The 3 Idiots (3i) Umbrella

This post was originally published on September 10, 2008, under the title '3 Idiots expected in Summer 2009'. Things changed since, of course. The film is now all set to release this December 25. This post shall serve as the umbrella for all things 3i, then. A link to it is available in the sidebar (right) via the 3i icon. From now through its release, links to news stories, all trailers, songs, etc. will be added below.

The Bird that was Faint with Thirst
Guest post: 3 Idiots Movie Review

Lyrics and my translations:
1. Aal Izz Well
2. Behti Hawa Sa
3. Zoobi Doobi
4. Give Me Some Sunshine
5. Jaane Nahin Denge

(click to enlarge)

Coming soon at, per this tweet by Author Chetan Bhagat; 3i is (at least in part) inspired from his book Five Point Someone: What not to do at IIT (available at this link). You can sign up to be notified of updates at that link.

Please only trust the video stories featuring Aamir and the cast.

Added Nov 8: Video from the 'Aal izz well' song promo launch
Added Oct 25: 3i to have biggest ever release (IBN Gossip)
Added Oct 22: First Look (MSN India)
Added Oct 22, 2009: 3i to release simultaneously on Direct-To-Home TV (IBN)

September 10, 2008: A post on 3 Idiots (why not spell 'three'?) has been long overdue. It's a Vidhu Vinod Chopra film by Rajkumar Hirani tentatively scheduled for a July 2009 release. Starring Aamir Khan (yes!), Kareena Kapoor (yes!), Sharman Joshi and Madhavan (all right, they were in Rang De Basanti (2006) after all, so an equally enthusiastic 'yes!'), and Boman Irani (what a cast!). It was slated to begin filming with Aamir earlier this month (per Aamir in a chat session with fans from about a month ago). That's likely why Aamir hasn't blogged in a bit. Kareena Kapoor has long said she's wanted to work with Aamir, so she got her wish.

Per this Raju Hirani interview (which also has some Shah Rukh-related gossip), the movie started out with ideas from a book titled Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. And per this piece, the film will be shot in Ladakh, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Good! I've been longing to see more of India in our films. The music will be provided by Shantanu Moitra. He's delivered fantastic soundtracks to Parineeta (2005), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2005), Khoya Khoya Chaand (2007), Eklavya (2007), etc.

And finally, someone want to guess why this set from the film would remind us of the word 'camera'? (see answer below)

Picture source:

Added 9/13/2008:

These from Dil Chahta Hai (2001), aboard an airplane...

...and at the airport! :o)


Nicki said...

Can't wait for the movie. Awesome cast alright!

ajnabi said...

I have no idea how I'm going to wait till this comes out on DVD. I almost (but not quite) don't want to get excited about Aamir's productions since it takes so darn long to get them! LOL

Anonymous said...

Madhavan is in it too :-)

S said...

I am looking forward to this movie,what a cast very interesting:)

Anonymous said...

I'd do an enthusiastic "yes!!" for Madhavan too!! :-D

as for the picture, i didn't think about the word 'camera', when i first saw it.. but after reading your question, i was thinking of "bioscope". do you know what that is? it's kind of a motion-picture projector, used in the old times,.. and i know about it b/c in Bangladesh (that's where i'm from) in the rural areas it used to be "played" during fairs/festivals. Authors and other people from that generation still speak very fondly about it; and as a result it has been quite romanticised in movies, literature, etc. Your pic (& ques!) reminded me of that!


theBollywoodFan said...

Hi all, and thank you for your comments!

Nicki and Reviewer: Aamir and Kareena together is something we've waited for, for too long. Glad it's finally happening.

Ajnabi: Some of us 'Aamirians' (just to sound important in our blind (kidding) sense of loyalty, LOL) have nicknamed him 'Mr. Slow Motion' in jest. He's been told, and he's acknowledged and laughed to it too. But his promise of quality is one he's upheld, so we must pay the price while forgiving him. Hang in there! At least Taare Zameen Par will be released on DVD soon enough...

Memsaab: Yes, in fact the first scene was shot with Madhavan. Added to post.

Ranya: See comment to Memsaab above. Also, that's very interesting about bioscope. I wasn't aware...thanks for sharing! Thanks also for tackling the 'camera' question. I'll wait a couple more days before revealing my thought process, which shouldn't come as a surprise ;)


Crazy on Bollywood said...

As the name suggests i guess the film will be a comedy movie and i became crazy to think about Amir in a comedy role.

Anonymous said...

I doubt that it will be held up by Aamir. He's not producing or directing it, and the people who are (Raju Hirani and VVC) know what they're doing. I don't think Aamir will even want to interfere with it...

theBollywoodFan said...

Crazy on Bollywood: Aamir in a comedy flick is a treat to watch. I'm just looking forward to seeing the plot -- from the sound of it, it's an excellent platform to build on, and the cast should go a long way in complementing it.

Memsaab: Yes, given it's not Aamir Khan directing or producing it helps its time to market, of course. And if there's one thing he lives by, it's integrity and delivering to commitment, which he seems to have made here in rather solid fashion. Raju Hirani and VVC are as competent as anyone out there, so I agree it shouldn't be an issue here.

But July '09 is too far off too, and who knows when the DVD will be released?! And before I start being too critical of the filmmaking process flow in general, I'll end =)

It's going to be an exciting time, the half-year period beginning in December...TWO Aamir movies in about seven months! Yay!

theBollywoodFan said...

See bottom of post for the reasoning behind the reference to 'camera' and the airplane :o)

Anonymous said...

oh that's cheating!! i was thinking more literally!! i didn't realize it reminded you of a scene!! (lol, but i still wouldn't have gotten it.. even though i love DCH!)


theBollywoodFan said...

LOL Ranya! Next time, I'll have a better hint, I promise :) Should've articulated it more specifically. But I have you to thank for discussing the bioscope!

Anonymous said...

I thought the book was named Five Point Someone?

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Anonymous: Yes, it is Five Point Someone. Added that in the post. Thank you for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Bollywood, the greatest film industry in the world? Hmmm... Have you asked Hollywood for permission to say that? :)

I have seen three films of Aamir, Lagaan, Rang de Basanthi and Ghajini. So I find it cool that you have banners on two of three films. Ghajini was merely a retake of a South Indian hit. In essence it is a Hollywood romance-action movie set in India. Not a trace of India in it. Not that I noticed.

Btw, you have posted only pictures of Aamir in your profile. Are you male, female or other? Could you wear a wig (if you prefer to remain anonymous) and post a picture of yourself? And dye that hair if it is already grey.

Anonymous said...

And could you please teach Aamir fans, blogging on Aamir's Mumbai website, what freedom of expression as Americans understand it mean?

And also separation of Church and State according to the American Constitution?

theBollywoodFan said...

You need to see more Aamir films, Anonymous! Only three is unacceptable!

LOL at the Bollywood/Hollywood comment. No permission needed, I just *know* it's true! :)

Lagaan and Rang De Basanti top my all time favorites list (especially Lagaan), so those banners will be there. Ghajini was fun for what it was, and I did find several traces of India in it (the rickshaws, the thugs, the paani puri, the Bajaj scooter, the cops, etc.), although not near the patriot-themed ones in the Aamir standard, so we mostly agree there.

LOL at the picture comment. You're funny. My avatar speaks for it. And both my profile and my intro post have the answer, dude.

There are plenty of other Aamir fans from whom we can learn all about public policy challenges. If it's relevant within the scope of a movie, then sure, that discussion would be on.

It's an interesting bunch of us at Aamir's blog. Let me tell you, there have been some recently who are a nuisance to the rest there, and I hope Aamir either bans them, or even better, moderates comments (like Salman's blog did; but that one probably had someone from Sony assigned to the task). Oh well.


lalsub said...

Hi. This is eles from the AKblog.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Eles! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

theBollywoodFan said...

PS Anonymous: My experience has been, since the very outset of Aamir's blog (summer 2007, which is when I joined), that the vast, vast majority (and most active) of visitors there are extremely friendly, fun, and sincere. The least we can do is acknowledge that, and the freedom Aamir provides in fostering a community where exchange is encouraged. Please let's not discount that, there will always be those (they're not really Aamir 'fans', or if they say they are, they are disillusioned!) who cause trouble in an unmoderated forum, it's a human problem, and we've got to live with it.

Anonymous said...

ghajini film is wah bhi wah
kya bata hai es film diyaaaaaaaaaaaaa

theBollywoodFan said...

Hey there! Agreed, Wah bhai wah is apt, my friend! Thank you for stopping by. Do come again. Cheers.

dunkdaft said...

why I *still* haven't commented on this post???

Neat work here. Keep it up. One thing you can add is a link to buy the book...I m really looking forward to its music. Shantanu is the guy to watch out for.

Will I see the 3idiots pic in sidebar, coming down after Dec 25, and settle above indiblogger icon??? :)

theBollywoodFan said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Darshit! I've added the link to the book. And I hope this turns out as promised. Trust Aamir more than any other to deliver a good film.

This will get real interesting once the music release comes around...can't wait, as I'm sure is the case with every Aamirian!


memsaab said...

I've read both Bhagat's book and the 3 Idiots script, and they have very very little in common at this point.

Bhagat seems to just be trying to hang onto his little bit of glory. I wouldn't even call the film based on his book, although inspired by is certainly fair.

theBollywoodFan said...

That's good to know, Memsaab, thanks for the info. That's also the sense one gets from reading Aamir's blogs on 3 Idiots, and comments by those who've read the book.

Can't imagine Raju and the cast won't discuss this publicly and more often as we get closer to December.


dunkdaft said...

Well, the very first time when there was news about Raju adapting the book, he made it clear that 'only storyline' is taken. Not the 'story'. Might be clear since then?

theBollywoodFan said...

It's clear, yes, but how many from among the masses actually read those first articles? Again, the closer we get to December, the more we'll hear about it.

If people don't know that going in, I guess it might not be a bad thing -- the element of surprise must count for something. :)

But the appearance out there as it exists today leads to a misrepresentation, strictly my opinion.

Here's a perfectly relevant Raju quote from the link in the post (added in 2008) to one of the first IndiaFM articles:

"Chetan sent me his book and though I liked it, I wasn't sure if it could be turned into a film. The book had a series of events and in that format did not lend itself well to a screenplay. Once we started writing, the scenes kept reducing and it was a different story altogether.

So, while the idea about a story set in an educational institute came from the book, the story of the film as it stands is completely different. Chetan is aware of our story and in agreement that it's not his book."

So it's like saying Ghajini is adapted from Memento, although my understanding is their screenplays are completely different! :D

dunkdaft said...

but that thing is worrying me. I think people can take it different way too. They 'will' come to see 5.someone - and its the most popular book amongst youth, I hope they can bare the different adaptation.

theBollywoodFan said...

Darshit: You're absolutely right about it being very popular among the youth. I'll probably be among the last to read it. (Really should step out of pure non-fiction =)

From the many friends I have spoken to about 3 Idiots (because you *know* I have, LOL), including several at various IIT and IIM campuses, the overwhelming expectation seems to be based around the book. So there is that the risk of not meeting expectations.

But the flip side is they won't know the story and the end beforehand, which can be a very good thing. And if anyone would take expectations into account and aim to beat them, we trust it to be Aamir. Plus, involving a test audience will only help. So I'm not worried.

Every one of us who's been to schools of technology/engineering and management will find lots to relate to. (And I know this is based in India and around Indian Academia, which I left before I was a teen, but still.) That's not to say those who haven't, won't, because they will. In any case, can't think of a better lead cast than three from Rang De Basanti! =)

memsaab said...

I think it's certainly safe to say that anyone who has been to an Indian engineering or technology school will be able to relate to the film. If you are expecting Five Point Someone and that's exactly what you want, you'll be disappointed. But if you want something in the spirit of the book, but that takes it to a different level, you won't be :)

theBollywoodFan said...

Link to first trailer to 3i added in the post. Think it's an okay start, but with tons of potential for the upcoming promos. And of course, Kareena's looking great!

dunkdaft said...

I wanna ask Memsaab, that does it have a 'woh ladki hai kahaan' kinda music video? It seems by promo. [see Aamir and bebo in rain doing Rajesh Khanna]

theBollywoodFan said...

You might be onto something, Darshit. That's one of the highlights of the first trailer for me.

Am I the only one who gets the feeling the film might combine the messages behind Dil Chahta Hai and Taare Zameen Par (perhaps the friendship angle in Rang De Basanti)? Probably way off, but there are obvious references and quotes by Aamir from back then that are being used in the marketing materials for 3i. Should be interesting.

dunkdaft said...

Actually i m excited 4 such song. The frame in which hero-heroine dance in front of big moon, and gives RK-Nargis pose is fantastic. Wud be really fun.

memsaab said...

@Darshit: I haven't seen the song picturizations, although I have heard the songs and they are very nice (completely subjective of course!). Shantanu Moitra is one of my favorites in the "new" MD category...

theBollywoodFan said...

As noted in the post, I've really enjoyed, over time, the following soundtracks by Moitra: Parineeta, Yahaan, Khoya Khoya Chaand, Eklavya. Lage Raho Munnabhai's music was perfect for the film (and that's the single most important feature for any soundtrack), but I don't find myself listening to it much because it is a little loud.

That's my only worry about the 3i soundtrack. (And it's a selfish one at that, LOL.) We'll know soon enough. Can't wait!

As always, thanks for the insight, Memsaab.

Anonymous said...


I saw "3idiots" trailer last night while watching London Dreams. Seems to be a fun movie - the trailer with madhavan, aamir and the third guy from RDB was good. Am not sure about Kareena's role or performance. The only movie of Kareena's i liked is Jab We Met.

Anon from DU

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi there! I thought the first trailer was okay, but there's plenty of potential, and I'm really excited about the theme.

I like Kareena in her older films. Everything she's done since Jab We Met has been very average, to say the least. 3i can be great despite her, although I trust Aamir with having her raise her level of acting too. Should be interesting.

As always, thanks for your visit and comment. :)


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theBollywoodFan said...

Hey Jamila!! Thanks, as always, for stopping by! :) Hope you're well. Shall write to you soon. Cheers.

bollywooddeewana said...

well done mate, this is some serious dedication, i'm looking forward to the film as well. I hope it wins my heart and doesn't make me declare 2009 the annus horibillis of Hindi films

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you BollywoodDeewana, and apologies for my late reply here. 2009 has been a relatively average year, to say the least. Fingers crossed it goes out with a bang!