Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

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Rajkumar Hirani

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Rajkumar Hirani (screenplay), Abhijat Joshi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamir Khan ... Ranchoddas 'Rancho' Shyamaldas Chanchad / Phunsukh Wangdu
Madhavan ... Farhan Qureshi (as R. Madhavan)
Sharman Joshi ... Raju Rastogi
Kareena Kapoor ... Pia
Boman Irani ... Viru Sahastrabudhhe
Omi Vaidya ... Chatur 'Silencer' Ramalingam
Mona Singh ... Mona
Olivier Lafont Olivier Lafont ... Suhas Tandon (as Sanjay Lafont)
Rahul Kumar ... Millimeter - MM
Parikshit Sahni ... Mr. Qureshi (as Pareekshit Sahani)
Farida Dadi ... Mrs. Qureshi
Amardeep Jha ... Mrs. Rastogi
Mukund Bhatt ... Mr. Rastogi
Chaitali Bose Chaitali Bose ... Kamini 'Kammo' Rastogi
Javed Jaffrey ... Ranchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad (as Jaaved Jaaferi)

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Storyline

Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi want to re-unite with their fellow collegian, Rancho, after faking a stroke aboard an Air India plane, and excusing himself from his wife - trouser less - respectively. Enroute, they encounter another student, Chatur Ramalingam, now a successful businessman, who reminds them of a bet they had undertaken 10 years ago. The trio, while recollecting hilarious antics, including their run-ins with the Dean of Delhi's Imperial College of Engineering, Viru Sahastrabudhe, race to locate Rancho, at his last known address - little knowing the secret that was kept from them all this time. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Taglines:

Don't be Stupid. Be an I.D.I.O.T.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing images and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Aamir Khan planned a prank on Madhavan during a scene. When Madhavan stripped his pant and turned around for the scene, he found a nurse passing by staring at him and was embarrassed. This scene was however cut from the film. See more »

Goofs

Suhas enters through the main gate during the wedding, which is not possible as he was already in the building where the wedding was taking place. See more »

Quotes

Raju Rastogi: There's something going on between you both.
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Alternate Versions

In South Korea, the film was edited to 141 minutes for theatrical release. The uncut version was later released at the Director's cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chennai Express (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Zoobi Doobi
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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2 October 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

Like Dead Poets Society but with Robin Williams as a student and some extra tonic and spice thrown in for good measure. Serious, sad and silly, often concurrently but overwhelmingly very, very funny and engaging, as engineering students at an Indian college end up teaching as much as they learn. Who could disagree with the distinction between education and learning while recognising the often sizable gulf that exists between the two after watching this. Who would dissuade those with aspiration and passion from pursuing their dreams and goals. Weighing in not too shy of three hours you'll be shocked how quickly the time flies as your attention is vacuumed up and your view of the world turned on its head, or inverted, depending what you've learned.


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

25 December 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Idiots See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangalore, Karnataka, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR550,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,645,502, 27 December 2009

Gross USA:

$6,532,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,262,836
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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