Finally, after a about a month after its release, I watched the film yesterday. Yes the film was good, yes I was laughing like everyone else, yet I was feeling kinda sour while leaving the hall.
A pizza with extra oregano and chili flakes, but with a few toppings missing, still remains a pizza. A story with one character missing, and lots of masala to suit the script of a Bollywood film, still for me at least, remains the same story.
I don't know what contract was signed between the film-makers and Chetan Bhagat, but what i do know that simple ethics have not been followed. An adaptation is an adaption, credit needs to be given. Sure Abhijat Joshi worked hard..sure Hirani gave in loads of inputs, but the fact remains that the story was Chetan Bhagat's. You can not take almost every character from the book, bring a character into prominence, take most scenes from the book, add a few scenes to make it a comedy and say its an original story. The least you can do is acknowledge the fact that it is an adaptation. The makers have been denying it..and it got to my nerves yesterday while watching the film.
It was fun watching Ryan, Alok, Neha, Cherian and Venkat on the screen..I loved the film Mr.Amir Khan, I loved it Mr. Raju Hirani, am sure you made loads of profits Mr. Vidhu Vinod Chopra, but my respect for you has not grown a single bit. You owe it to Chetan Bhagat. Without Five Point Someone, there could be no 3 Idiots. I know it because I have read the book. What about the ones who haven't read it?