3 Idiots received universal critical acclaim. Subhash K. Jha stated: Its not that 3 Idiots is a flawless work of art. But it is a vital, inspiring and life-revising work of contemporary art with some heart imbued into every part. In a country where students are driven to suicide by their impossible curriculum, 3 Idiots provides hope.
Maybe cinema cant save lives. But cinema, sure as hell, can make you feel life is worth living. 3 Idiots does just that, and much more. The director takes the definition of entertainment into directions of social comment without assuming that he knows best. Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India gave it four and a half stars and suggests that, The film is a laugh riot, despite being high on fundas [â€¦] Hirani carries forward his simplistic humanism alone works philosophy of the Lage Raho Munna Bhai series in 3 Idiots too, making it a warm and vivacious signature tune to 2009.
The second half of the film does falter in parts, specially the child birth sequence, but it doesnt take long for the film to jump back on track. Mayank Shekhar of the Hindustan Times gave the film three and a half out of five stars and comments that this is the sort of movie you'll take home with a smile and a song on your lips. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave 3 Idiots four and a half out of five stars and states: On the whole, 3 Idiots easily ranks amongst Aamir, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopras finest films. Do yourself and your family a favour: Watch 3 Idiots. Its emotional, its entertaining, its enlightening.
The film has tremendous youth appeal and feel-good factor to work in a big way. Kaveree Bamzai of India Today gave 3 Idiots five stars and argues that its a lovely story, of a man from nowhere who wanted to learn, told like a fairy tale, with the secret heart carrying its coded message of setting all of us free. Other critics gave the film a mixed review. Sonia Chopra of Sify gave the film 3 stars and said Though a bit too calculated and designed, 3 Idiots is still an ok option for the significant message, interesting cast and scattered breezy moments. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film three out of five stars and states: Going home after watching 3 Idiots I felt like Id just been to my favorite restaurant only to be a tad under-whelmed by their signature dish.
It was a satisfying meal, dont get me wrong, but not the best meal Id been expecting. Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express also gave it 3 stars, stating â€˜3 Idiots does not do as much for me. The emotional truth that shone through both the Munnabhai movies doesn't come through strongly enough. Raja Sen of Rediff gave the film two out of five stars and states: Rajkumar Hiranis one of the directors of the decade, a man with immense talent and a knack for storytelling. On his debut, he hit a hundred.
With his second, he hit a triple century. This time, he fishes outside the offstump, tries to play shots borrowed from other batters, and hits and misses to provide a patchy, 32*-type innings. Its okay, boss, *chalta hai*. Even Sachin has an off day, and we still have great hope. The film has also been highly acclaimed overseas.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 100% fresh critics rating based on six reviews. Derek Elley of Variety wrote that 3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half. Robert Abele of Los Angeles Times wrote that theres an unavoidable joie de vivre (symbolized by Ranchos meditative mantra All is well) and a performance charm that make this one of the more naturally gregarious Bollywood imports. Louis Proyect described it as a fabulous achievement across the board. A typical Bollywood confection but also social commentary on a dysfunctional engineering school system that pressures huge numbers of students into suicide.
The Korean site Naver gave the film a review rating of 9.4 out of 10. It was expected to be the first Indian film to be officially released on YouTube on 25 March 2010, only 12 weeks after its initial theatrical release. Officially, it was released on YouTube in May 2012, but its access has since been restricted. The film also went on to win many awards, winning six Filmfare Awards including best film and best director, ten Star Screen Awards and sixteen IIFA awards.
Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan, Boman Irani, Omi Vaidya
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