So 3 Idiots happened this weekend finally.
I was getting rave reviews of the movie from my parents and fellow bloggers and I was fretting to everyone about Aamir playing the lead role of a 20-year-old. I went with this huge pre-conceived notion that Aamir would look like he did in Rang De Basanti, a 40 something trying to look a good 20 years younger, and failing. Boy, am I glad that I was proved wrong!
I was sick of Aamir being Mangal Pandey or Ghajini. I wanted the good old Aamir of QSQT and DCH. The charming guy who is as normal as they get, not the huffing and puffing 6-pack man who is out to destroy anyone or anything that comes in his way. 3 Idiots brings back the old Aamir we all have come to love. It is like there was no break between Raj singing Papa Kehte Hain on the last day of college, to Akash singing Koi Kahe to Rancho saying Aal Izz Well. Aamir was perfection personified. The way he portrays a 20-something sure of himself kid was spot on, with that swaying walk, those loose tees, that bright-eyed look. (He said in one of the interviews that he observed the way Mansoor Khan’s son behaves….waaah what an idea!) After dilly dallying a bit about who is the best Khan(SR, Salman, Imran etc) I am firmly in camp Aamir again.
3I was all about Aamir but the one character that really made me go awwww was Raju Rastogi. It was like no one but Sharman could have played Raju. If ever there was a search for a modern Amol Palekar, it can stop now, because Sharman Joshi has arrived! The guy who plays the regular guy to perfection. RDB, Life in a Metro and 3 Idiots, he does justice to the parts he is offered and I hope he gets to work in more such movies than crap like Style or Golmaal or Xcuse me(a sorry xcuse for a movie).
My only gripe with 3I was WHY DO I HAVE TO SEE MADHAVAN SEMI-NAKED? Don’t get me wrong, he is good-looking and is a good actor, but he was way too fat, in an uncle-ji sort of way for a 20-year-old!
This is not a review of 3 Idiots. I gather that people will go and watch it at least once, because everyone else who did liked it immensely. This post is about how good old Bollywood 3 Idiots was, and was totally paisa vasool. This was the kind of stuff Basu Chatterjee would have made. Clean, contemporary comedy with good-at-heart characters, where even the villain is not really a bad person. Movies like 3 Idiots and Rocket Singh(I am going to talk about RS in another post, soon) prove that a movie does not need hi-glitz, glamor, loud dialogue, scantily dressed women, techno music, vulgar comedy etc to be successful. A movie can be as simple as it gets, but has to be made dil se.
Isme comedy hain, action hain, drama hain, romance hain……..what else do you want? Go watch it, because Aal izz well with Bollywood.
PS: I also caught up with the 3I makers-Chetan Bhagat fight this weekend, and as expected, have a lot to say in the matter. That post is also coming up soon.