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Madhavan in 3 Idiots
Madhavan in 3 Idiots

Madhavan revisits his student days in ‘3 Idiots'

“Have expectations from the film, folks. You will still be pleasantly surprised,” Madhavan tweeted a fortnight ago after watching the much-awaited film of the year, Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots. His excitement has only grown manifold since. We start the interview with the basics.

How much of Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone finally made its way into 3 Idiots (the makers bought the rights to the book)?

“Dramatically different,” he insists. “If you go there expecting Five Point Someone, it will be the wrong expectation to have."

Isn't Aamir playing Ryan, so that would make him Hari or Alok?

“It's completely changed. You can't pin point the characters anymore. Aamir's is the lead role... he's the narrator of the film.” 3 Idiots is about the best of friends and their journey of finding one of the ‘Idiots' and it's also an internal journey of how they've come to the positions they are in.”

More Rang De Basanti magic?

“Yes, you will find similar chemistry and camaraderie between friends but the true superstar of the film would be Rajkumar Hirani.”

Madhavan is so much in awe of the film that he refuses to single out what was in it for him as an actor. “Just being part of it was one wholesome experience. This film belongs to everybody. As an actor, if I successfully pull off the role of the student...”

We interrupt. Aamir has been playing student since 1988. Madhavan too started his film career playing a student a decade ago... Did the actors find it odd to continue to play students?

“I knew that I had to play an engineering student. I looked at 75 photographs of students with Rajkumar Hirani. Many of the guys in IIT were geeky-looking with glasses, they had no hairstyle as such, some of them were balding, I realised when I looked at photographs. They didn't have a six-pack, they were intelligent people with normal bodies.

SUDHISH KAMATH

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