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3 Idiots

December 25, 2009
2hr 51min
Status: released

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3 Idiots Movie Details:

Movie Name3 Idiots
Original Title3 idiots
Based onFive Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat
Country India
Language Hindi
GenreComedy, Drama
Release DateDecember 25, 2009
Running Time2hr 51min
CastAamir Khan
Kareena Kapoor
R. Madhavan
Sharman Joshi
Boman Irani
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani
Written byAbhijat Joshi
Rajkumar Hirani
Produced byVidhu Vinod Chopra
Cinematography by C. K. Muraleedharan
Edited by Rajkumar Hirani
Music byScore:
Sanjay Wandrekar
Atul Raninga
Shantanu Moitra
Shantanu Moitra
Production CompanyVinod Chopra Films
Distributor Reliance BIG Pictures
Budget₹55 crore
Box Office Collection₹400.61 crore

3 Idiots Movie Cast and Characters:

  • Aamir Khan as Ranchhoddas “Rancho” Shamaldas Chanchad / Chhote / Phunsukh Wangdu
  • Kareena Kapoor as Pia Sahastrabuddhe
  • R. Madhavan as Farhan Qureshi
  • Sharman Joshi as Raju Rastogi
  • Boman Irani as Dr. Viru “Virus” Sahastrabuddhe
  • Omi Vaidya as Chatur “Silencer” Ramalingam
  • Rahul Kumar as Manmohan a.k.a. “Millimetre”
  • Farida Dadi as Farhan’s loving mother
  • Parikshit Sahni as Farhan’s strict father
  • Amardeep Jha as Raju’s mother
  • Mona Singh as Mona Sahastrabuddhe, eldest daughter of Virus and Pia’s elder sister


Narrated through two parallel dramas, one in the present and the other set ten years in the past, the story follows the friendship of three students at an Indian engineering college and is a satire about the social pressures under the Indian education system.

About 3 Idiots Movie:

  • 3 Idiots is considered to be the first of the two adaptations from the novel Five Point Someone — the second being Kai Po Che! (2013), which also drew inspiration from the novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life written by Bhagat
  • The film stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in the titular roles, marking their reunion three years after Rang De Basanti (2006).
  • After the success of “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” in 2006, director Rajkumar Hirani and screenwriter Abhijat Joshi initially planned a third film in the Munna Bhai franchise titled “Munnabhai Chale Amerika.” However, Hirani felt exhausted working on consecutive films with a similar format and decided to explore a fresh script outside the franchise. While working on the first draft of a new project, Hirani received the novel “Five Point Someone” by Chetan Bhagat. Impressed by the novel, he decided to adapt it into a feature film, making modifications to the original story.
  • An official announcement regarding the film was made during early-2008, after working in the script for more than one-and-a-half year.
  • During the pre-production, Hirani went to multiple engineering colleges, including those under the Indian Institutes of Technology in Mumbai and Delhi, to authenticate the lives of engineering students. In this he met, many students and took pictures along with them.
  • Before finalizing Aamir Khan, Hirani approached Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor to play the lead role
  • R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi were also finalized for the other two leads – Farhan and Raju. Originally, the roles initially went to John Abraham and Saif Ali Khan, but the actors rejected the film due to date issues.
  • The team approached Sanjay Dutt, whom Hirani worked in the Munna Bhai film series, to play the role of the main antagonist Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe, but due to various reasons, the role went to Boman Irani.
  • Principal photography for the film began on 28 July 2008, with scenes featuring the supporting cast being shot first. On 29 August 2008, shooting for the key schedule began with the principal cast members.
  • In addition to encourage people watching the film in theatres, Reliance MediaWorks’ marketing team managed to destroy more than 2.1 million illegal downloads.
  • On 26 December 2009, a day after the film’s release, the social service branch conducted a raid near Bandra station and over 2500 pirated CDs and DVDs, with 69 DVDs of this film, along with other films Avatar and Paa, were seized.
  • 3 Idiots received widespread critical acclaim upon release from both domestic and international critics, with praise directed towards its direction, themes, humor, story, screenplay, soundtrack and performances of the cast.
  • The film also had a social impact on attitudes toward education in India, as well as in other Asian countries such as China.
  • It was remade in Tamil as Nanban (2012), which also received critical praise and commercial success. A Mexican remake, 3 Idiotas, was also released in 2017.
  • The television rights of the film were purchased by Sony Pictures Networks for ₹22 crore (US$4.54 million), which was the highest bid during that time.
  • 3 Idiots was theatrically released on 25 December 2009 and received widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. It was also the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India, had the highest opening day collections for an Indian film up until that point, and also held the record for the highest net collections in the first week for a Hindi film.
  • Eventually, it became one of the few Indian films at the time to become successful in East Asian markets such as China and Japan, eventually bringing its worldwide gross to ₹460 crore ($90 million) — it was the highest-grossing Indian film ever at the time until 2013 and the highest grossing Indian film of the 2000s. It is also the 17th highest-grossing Indian film of all time.


3 Idiots won 58 accolades from Indian film awards; among these are six Filmfare Awards including Best Film and Best Director, three National Film Awards including Best Popular Film, ten Star Screen Awards, seventeen IIFA Awards, five GIMA Awards, two Apsara Awards and seven Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards. In addition, the film received a nomination and award for Worst Song to the track “All Izz Well” at the Ghanta Awards, despite the track being a nationwide sensation among the younger generation.

In China, it was nominated for the Best Foreign Film prize at the first Beijing International Film Festival in 2011. In Japan, it was nominated in the Best Outstanding Foreign Language Film category at the 37th Japan Academy Awards in 2014; the award was eventually won by Les Misérables. In addition, 3 Idiots won the Grand Prize at the 4th Videoyasan Awards, held by a Japanese organisation of home video retailers in 2014; 3 Idiots was selected as 2013’s best video release, beating thousands of films, anime and television shows, including domestic Japanese and foreign Hollywood productions.

Possible sequel

When asked about plans of a 3 Idiots sequel in an interview with Hindustan Times, screenwriter Abhijat Joshi replied, saying, “Honestly, I don’t know. We have an idea for the 3 Idiots sequel, a Munna Bhai part three, and also for a PK sequel; but the PK and Munna Bhai sequels interest me the most. So, I think the 3 Idiots sequel may happen in the future, but these two I really want to work on.” In January 2016, director Rajkumar Hirani and actor Aamir Khan confirmed that they were considering a 3 Idiots sequel. Khan told reporters, “”Raju Hirani has given me a hint about 3 Idiots’ sequel and I am giving you all a hint. The film will happen if and whenever he will write the script.” Hirani agreed, saying “this is one film that I really want to do.”

In June 2018, Hirani was asked a question while promoting his upcoming film Sanju and he was quoted as saying, “I definitely want to make a sequel to 3 Idiots, but it’s still in the initial stage and we will take a fair amount of time to develop the script”. The report also said that Hirani will begin shooting for the Munna Bhai sequel with Sanjay Dutt. Work on 3 Idiots will begin only after Hirani is done with Munna Bhai 3.