Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

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Farhan Qureshi (as R. Madhavan)
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Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad (as Jaaved Jaaferi)
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Suhas Tandon (as Sanjay Lafont)
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Mukund Bhatt ...
Mr. Rastogi
Chaitali Bose ...
Kamini 'Kammo' Rastogi
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Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi want to re-unite with their fellow collegian, Rancho, after faking a stroke aboard an Air India plane, and excusing himself from his wife - trouser less - respectively. Enroute, they encounter another student, Chatur Ramalingam, now a successful businessman, who reminds them of a bet they had undertaken 10 years ago. The trio, while recollecting hilarious antics, including their run-ins with the Dean of Delhi's Imperial College of Engineering, Viru Sahastrabudhe, race to locate Rancho, at his last known address - little knowing the secret that was kept from them all this time. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Taglines:

Don't be Stupid. Be an I.D.I.O.T.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing images and crude humor | See all certifications »

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25 December 2009 (India)  »

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Budget:

INR 550,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£437,554 (UK) (25 December 2009)

Gross:

$6,523,137 (USA) (19 February 2010)
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First Bollywood movie to earn 200 crores nett at the domestic box office. Also, Aamir Khan's first 200 crore movie. Ended up with 202 crores domestically and 395 crores worldwide. Highest ever. See more »

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One of the first scenes, with Madhavan in an Air India aircraft, shows a distant shot of the aircraft to be an Airbus 321. Though, when moments later when the captain calls for an emergency landing at Delhi, the cockpit is that of a Boeing. See more »

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Rancho: All is well.
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Remade as Nanban (2012) See more »

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Jaane Nahin Denge Tujhe
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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^_^The best film reflecting Asia's education ever!
19 February 2011 | by (China) – See all my reviews

As many ordinary Chinese high school students,who have to study fourteen(14) hours every day for the college entrance examination in the final year,I was entirely shaken and moved by "3 idiots",sharing the same feeling with all the students from high schools and universities in China(or Asia). O(∩_∩)O Compared with mainland China,India is lucky,having less corruption in education system.

This film is incredible inspiring,especially for those who are struggling or "survived" in high schools and colleges.

I read some reviewer,some doubt whether suicide in the film is logical,which is really DISAPPOINTING! (—__—!)

If you experience the life in poverty areas in Asia,you will understand what a significant role the higher educations play in their lives. Burdening great pressure from family and society,they attach great expectation and significance to the enrollment of colleges,and they intend to abandon poverty by getting higher education.Diploma means everything for them. Thus,the plot where the man committed suicide after lost the chance to graduate is reasonable.


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