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The Movie Every Student Needs To See... - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I wanted to talk about a movie that I believe every student needs to see. Even though this movie is for literally anyone: Kids, teenagers, parents, and even grandparents, I think that the type of people that should be watching this film should be teenagers who are either in high school or college, just because I feel like this movie carries such a great message and has such a deep meaning for students who are in the school system and have to constantly deal with the pressure from parents and society when it comes to academics. Along with being a hilarious film that will keep you laughing till the end, this movie will really open your eyes to a problem that often gets overlooked in our society, and that’s the problem with the modern day school system. I’m sure you guys have guessed the movie I’m talking about now, and that’s the movie “3 Idiots” written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, which stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Omi Vaidya, and many others. If you haven’t heard of this movie, then don’t worry because it is a Bollywood movie and I know that the majority of people that visit my website are from people who are stationed in the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom, so I won’t be surprised if you have not heard of it. However, you might have heard of this movie because I actually know a few people from the US who have seen this movie and understood it by just putting on English subtitles. I was inspired to write this blog post because just last night, my college friends and I decided to head to our common room and have a movie night. Since many of us like Bollywood movies, we convinced our other friends to watch “3 Idiots” with us, and it was a huge success because everyone ended up loving it. After watching the movie (which I had already seen many times before) it truly made me realize how important it is for my generation to see such a movie since it tackles issues that only teenagers understand, and that’s why I wanted to share my love for this movie with all of the other struggling students in the world right now. Without further ado, let’s get started!

First of all, I just want to mention that this movie came out in 2009, and I remember going to the cinema in India and watching it when I was around nine years old, and I absolutely loved it. However, I was only a kid back then and I don’t think I truly understood the meaning of the movie. Then, just a few months ago, I decided to watch this movie again because I knew it was about college, and I wanted to get in the mood for starting college and that whole lifestyle. When I watched it the second time, it literally brought tears to my eyes. I think that after graduating high school and experiencing that pressure from academics and the worry that I’m not going to get the grades that I need, I’ve began to have a greater respect for the film and what it wants students to know. Anyways, I’m going to go ahead and talk about the movie. I’m going to try and not include any spoilers, but I’m not promising anything. This movie is about three students (Rancho, Farhan, and Raju) who have started college at the Imperial College of Engineering, one of the most competitive universities in India, and are sharing a room together. From there, their friendship begins to grow and Rancho (played by Aamir Khan) in particular, teaches Raju and Farhan how to properly look at the school system and the way that they should learn and study. In a nutshell, Rancho teaches his two friends that they should make their passion their profession, and that they shouldn’t study hard just to get good grades and then eventually find a job, but rather they should study because they’re curious about the world around them and want to know more. Interestingly enough, Rancho is the only one who doesn’t care about grades, yet always comes first in every single exam. This movie is really trying to prove to students that if you want to do well in school, then forget about the grades and the stress, and instead focus on falling in love with what you’re studying, because then your “work” stops being work, and instead becomes something you genuinely want to do.

If you guys followed my blog posts that I wrote up when I was in high school, then you know how much stress I was in during the IB and just how much I cried and worried over my academics. I’m not going to lie, but at one point I even thought I was going to fail the IB because I was doing so badly in Biology. I started to have nightmares about failing and about having to redo the IB again, and I even began studying till 3:00am in the morning to make sure that I wouldn’t fail. Sometimes, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night because I kept thinking that I wasn’t going to pass my exams, so I would just wake up and start studying in the middle of the night. Honestly, it really was two years of hell. I’m sorry if that comes off as ungrateful because I don’t want it to sound that way. I’m grateful for the education that I got, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t comment on the failures and flaws of modern day schooling. In the movie, one of the characters named Farhan (played by R. Madhavan) isn’t even interested in engineering, and instead wants to be a wildlife photographer. He’s only studying engineering because his parents want him to do it, and it’s a shame because he takes really great photos of animals and nature, and genuinely has such a strong passion for photography. Anyways, his character is probably the character that I felt like I can relate to the most, just because in high school I was forced to take lots of classes that I wasn’t interested in, and when I didn’t do well in them I felt like such a failure even though I shouldn’t have because it’s not like I’m planning on becoming a mathematician in the future. I guess what I’m trying to say is, this movie is amazing for every single student out there. Even if you’re excelling in school and find the school system great, I’m sure you will love this movie and will find some aspects that you can relate to. If you’re struggling in school and are constantly stressed out about your assignments, then that’s even better and watching this movie will definitely make you feel better. As someone who hates the school system, I loved this movie and it will continue to be one of my favorite movies ever created. The movie “3 Idiots” is on Netflix and you can watch it right now!

Shreya Sachdev