3 Idiots is a 2009 Bollywood film starring Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and R. Madhavan. It is based on the book 'Five Point Someone' by Chetan Bhagat.It revolves around three students studying in the Imperial College of Engineering, Delhi. Out of them, Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) comes from a poor family and is desperate to pass and get a good job. The second, Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), comes from a relatively better family, but has joined engineering to please his father, while he really wants to become a widlife photographer. However, their third roommate, Ranchoddas Chanchhad AKA Phunsuk Wangdu is a radical-thinking young man, who challenges the educational system at every step he takes, infuriating the headmaster of the school, Viru Sahastrabuddhe (Boman Irani).Many years after they've graduated, they've all lost touch. Farhan gets a call from an old college-mate of theirs, Chatur Ramalingam, who says he has found Rancho. Abandoning everything, Chatur, Farhan and Raju set out on a road trip, to find him. But all is not as it seems..
"Aal Izz Well/All is well". In the climax of the movie, saying them even helps to awaken an apparently stillborn baby!
"Your majesty, thou art great, accept my humble offering!"
Artistic License: Chatur shows off his possessions since his job abroad, including his "new Lamborghini, 6496cc, very fast". He refers to the Murcielago. What he shows on his phone, however, is the Diablo, a decade-old Lamborghini, a thousand cc's less, and not so fast.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: "Virus" couldn't find a way to kick out Rancho because he's his top student. And ultimately revokes his decision when he finally does.
The Cake Is a Lie: "Virus" challenges Rancho to teach his engineering class. He has the students define a fictitious term to make a point about how the proper method of teaching.
Call Forward: At the beginning of the film, Chatur offers rum to Farhan and Raju. A scene in the college years shows the trio drinking to it.
Candid Camera Prank: Two pranks within one. Chatur gets the librarian to write a speech for him to recite on Teacher's Day. Rancho and Farhan divert both Chatur (with a prank phone call) and the librarian (by telling him Virus was remembering him, which he understood as Virus calling him over), and then changed some of the words of the speech. Chatur didn't even ask what it means, but memorised it without thinking. Hilarity Ensues.
The film begins with one such prank by Farhan to stay in Delhi to meet Raju, to find their long lost friend.
Chekhov's Gun: Rancho made an inverter that could draw out power from car batteries named after Virus in an attempt get out of Pia's wedding. It ended up powering the equipment for Mona's birth.
The mint sauce. It was first used by Rancho on Suhas' shoes to show his personality to Pia. It's later used by Raju for the same purpose (to show Pia that Suhas' personality hasn't changed) and also to distract Suhas long enough for Farhan and Raju to steal away with Pia.
Chekhov's Gunman: "Phunsuk Wangdu", the famous scientist Chatur is hoping to strike a deal with, turns out to be Rancho's real name.
Chekhov's Skill: Whenever Rancho said "Aal Izz Well" to Mona while she was pregnant, the baby kicked. Guess what woke up the stillborn baby?
And then the plot of finding Rancho will not happen because Chatur managed to find him to settle their rivalry and along their way, finding clues about Rancho's true identity. Fahran and Raju didn't manage to find Rancho for many years so they tag along with Chatur, clinging the hope they could get to find their friend again.
Dope Slap: Given to Chatur by Virus after the former recites the teacher's day speech edited by Rancho filled with words that made the speech offensive. Particularly the 'Sanskrit Verse' at the end of the speech.
Driven to Suicide: Joy, a friend of the trio. Raju attempts this too, but is luckily saved in time.
Evil Gloating: Chatur at the beginning of the movie, showing off his mansion, car, job etc. to Farhan and Raju. Well, not evil, so much as just 'I'm more successful than you despite the fact that you scored better'.
And again with Rancho at the end of the movie, before he learns that Rancho is Phunsuk Wangdu, the very man his company is going to sign a deal with.
Five Temperament Ensemble: Rancho is Sanguine, Farhan is Leukine, Raju is Phlegmatic, Pia is Melancholic and Chatur is Choleric.
No Ending: We still have no idea why Rancho abandoned his friends.
We do, actually. Since the real Rancho's name is on the credentials, they can't have anyone from the college knowing that the Rancho that actually studied for the degree was a fake. It's even emphasized in the class picture where you see the real Rancho shopped in fake Rancho's place.
Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Invoked when one of the teachers seems more impressed by Chatur giving an overly complicated definition of the word 'machine' memorized from a textbook instead of Rancho's simplified one, so in response Rancho gives one himself when wanting to go collect his books.
True Companions: The eponymous three idiots. So much so that Farhan and Raju travel from Delhi to Shimla (a whole state away) only to realise that a Red Herring led them there and Rancho is really in Ladakh (which is a cold and barren desert, another couple of states away). They don't stop till they find him.
Übermensch: Rancho openly defies all the systems of his university from day one.
Unknown Rival: Chatur has always been hell bent in defeating Rancho, but always fail.