in emotional intensity or appear completely phony.
Positioned as a screed against the current system of Indian education that prizes rote cramming over creative thinking, the 3 Idiots script careens all over the place and is hopelessly inadequate.
Boman Irani’s character of the college director Viru Sahastrabuddhe is plain awful to endure.
An hideously implausible caricature of the director of a leading engineering school!
How low can you sink, Boman Irani?
Any director behaving like that oddball would be flung into an asylum, not made director of a prestigious engineering college.
Ditto with the character of the most studious guy of the class – Chatur Ramalingam. Utter drivel.
By the way, we have another grouse.
Yes, you guesssed right. That’s with the title.
A more apposite title would be 6 Idiots because Kareena Kapoor, director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra ought to be be thrown into the idiots’ cauldron. 😉
You Call this Acting?
If the 3 Idiots story is downright sophomoric, the acting of the dramatis personae does not lag far behind.
Will someone please tell Aamir Khan that opening your eyes w i d e or wearing a shoulder bag is not the same as acting or for that matter the sine quibus non of an engineering student.
Oh, well when you are a 40+ old man pretending to be a 18-year-old student, you’ve got to resort to silly tricks to dupe the audience. Right?
Not once do we see the feisty spirit of a nonconformist in Aamir Khan’s acting.
Face of Evil
Kareena Kapoor is as bad as ever.
The face of ageless evil inflicting repeated injuries over hapless moviegoers.
When Kareena ‘danced’ in the orange saree and a sleeveless blouse with the pallu folded in a tight roll between her tiny titties, we desperately prayed the earth would open up and swallow this obscene freak-o-rama.
Alas, our prayers went unanswered and this Kareena thing went on to torment us further.
This bozo can’t dance and can’t even smile without looking like a retard (in the Zoobi-Doobi song with that eyes-wide-open, silly plastic smile).
Madhavan, Sharman – Why?
Madhavan leaves no impact whatsoever.
Not even in that final confrontation with his old man about joining the Hungarian photographer in the Brazilian rain forest. Completely unconvincing.
Overall, this Madhavan fella looks like a fat lump of shit who stumbled on to the film-sets and got inadvertently captured on film. Send this bozo back to Kollywood.
As for Sharman Joshi, do you really want us to waste space, time and bandwidth on this gofer.
Below Par Music
The sub-par music was of a piece with the rest of this stupid shit.
And the picturization of every song was beyond pathetic.
Nothing to titillate the eye here. If you ask us, the worst was the Aal Izz Well ‘soapy’ number in the bathroom.
We’d be surprised to hear any of the songs hummed a week from now. Except maybe for the Zoobi Doobi number.
We so loved the Zoobi Doobi song that the first thing we did on returning home was to purchase the track on iTunes. But the recollection of that gibbering monkey Kareena in the song robs us of some of the charm from this number.
Money to Burn?
Schmucks, if you still insist on watching this crap-show after reading the above review all we’ll say is:
A schmuck and his dollars are soon parted.
If there’s any Bollywood movie that deserves to be shown the middle finger, it’s 3 Idiots.
We say extend the middle finger to this piece of shit with mucho gusto. 🙂
If you are desperate for entertainment this Christmas weekend, go watch the George Clooney charmer Up in the Air (in wide release in the U.S. this Friday) or the 3D delight Avatar.
3 Idiots Box Office – Even Dung Finds Eager Takers
Five Point Someone Review – Mediocre Shit
I booked tickets for 3 Idiots, but due to the dratted strike going on for Telangana, I might be forced to cancel. Double damn! 🙁
You write: I booked tickets for 3 Idiots….I might be forced to cancel
Lucky you. 😉
If only we’d had a snow-storm last night or an outpost of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi here we too would have been spared the ordeal of watching this garbage. 🙁
well Aamir khan as a student is helped by the fact his seniors in cinema like Dilip Kumar, NTR, Sivaji all played students when they were old enough to be grandfathers.
What is sad is that Raju Hirani a talented director is not given an opportunity to expand his repertoire.
Kareena like her counterpart in Tamil Trisha is an expert in showcasing 3 expressions (insane happiness, moronic quizzical look and constipated sadness).
1. You write: Kareena like her counterpart in Tamil Trisha is an expert in showcasing 3 expressions (insane happiness, moronic quizzical look and constipated sadness).
Your above line is a close contender for the Comment of the Year award. 😉
But for her last name the woman would be a receptionist or telephone operator (i.e. if they still have such creatures in India).
2. We’re in two minds on this idea of 40+ stars or grandfathers playing students in movies. Even suspension of disbelief has its limits.
3. The movie makes the crappy book look like a masterpiece. Sad.
well Aamir khan as a student is helped by the fact his seniors in cinema like Dilip Kumar, NTR, Sivaji all played students when they were old enough to be grandfathers.
Dilip Kumar,NTR and Sivaji at 50 played younger characters whose age are 35-40 years not like Aamir Khan who is playing character that is equal to age of his real-life son.
If Brad Pitt was an Bollywood actor he would have been college-student till age of 60.
I do not know why Sivaji Ganesan came into the discussion here.He is a marvellous actor,though at times people say he is guilty of over-acting!!
He has achieved world-wide fame throughout his life-time and was even praised by the great Marlon Brando who said” He can even act like me,but I can never act like you”.This is the highest level of praise any Indian actor can get from a foreign actor.
At a time in Tamil Cinema, while M.G.Ramachandran was doing commercial mass movies (though which are not so stupid compared to today’s Vijay movies), Sivaji acted in emotional dramas like Thangapadakam, Pasamalar etc.I agree that Sivaji did college-guy love stories,but the role he did was not at age of 40 as you may think and those movies that he did at that time were very relatable and realistic in nature.
He was a very great actor,coming into Tamil Cinema through drama scene.So that helped him a lot.He was widely respected by both and Kamal at a meeting to mark his death,where they said that Tamil cinema should be classified as pre-Sivaji and post-Sivaji.
If you still doubt Sivaji,watch some of his memorable films.He will surprise you with his acting.I think that most of the Tamil heroes should be sent to a acting school or a drama school in order to achieve even half of what Sivaji achieved in his lifetime.
You write: the great Marlon Brando who said” He can even act like me,but I can never act like you”.
Maybe, Brando said that tongue in cheek. 😉
Some of the funny Sivaji movies we’ve seen include Hitler Umanath and Pilot Premath. Really weird films.
The Brandon comment does sound like tongue in cheek, but “can act like me” is a compliment, nevertheless.
Other than Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Nana Patekar and maybe Irrfan Khan, we’d be inclined to dub the rest of the pack (Sivaji included) as wannabe actors.
the thing with Indian movie makers is that they think they are the only ones who got brains and the audience and everyone else does not have the capacity to think.
Aren’t Bollywood films made mostly for the unthinking masses anyway?
Otherwise we wouldn’t have so many crappy films.
An idiot reviewing 3 idiots. Ha ha ha ha ha ha aha
Why? Because we spoke the truth?
can you give the review of kamal haasan’s kannada comedy movie “rama shama bhama”, and english movie “the prestige”
The Prestige, yes but we can’t get Kamal Haasan’s Kannada comedy movie “Rama Shama Bhama” here.
difference about hollywood and indian movies is that ,in hollywood people are more eager to see the movies directed by top directors,but in india people are more addicted that which top actor has acted in the movie?
Directors are very weak in the power equation in India. They are pushed around by the stars.
Who is this jerk?? This is one of the best movies I have ever watched. Maybe you should stop looking at ur face before writing coz it probably looks like Total garbage.
You write above: Who is this jerk….probably looks like Total garbage
Are you confusing us with your papa? 😉
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Do not repeat comments.
We get to most of them.
this is a very good movie ….enjoyed it very much …will watch it again …must watch
1. You write above: a very good movie ….enjoyed it very much …will watch it again …must watch
Devuda., devuda (Oh, God).
2. But you didn’t tell us what it is that you found so compelling in the film.
I was totally disappointed with the movie.
Total of waste of hard earned $$$.
Unbelievable characters and crappy scenes stitched in between the so called humorous plot makes you want to run away from the hall.
I can’t believe Aamir chose to act in such a movie!
You write above: I was totally disappointed with the movie. Total of waste of hard earned $$$.
So were we. So were we.
$10 down the drain.
But in Incredible India, big shit like this could well turn out to be a big hit.
@SI: Mutated trash called 3 Idiots…little entertainment or engaging drama…infernal nonsense…blah blah blah…
Have you forgotten to take your medication today or is it that time of the month for you???
At least, be original in what you scribble.
Your comment is a straight lift of one of our responses some time back. 🙁
@SI Lady, you have got it all wrong this time.
This movie is not a total garbage as mentioned by you. It is a watchable commercial movie with cinematic compromises (There are lots in the 2nd half…which drags it a little). For those folks who have not watched this movie based on SI’s comments, do not make this mistake.
You write above: This movie is not a total garbage as mentioned by you….commercial movie with cinematic compromises (There are lots in the 2nd half…which drags it
So, you think it’s partial garbage? 😉
You have been exterminated.
Go play with your dolls now. 😉
Btw your site is such a garbage like you that it takes ages to see the comment.
You find our site garbage yet you whine that it takes a lot of time to see your comments.
Boy, you really must be addicted to this site. 😉
saw 3 idiots yday…movie was full of masala…it was both entertaining and disappointing and i’m still wondering how.
It is no where close to being one of the finest hindi films of the year…kaminey is still my pic of the year..whats urs?
3 Idiots was absolute garbage. Definitely not worth the money or time.
Kaminey is infinitely superior to this trash. Vishal Bharadwaj has some class and knows the film-making business unlike this clown Rajkumar Hirani.
Unlikely that our picture of the year would not be any of the Bollywood or Kollywood films.
It would be a Hollywood or foreign movie. There are many fine Hollywood and foreign movies….it’d be difficult to pick one.
aamir is a good actor,but he should take more seroius roles like taare zameen par,fanaa,lagaan.
Aamir should also beef up his acting skills.
Opening your eyes wide is not the same as acting.
The fans of Indian actors are like these only.
They tend to put their actors on same pedestal as God.
If someone criticises him these people will say
“You are mad,you are garbage.I will kill you”.
Same thing when I said abt MNIK trailer that it is very disappointing promo,One guy said :
“You fool,how dare you insult great Shahrukh Khan ?I will kill you if you once again insulted him.He is great and this film will win Oscar”.
The day when Indian people will see these actors and cricketers as professionals rather than gods is light years away.
1. Bollywood and its lesser siblings are for the most part comprised of a bunch of know-nothing baboons.
The ultimate insult was when a foreigner (Danny Boyle) came and made a Bollywoodish film Slumdog Millionaire and swept up the Oscars.
2. As for the fans, since most of them are only exposed to crass they’ve no clue what class really is.
haha “Dilip Kumar,NTR and Sivaji at 50 played younger characters whose age are 35-40 years”
Guess you didn’t watch NTR as flying Superman when he was pushing 60 or Sivaji as a student romancing girls at a geriatric age. Don’t speak without knowing the facts.
No one is denying that at their peak the 3 actors gave great performances. Just that their characters stayed at the same age even after they were older by decades.
We’ll let AmitShetty respond to this missile.
have u seen rocket singh salesman of the year? It is good
No, skipped it.
Rocket Singh – Epic Disaster at Box Office
on Wednesday when I went to see Avatar, I did see that the theatre was also playing 3 idiots but because of all the pathetic bollywood movies I have seen so far (including by beloved Akshay Kumar’s, KI and Blue [don’t believe the guy actually f****ed with my feelings]), I still went for Avatar and decided to see 3 idiots on dvd when it comes out.
As far as watching the movies in theatre, I am sticking to ONLY and ONLY Hollywood movies unless there is something really exciting by the looks of the trailer. 3 idiots never amused or excited me. From the comments here and from what I have heard, seems like its just an OK movie.
1. You write above: 3 idiots never amused or excited me. From the comments here and from what I have heard, seems like its just an OK movie.
BTW, 3 Idiots is not even an OK-kind of movie…it’s pure and simple garbage.
$10 down the trash chute (now this is an English word…don’t you start it pronouncing it the Hindi way). 😉
2. After all this trash, we’re looking forward to Ishqiya (Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi).
off track ….a movie called as tamizhpadam …a spoof on tamil films is being made ….audio was released recently ….. if you manage to get it ….hear the songs ….which have funny lyrics ….two of them stand out ….Pacha Manja Tamizhan & Oh Maha Zeeya
We’ve read about it.
It’s supposed to be a spoof on the stereotypical Tamil films. Would be interesting to watch it.
Will listen to the two songs you mention (above) in the morning.
BTW, what’s your take on the 3-in-1 ex-Governor Tiwari? 😉
@ iamsumu: Guess you didnâ€™t watch NTR as flying Superman when he was pushing 60 or Sivaji as a student romancing girls at a geriatric age. Donâ€™t speak without knowing the facts.
No one is denying that at their peak the 3 actors gave great performances. Just that their characters stayed at the same age even after they were older by decades.
In that way all our actors have stayed at the same age.
Shahrukh Khan romancing Madhuri and Sridevi in 90s and then romanced Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma whose mother’s age are same as Sridevi and Madhuri.
Salman’s heroines age are reducing day-by-day (25 year old Ayesha Takia, 24 year old Asin and now 21 year old Katrina look-alike)
As for Tamil movies (Rajni played heroine to Shriya Saran in Sivaji and Kamal hassan played heroine to Asin) here heroes never age at all.
Dilip Kumar never played college kid in his 1960s movies,Amitabh never played college kid in his 1980s movies,Shahrukh Khan last played college kid in 1998 (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai).
Then why Aamir Khan does this kind of thing and even fails in it.The bathroom scene in which all actors were dancing (all didnt look like college kids but their fathers) and Madhavan looked like some CEO of top company.
Wondering if Madhavan can provide the liftoff for a movie on his own now (not talking of the past).
Looks like the movie is doing great in India (I know you don’t care about Indian results) but it is also doing very good in USA.
I tried to watch it over the weekend but all the shows were houseful on Saturday and even on Sunday night… Would be waiting for the weekend box office figures of 3 Idiots in that sheet of yours.
You write: Would be waiting for the weekend box office figures of 3 Idiots in that sheet of yours.
Our hypothesis (know what it means?) is that it won’t be anywhere near Ghajini, which was also a 5-day weekend.
It was entertaining. Nothing else.
You write: It was entertaining. Nothing else.
Ha ha ha.
What else do you want a movie to do….give you a BJ or HJ too? 😉
3 of our friends(3 idiots?).. all ladies, liked the movie very much.. all said that the theater was packed (they all went for different shows)
You Write: 3 of our friends(3 idiots?).. all ladies, liked the movie very much.. all said that the theater was packed
In the colosseums of ancient Rome, when the prisoners were forced to fight wild beasts like lions et al the galleries would be packed with cheering morons. 🙁
Box office figures are already out!! Collection is 93 Crores worldwide (More than Ghajini). Even in US the official collection is 2.1 M
If this shit can do $2.1 million, then we’re going to start early today. 😉 We’re off to get a bottle of the recommended French wine ChÃ¢teau Graves de Liron 2007.
According to businessofcinema.com, the movie did 1 million business from Wed to fri. So SI, do I expect the title of your next post to be something like “Folks, there is no God” or “Folks, God has peed on Us”???
You write: So SI, do I expect the title of your next post to be something like ….
You know we won’t disappoint you with our titles. 😉
Have fun keeping a blog, trashing movies, wondering why the fuck they do so well, while the real makers of the so called ‘ shit ‘ movies rake in the moolah.
If this is not super-loserly , and a complete waste of a life, I really dunno what is.
Loved 3 idiots, a couple of stupid scenes apart, the movie was bloody hilarious.
And I think most of india agrees with me.
Have fun and keep this up till you die.
We wont miss you.
Hell, we wont care.
You write: super-loserly…a complete waste of a life…We wont miss you…we wont care
And yet you are so desperate to post a comment here (and that too within just a few minutes of your registration).
Ha ha ha.
Know what hoist with his own petard means? 😉
Have fun writing this blog, trashing movies, commenting on every wall-post, while the real makers of these apparently ‘shit’ movies rake in the moolah.
Keep wondering, why and how they manage to make in the money for the rest of your life, while they triple their bank balances.
Evidently, you care enough to write a 1000 word review on it, ever wondered how it doesn’t affect them, or how they dont give a fuck about what your doing?
Wow, if that isn’t loserly and a complete waste of a life, I don’t know what is.
So go ahead, spend the rest of your life writing on movies, commenting on them whilst we actually go and MAKE them. And make money, of course.
We also evidently lead less-frustrated, happier lives.
See ya loser.
I doubt I’ll log back in to read your reply, so save yourself the energy.
Going to watch 3 idiots again, a couple of scenes apart, I thought it was a bloody brilliant movie.
1. You write: I doubt I’ll log back in to read your reply, so save yourself the energy.
Who you kidding.
You are already so addicted to this fine blog that within just a few minutes of your registration you’ve already posted two comments.
You were so agitated that your first comment didn’t appear that you logged on again and posted one more comment.
The reason your first comment didn’t appear immediately was because we were processing it.
Kiddo, admit it. You love the SI blog so much that you just can’t stay away. 😉
BTW, we love your chutzpah.
2. You write: So go ahead, spend the rest of your life writing on movies, commenting on them whilst we actually go and MAKE them. And make money, of course.
Make money, of course? Ha ha ha.
Overall, 2009 was annus horribilis for Bollywood.
Look at the box office numbers for the various movies. They tell a depressing tale.
I know its mindless when you view the movie objectively…but you know the reason why bollywood movie makes money..overseas..sometimes we just want to watch mindless movies just for fun..we have hollywood and some good Indian directors.. (PLS WATCH RAJNEETI PROMO btw it was so awesome that 3 idiots director actually removed it from his movie 😀 :P) for our good movie needs..
i completely agree with boman irani..its was despicable caricature of director of an prestigious institute.. but if the director would have gone the serious path..and made movie on strictly novel tone..then it wouldnt be even acknowledged and understood by half the Indian cinema crowd coz after hard day work battling all the tension of living in India…they just do not want to use their brains at all (:P) that is precisely the why these movies make money…even you know that avatar is cliche fest but its still making tons of money..and you cannot deny that movie had some merit..otherwise it would have been bombed at box office like recent bollywood craps like kambaqt ishq , blue etc…
anyway have you watched gangaajal and apaharan by prakash jha (same director by raajneeti) ..they are really good movies!!
The gist of your comment seems to be that Indians are brainless twits who like mindless movies. 😉
Yes, we’ve seen both Gangaajal and Apaharan.
We have yet to see the Rajneeti promos.
You are like a Pest who feeds off the host (Popular HIT movie liked by INCREDIBLE India). India is forntunately incredible unlike you.
Thanks for your pest-ilential comment. 😉
I do agree that the movie is weak and aamir is an over rated actor, but you are being too cynical here. Cinema I feel doesnot have to be realistic to make an impact. its all about story telling, which can be serious or in a completely demented manner. I peersonally really enjoyed the movie with all its flaws.
The sad bit is that you are redicuously critical but dont have the balls to take it. Grow up you’re not the only one who has an opinion here. Seeking attention with all this gibberish doesnt impress.
1. You write: Seeking attention with all this gibberish doesnt impress.
It has obviously impressed you enough to register and pen a comment. 😉
2. You write: The sad bit is that you are redicuously (sic) critical but dont have the balls to take it.
The fact that we publish comments of all shades and even box office reports that fly in the face of our reviews is proof that we don’t flee from hostile opinions. For instance, if we’d deleted your registration and your comment, no one would have even known.
But that’s not how we operate here. Obviously, you are too much of a schmuck to understand that.
You are a johnny come lately and a lazy one at that to go back and see the number of critical comments that pour into this blog.
@SI: What else do you want a movie to doâ€¦.give you a BJ or HJ too?🙁
Yea ! probably,had the movie been screened in a whore house but rather it was in a cinema house
Its all crappy as u have reviewed but it was a nice time pass. What is your comment for this ?? 69 or doggy eh ?
You write above: crappy…but a…nice time pass. What is your comment for this ?? 69 or doggy eh ?
one more friend said that the movie was ‘very nice’.. i am tempted to go the .6Dak way to evaluate this myself. I didn’t quite like the Munna Bhai series .. probably because I didn’t “get” the jokes and slangs.. does this one also have a lot of Mumbai slangs in it?
Slang? Not really. Just some nicknames.
We didn’t think much of Munnabhai either. This Rajkumar Hirani fella obviously has a mole down there, which explains his good run at the box office.
you expect every movie to be classy, to give it credit?
This movie is so entertaining and blends in emotions & a good message – You cant trash it as complete trash… you have not written a Review of the movie. All you do is show your personal movie preference in the name of reviewing!
come on, man… if Avatar were made in India by Indian filmmakers, you would be trashing it as bull shit, by the same standards you have set for reviewing!
1. You write above: come on, man… if Avatar were made in India by Indian filmmakers, you would be
If the tail-less monkeys of Bollywood can render us an Avatar, we’ll draw the curtains on this blog. 🙁
2. You write: you expect every movie to be classy, to give it credit?
If this is this your convoluted way of saying 3 Idiots was not classy, then we’re on the same page. 😉
3. You write: All you do is show your personal movie preference in the name of reviewing!
We’ve given enough supporting evidence why we consider 3 Idiots a piece of crap.
At the end of the day, every review is a reflection of the writer’s perspective, which is usually an amalgam of elements (exposure to the subject, knowledge of competition, writing style et al).
>If this is this your convoluted way of saying 3 Idiots >was not classy, then weâ€™re on the same page.
non-classy doesnt mean bad.
the line is not discrete, and apparently you folks are clueless on this!
You said 3 Idiots is “Unendurable Crap
Thereâ€™s little entertainment or engaging drama in 3 Idiots.
This is just pure sensationalism and you know it.
Just go to the theatre again, see the audience reaction to the movie and you’d understand how engaging and entertaining this movie is!
Just do it.
Go again this weekend to your nearby theatre and just observe the reactions. dont see the movie… just observe audience reaciton. That’s it.
And you’d be wiser!
If you want to broadly review all non-classy movies as bullshit, then you’d have to bucket 90% of Hollywood movies as well!
And Avatar was not classy in any sense, yet you liked it overall!
you live in a godforsaken place called [deleted] in the USA and have rabid opinions of your home country film makers and spreading that wave on the internet?
If you just want more readers on ur blog thru the negative reviews, then just acknowledge it!
1. You write above: you live in a godforsaken place called [deleted] in the USA
Where we live in is not germane to the discussion on 3 Idiots. Stick to the topic unless you want to be booted out. 🙁
2. You write: If you just want more readers on ur blog thru the negative reviews, then just acknowledge it!
You are a schmuck to even suggest that. If we wanted more readers/visitors to our blog all we’ve to do is to paste a few pictures of a pair of skimpily-clad Bollywood starlets.
Au contraire, the SI blog is one of the few mostly-text-based blogs that draws readers by virtue of the content and free-wheeling discussions.
As is obvious to all but the most obtuse, SI has eschewed the sensationalistic path to the point where we may appear rather boring to some readers.
3. You write: This is just pure sensationalism and you know it.
You may choose not to believe it but that 3 Idiots is crap is our sincere opinion.
We have no ax to grind, one way or the other with this movie.
4. We most definitely have no intention of rewatching this junk again. You see, we still have our head screwed on right.
4. You write: you….have rabid opinions of your home country film makers and spreading that wave on the internet?
Most Indian film-makers are clueless buffoons, who don’t have the faintest idea of the craft, sticking to formulaic 3-songs-2-dance nonsense or engage in outright stealing.
you are right . crap bollywood movie more suited for people who enjoy toilet humor – most of the jokes were about peeing , farting , pants falling down etc . how low can bollywood get?
You write: how low can bollywood get?
Because if Bollywood is good at anything it’s ‘plumbing the low depths.’
to think this movie is touted to become the greatest bollywood grosser of all freaking time. SAD
Such are the vagaries of life (no, the word ‘vagaries’ has nothing to do with vagina). 😉
Have you watched “There’s something about Mary”? It also had a lot of toilet humor in it, but I liked it very much..
consensus in RT:
There’s Something About Mary proves that unrelentingly, unabashedly peurile humor doesn’t necessarily come at the expense of a film’s heart.
You write: Have you watched “There’s something about Mary”?
Looks interesting. Just read about it on Wiki.
Will watch this week for sure.
Toilet humor can be funny if done well but the way our Bollywood people do it is so ‘toilety’….. 🙁
So are you gonna watch Mary?
Yes, after we finish the two NFLX DVDs with us.
Hopefully, we’ll get Subramaniapuram, Nadodigal et al next week.
all recent aamir movies like ghajini and 3 idiots are becoming huge hits not because they were great but because of taaze zameen par which was one of the great movies,which attracted people to see his movies.before taare there is no huge hits like 3 idiots or ghajini but had good hits like rang de and fanaa.Fanaa and rang were far better than these 3 idiots and ghajini
Plus the aggressive marketing and herd mentality of our folks.
can you give the reviews of tv shows like prison break,24,heroes and lost.for now i have seen only prison break only which is awesome,brilliant and creative
Not in this life time.
As it is we’re sick of the MSNBC Sat/Sun programs in the U.S., which feature nothing but prison programs.
but atleast see prison break which is different and when will you give the review of prestige?
Prestige, definitely this month.
SI, the statement you’ve often made in this blog about people at bollywood and kollywood being little better than neanderthals was once again proved true with this 3 Idiots rubbish.
Having said this, I feel the blame for subjecting the average Indian audience – being the ignorant mass that they are – to such a movie does not rest on Amir Khan and co. alone, but also on the audience themselves who are ready to not only accept such nonsense but also talk so highly of it.
As I exited the theatre after watching this movie some days back, people around me were so overflowing with praise for it that for a moment I wondered if these people deserve better movies at all.
1. You write: As I exited the theatre after watching this movie some days back, people around me were so overflowing with praise
We have a friend in the U.S. who told us he got calls from India singing paeans about the movie! No kidding.
2. Just you wait.
A few years from now, people will come to their senses and wonder what all the hullabaloo was about with 3 Idiots.
And that promotion for the movie with Aamir Khan strutting around and mouthing drivel like Only one girl in Chennai recognized me…blah blah blah. Is there anything more ridiculous than that.
man…. somebody give me rum n coke. i wanna drink till my liver sinks. i wanna drink till i vomit to death. sometimes even 95% of the population can be wrong.
i should have listened to you. i should have taken your warning seriously.
oh boy, just watched 3-idiots. what a torture! when did amir khan started to preach? rajini n vijay started this shit in tamil movies n now amir too…. i jus cannot believe! why does he have to talk like a 50 yr old double phd student while he is still a 1st yr idiot?
how can a stupid movie like this be such a successful movie? there is not even a single scene worth the excitement people n media made. this is total injustice to other good movies which went unnoticed.
the world is sure gonna end in 2012.
You write: somebody give me rum n coke. i wanna drink till my liver sinks. i wanna drink till i vomit to death…..how can a stupid movie like this be such a successful movie? there is not even a single scene worth the excitement people n media made. this is total injustice to other good movies which went unnoticed.
That’s exactly how we felt…but as the box office numbers and public hysteria attest we belong to an insignificant minority. 🙁
BTW, The Wall Street Journal had a report on on Thursday that 3 Idiots has already brought in $75 million at the worldwide box-office and headed toward the $100 million milestone.
Mon dieu, there’s even talk of a U.S. remake of this garbage.
Here’s an excerpt from the WSJ piece:
Only in Incredible India can such offal find favor with the public. 🙁
[I] 2. After all this trash, we’re looking forward to Ishqiya (Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi). [/I]
The soundtrack for the movie, Ishiqiya, was out a couple of weeks ago, and I must say, Vishal Bharadwaj shows class not only in filmmaking but also in composing music (ya sure, he has his mentor, Gulzar to accompany his music with beautiful lyrics).
But please do listen to the songs, especially the song, Dil To Bachcha Hai. The reason for me liking this song is that Bharadwaj makes use of actual instruments and a tune familiar to the times of Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, et al.
Do tell if you find any songs interesting.
We just listened to all the snippets from iTunes and without a moment’s hesitation purchased Dil to Bachcha Hai.
Nice gift to ourselves on this holiday (MLK Day here).
Dil To Bachcha playing in the background here. 🙂
On the connection to the oldies, are we talking of Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi (Raj Kapoor-Nargis)?
ya, it would be jam-packed here in downtown Atlanta today in celebration of MLK Day!!
Yes, Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi was the song I was thinking of as well. But Dil to Bachcha Hai also sounds similar to Mohammed Rafi’s beautiful song, Ek Na Ek Din Yeh Kahani from Gora aur Kala. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJZEOzRSvoQ
Ek Na Ek Din Yeh Kahani is a lovely song …Silver Jubilee Star and Hema Malini. 🙂
Now, I suspect Chinese….
Some things in life defy explanation.
Their commercial success notwithstanding, we continue to believe that both the book & the film were junk.
And no one’s ever denied that Indians are masters at peddling junk movies.
The Chinese too produce junk but mostly on the hardware side.
Their movies are often watchable. Right now, we’re some 20-minutes into the Chinese film A Beautiful Life.
And in a fortnight the Tamil version Nanban will be out, perhaps rewriting the record books in Tamil Nadu as well as Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Norway (yes, Norway), Canada, USA, UK and wherever else the Tamil diaspora is to be found.
Incidentally yesterday I finished reading Five Point Someone over a period of maybe 2 weeks.
It was not bad but ok. The movie compared to the book was very bad coz they adopted the story but wasted it.
Whatever it is, Chetan Bhagat is a smart chap.
Whether Chetan Bhagat is a smart chap or Indians love trash, it’s hard to tell.
We suspect that for most Indians Five Point Someone is the only book (or one of the few books) they’ve read in their lives.