Movie stars have exams too!
Endless preparation, last-minute revisions, rigorous mugging of notes, competitive spirit on an all-time high -- it's that time of the year when exam fever hits schools and colleges.
Back in Bollywood, however, it's nothing short of an event with characters engaging in all sorts of notorious, not-to-be-practiced-in-examination hall activities.
Here's a look at how these fictional characters fared with tough questions papers on celluloid.
In Rajkumar Hirani's blockbuster tale of three friends, Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi find themselves in a panic-worthy situation when they turn up half an hour late for exams.
Although they're permitted in, the examiner refuses to accept their answering sheets when they hand it over long after the rest of the students have left. At this point, Khan threateningly asks the unrelenting man if he has any idea about their identity or roll numbers.
The examiner responds in negative offering the funny troika the perfect excuse to toss his neatly accumulated set and slip in their papers with the rest of the sheets.
Image: A scene from 3 Idiots
Nothing quite like a Sci-Fi intervention to save the day.
Unable to find the time to study the previous night, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan agrees to take the help of her scientist beau's lookalike robot, (played by Rajinikanth).
The latter with his vast database of knowledge and a built-in transmitter syncs replies into the carefully installed earphone on Ash. And when she is almost caught; he uses his technical prowess to project the memorised notes on her answering sheet
Image: A scene from Robot
Wake Up Sid
Ranbir Kapoor's Sid is a typical aimless rich spoilt brat in Ayan Mukerji's directorial debut.
First, he realises he's late for the final exams. Once in the examination hall, he shrugs off the initial dread by constructing an imaginary scenario, wherein his best friend joins him in flunking the test.
As expected, Sid fails and his friend doesn't.
Image: A scene from Wake Up Sid
Taare Zameen Par
Aamir Khan's directorial debut expounds on dyslexia through the medium of its exceptionally gifted leading man, Darsheel Safary in Taare Zameen Par.
His Ishan is thoroughly perplexed by numbers and alphabets but approaches them with animated creativity during a surprise class test. To solve a 3x9 multiplication problem, the little fella embarks on a 2D adventure that entails saving Earth (number 3) from the scorching sun in order to meet number 9, Pluto. Going by his logic, Pluto isn't able to survive a collision with Earth bringing down the final result to 3.
His teachers don't share his enthusiasm remarking how in every subject, 'ande ubale hain.'
Image: A scene from Taare Zameen Par
In a bid to appease his father, Sanjay Dutt's Munna decides to enroll himself in medical school. But even a loveable tapori cannot change his spots overnight.
Passing a pre-medical entrance is a prerequisite to achieve the above and Munna, aware of his academic limitations, along with sidekick-in-crime, Circuit (Arshad Warsi) blackmail a bumbling young doctor (Kurush Deboo) to disguise himself as Dutt and appear for the exams. Of course, he tops.
Image: A scene from Munnabhai MBBS
Kyun! Ho Gaya Naa
Once again, Aishwarya faces examination woes. In this half-hearted rom-com, the light-eyed beauty travels from Coorg to Mumbai in order to appear for a test. During her stay with a kind family, she befriends their prankster son (Vivek Oberoi).
Oberoi goes out of the way to fool Ash by playing a specially-recorded video revealing the said exams have been postponed and they step out to party. Once the exhausted duo returns, he roguishly informs that he was only kidding and that the test I as per schedule, that is, the next day.
The poor woman spends rest of the night preparing for her paper.
Image: A scene from Kyun! Ho Gaya Naa
Only in a Hindi film, you can romance, sing, dance and study at once. Like Akshay Kumar discovers to his surprise in Rohit Dhawan's logic-defying comedy, Desi Boyz.
Unable to keep good jobs or sustain his nephew's custody because of his limited education, AK resolves to finish his studies and appear for his graduation exams with the help of his overweight classmate turned sizzling hot professor.
And in the next 10 minutes, he's already celebrating his triumph at the graduation ceremony.
Image: A scene from Desi Boyz
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Not everyone has a gold-hearted underworld don for a friend.
Shah Rukh Khan may not have won Suchitra Krishnamurthy's hand nor passed the exam in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa but thanks to his influential pal, he manages to produce a glowing mark sheet boasting of an unbelievable score.
The party doesn't last too long though. SRK's conscience ensures he acknowledges the truth to one and all and wins the heart of his parents and friends.
Moral of the story: There's no substitute for doing the right thing.
Image: A scene from Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Nothing explains the anxiety and superstitious state of mind of some students like a scene in comic classic, Padosan.
Saira Banu's Bindu has flunked the exams too many times. At first she's irritated on spotting (deliberately planted by Sunil Dutt) a black cat crossing her path en route to the college. In the examination hall, she hurries to submit her paper on time.
Misfortune strikes when her pen goes dry and her hasty body language results in a bottle of ink spilling all over her papers right minutes before the alarm goes out. Thank god for ballpoints, no?
Image: A scene from Padosan