3 idiots is definitely a comedy bollywood was waiting for quite some time but it certainly fails to stand up to the decade defining Munnabhai flicks. Being an engineering student myself who has stayed in hostel for 6 years now, I could relate to it pretty well. The trademark Hirani gags went well hand in hand. But this film suddenly seems to loose its charm due the point it lacks. It speaks about the system as a whole but misses a point of view. It lacks in the naive idealism and old-fashioned sincerity that Hirani has presented in the Munnabhai classics.
While Munnabhai manages to make you shed an unexpected tear, this goes for full throttle melodrama. The film due to its pace seem to undergo push button emotions. The coincidences are conveniently put and anyone with a normal IQ (or EQ) can guess them. Trying to justify pissing outside a teacher’s house, and lowering pants on certain scenes tend to kill the emotions attached with them.
Please don’t take me wrong. This film stands out for it’s inherent optimism in the plot and the sheer good nature of its characters. While Aamir Khan delivers a master performance as Rancho whose cheery “all is well” chant will make its way to stand up to the popularity of “jadoo ki jhappi”. Sharman Joshi seems to be a better performer than R madhavan, mainly because of the character they have played. Unfortunately, the master performance that goes unnoticed is of Omi Vaidya as Chatur. Recommended for its hearty gags and a beautiful plot.