I watched this Bollywood movie 'Three Idiots' which apparently is currently as big of a block buster as is 'Avatar' in Hollywood.
These were some thoughts that crossed my mind while exiting the theater:
- Are Indian parents that heartless/naive to drive their children into depression?
- Do Indian youngsters never challenge their parents?
- Why is no action taken against students who cheat on exams or violate basic rules in India?
- Why was the Professor caricatured?
- Do Indians in India dislike Indians in the USA? Why is that?
- Are the Indians I see in the US a poor representation of India and Indian culture?
- Why does this movie that bashes Indian Americans so popular in the USA?
- How does a movie goer in India afford a ticket that on an average costs him Rs. 140/- (about $ 4), when the net hourly earning of an Indian is only Rs 60/- (about $ 1.5)?
I thought the male lead, Aamir Khan, is a really good actor, as were his two friends; the rest of the cast was a medley of caricatures who took away from the credibility of the story! The people around me appeared to be thoroughly entertained, in fact some of them had the songs and dialogues memorized! Apparently, the movie carries an important message to parents and teachers in India who stunt creativity and curiosity in young minds by forcing them to memorize instead of problem solving on their own. Whether this message finds it to the masses, past the slap stick humor in which it is so deeply embedded, is to be seen.