‘3 Idiots’ adapted into a book

Last Updated: Jun 08, 2010, 19:18 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: In an attempt to record even the smallest detail of the Bollywood blockbuster ‘3 Idiots’, Vinod Chopra Films launched a book on the original screenplay of the film at a popular bookstore at Lower Parel. Although the film is said to be inspired by Chetan Bhagat’s book ‘Five Point Someone’, yet the makers have always maintained that the film is very different from Bhagat’s book.

Although, Aamir Khan was missing from the book launch event, Kareena Kapoor along with producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and director Rajkumar Hirani were present.

Director Rajkumar Hirani said that the book is a step towards Bollywood keeping track of its films, which would benefit the future generation.

3 Idiots’ is the story of Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (R Madhavan) and Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) who bump into each other at a prestigious Imperial College of Engineering. The sacrosanct space is headed by none other than Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani) whose opening address to the students on success reminds you of the much-loved Dr Asthana from ‘Munnabhai MBBS.’

The movie opens with a flash back where Farhan and Raju embark on a journey to trace their college mate Rancho, a friend whose vision gave a new turn to their lives. Much of the narrative is based on flash back mode where Farhan tells us about their friendship, Pia (Kareena Kapoor, who plays the daughter of professor Sahastrabudhhe) and the love story of Rancho.

For starters, ‘3 Idiots’ can be well considered as a step further from ‘Taare Zameen Par’ where Aamir once again takes up his mission of making us realize how futile is our education system - a system based on cramming books rather than knowledge, a rotten and senile value system which decides one’s fate on the basis of marks and holds reason above emotions.

In ‘3 Idiots’, Rancho is the enlightened one who guides his friends in understanding the real purpose of life and education - something which liberates and opens one’s mind. The biggest knowledge is self-knowledge and to do something, which you enjoy the most because a life lived under duress, leads to discontent. Leading a life with someone else’s dream can never give you true happiness and this is the motto of the film. ‘3 Idiots’ is a befitting reply to all those people who are running after success. As Rancho puts it, one should run after ‘excellence’ rather than ‘success’ because when one attains the former, the latter follows!

That’s some good news for ‘3 Idiots’ fans!

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