Humor – Some slapstick and some subtle nice ones. My favorite – the one where Joshi answers “Drrrrr…” when asked “How does an induction motor start?”.
Drama – In bits and pieces, delivering a baby feels like a child’s play , rather an engineer’s play….. I am sure the doctors are grinding their teeth at this one.
The child sitting next to me in the theatre and questioning his mom started,” Is the baby dead?” on seeing Aamir holding a plastic toy. Mom said,” No, it is born just now. “. “Yuck ! why is he so dirty?”. I am not sure if you want a 5 year old to wonder about that..On second thoughts, maybe it is OK.
Message – I guess very well known, one about our education system. At least, when we were trying to get into IITs, ( no , I did not study there) like almost 2 decades ago, it was well known that just theoretical studying and cramming will not get you there. The college portrayed , in my mind, does not fit in to then IIT. And we need Chatur Ramalingams too, though they might be one too many in our schools. Most often than not, they at least work hard.Not every one is born a genius and not every one knows, especially at that age, what they are passionate about.
Songs – Definitely catchy and worth humming.. Kudos to Shantanu.
Cast – I have to hand it to Aamir . He has done his part to portray as a student. His height and face does help mask his age. The movie is all about Aamir and he carries it very well. Madhavan has, as usual, performed his role to the T. Sharman Joshi has always been good at humor and scores this one too. Kareena is wasted, not that she would have done much otherwise. Anyway, Aamir is the only Khan I love and Madhavan is the only Tamil Actor I have always loved from “Banegi Apni Baat” days and so, drumroll….on the casting.Oh! And yes Om Vaidya is quite refreshing.
Controversy: I have not read even a single CB book and so, really don’t care much about whether it is Ryan or Rancho.
A film that would be loved by engineers & students, liked by the previous generation provided they mask out a few scenes which may not make sense and look foolish.