It is from this context that the film 3 Idiots comes. 3 Idiots was a “superhit film” (3 Idiots Triumphs) directed by Rajkumar Hirani and released in 2009. The 3 Idiots is an award winning film with many awards were given specifically for its sound design. 3 Idiots has won more than 20 awards including best sound recording and best sound re-recording from the International Indian Film Academy (3 Idiots Awards) and best sound engineer, best lyricists, best playback singer, most popular song, and best film album at the first Chevrolet Global Indian Music awards (GIMA)(3 Idiots Triumphs).
In the context of so many awards it is interesting to note that 3 Idiots breaks the traditional story structure. Over the course of the film a servant boy becomes a famous patent holder, a member of the upper class falls in love with a former servant, and many other characters rise from the lower class to become successful members of middle class India. While not traditional these movements within the levels of society are tied to India’s current social context and the film’s target audience the campus crowd.
This focus on the campus crowd influences the style and function of music within 3 Idiots. When asked to comment on the philosophy behind the music in 3 Idiots Director Hirani said, “simple because it’s about common people like you and me”(Taneja). At the same time Hirani strived for something new breaking away from the traditional music in pursuit of a “young vibe”, a “carefree attitude”, and a “campus and buddy feel”(Tanja). To do this Hirani utilized bottles and bowls as instruments in the film(Taneja). Hinari seems to have succeeded in his attempts one reviewer commented that the fi...
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Johar, Karan, dir. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Writ. Karan Johar. 1998. Dharma Productions. DVD.
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