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Foreign Comedy - India - 3 Idiots

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3 Idiots
Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Madhavan
Directed by Rajkumar Irani
Hindi and English with English subtitles
India 2009
Fox home Entertainment 2011

3 Idiots is an almost extraordinary foreign comedy DVD. Almost three hours and a somewhat messy narrative line take some of the inherent magic from this Indian Hindi-English movie. 3 Idiots is still a movie anyone who likes farce as well as coming of age and romantic comedies will enjoy. If this DVD is treated as a two or three part serial and watched in hour installments the whole becomes better.  This movie features everything a North American audience expects from a movie from India including spectacular musical numbers in loud colours but with better actors. Not to say there is anything cliché about 3 Idiots. This is a very original comedy.

3 Idiots is the story of three future engineers, Farhan, Raju, and Rancho who meet on their first day at the Imperial College of Engineering and of another future engineer named Chatur. The movie begins 10 years later with Chatur meeting Farhan and Raju on a college rooftop to collect on a bet he made with them and Rancho when they were still undergraduates. Rancho does not show up so successful Chatur and Farhana and Raju go looking for Rancho who has pretty much vanished off the map.

This foreign comedy DVD then tells the story of the three friends years in college, the many obstacles they had to surmount, and the many comic mishaps they encountered and often created. Central to this is the college s dean, a man named Viru who has very set ideas as to what an engineer and an engineering school are and also has a beautiful daughter.

3 Idiots is mostly comedy but does have a few dramatic moments. Not everybody is successful and there are consequences to certain decisions.

Overall this comedy from India is a hoot when and if taken in installments.

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