Our hero walks into a reputed college and makes his first mark during a ragging session. In his very first class, he questions a teacher and gets thrown out. He falls in love with the dean’s daughter. The dean is authoritative – to an extent that the institution has lost some basic values of education. Our hero then challenges the dean, tops every single exam, and finally proves his mettle by performing a medical miracle. Everything is forgiven while the hero leaves the college without a degree for himself. Well, can you guess which film are we talking about? Munna Bhai MBBS? Or 3 Idiots? That’s formula for film viewers.
It’s interesting how Rajkumar Hirani has made two very successful films on the same formula. In both these films, both Kareena and Gracy Singh play their natural selves. Involvement of a studious fellow student with family melodrama is also a common thread. Both Dr. Rustam and Raju’s fathers are saved by our hero’s unmatched charm. The presence of Circuit and Virus (both new comers) in their respective roles are undoubtedly, a treat to watch.
There are of-course subtle differences between the two films. While Munna Bhai MBBS is essentially on father-son relationship, 3 Idiots is the story of ever-lasting friendship. Munna Bhai MBBS perfectly shows the issues with the medical colleges. Modern medical science is becoming more and more mechanical with Doctors loosing the personal touch with their patients. 3 idiots does the same for engineering institutions. Modern engineers certainly lack interest and practical understanding of their subject. Rajkumar Hirani creates a template in Munna Bhai MBBS and implements it again in 3 Idiots. While both films are well made, I just hope Mr. Hirani is not planning the same for MBA education.