First of all, it’s a movie title. When you read the title, you might think that the movie will show you some foolish men doing idiotic ridiculous things, creating the whole disaster in the entire movie. The kind of movie that will make us laughing out loud.
Well, the movie is going to make you laugh, but there’s nothing idiotic about it. And beside the joy and laughter it’ll bring you, this movie will also touches your heart, you might even shed a tear. You will laugh and cry and laugh and cry trough this movie. Well, I did ;D
So, what this movie is really about?
Passions, purposes and dreams. How you listen to your heart and live accordingly. To find who you really are, your value, and what is the most important thing for you. I think that’s the basic point of this movie.
The story rolls among this three students of Imperial College of Engineering, one of the best colleges in India: Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), and Rancchoddas “Rancho” Shymaldas Chanchad (Aamir Khan).
From the very first time they started their lives as the freshmen, Rancho have shown strong principles. He’s holding on what he believes in. He is different and not afraid to show it. It makes him some kind of rebel, in a good way.
Rancho knows his passions very well. Engineering is definitely one of them. His huge interest of machine and his love of learning making it not hard for him to always become the number one in college grades. The difference is he’s not aiming to get the grades but more for the joy of learning, to improve his knowledge, to understand the thing he loves better so he can do it better. Like Rancho said in the movie:
“…Never study to be successful, study for self efficiency. Don’t run behind success. Follow behind excellence, success will come all way behind you.”
‘3 idiots’ is questioning Indian education system, where it has more focus on grades rather than the learning process itself. Students is being demanded to fulfill the school strict rules and expectations, to think by the book instead of having their own original and innovative thinking. It’s not important to learning something new, understand things or creating new things based on that understanding, it’s more important to remember what the book said, word by word. That way you can pass the exams and graduated with good grades, get a degree then get good job easily because of it. That’s what this movie tells us about the system there. It also shows us that there seems to be only two main career options most parents can think of, which is engineering and medicine. Those two options (and that two options only) are defining success for the parents and their expectations for their children to do one of the options, even before they were born, is overlooked the children real interest.
Through the presence of Rancho, how he sees things and acts based on it, and the entire story line, the social message behind the movie is smoothly delivered without being preachy.
I feel that we have somewhat the same education system here in Indonesia, so I can totally relate to it. The expectations, the pressure, the stress. Sometimes we know what we love but we choose to do what our parents expect us to do. Sometimes we’re so get used to the system that we don’t know what we truly love or what is really important anymore. We just follow what we demanded to do. We forget to listen to our own heart, we lost our enthusiasm and courage to dream, to live.
There’s one song that I love from this movie that represents those conditions so well:
There are so many great quotes in the movie. One of them has become the trademark of Rancho and the movie itself “Aal iz well”. It has been used along the movie. Here are the dialog snippet when Rancho explaining the philosophy of the phrase to his two best friends:
Rancho: “…See, our heart right, is a big coward. Keep our heart fooled. If you have any big problem in life, tell your heart, ‘No problem baby, everything is ok. Aal iz well, aal iz well.”
Raju: “So, that will solve the problem?”
Rancho: “No, but still it gains the dare to survive.”
Rancho has inspired people around him, especially his two best friends. He touched and changed their lives. He’s been missing for ten years when his two best friends is finally get some information about his whereabouts. This movie is also about the journey to find him. Where did Rancho go? And Why? You’ll find the answers and so much more in the movie.
This movie teaches us, again without being preachy, how to listen to our heart, to not be afraid to dream and pursue that dream, to focus on today and not scared of the future, to have courage to hold on what we believe in, to tell what we want to our parents in a good, polite way, without yelling or threatening them. Comedy, drama, love, mystery, romance, and friendship, the whole package is there in the movie.
One last sentence when Farhan quote Rancho:
“…Whatever you enjoy doing, make that your profession. Then work won’t seem to be work, but a game.”
It’s never too late to start listening to our heart, to learn, to find our passions and pursue our dreams. In any condition of your life right now, whenever it feels hard, when you’re scared, you don’t need to be worried. Aal iz well.