Rancho, Farhan and Raju met at the Imperial College of Engineering (ICE) where they are all engineering students and shares a room in the dormitory. Farhan is a son of a father who wanted him to be an engineer. Farhan pursue he's father's wish despite of his wish to become a wildlife photographer. Raju is from a poor family with a sick father, unwed sister and a weeping mother. Raju is studying engineering to help his family rise above poverty. Rancho is the rebel among them, always questioning things and have different perspective in education. He plays as a fool but actually a real-brainer. He always tops the class, however, he's friends are always flunkeys. Despite of this, he encourages his friends and help them to graduate.
During their stay in the college, Rancho and his friends earn the wrath of Professor Virus, the college director. Because of this, he attempted many times to break up Rancho's friendship to Farhan and Raju.
Despite Rancho's fun and frolic, he surprises everyone by topping the class. Pia, the directors's daughter, even fall in love with him because of his kindness helping his friend and makes them realize their true calling - Farhan being a wildilfe photographer and Raju stepping out of his fears.
On their Graduation Day, after being awarded the best in their class, Rancho suddenly and mysteriously disappear without saying goodbye to his friends.
Years later, Farhan and Raju received a call from Silencer, Rancho's rival in class and now a wealthy businessman that promised to become more successful than him, that he found Rancho's whereabouts. Soon, they found themselves on a journey to find Rancho.
When they found Rancho's house, they found a different Rancho. They learned their friend Rancho, real name as Chhote, substitute the real Rancho in school since he disliked to study. Soon, Rancho revealed that their friend is a school teacher a small town.
They come out searching for Chhote/Rancho now named as Phunsukh Wangdu, a famous scientist and prospective businessman associate of Silencer.
The film 3 Idiots is a story of great friendship, unending hope, aspirations and goodness of life.
Upon watching the film, I got some quotes to ponder.