For almost a year, people have been telling me to watch “3 Idiots”. The title didn’t arouse the slightest interest in me as it sounded something like a simple slapstick comedy that had the potential to be one of the pathetic comedy wannabes that the movie mill churns out. It didn’t help that everytime I ask these avid ‘suggesters’: “Why should I watch it? What’s so nice about it?” And their response is just to look like they’re going to poop out of their pants in excitement and just keep pushing, “Just watch it! Seriously! It’s so nice!” With just that as a prompt, you can’t blame me for remaining to be disinterested for the longest time. But one day, I was bored and depressed. Quite a sad sad combination that forced me to watch the movie that everyone had said was so nice. I succumbed to it because I wanted to laugh. I watched “3 Idiots” that fateful afternoon, and on that day, I became one of the people who avidly suggest it to others, and needless to say, I also look like I’m going to shit my pants while doing it.
Read on to find out more about one of the most inspiring, moving, empowering movies I’ve ever seen… Trust me, it has nothing to do with being an idiot.
To Put It Simply…..
The movie is about 3 Idiots named Farhan, Raju and Rancho. This Indian comedy revolves around concepts of love, friendship, passion, education and success. It is set at one of the best Engineering universities in India. Throughout the film, you are bestowed with the adventures and misadventures of the 3 friends, where they somehow get you to laugh, cry, be inspired, and get all warm and fuzzy inside (sometimes, two of those or all at the same time). The movie may be entitled “3 Idiots” but it is Rancho who is the heart and soul of the movie. He has officially been personally ordained by me to be one of my favorite fictional characters ever next to Harry Potter. Most of you don’t know that I am a really big Potthead, so that in itself, is quite an amazing feat. Rancho is love.
I finished the film with a renewed outlook on things and bursting with so much insights that I slapped myself mentally for not watching it sooner. This movie changes lives. It challenges your mind, pokes unrelentlessly at your funny bones, touches your heart, and best of all, inspires and empowers you to believe in yourself and move you to action.
Since this is an InspiReview, I won’t be criticizing on how the film was made or what the characters were wearing and all that stuff. As much as possible, I also won’t be talking about the plot because dammit, this is one of the movies that got me stumped! I’m usually good at detecting plot twists, but I was caught off guard so many times in this film. Damn you, 3 Idiots. So instead, I’ll share with you the things that “3 Idiots” have taught me and hopefully, if you haven’t watched the movie yet, inspire you to grab a copy and watch. :)
In Indian culture, arranged marriages aren’t that much of a shock. In this movie, a woman named Pia was arranged to be married to this materialistic douchebag, who had a lot of money. Before Rancho came into the picture, she was perfectly content with the arrangement. But it was that sneaky little critter that made her realize that she should value herself more. Everyone deserves to be married with someone they can be themselves with, with someone who takes care of them as if they were the most important thing on Earth, with someone that helps them grow as a person.
Needless to say, Pia and Rancho end up falling deliriously in love with each other in the movie. I can’t say much. I might vommit out a spoiler. haha. :)
Rancho is the ultimate bro EVER. Watching this film will put you to shame and question your bro-ness towards your bros. He is a true friend who puts their needs first when the situation calls it. In the movie, he goes as far as to help save his friends’ families, even when it could possibly mean a bad end for him and even when his friends’ families literally loathe and hate him.
Rancho is silly and bubbly, but he has the power to grab a hold of your heartstrings and yank it out til you’re flooded with tears. He made both his friends cry, and for men to do that in public, obviously means that it was a very big deal.
Take a note from Rancho. Always be a good friend to your friends. Be the person who enforces harsh truths when they need it, and never stop giving them support especially when they themselves don’t know what the heck they’re doing.
Here is a direct quote from Farhan about Rancho’s passion about learning: “Today my respect for that idiot shot up. Most of us went to college just for a degree. No degree meant no plum job, no pretty wife, no credit card, no social status. But none of this mattered to him, he was in college for the joy of learning, he never cared if he was first or last.” In the movie, you’ll find out that Rancho is so passionate about learning, which is why he’s always at the top of his class!
Always pursue your passion. There may be a lot of things that hold you back from doing so. Well, here’s a secret: They’re designed to ultimately test you on how badly you want it. Which is why only those who want it the most succeed. In the movie, Raju is a very talented wildlife photographer but he’s taking up Engineering because his parents told him so. Rancho made him realize that if your talent and passion is elsewhere, then drop your current boring thing and go chase your passion. For it is there that you will find fulfillment and happiness.
In the movie, Rancho questions the current educational system and he believes that by changing that, we can change the world. Mini spoiler alert, you’ll find out how he did it towards the end of the movie! Cause in our world, we are stuffed inside a classroom, with our heads forward, learning from a book and the blackboard. Most of the time, we are pressured to quickly intake all that knowledge and then tested by quizzes and exams. In this particular way of learning, most students (especially those with short term attention span) don’t absorb the information, and don’t have enough time to appreciate it as well.
There was also another thing that made me fall in love with Rancho even more. He also questions the grading system. According to him, grades create a divide and it’s what pushes the less intellectual people to look down more on themselves. I’ve always believed that your potential shouldn’t be identified by your grades. High grades doesn’t equal to success. I’m not saying this cause I’m a slacker, cause I’ve always had good grades. But I don’t believe in a grading system that constantly badgers and preys on the weak. I don’t know how to remedy this, but I applaud Rancho’s views on education.
For me, Rancho’s lessons on success were my most favorite. Rancho was always at the top of his class, always excelling at everything except for his good conduct. His simple secret to how he succeeds all the time at school was: “I love Engineering. It’s my passion.” To put it simply, here are more lines from the great Rancho:
“Study to be accomplished, not affluent.”
“Make your passion your profession.”
“Follow excellence and success will chase you.”
He helped Farhan realize his success at being a Wildlife Photographer in place of his parents’ dream of him becoming an engineer. As for Raju, he asked Rancho, “I study hard. How come I still don’t excel?”
Rancho replied, “Cause you’re a coward. Scared of the future. With such fear for tomorrow, how will you live today? How will you focus in your studies? Go live your life.”
Boom. Like an arrow to the heart.
What are you waiting for?
Reading about lessons and acquiring them yourself are two different things. So don’t be like me: The idiot who chose to watch this fantastic movie a year later after it was first suggested to her. If you want to be inspired, let Rancho empower you with his lessons in life. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to laugh a lot and have your heart melt like chocolate from this touching movie. ;) Watch “3 Idiots” and you’ll find yourself preparing for realizing your own dreams and success in life.