I had no intention of commenting on the ongoing controversy between Chetan Bhagat and 3 idiots filmmakers but today’s Times of India compelled me into writing this piece.
Over the last 4-5 years I have felt this so many times that all birdbrained peeping toms have been given a mike , a camera and a laptop and they have started calling themselves Journalists.My belief was reaffirmed today.To quote from OUR TAKE section of the story :
When the team of 3 idiots says that the flick is not an adaptaion of Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point someone : what not to do at IIT,they echo others who have both read the book and seen the film,whom we spoke to.That includes our staffers,who opine that the two are different,with the movie being”loosely” based on the book.
Oh my my even your staffers are saying that.It must be true then.Hai na.I mean even the TOI staffers !
Then they go on to describe each scene as mouth pieces of Vinod Chopra and how it is so very creatively different and hence a master piece in itself.Jaago Re – this is not a point out the difference puzzle !!! We all know that the child birth scene was not there, the girl could not make up her mind and Aamir ran away and impersonated.
That is not even the controversy.What Chetan is pointing out is a case of mala fide intention by giving the credit at the fag end when people would have already gone out of the theaters or switched off the DVD players.And he is damn right.Mala fide intention it is and nothing else.
Would like to put forward a few questions to the intelligent,thinking and creative readers of this blog;-) unlike fools like me who read the TOI in the morning :
1.Why was the movie made in the first place
2.What difference would it have made if Aamir had not run away
3.Do you care if the friends go out seeking their mate in the hills or they find him in the alleys of Laxmi Nagar.How creative baba !!
4.Isn’t the essence of the movie and the book exactly the same
5.How many girls run away from their marriage ceremony in India as against sleep with their boy friends before marriage and then marry someone else.It is just a pathetic sequence that all Mumbai walas have started putting in their flims nowadays starting Dil hai ki maanta nahin and the agian in Dil Chahta hai.And Aamir seems to have special soft corner for this one .May be it is his secret wish that never got fulfilled.To me its laughable and childish.
Yesterday I was seeing Aamir’s interview on India TV and when one girl in the audience asked him that what would be his dream project he said that it would be Maha Bharat.But then it would take him 5 years to research it and another 20 years to make it.By God Mr Perfect Hypocrite ! And you did not even find time to read a 100 page book just bacause Chetan came on the sets and told you that your script is so different there is no point reading it.
To my mind it is clear that who are the 3 idiots.I leave to you to decide yours.