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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.

The film revolves around three students studying in the Imperial College of Engineering, Delhi. Out of them, Raju Rastogi (portrayed by 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 middle-class family, but has joined engineering to please his father, while he really wants to become a wildlife photographer. However, their third roommate, Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchhad (Aamir Khan) is a stunningly intelligent, radical-thinking young man, who challenges the educational system with every step he takes, infuriating the headmaster of the school, Viru Sahastrabuddhe (Boman Irani), and the headmaster's daughter, Pia (Kareena Kapoor).


However, Farhan and Raju lose contact with Rancho after graduation. Many years later, Farhan gets a call from an old colleague of theirs, Chatur Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya), who says he has found Rancho. Abandoning everything, Farhan and Raju accompany Chatur and set out on a road trip to find him. But all is not as it seems...

In 2017 it received a Foreign Remake in Mexico called "3 Idiotas" starring Alfonso Dosal as Pancho (Rancho), Christian Vázquez as Felipe (Farhan), Germán Valdés as Beto (Raju) and Martha Higareda as Mariana (Pia).



  • Alliterative Name: Raju Rastogi. Also Man Mohan aka Millimeter.
  • Always Second Best: Chatur to Rancho.
  • Anchored Ship: Rancho and Pia during the college days. Although Rancho has feelings for Pia, his use of a fake identity prevents him from returning Pia's affections. Fortunately, they are reunited at the end.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Aal Izz Well/All is well". In the climax of the movie, saying them even helps awaken an apparently stillborn baby!
    • "Don't chase success. Pursue excellence and success will chase you."
  • Arranged Marriage: Not stated outright, but Pia's relationship with Suhas doesn't seem to be entirely voluntary. Even before she gets fed up by his materialistic nature and dumps him, she doesn't particularly enjoy his company when the two are attending Mona's wedding. In the future, she has few regrets leaving him and their almost-wedding to find Rancho. However, she does break up with him with minimal furor, so... (though her family might never know about the breakup and assume the two only have a fight).
  • Artistic License – Cars: 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 smaller, and not so fast.
  • Ashes to Crashes: Farhan and Raju almost do this with the ashes of the father of the real Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchhad while attempting to find Rancho's whereabouts. Turns out they take the wrong urn.
  • The B Grade: Chatur hates being Always Second Best to Rancho.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: While it's ultimately not played straight, Raju has some hopes in this. The impetus that finally wakes him up from his coma is Rancho lying that his sister is marrying Farhan.
  • The Bet: There are two bets in this movie:
    • After Rancho embarrasses him on Teacher's Day by editing the speech and made it offensive with Chatur mindlessly memorizing it, Chatur makes a bet with him on who will be more successful in the future in order to recover his wounded ego. It's not taken seriously by Rancho at the time, but it instigates the search for him in the present day. Rancho wins, by virtue of being the famous scientist Chatur's company is seeking a contract with, much to Chatur's horror.
    • Back in the college days during the class taking a class picture with Virus, Rancho declares that the his friends will get a job. Virus scoffs at that declaration, knowing that Farhan and Raju are dead lasts in the class ranking. Furthermore, he calls Govid, his assistant, to shave his mustache if anyone of the two gets a job. Which Govid does when Raju successfully lands a job in his interview despite his low grades.
  • Big Bad: Viru Sahastrabuddhe AKA Virus.
  • Big Bad Wanna Be: Chatur.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Many puns in the film rely on a knowledge of both Hindi and English. As an example, while describing Raju's move to Chatur's room, Farhan makes a pun between the Hindi/Urdu word safar (meaning travel) and the English word "suffer," since both words sound similar.
    • Another example is when an inebriated Farhan defaces Virus's nameplate and turns it into "Viru S buddhe". "Buddhe" is a semi-impolite way of referring to an elderly person.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: In-Universe. Due to Chatur's poor Hindi, his translation makes his warning regarding the senior's intent of pissing on Rancho sound really silly. An English equivalent:
    Chatur: Pray undress, or he'll do...'urine expulsion' on you.
    Senior: (He) calls pissing, 'urine expulsion'! A true linguist in the land of engineers!
  • Brick Joke:
    • The hazing ritual, where freshmen strip to their underwear and offer their butts to seniors for "inspection". After Rancho's real name is revealed as Phunsuk Wangdu, Chatur performs the ritual when instigated by Farhan and Raju.
    • Rancho fends off a senior threatening to pee on his door by conducting electricity through the senior's urine. A decade later, Rancho's students pull the same prank on Chatur.
    • Virus sarcastically makes a deal that if Raju manages to get a job before the final exam, he'll shave his beard. Much to his his dismay, he does. He actually decides to stay shaved all the way to the future, no less.
    • Rancho's dream in which he and Pia ends in an Almost Kiss. Six years later, the dream scene plays out almost exactly but ends with a slap from Pia. Followed by The Big Damn Kiss.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Rancho, infuriatingly so. This reaches the point where Virus tries on multiple occasions to kick him out, but can't since Rancho is 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 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 blindly memorized it. Hilarity Ensues.
    • The film begins with one such prank by Farhan to stay in Delhi to meet Raju, to find their long lost friend.
  • Catch Phrase: Rancho's "Aal Izz Well/All is Well", which is also the film's Arc Words.
  • Celibate Hero: Rancho, to the point where even upon becoming a successful inventor and educator, he continues to love Pia even though he makes no attempt to contact her.
  • Comeback Tomorrow: In a much-delayed answer to Rancho's question about the Fischer Space Pen (why didn't they use a pencil), four years later, after Rancho saves the stillborn child of Virus' elder daughter, Virus replies that when a pencil lead breaks in zero gravity on board spaceships, the graphite fragments can get into astronauts' eyes, and cause short circuits in the instruments.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Virus' son, who failed to enter the Imperial College four times, is mentioned during the opening ceremony as a quick joke to establish Virus' Sadist Teacher persona. Then he's mentioned midway during Virus' Kick the Dog moment against Joy that leads to the latter's suicide. Finally, in the climax, Pia brings up her brother's death‒actually suicide by pressure‒as part of her "The Reason You Suck" Speech against her father, leading her to storm out of the house and making her unable to help Mona give birth. Had the trio already went out to the ICE sooner before they saw Mona having her labor inside the car, Virus actions against Raju to have him expelled out of petty revenge due of losing the bet with Rancho might be one hell of a Laser-Guided Karma.
  • 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.
    • Also, whenever Rancho said "Aal Izz Well" to Mona while she was pregnant, the baby kicked. Guess what woke up the stillborn baby?
    • 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.
    • The Fischer Space Pen, which Virus promised to give to a deserving student and which prompted Rancho to ask why a pencil wasn't used instead, which Virus can't answer. Years later, Virus finally answers the question (broken pencil lead can cause all sorts of problems in a zero-gravity environment) as he gives the pen to Rancho, acknowledging him as a worthy student.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • "Phunsuk Wangdu", the famous scientist Chatur is hoping to strike a deal with, turns out to be Rancho's real name.
    • In his first day, Rancho was being threatened by a senior to get his door pissed on. He pulls a McGyver and conducts a current to a spoon which conducted to the senior's piss. His future students do the same thing when Chatur tries to pee on their building's wall.
  • Child Prodigy: The real Rancho could solve 10th grade math while in 6th grade.
  • Class Clown: Rancho, mostly since his way of thinking doesn't translate well with his straitlaced and narrow-minded professors of ICE.
  • Cool Big Sis: Mona to Pia.
  • Cool Loser: Farhan and Raju, as they don't have commendable grades to write home about and thus are nominally treated as the butt of jokes in the campus. However, they get to share the popularity of the college's smartest student and very own Class Clown due to being his best friends.
  • Cool Teacher: Rancho ultimately becomes one.
  • Create Your Own Villain: If Rancho didn't humiliate Chatur, he would have just left him alone. However, if he didn't do that, 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. Farhan and Raju didn't manage to find Rancho for many years so they tag along with Chatur.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Pia dating Rancho. Virus absolutely loathes him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost everyone.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Scenes set in Raju's house, which "came out straight from a '50 film", are black-and-white. It is to emphasize how poor the Rastogis are.
  • Disney Death: Happens to Mona's newborn baby.
  • Disposable Fiancée: Suhas, because he's a materialistic Jerkass. Pia apparently reconciles with him five years later, though she leaves him at the altar.
  • 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 senior of the trio during their freshmen years. Later, Raju did it as well due of unwilling to choose between his friends or his family. Fortunately he was saved.
    • In the backstory, Virus's eldest son.
  • Driving Question: What becomes of Rancho and where is he now? He's a teacher at a school in Ladakh. And a scientist as well.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Rancho's key philosophy throughout the film is that people should pursue their passions to excellence, regardless of the consequences. Indeed, Farhan faces great difficulty in convincing his parents that he wants to become a wildlife photographer, but he succeeds and goes on to get published. Raju faces depression and anxiety over his predicament, to the point where he is driven to suicide, but he emerges stable and married. As for Rancho, he has to abandon all his friends and virtually start from scratch upon getting a degree for his namesake; he is nevertheless able to become a successful, patented inventor and educator. And many years later to adulthood, he is finally reunited with his True Companions and his college love, Pia.
  • The Engineer: Many characters in the film aspire to be one, if only to impress their families and society.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Inverted with Chatur's Teacher's Day Speech.
  • Evil Gloating: Chatur loves this.
    • At the beginning of the movie, he shows off his mansion, car, job etc. to Farhan and Raju. Well, it's not really evil, so much as just 'I'm more successful than you despite the fact that you scored better'.
    • He does this again to 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. Oh, Crap! isn't enough to describe his horror upon realizing it.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The titular trio are known to have graduated and are living comfortable lives in the present day. So when Raju attempts suicide or Virus expels them for trying to get the answers to his rigged exam you know that they'll make it out fine.
  • Foreshadowing: Raju's (thankfully failed) suicide attempt is foreshadowed multiple times. One of them is Rancho and Farhan jokingly giving him a little nudge off the edge of a building in brief scene for Aal Izz Well number, then later on a scene where the camera lingering on Raju as he drunkenly jumps out of Pia and Mona's bedroom window. His later suicide attempt is by jumping out of a window.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Amongst the five main characters: Rancho is Sanguine, Farhan is Leukine, Raju is Phlegmatic, Pia is Melancholic and Chatur is Choleric.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted with Virus. At first it seems like the reason he's so angry all the time is that his son was Driven to Suicide after failing to pass in ICE, but then at the end it's revealed that Virus was always like this and his son committed suicide because Virus crushed his dreams of becoming a writer, in an effort to evade the truth that even his life philosophy is flawed, especially when Rancho bested him at the final year in his college days. Realizing this is a major part of his later Heel–Face Turn.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Rancho is Id. He is a headstrong, brave and emotional individual who wants others to follow their heart rather than what others and the society expects of them. Sometimes he bites more than he chew by his rebellious actions that can possibly blow up his real identity and failing to know the flaw of his logic of using a pencil instead of space pen in a zero-gravity environment can be dangerous, but overall a well-intentioned individual.
    • Farhan is Ego. He balances Rancho's tendency to break the rules but at the same time knowing its risks like Raju and usually play it safe, and is the first one who put Rancho's ideas by heart. Fitting for being the narrator and telling the film on his POV.
    • Raju is Superego. He likes organization, stability and more down-to-earth compared to Rancho which the two have the usual conflict between their types during their Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure moment while Farhan mediates between the two. His tendency to stick to the rules is what negates him to jump outside his comfort zone due of his fear of failure and future until his Character Development.
  • Gasshole: Chatur, oh so much. Becomes a Running Gag.
    Chatur: I didn't do it... Raju!
  • Gratuitous English:
    • Chatur, again.
      "Sir, I was born in Uganda. Studied in Pondicherry.. so, little slow in Hindi."
    • Also "FARHAN-itrate" and "Pre-RAJU-lisation"
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Pia: No, Farhan, it's not like that. Suhas is a changed man. He doesn't talk about brands or prices anymore.
    (cut to Suhas screaming)
    Suhas: MY 1.5 LAKH SHERWANI! (My $3000 suit!)
  • Groin Attack: Rancho delivers an electrifying one to a senior in college. A decade later, Rancho's students do the same to Chatur.
  • Hospital Hottie: Pia, who is a med student.
  • Hot Scientist: Rancho ultimately becomes one.
  • How We Got Here: The movie intersperses the search for Rancho with shots of the main characters' college life and their Character Development.
  • I Have Many Names: The Hero is knows as Ranchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad/Chhote/Phunsukh Wangdu.
  • I Have Your Wife: That's how Farhan and Raju subdue the real Ranchoddas Chanchad- by grabbing the urn containing his deceased father's ashes.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Pia's niece/nephew was thought dead, but Rancho's Catch Phrase revives him/her!
  • In-Series Nickname: "Silencer" for Chatur, "Virus" for Prof. Viru Sahastrabuddhe. "Chhote" to Rancho/Phunsukh Wangdu.
  • Ironic Echo: "Hey... Take That!!" Few minutes after Chatur insulted the reunited trio, it immediately bite him in the ass in the ending when he learned who is Phunsukh Wangdu...
  • Jerkass:
    • Virus, very much so. Even though he got better by the end of the movie, he still drives at least three men to suicide, one of which was his own son.
    • Chatur isn't a pleasing fellow either.
    • Pia's Disposable Fiancée openly berates her every time he has a chance.
    • The real Ranchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad. He even points a gun at Farhan and Raju when they find that he pocketed the degree that their friend studied for under his name. He receives a dosage of Humble Pie and truly regrets it (that forced his father to use the impostor in order to protect their family from shame and spare his son from insults he himself received), and he gives his impostor's address to Farhan and Raju as a way to atone.
  • Just Plane Wrong: The Airbus A321 in the opening scene:
    • It has a different registration number on either side of its fuselage. Then, in a view from right under the aircraft, when the landing gear come out, each bogie has two axles, while shots from a distance show one axle for each bogie.
    • The aircraft on the runway is clearly a narrow-body Airbus A321, but the cabin scenes were shot in a wide-body Boeing 777.
  • Left the Background Music On: When Pia decides to call off the her wedding and run off with Farhan and Raju to reunite with Rancho, music starts playing as the trio(and Chatur) take off in their car while the guests and Pia's family looks on, only for Virus to stop the music in annoyance by covering the horn that one of the wedding's musician was playing with.
  • Lemony Narrator: Farhan narrates the past events of the film. And like the rest of the cast, he really squeezes the lemon dry with his wit.
  • Loophole Abuse: The trio arrives late to a test and finishes late and the proctor refuses to accept the late tests. After confirming that the proctor doesn't know their names, Rancho shuffles their tests in with all the other tests and the trio runs off, meaning the tests have to be graded since the proctor can't tell which tests are theirs.
  • Love at First Sight: Heavily implied when Rancho first encounters Pia when he and his friends crashed her sister (and Virus' eldest daughter)'s wedding.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Pia loves Rancho, but she wants to keep her maiden name if they got married since Rancho's is weird (at least in her opinion). She feels the same upon learning of his true name.
  • Manly Tears: All doubling as Tears of Joy.
    • Rancho when he makes up with Raju after taking his father to a hospital. He also sheds these when he learns of Farhan quitting school in favor of a photography retreat and Raju's successful job interview. The dude loves his friends so much.
    • Virus sheds these when his grandson is delivered, and when he apologizes and admits that his opinion of Rancho is wrong.
  • Mathematician's Answer: When Virus asks Raju where he was on the night that the trio broke into his house and pissed on his doorway, Rancho covers and tells him that Raju was studying about induction motors all night. When Virus asks Raju to demonstrate how an induction motor starts, Raju responds by letting out a sound of a motor running: "BRR-BRR-BRHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! BRHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"
  • Meaningful Echo: "Every night you ride into my dreams on a scooter, dressed as a bride. Instead of a veil, you lifted your helmet and come close to kiss me."
  • Mind Screw: Just WHO is Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchhad anyway? A rich scion who conferred his name to his servant, so that he could pocket a degree without exerting anything.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The trio are leading the college in "Aal Izz Well" and trying to rebuild the helicopter design of a friend, Joy. At the end of the song, they finally build it, stick a camera on it and fly it up to his room window only to see... Joy hanging from the ceiling, having committed suicide and the words "I QUIT" written on the wall in spray-paint.
    • There's also the scene where the trio visit the Sahastrabuddhe's residence so Rancho can confess his love for Pia. The drunk Farhan and Raju pee on the front door and laugh it off as they escape with Rancho towards the school, where they oversleep. Then it's followed by Virus expelling Raju, causing the latter's (failed) suicide attempt.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Viru "Virus" Sahastrabuddhe.
  • Never Learned to Read: Shamaldas Chanchand, the father of the real Ranchoddas, reveals this about himself in a flashback as a justification for using Chhote to get a degree for his son.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Rancho ultimately becomes both a scientist and a teacher.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Rancho is the primary focus of the story, but Fahran is the narrator. This has the natural side effect of making Rancho rather enigmatic, which ties into the present day plotline of his friends searching for him.
  • Old Maid: Raju's elder sister is twenty-eight and unmarried, a major cause of worry for their mother.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Viru Sahastrabuddhe is always called Virus. The Hero's fake Overly Long Name is shortened to Rancho. Also. there's the Tagalong Kid Man Mohan who is always called Millimeter until he grows up.
  • Overly Long Name: Ranchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Raju. He seems to have grown out of this in the future.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Raju briefly has this when Virus threatens to expel him if the he continues to be friends with Rancho. He moves to Chatur's dorm room for several weeks and avoids Farhan and Rancho, even when he finds their sabotage of Chatur's speech Actually Pretty Funny. Then Rancho risks breaking the law to take Raju's sick father to the hospital on board a motorcycle. Cue a tearful Man Hug.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Alongside Calling the Old Man Out, Pia gives her father a well-deserved one after he expels the trio and confesses that she had a hand over their expulsion by giving them the key to his office at ICE. She points out every single flaw of her father's philosophy that lead three men to die, including his own son because he didn't care about their feelings other than wanting validation to her father's philosophy no matter how flawed it is. To top it off, she calls their deaths as murder, not suicide, implying that she does see her father as her brother's killer.
  • Right Behind You : Precisely how the Power Trio find Pia's father is none other than Virus.
  • Road Trip Plot: Most of the present day scenes.
  • Runaway Bride: Farhan and Raju steal Pia away from her wedding to Suhas.
  • Sadist Teacher: Viru "Virus" Sahastrabuddhe. It is so reprehensible that he made three men commit suicide, including his own son.
  • Saved by Canon: You'd know that Raju will survive his suicide since he's alive and well in the present day scenes.
  • Scooter Babe: Pia. Rancho has many fantasies where she rides up to him on a scooter and almost kisses him. This happens at the very end.
  • Screaming Birth: The trio help deliver Mona Sahastrabuddhe (Pia's elder sister)'s child, in the university storeroom, using an inverter, a vacuum cleaner and a car battery to construct a vacuum pump after she's too tired to push anymore.
  • Secret Test of Character: Suhas fails a secret test of character. THRICE! At Mona's wedding, Rancho ruins Suhas' Italian shoes by spilling sauce on them, showing how Suhas cares a lot about money. The second time, Rancho makes Pia pretend she had lost the expensive watch Suhas had just bought her, Suhas responds by nagging Pia. Thanks to this, Pia decides to break their engagement. On the third occasion, when Pia is going to marry Suhas five years later, Raju ruins Suhas's wedding clothes with green sauce, showing Pia how he has still not changed; this time Pia decides to leave Suhas in the altar.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Rancho, whose father's monthly income is apparently two and a half crore rupeesnote . It's not actually his family's, but Rancho still ends up rich by his own means five years later.
  • 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.
  • Silly Love Song: "Zoobi Doobi", which doubles as Pia's Love Epiphany towards Rancho.
  • Skewed Priorities: Farhan and Raju are both shocked to learn that Rancho/Chhote's real name is Phunsukh Wangdu and are wondering if he happens to be the same great scientist that Chatur was talking about with over 400 patents, while Pia is stating she doesn't like having her name changed to Pia Wangdu after marrying him.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Pia angrily smacks Rancho near the end of the movie after thinking she was played. Followed by The Big Damn Kiss.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mona, Farhan and Raju all support Rancho/Pia.
  • Smug Snake:
    • Chatur in the present-day portions of the movie. Until he's promptly shut up in the climax.
    • The Minister invited for the Teacher's Day function at the college, when Chatur is talking about Virus in the Teacher's Day speech in which he's laughing his ass off. Until he starts talking about the Minister himself...
    • The real Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad, who pocketed an engineering degree by foul means, and almost gunned down Farhan and Raju. Until they got the better of him.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Farhan is the narrator, but the film is all about Rancho, even if Farhan does play a big part. He tells the story in order to explain why they're more than willing to throw everything just to find their other friend who disappeared without a trace after their graduation.
  • Tagalong Kid: Millimeter.
  • Teen Genius: Rancho and Chatur, especially the former. The latter admitted that he didn't study to enjoy Science (or Engineering in particular).
  • Theme Naming: Millimeter and his dogs Gigabyte, Kilobyte and Megabyte.
    Millimeter: Don't worry, none of them bite.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Chatur serves as one during the present day scenes.
  • 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 until they find him.
    • They quickly turn the car around and drive to Manali, 255km away and a six-hour drive in the other direction after hearing that Pia is getting married on that day to stop the wedding and steal the bride.
    • In the college flashbacks, Farhan and Rancho risk expulsion to steal the exam papers from Virus's office for Raju.
    • The opening scene. Farhan is on a flight about to take off when he receives news that Rancho has been found. He fakes a heart attack to force the plane to land. After bolting out of the airport, he hijacks a taxi to fetch Raju, who jumps on without wearing pants.
  • Übermensch: Rancho openly defies all the systems of his university from day one. He's a brilliant enough student to pull it off.
  • Unknown Rival: Chatur has always been hell bent in defeating Rancho, but always fail.
  • Wardrobe Wound: Rancho inflicts this on Pia's fiance, Suhas, to show her how vain he is. Later uses it a second time by pretending Pia lost the watch he bought her. In the future, Raju continues the tradition by ruining his wedding robe in an effort to stop Pia's wedding.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • Mr. Qureshi, who is the sole reason why Farhan even bothers to enter the Imperial College. Heck, since birth he has made his goal to see his son become an engineer. Eventually, he relents and allows him to quit the school.
    • Virus was and is also revealed to be one. Him pressuring his son to become an engineer instead of a writer directly caused the latter's suicide. Later, when Mona becomes pregnant with a boy, he consults an astrologist and determines that he will become an engineer. Again, he eventually softens up and decides that his grandson would become anything the latter wants.
  • Wham Shot:
    • The trio discovering that their senior Joy committed suicide.
    • Farhan, Raju and Chatur discovering that Rancho wasn't in the class picture, and that the "fake" Rancho has been shopped in.
    • Raju's failed suicide.


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