One of Hindi cinema’s biggest-ever hits, the 2009 film tells the story of three students at one of India’s elite engineering colleges and the trials university life throws at them.
Alongside Khan it features Madhavan and Sharman Joshi as the other two ‘idiots’ and Kareena Kapoor as the daughter of the college’s bad-tempered dean and love of Khan’s character Rancho.
I’ve not seen the film yet, but I do know it has a great soundtrack with the hits Al iz Well and Zoobie Doobie.
Raavanan on Channel 4
The second ‘Bollywood’ film on Channel 4 hails from somewhere south of Mumbai.
Mani Ratnam’s Tamil version of Raavanan is loosely based on a story from the Hindu epic Ramayana, in which Lord Ram’s wife Sita is abducted by the demon Raavan.
The 2010 version features jungle brigand Veera (Vikram), who, in an act of revenge, abducts Ragini (Aishwarya Rai), the wife of police officer Dev (Prithviraj).
(Ratnam also made a Hindi version of the film last year with Abhishek Bachchan in the Veera role, but it was received with reviews that were somewhat less favourable than the Tamil one.)