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Three idiots tells the story of two college students whose life has changed forever when they meet a new friend with a positive and uplifting outlook on life. 10 years after graduating, the two friends set out to track down their inspiring friend who seems to have disappeared over the last couple of years, I almost daily received a tweet or a DM from someone asking for my take on Bollywood. 
Unfortunately, I've never seen a Bollywood film before I'd seen at least one movie from India Jallikattu. But my understanding It's from mollywood, the southern part of India, rather than from Bollywood. And so I didn't really have a satisfying answer as I'd never really seen any of them. And even though they played the local theatres, where I live, I just never really knew where to start, or which movie to watch as a good entry point. 
But the one movie that people recommended consistently in these conversations was three IDs. And finally, I've been able to watch it, my wife, and I sat down, it took us two nights, because it's a long movie. And we kind of split it up right at the middle, where they have the revelation about Rancho and cut in the future and the confusion about him. And then we watched the second half last night, but I've now watched it. With that in mind, if you've seen the movie, let me know down below in the comment section. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Is it overrated? Or is it just as good as the praise that it received, especially if you're from India, my understanding is that this movie had a bit of a cultural impact. And if you can kind of speak to that a little bit so that I can understand a little bit more, I would greatly appreciate that even on Twitter, I've had some people already share some sort of personal stories about how this movie kind of affected their family dynamic. 
Because of its message, I would love it if you would chime in on that. And with that said, let's get started talking about the good. So I went into this movie knowing essentially nothing about it at all, because the title is the three idiots and it's listed as a comedy, I just kind of assumed it was going to be like a three stooges slapstick comedy from Bollywood. And it's really not like that at all that does not at all give you an idea of what this film is. Now there is plenty of light hearted slapstick humour. 
But the movie is much more a coming of age story and a drama that has a lot of comedy and a little bit of music thrown into the mix. Then for me, it worked much better as a coming of age story in in presenting its ideas through story. That's what connected with me a little bit more, which was pretty interesting to me, because the film is just so saturated in soaked in Indian culture, and societal expectations in the education system, that in many ways it should be a little bit unrelatable to me, because the American system is quite different in the way we relate to parents and the individualism is quite different. 
But the movie itself presents its ideas in its story so clearly, that it becomes a very relatable message about pursuing your passions. As much as I really don't know what the education and college system is like in India. It didn't in any way hinder my ability to appreciate and connect with this movie in these characters. And I think a lot of that is due to the fact that the movie lacks all subtlety. Nothing is just kind of casually there or lightly touched on. Everything is presented front and centre with very big emotions, very clear cut scenarios. 
The characters in many ways are kind of stereotypes, the drama is played out as melodrama. And when I would talk about most movies, I would say those as criticisms. But in the context of this film, it's all played so earnestly, and while it's very light hearted, it takes it the message entirely seriously. And it does whatever it needs to do to put it front and centre. So you get it. 
And because of that I think the movie is a lot more universally accessible than it otherwise would have been. And it works on its own terms. And because nothing is subtle, and all the emotions are cranked up to 10 the movie goes back and forth between big gigantic emotions and when it's happy, it's a party and it will literally go from a party straight to a funeral. 
Pretty close to literally at one point time. It when it first happened is really jarring because you don't find a lot of that in Hollywood movies or American television. But you quickly realise it's not a mistake. It's not like they misread the situation or put something in there that didn't mean to put in. That's the effect that they're going for all of the human experience all of these emotions. 
All of them front and centre in, it's the style that they chose. It's very different from the style that stories are told in America, it's very different from the way that tone is treated in America. But that doesn't make it good or bad, it's just different. And finally, you get very invested in all of the characters, even the characters, you're not supposed to, like, you're interested in the little journey that they're on. And as I mentioned before, all the characters are sort of stereotypes, they represent a specific way of thinking. And they're presented very much sort of be a clear cut example of that. 
Not that they lack nuance, they do have little details about them. But they're designed to fit into a like just a person that, you know, once again, is interesting, because it's a story from the clear other side of the world from where I was raised. But you still know people exactly like all of the different examples in the movie. And while the way it plays out is different, the specific cultural context is different. People are people and we all have the same experiences. And this movie puts those experiences front and centre. And part of what makes them so relatable and likeable, is that almost everyone is given a character arc, they have a journey that their character is on throughout the film, some point time, they have to make big bold choices that represent a change in the trajectory of their life. And they learn through what has happened throughout the entire film. 
And once again, since there's no subtlety, since everything's great up to 11, and everything has everything is set up with melodrama, all of these scenarios, all the moments when it plays out, have big, big emotions, the last 45 minutes. They're all like these just uplifting scenarios that are just going from like people fighting to these moments of like, they get it and that comes together. And so just back and forth, and all these huge roller coaster rides of emotion, then even kind of the villain of the movie, the headmaster virus, they give him a journey throughout the filming, you learn things about him as to why he is the way that he is always closed off and can't accept responsibility for certain sorts of things. And you learn it and reveal things and so you even care about him in the journey that he's on. And oddly enough, the central character Rancho who's the person that kind of enlightens everyone, and is the catalyst for change. In many ways, he's the least relatable character in the film, because he's designed to take all these other people that are examples of people that you know, and help them to be the better version of themselves. 
And in doing so, he seems a little bit more like a plot device in a certain sense. And don't even say that in a negative sense, he's just designed to be that way in it is designed to be very likeable and energetic. But he's like the least relatable in this other sense to as we were watching through it, my wife literally started crying when it came to the part where they have to save a person in the middle of the rain, and they're stuck at the school with the power out. It plays the emotion so well, that my wife was very emotional. So is I. And a lot of that even comes from the fact that because it just had these big, gigantic sparks in emotion. And you know that the movie has done some really dark stuff, you know that it's not afraid to have something terrible happened in the situation, you feel the tension. And so when you have the final release of victory in the finale, you feel all of those emotions.
And you absolutely care about the characters, the choices they make in the victories they experience, then it all pays off. But with that said, let's move on to the mixed aspects of the film.
I'm not going to do a bad side for this movie. It's not that I didn't necessarily have bad things to say. But since I've never watched a Bollywood movie before, it's a little bit different difficult to sort through exactly what I'm experiencing watching movie. It's like eating a type of food for the very first time. 
You know if you like it or not, but you can't pinpoint what exactly is good or bad cooking with this type of food because you've never had it before. You just know if you tend to like something like that. And so I will talk about mixed things to kind of stood out to me things that were a little bit odd, but I don't want to say that bad because it's just different. 
First one that comes to mind is that it took me about 30 minutes to fully kind of connect with what was going on in the movie. And so I didn't necessarily dislike it I was like, Okay, this is energetic and Okay, this guy seems likeable. But I didn't feel like I was on board with the story hooked until the sequence where I guess is they're going through the song all as well. It's like a party, and there's a drone that flies up and it reveals something and it's the first gigantic tonal shift Did the movie. And up until that point in time, I was like, okay, cool this is, this is a lot of stuff going on inside of it. And then that moment happened. And that's where you really understand what the movies about, it was about 30 minutes into it. 
And so it took a little bit for me to kind of kind of connect with it. And along those same lines, the movies length is a lot, we legitimately had to watch it in two different sections. In both times we watched it, there was an hour and 20 minutes that we sat down and watched, it was like the length of a full movie, except there was two of them. This if you made this movie in the United States, it would be an hour shorter, it would be an hour and 40 minutes long. So in a movie, it's almost three hours long. That's like a college coming of age story. It's a lot. It's a lot for someone used to the pacing style length of storytelling, that you are in the United States. 
Next one on here is the tonal shift. As I mentioned before, I think it works, it works in and of itself. But if you're new to Bollywood when this drum sequence happens, and this drone flies up, I mean, it's the most jarring tonal shift I think I've ever seen in a movie of just like, yeah, whoa, well, we're going somewhere different than I thought we were going with this. And there's a couple of those in the movie of just like fun, fun, fun, whoa, we're going the opposite direction. And it's designed to be that and so it's it's tough for me to say that's a bad thing, when it's just a different way of telling stories and treating these things. 
You just you don't do that in Hollywood movies. That doesn't mean you can't do that in a movie, you can't feel consistent doing it, I would say that this felt consistent with the movie that they were making. And then kind of the last one on here that kind of immediately came to mind is that there's a lot of peeing in the movie, which might seem like an odd criticism. But there's like numerous sequences, where people are being on walls sitting on toilets. talking to each other plotlines about people being under doors, it's just a lot more bodily function, stuff that you normally find, once again, in Hollywood movies that just stuck out to me is like, Okay, this is a little bit weird, my wife sort of saying, like, man, there's so many sequences of people peeing on things inside of this movie. 
Real quick, before I give you my final thoughts on this one, be sure to tell me what you thought down below in the comment section. Once again, as I mentioned, I've limited perspective on this film, as an American, and so if you're from India, and kind of gives them the context of the impact that this movie had, maybe in the culture or for you specifically, I would love to hear those stories down below in the comment section. Overall, it was a very pleasant surprise for me, because once again, I didn't know what I was getting in for, I just assumed it was going to be a slapstick comedy who's probably gonna have some musical numbers. And it's really a whole lot more than that in a much more satisfying film than that, that, um, has a message that wants to communicate, but it communicates it through story. 
And while a lot of elements were very strange, different, not the way I'm used to watching movies, it doesn't mean that it wasn't a movie that worked to rape. I can't give this movie a score once again, because it's the first time I've experienced something like this, I don't think I can give it a letter grade or an entertainment score, because I just don't have a point of comparison to even know where to begin to do something like that. But what I would say is that I would highly recommend this film. And if you're someone like me and American, or from Europe, and you haven't checked out any Bollywood films, this really probably is a very good entry point, that it's very different, but there's a lot of things that you can connect with, but you'll probably have to sit and watch in a couple of sittings because it is rather long. With that said if you know if you've seen the movie, let me know what you thought about it down below in the comment section. 
Thank you so much for watching, and if you got some Bollywood recommend make recommendations, let me know down below in the comment section and keep talking movies too much

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