- Apropos the controversy about Chetan Bhagat’s name in the credits, I don’t remember enough of the book or what got shown in the opening or closing credits to comment. I will say, however, that I noticed at least a few jokes circulating on the Internet making their way into the movie. The one about submitting an exam paper late, and the sight gag about a group photo of women in burqas come to mind immediately. So if we’re talking about giving credit where it is due, shouldn’t Hirani have said Adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s novel and my gmail account?
- There is a moment soon after the balaatkaar scene when Silencer confronts Rancho and asks him why he victimized him just to make a point. The latter responds with some platitudes about rote learning, but the point Silencer makes is valid in more than one way. Most people who have studied in premier educational institutions are familiar with the concept of relative grading, and how some people see academics as a zero sum game like Silencer does. But while his is a familiar stereotype, he is also written into the plot for no reason other than to provide a counterpoint to Rancho’s “greatness”. I don’t object to the presence of such a character in the movie, but I object to him being used as nothing more than a blatant plot device.
- For a movie that preaches the value of innovation, the script plays it extraordinarily safe. It’s like he took a bit of Five-point Someone and standard Hollywood formulae for maverick geniuses stuck in stodgy institutions, and mixed into a script for Munnabhai Becomes An Engineer. Why would he want to do that?