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Screenplay of 3 Idiots turned into book

Director Raju Hirani picks three of his favourite scenes from his film 3 Idiots and writes about it in the book that discusses the screenplay and the making details.

books Updated: Jun 12, 2010 13:21 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Director Raju Hirani picks three of his favourite scenes from his film 3 Idiots and writes about it in the book that discusses the screenplay and the making details.

Chatur’s (Omi Vaidya) speech
Undoubtedly, that is one of my most favourite scenes from the film and I am sure most of the people will second my opinion on this one. The speech was written extremely well and was executed equally well by Omi Vaidya. We had an amazing time shooting for that scene because Omi actually didn’t know the meaning of a single word from the speech, so shooting for that scene was as real and as much fun as on screen. We all used to just crack up when Omi used to start reading out the speech. Initially, he thought that we have given him something else to read just to rag him, but later when we explained its meaning to him, he couldn’t stop laughing at himself.

Scene between Kareena Kapoor and Boman Irani
I like the emotional scene between Kareena and Boman where Kareena bursts out at Boman and tells him that her brother didn’t die in an accident but committed suicide. We were preparing for this emotional scene where Kareena was supposed to cry. I thought that it would take some time to establish the emotion of the scene and get in to that serious mode, but when we started shooting for the scene, Kareena took all of us by surprise and gave a mind-blowing shot. It looked like she was crying for real. She delivered all the dialogues of that scene in one go, without any break. The moment the shot ended, all of us gave a standing ovation to her and I okayed the shot in one go.

When Aamir and Madhavan take Sharman to hospital
I like the scene where Rancho (Aamir Khan) and Farhan (Madhavan) are rushing Raju (Sharman Joshi) to the hospital after his attempt to suicide. I think Aamir has given an outstanding performance in that scene. When I was looking at his expressions on the monitor, while shooting, I was getting goose bumps. The shot of Aamir riding a two-wheeler and clearing the traffic at the same time was outstanding; something that only an actor of his calibre could have delivered.