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Five Point Someone - Chetan Bhagat

by | Published: | Updated: 02/02/2020


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Five Point Someone -Chetan Bhagat

Five Point Someone is a story about three friends in IIT who are unable to cope. Written by author Chetan Bhagat, the book Five Point Someone is set in the Indian Institute Of Technology, the top engineering college in India. It was later turned into a hit movie called The 3 Idiots. The book starts with a disclaimer, “This is not a book to teach you how to get into IIT or even how to live in college. In fact, it describes how screwed up things can get if you don’t think straight.” 

Three hostel mates – Alok, Hari and Ryan get off to a bad start in IIT.

The story revolves around Ryan Oberoi, an extremely intelligent but free-spirited student. He believes that true education comes from critical thinking and enjoying life, not memorizing formulas and textbooks. Ryan and his friends are elated at the idea of going to the prestigious IIT, but little do they know about the pressure they will have to cope with. The trio end up having a five out of ten grade point average, which is a disaster! Can they turn their academic career around?

It takes them a while to realize: If you try and screw with the IIT system, it comes back to double screw you. Before they know it, they are at the lowest echelons of IIT society. They have a five-point-something GPA out of ten, ranking near the end of their class. This GPA is a tattoo that will remain with them, and come in the way of anything else that matters – their friendship, their future, their love life. While the world expects IITians to conquer the world, these guys are struggling to survive.

Five Point Someone

I really enjoyed this book because the characters are so real, and being a student myself I can relate to their pressure. There are many hilarious episodes, including where Ryan changes a few key words in a speech to be given by a competitor named Chatur. This makes the speech outrageous and bringing the house down with laughter. Five Point Someone also deals with the serious issue of stress in school, and student’s creativity being stifled.

Will they make it? Do under performers have a right to live? Can they show that they are not just a five-point-somebody but a five-point-someone?

SUMMARY OF THE MOVIE 3-IDIOTS

3 Idiots

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani

 

This movie is based on Chetan Bhagat's novel, Five Point Someone (though only a minuscule part has been adapted from the book; the rest is all original), here's a story of three friends studying in an engineering college Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (R Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi).

 

Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), and Rancchoddas "Rancho" Shyamaldas Chanchad (Aamir Khan) are three engineering students who share a room in a hostel at the Imperial College of Engineering, one of the best colleges in India. While Farhan and Raju are average students from modest backgrounds, Rancho is from a rich family. Farhan wants to become a wildlife photographer but has joined engineering college to fulfil his father's wish. Raju, on the other hand, wants to uplift his family fortunes. Rancho is a wealthy genius who studies for the sheer joy of it. However, Rancho's passion is for knowledge and taking apart and building machines rather than the conventional obsession of the other students with exam ranks. With his different approach, Rancho incurs the wrath of the dean of the college, Professor Viru Sahastrabudhhe (ViruS) (Boman Irani). Rancho irritates his lecturers by giving creative and unorthodox answers and confronts ViruS after fellow student Joy Lobo hangs himself in his dormitory room. Joy had requested an extension on his major project on compassionate grounds his father had suffered a stroke but ViruS refused, saying that he was completely unmoved by his own son's accidental death after being hit by a train. Rancho denounces the rat race, dog-eat-dog, mindless rote learning mentality of the institution, blaming it for Lobo's death.

Rancho is the rebel among them always questioning things and believing that learning is more than just the usual mode of education.

He encourages his friends to look beyond the ordinary and soon earns the wrath of the college director Viru Sahasrabuddhe (Boman Irani).

Despite his fun and frolic, Rancho always surprises everyone by topping the class. He even manages to win the affections of the director's daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor). But Rancho's greatest contribution lies is making his friends realise their true calling.

This isn't a bad film, though. By which I mean it conjures up a few moments, it will doubtless make some people cry, and now and then we glimpse some heart. Yet it hurts to see that this is traditional Bollywood masala, with scenes calculated to tickle and to evoke sympathy. It's not awful at all, but since when did 'not bad' become good? Dr Feelgood doesn't make the cut this time, and we need to measure him by the high bar his previous excellence has set - by which degree this is a whopper of a disappointment.

 

The twist comes when on Graduation Day. After being awarded the Student Of The Year title, Rancho mysteriously disappears into oblivion.

 

Years later, Farhan and Raju, finding a common thread, embark on a journey to find their friend. 3 Idiots is a story of friendship, hope, aspirations and most importantly, the goodness of life.

 

With 3 Idiots, Rajkumar Hirani proves beyond doubt that there's no better storyteller than him in the present generation.

 

Like the peppy Aal Izz Well song drawing towards a tragic climax, it's so cleverly done that it has the desired effect. Some scenes make you laugh, they'll make you cry and they'll make you think. Hirani does it all so beautifully that you want to go back to college and relive all those moments.

The falling in love, the harassment by professors, the secret drinking sessions, the ragging of fellow students it's all there.

Hirani also sends across a message on student pressures but there's no preaching here it's all done in his inimitable style.

Most films have their own set of 'highlight' scenes.

3 Idiots are different because every scene is special and brings with it something that's out of the ordinary.

But there are a few that have a far lasting impact the entire ragging sequence; the camaraderie between Rancho and Pia; Chatur's (the 'brainy' student) hilarious speech; the entire black-and-white depiction of Raju's family; most of the scenes between Rancho and Viru; the sequences that lead to Raju's recovery in the hospital and many more. After a point, you just stop counting.

Dialogues are snappy and effective ("In India, you get a pizza in 30 minutes guaranteed but not an ambulance"). The soundtrack, background score and cinematography is top class.



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