3 idiots: A humanist sentiment of inspiration and destiny

3 idiots is a 2010 school-themed youthful inspirational film directed by Indian director Rakumar Hirani, starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Karp and Madhavan in a comedy film based on the debut novel “The Five Point Man” by Indian bestselling author Chittam Bharat. The work is a simple, lifelike and rustic interpretation of the theme of love, friendship and affection, and is filled with a strong sense of humanity, creating a beautiful, warm atmosphere. The film tells the story of family and dreams from a humanistic narrative perspective, and shows the current social and institutional problems in India through a calm camera language. The film achieved good results after its launch and set a new box office high for Indian Bollywood films released in China at that time, and is one of the masterpieces of “Indian neo-realism films”.

01.Narrative structure as a support to reflect the humanistic sentiment

The film opens its story in a flashback manner, and uses a series of tense and humorous plots to attract the audience to follow the story step by step. The story is about ideals, friendship, affection, love, etc. The plot unfolds through layers of suspicion. At the beginning of the film, Farhan and Raja are struggling to find their best friend Rancho who has disappeared for years. Once they heard the news of Rancho, Farhan faked a heart attack after the plane took off and got off smoothly; Raja was so excited that he got up and went out directly and forgot to put on his pants. The hilarious scene highlights the importance of Rancho in the hearts of the two friends. The melodious Hindi music starts with the plot, “He is like an oasis, he faces the waves and never hesitates ……”, the song repeatedly praises the mysterious protagonist who has not yet been revealed. The film begins with this proposition, which draws people to think about the humanistic theme, and the plot always revolves around it. The final decision of the main character, Rancho, reveals a different approach to life and makes the audience feel deeply. At the end of the film, it is explained that Rancho is not just an ordinary mountain teacher, but also a genius scientist in Indian science (with 400 patents). But “he was as free as the wind”, living in the mountains, teaching and educating people, simple life. Ten years ago, Rancho came to the Royal Academy of Engineering as a substitute for the son of a rich man because his family was poor. During his time at the school, he was “different” in every way, not memorizing and not following blindly. At the same time, Rancho is kind, sunny and intelligent. He comes from a humble background, but is funny and optimistic, and through his own efforts to learn to change his fate, and still maintains his originality. The end of the story satisfies the audience’s expectations of Rancho’s fate, so carefully arranged that it reflects the film’s humanistic tone. In the midst of misfortune, there is a ray of light, and it will eventually cast a ray of hope and warmth.

02. The role of the first person “I

Firstly, the use of the first person “I” simulates a face-to-face communication between Farhan and the audience, creating an intimate atmosphere for viewing the film. Secondly, the “I” reminiscence will make the audience fall into the memory of their own similar situations, which quickly closes the psychological distance between them, and at the same time, this psychological distance will make the audience “consciously put themselves in the position of the narrator, look at the narrative from his perspective, to The viewer will be able to understand the emotions involved and ponder what is right and what is wrong. Since the first-person “I”, i.e. Farhan in the film, is already five years after graduating from college, the “I” as the narrator is bringing a “new face” to This distant retelling gives the narrator an almost omniscient perspective. For example, Farhan, nearing graduation, gives up his job interview and finds the courage to go home and confess his love for photography to his father, while Raja is attending a job interview at the school, without Farhan being present at the interview. The presentation of this episode demonstrates the flexibility of the first-person “I” narrative in terms of shifting narrative perspectives.

03. Color

The use of color directly affects the tone of the film and the emotions of the characters. In neo-Indian realist films, color does not only produce a single visual effect, but also vividly expresses real life and shapes the characters’ images. 3 idiots” is dominated by bright warm colors, supplemented by cool tones. Whether the characters on the very colorful expressive clothing, or the environment furnishings arrangements, are full of rich and bright color elements.

(1) Bright color tone

The color tone is “the main color tendency of the film, is the main component of the overall visual atmosphere of the film, is the main visual means to influence and form the emotional tone of the film.”3 idiots is a comedy film with a school theme. The film focuses on friendship, love and affection, which are beautiful types of emotions, witnessing the journey of self-awareness and self-growth of Rancho, Farhan and Raja. Therefore, the use of bright colors as the main color is very appropriate. For example, when the film officially enters the plot of Farhan and the others’ journey to find Rancho, the film starts with a shot of a large area of green vegetation. The green color gives people a sense of hope, signaling a successful conclusion to the search, and also sets a positive narrative tone for the whole film. At the end of the film, everyone meets in the beautiful Bangong, the blue lake divides the scene in two, and the azure sky is reflected, giving people a sense of transparency and purity, symbolizing the pure and eternal love and friendship between the characters, together with the nearly white sand and stone, adding an elegant aesthetic experience. The use of blue as the background color at the end of the film not only leaves the audience with infinite space for reverie, but also creates a lofty mood for the film.

(2) Black and white images in color

Black and white image has its own unique visual charm and effect, it appears in color film with a unique expression, becoming one of the means of visual tonal changes in color films. There is an impressive black-and-white image in the film: Farhan and Rancher come to Raja’s house together, the disabled father is lying crookedly on a small bed, the spring on the sofa is exposed, and there is not enough space for more people in the house. The image is fused with the color of black-and-white, which shapes the image of characters with different identities. In this film, the transition between color and black and white is not only the change of film scenes and space, but also the transformation of the characters’ hearts in this episode. The film’s color and black-and-white images are not only a change of scenes and space, but also a transformation of the characters’ hearts in this episode. The use of black and white images is not only a portrayal of the poverty of the Raja’s family, but also an expression of the Raja’s depression, sullenness and low self-esteem.