Sonam Wangchuk, Inspiration Behind Rancho in '3 Idiots', Shares Perspective on Film Character

Engineer and innovator Sonam Wangchuk acknowledges the '3 Idiots' Impact and humorously discusses the character played by Aamir Khan in the world of Bollywood.

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In a recent interview with The Lallantop, Sonam Wangchuk, the real-life inspiration behind Aamir Khan's character of Rancho in the iconic film '3 Idiots', shared his perspective on the movie and its portrayal of his character.


'3 Idiots', directed by Rajkumar Hirani, continues to be celebrated as one of Hindi cinema's most iconic films, resonating not only with domestic audiences but also making a significant impact internationally, particularly in countries like China and South Korea. The film's message of empowering children to pursue their own professional paths struck a chord with viewers worldwide, largely through Aamir Khan's portrayal of Rancho, inspired by Wangchuk's life as an engineer, innovator, and education reformist.

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During the interview, Wangchuk confirmed that he had watched the film and appreciated its message, stating, "Yes, I have watched the film. It was a nice film with a good message." However, he humorously addressed his perceived disconnect from the character of Rancho, stating, "What do I say but somebody else told me to say that I am a lot more beautiful than the character shown in the film. So how do I attach myself to that character?"

'3 Idiots', produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and featuring R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi alongside Aamir Khan, achieved immense success, holding the title of the highest-grossing Indian film until 2013 and standing as the most successful Indian film of the 2000s. The film also earned three National Awards for its impactful storytelling and performances.





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