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3 Idiots

170 min
Comedy | Drama
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Rajkumar Hirani
25 wins & 13 nominations
Country: India
Release Date: 2009-12-24
Filming Locations: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Opening Weekend: $1,645,502 (USA) (27 December 2009)
Gross: $6,532,908 (USA) (7 March 2010)
Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor
3 Idiots
3 Idiots
Aamir Khan
'Rancho' Shamaldas Chanchad
Sharman Joshi
Raju Rastogi
Boman Irani
Viru Sahastrabudhhe
Omi Vaidya
Chatur 'Silencer' Ramalingam
Mona Singh
Javed Jaffrey
Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad (as Jaaved Jaaferi)
Parikshat Sahni
Mr. Qureshi (as Pareekshit Sahani)
Sanjay Lafont
Suhas Tandon
Rahul Kumar
Millimeter - MM
Amardeep Jha
Mrs. Rastogi
Farida Dadi
Mrs. Qureshi
Mukund Bhatt
Mr. Rastogi
Chaitali Bose
Kamini 'Kammo' Rastogi
Jayant Kripalani
Campus Interview Panel Head (as Jayant Kriplani)
Arun Bali
Shamaldas Chanchad (as Aron Baali)
Shoaib Ahmed
Dushyant Wagh
Pooja Goswami
Air Hostess
A.S. Duggal
Pilot (as Captain A.S. Duggal)
Annapurna Kaul
Airline Ground Staff 1
Airline Ground Staff 2
R.S. Kodange
Doctor at Airport
Dharmendra Bhurji
Airport Cab Driver
Meghna Bhalla
Raju's Wife
Harvinder Singh
Mr. Dhillon
Dilshad Edibam
Aunt at Farhan's Birth
Rajeev Ravindranathan
Lead Ragging Senior (as Rajeev Ravindranath)
Hitesh Tak
Ragging Senior 2
Rajendra Patwardhan
Achyut Potdar
Machine Class Professor
Ali Fazal
Joy Lobo
Madhav Vaze
Joy's Father
Dileep Desai
Priest at Joy's funeral
Professor in Corridor (as Prof. Raghunath)
Professor Vaidyanathan
Kumar Veer Singh
Waiter at Mona's Wedding
Shailja Dhar
Lady at Mona's Wedding (as Shailaja Dhar)
Dinesh Kumar
Mona's Husband
Aakash Dabhade
ICE Student 2
Apul Jaisinghani
ICE Student 3
Trilok Sadhwani
ICE Student 4
Akhil Mishra
Librarian Dubey
Library Clerk
Atul Tiwari
Minister in Auditorium
Praful Kulkarni
Doctor startled by scooter in hospital (as Dr. Praful Kulkarni)
Jalil Parkar
Doctor1 Attending on Raju's Father (as Dr. Jalil Parkar)
Debashish Naha
Doctor2 Attending on Raju's Father (as Dr. Debashish Naha)
Michael Joseph
Exam Hall Professor
Girl at Notice Board with Chatur
Sanjay Sood
Peanut Vendor at Shimla
Dayal Sharma
Caretaker at Shyamaldas' House
Rakesh Sharma
Minister at Shyamaldas' Funeral
Elihud George
Chote's Teacher (Masterji)
College Security Guard
Tanveer Ahmed
Professor in Induction Motor Class
Shankar Sachdev
Ambulance Driver
Kishor Patil
Doctor in Ambulance with Raju (as Dr. Kishor Patil)
Insia Lacewalla
Keshav Rae
Campus Interview Panelist 1
Lata Kurdikar
Campus Interview Panelist 2 (as Mrs Lata Kurdikar)
Suhas Vaidya
Campus Interview Panelist 3
Nishi Singh
Maid at Pia's House
Saurabh Agnihotri
Housekeeping Boy at Pia's Wedding
Sitaram Sharma
Manager at Pia's Wedding
Pundit Prayag Raj
Panditji at Pia's Wedding
Supriya Shukla
Matron in Hospital with Pia
Malvika Singh
Mona's Baby
Tsanwal Namgyal
Kid 1 at Rancho's School
Jigmet Dorjey
Kid 2 at Rancho's School
Junior 1
Bharat Jha
Manager (uncredited)
Did you know?
The SUV used throughout the movie is a 2010 model Volvo XC-90 R-Design.
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The film was shot in reverse, the present day scenes were shot first and then the college scenes.
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Shah Rukh Khan was offered the role of Rancho, he declined owing to lack of filming dates.
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Suhas enters through the main gate during the wedding, which is not possible as he was already in the building where the wedding was taking place.
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The characters are shown speaking on mobiles near Pangong Tso (about 150Kms ahead of Leh) towards the end of the movie. There is no mobile coverage in the area. The last being at Tangtse (about 100Kms from Leh).
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In the wedding scene, where the 3 guys are shocked looking at Virus, Madhvan is shown to be frozen in time. But his expressions change in one frame and then roll back to the previous expression.
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Farhan Qureshi: [after finding out Rancho topped their exam] That day we learned, when your friend flunks, you feel bad, when he tops, you feel worse.
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Farhan Qureshi: 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.
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Rancho: [after indirectly making Pia break up with her fiancee] Come on, help us. My friend's father is very ill!
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Which novel is this movie based on?
About 20% of the plot and characters of 3 Idiots was inspired from Indian writer Chetan Bhagat's "Five Point Someone". Despite there was no such thing taken from the book, the writer was given a special thanks when the credit rolls in the end.
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Photos from cast
Kareena Kapoor Madhavan