Two friends embark on a quest for their lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long-forgotten bet, a wedding they must gate-crash and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins � their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend: the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho who in his unique way, touched and changed their lives. And then one day, suddenly, Rancho vanishes � Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did he leave?... Finally, in the misty mountains of unparalleled beauty, the friends find the key to the secret.3 Idiots is a comedy of ideas that is as provocative as it is funny, as wildly entertaining as it is insightful � a laugh riot that talks about the most important of human pursuits: self-actualisation. It is a beautiful paradox that 3 Idiots, a film with an utterly modern and youthful sensibility, evoked at its release a bygone era, when cinema tickets were hard to obtain for weeks � a phenomenon unheard of in the era of multiplexes, digital piracy and cable television. The film proved to be an irresistible magnet around the world: in small towns, the lines for its tickets created traffic jams. In metros, theatre owners had to start a separate queue for the tickets of all other films, so their patrons would not have to endure hours of wait. In faraway Michigan, a cinema manager was compelled to request some 300 enthusiasts to vacate the cinema, finding them so stirred by 3 Idiots that they were partying and dancing in the foyer long after the film was over. However, the film�s real and abiding achievement is not in its popularity, but in its power to provoke. Millions of young people of India have found heart from the film�s rousing call: follow your aptitude, work hard in your favoured field for excellence, and success will follow. It has obliged parents who impel their young ones in life�s rat race ruthlessly to reflect upon their vision and action. Within a short span since its release, the film has induced so many changes of hearts and career paths that India�s youth of the second decade of the 21st century is rightly being labelled as the 3 Idiots-generation. 3 Idiots: The Original Screenplay takes you right to the heart of the matter through rare interviews, exclusive behind-the- scenes photographs and insightful first-person accounts. The book unveils the journey of the personal philosophy of its makers, compelling a nation to think.