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Science on Screen: Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Science on Screen® features creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

The film is 3 Idiots, the 2009 comedy/drama from director Rajkumar Hirani.

Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes ridiculously 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 impressible free-thinker Rancho – who is in unique way, touched and changed their lives.

It’s a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho’s romance with the spirited Pia, and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe.

And then one day, suddenly, Rancho vanished. Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did he leave? The friend who influenced and inspired them to think creatively and independently, even as the conformist world called them “three idiots.”

Where is the original idiot now? Finally, in misty mountains of unparalleled beauty, the friends find the key to the secret.

Pre-film presentation: “Is Laughter the Best Medicine?” by Dr. Sara Tabtabai, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, UConn Health.

About the Speaker
Dr. Sara Tabtabai is a graduate of Northeastern University and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease followed by an advanced clinical and research fellowship in heart failure and transplantation at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Science on Screen

Movie Info

DIRECTED BY Rajkumar Hirani
170 MINUTES

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