The Rancho Wall in a Leh school that was featured in the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots is being relocated to avoid distraction to students due to the large number of tourists it gets. The structure will be moved about 300 metres away from the Druk Padma Karpo Education Society school building in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region.
The Rancho Wall
The wall got its fame from the scene in 3 idiots where the character Chatur (played by Omi Vaidya) tries to urinate on it wall but gets electrocuted by an ingenious invention of school children.
It became a tourist attraction when the school painted it as the ‘Rancho Wall’, named after the film’s main character, Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad, played by Aamir Khan.
According to the Tourism Reception Centre in Leh, there has been a growth of 30% in the annual arrival of total tourists after the release of the movie. Since 2014, over 5,50,000 tourists have visited Ladakh, out of which around 4,40,000 were domestic and 1,25,000 were foreign tourists.
Druk Padma Karpo Education Society
The Druk Padma Karpo Education Society was set up in 1998. The school is affiliated to the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education.
Over 700 students are enrolled in the school currently. Of this, about 280 are residential students from remote areas of Ladakh and the remaining are day scholars.
It has won several awards for its architecture and infrastructure including the best green architecture award, the most environment-friendly building and also the best architecture design award.
The school was partially destroyed due to the flash floods and landslides in 2010 but was later renovated.
Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots
The movie ‘3 Idiots’ was released in India on 25 December 2009, starring Aamir Khan, Ranganathan Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani. The film is inspired by Chetan Bhagat’s novel, ‘Five Point Someone’.
The story of the box-office hit movie revolves around three engineering students, their bond of friendship and the need to revolutionise the education process in the country.
Boman Irani played the character of the strict principal of the engineering college and Kareena Kapoor was seen as his daughter. Actor Omi Vaidya made his Bollywood debut with the film.
The film received three National Awards in the Best Popular film, Best Lyrics and Best Audiography categories.