Exclusive Interview of 3 Idiots

Times of Youth: How would you describe yourself for our readers who may not be aware about your work?

3 Idiots: We are a group of 3 idiots, sorry, 3 friends- Hammad , Kashan & Faisal. We make funny & message based short videos. By profession we are software engineers, but acting is our passion.

Times of Youth: When did you decide that comedy and short video making was your calling?

3 Idiots: It was first year of university when Hammad came to me (Kashan) & said, “Chal yar koi Video banatay hain” [Come friend, let's make some video]. I said why not, and then we started making short videos on different topics which were all funny. People start liking our videos & then we realized that we have to explore ourselves more & we did it.

Times of Youth: What was the first reaction of your family members when they heard your decision about being comedians?

3 Idiots: My father would say, "Son, education comes first, then everything." Our families had the least interest in our video making; they didn’t know that this thing will give us huge fame one day, & when we became famous & won several prizes in short film making they appreciated us as we made them feel proud.

Times of Youth: Why was '3 Idiots' chosen as a name of your group? What inspiration was drawn from the popular Bollywood movie by the same name?

3 Idiots: Yes of course, this name was taken from the movie '3 Idiots' as we were also 3 idiots. We were confused what will be the name of our group. In the mean while, this movie released, so we decided to put the same name of our group.

Times of Youth: Which was your first funny video? How was the response to it?

3 Idiots: Our first funny video was “Matrix do bar loaded”. The response was good as we got famous in our classroom. Then we made a page & start making videos & got fame from class room to university level to city level to country level.

Times of Youth: Why are most of your videos made as parodies of someone or something?

3 Idiots: We only make funny videos which are message based as well. Parodies depends upon the trending situation.

Times of Youth: Apparently, your most watched video has been 'Aamir Liaquat parody'. How do you feel about its overwhelming number of views and its subsequent feedback?

3 Idiots: Obviously we feel good (Aamir Liaquat parody was the biggest hit of its time). So many people know us by this video. We don’t have any grudges against Aamir Liaquat; it was just for fun & a great experience.

Times of Youth: Another series of your most popular short videos is the 'Puppa series'. How did you guys conjure up the idea to make it? What do you feel about its response?

3 Idiots: Ah! My favourite, too. Hammad came up with the idea that we should make a video in which a son is doing some bad things & his father will be the villain for him. When we released Puppa part 1 the response was great, so we decided to make more parts & now puppa series has 15 parts & another one to come soon. It is in demand.

Times of Youth: Considering the amount of fun you guys have made of people, did it ever backfire? How? What did you do to cope with it?

3 Idiots: Yes, many times. When we make any video on politics or religion, people start pasting Quranic verses in comments box rather than understanding the message behind it. Moreover, many people don’t like us because of our fame & as a result we have lost 2 Facebook pages so far with around 30k+ Fans. We don’t know why people do this? I think jealousy is a disease; we wish them to get well soon.

Times of Youth: Comedians, we hear, especially Internet and social media sensations that you are, have a bumpy ride in terms of making a living. How has the journey been so far?

3 Idiots: Obviously it is, as we have to manage two things- our career i.e., Programming, & our passion i.e., Acting. We believe success in acting is all about being there at the right time at the right place. Your job is to be ready.

Times of Youth: Any particular work of yours which you cherish the most?

3 Idiots: Acting, acting, acting; even when we are not making videos, we start acting with our family, spouse & friends which enhances the power of observation in us. This is so stupid but we love it.

Times of Youth: What makes you come up with so many ideas with such enormous potential to crack up anyone?

3 Idiots: We deal with the common people. Strategy requires thought, acting require observation.

Times of Youth: In your journey of spreading laughter, you guys have received several short video making awards and nationwide recognition. Of all the moments, which one has been the most memorable overall?

3 Idiots: We have received three first prize awards for our video “Message in a bottle”. Of all these, PNCA Islamabad was memorable for us as Hon'ble Prime Minister of Pakistan himself gave award & out of 400 videos, we got first prize in the form of cannon 650D DSLR & we were like “alaaaaaaadddddddddddddddddddddddd”

Times of Youth: So which are your new projects that we should watch out for?

3 Idiots: We are planning another part of Puppa Series after 2 years & also working for some campaigns.

Times of Youth: Tell us something funny.

3 Idiots: Girls of 1995-
Girls of 2015-
[Roman Urdu]

Times of Youth: Has your work ever been criticized? How did you handle it?

3 Idiots: Yes, many times, but as we believe that one who has a right to criticize, has a heart to help. Criticism helps us to improve our mistakes & flaws in acting or producing a short film. I think it is a good sign.

Times of Youth: We know that plagiarism, nowadays, is commonplace. Have you guys ever been its victim? What do you want to say to those who steal ideas to be famous?

3 Idiots: Well, stealing ideas is a very bad thing; this is someone else's property. Those who steal show that they have a limited thinking power & can’t think out of box. So many of our videos have been reshot by different channels & this has made us proud that we are doing quality work at least.

Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the young upcoming comedians who still have a long way to go?

3 Idiots: We will advise them to keep making funny but message based content which spread awareness with some fun.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how fans can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

3 Idiots: Fans can contact us via our official fan page: www.fb.com/3.idiotzz

My father would say, "Son, education comes first, then everything." Our families had the least interest in our video making; they didn’t know that this thing will give us huge fame one day, & when we became famous & won several prizes in short film making they appreciated us as we made them feel proud.