Aamir’s role in 3 Idiots was inspired by Vidhu?

Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra says the character of an eternally optimistic genius (Rancho), played by Aamir Khan in 3 Idiots, was inspired by his life.

‘The character of Rancho (Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad) in the movie is (based on) me.

It is inspired from my life,’ Chopra said while interacting with the delegates in the NFDC’s Film Bazaar, where he shared interesting anecdotes of his life. Chopra is a product of Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India.

‘I never attended classes in the Film Institute. I failed in the final examination.  So, when I was nominated for Oscars, the institute called me as a guest and gave me my passing certificate as an honour,’ said the 62-year-old filmmaker, who produced the Munnabhai series.

According to Chopra, his family wanted him to become a doctor, but he pursued his dream of filmmaking.

The Bollywood producer-director purposely wrote the medical entrance exam paper incomplete, so that he could fail in it. Chopra said it would have been difficult to convince his father about his desire to become a filmmaker.
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