Release date: 22 Feb 2013
bollywood3.com Rating : 3.75/5
Director : Abhishek Kapoor
Producer : Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Music Director : Amit Trivedi
Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, Raj Kumar Yadav…
Abhishek Kapoor who had stormed Bollywood with the National Award winning film ‘Rock On’ is back with his latest film ‘Kai Po Che’. This film is based on the bestseller ’3 Mistakes of my life’ by Chetan Bhagat and this film stars newcomers Sushant Singh Rajput and Amit Sadh alongwith Raj Kumar Yadav in the lead roles. The film is scheduled to release on 22nd February and we are pleased to bring you the movie’s review much in advance. So let’s see how Kai Po Che is.
Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), Omi (Amit Sadh) and Govind (Raj Kumar Yadav) are best friends from Ahmadabad who share strong bond of brotherhood. Ishaan is a notorious lad and a cricket genius who eats drinks, sleeps and dreams only of cricket. Omi is the disciplined son of a priest who likes his own space even in the company of his friends while Govind is a pure businessman and a math scholar who thinks of nothing apart from money.
One fine day, Govind falls in love with Ishaan’s progressive sister Vidya (Amrita Puri) and takes care to keep their relationship under wraps from everyone. Soon, the trio starts their own sports academy with some financial help from Omi’s politician uncle.
Everything goes smoothly until a huge earthquake rocks Ahmadabad and this is soon followed by a Hindu-Muslim riot that destroys their dreams. This tragic upheaval also causes a major conflict between the three friends and the rest of the film is how the trio overcomes their problems, more importantly will they remain true to each other and fulfill their big dreams.
Positive Points :
We have come across earlier movies on male bonding such as ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘3 Idiots’; however, ‘Kai Po Che’ promises and delivers flawlessly. Speaking of performances in this movie, we can say all the actors have given their 100% to make this film a heartwarming one. The movie doesn’t make one realize that this is Sushant Singh Rajput’s debut in Bollywood since he gives a grueling performance in the intense scenes and shows off his comic timing in the fun sequences. Amit Sadh is another debutante who delivers a surprising performance in the film and is absolutely disciplined in the first half and equally intense in the second.
Raj Kumar Yadav who has already known for his good performances in earlier outings manages to give his best with this one. The actor plays out business-minded lad outstandingly while his innocence and discomfited passionate shots that are the most charming. Amrita Puri plays a bubbly progressive girl with ease and she is only predominant female presence in the film.
Other impactful characters include Bittu Mama, Omi’s politically driven uncle, and Ali, Ishaan’s gifted student, who have fleshed out their characters well.
Negative Points :
There is not much to talk about in this section and all we can say is that love sequences between Govind and Vidya were a little over-the-top and could have been more interestingly portrayed. Some of the sequences between the friends seem to be inspired from other Bollywood films like ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ’3 Idiots’. Also, Kai Po Che does not have the standard popcorn or masala entertainment quotient of regular Bollywood flicks.
Technical Aspects :
There are just three songs in the entire movie which ensure that you rarely get a chance to take your eyes off the screen. ‘Manja’ clearly explains the bond between the three friends, whereas ‘Shubhaarambh’ and ‘Meethi Boliyan’ connect well with the screenplay instead of acting as speed-breakers. The music is by Amit Trivedi set to lyrics by Swanand Kirkere and this will definitely have a lasting impact on the audiences.
The screenplay by Abhishek Kapoor and Chetan Bhagat proves to be both appealing and impactful. Deepa Bhatia’s editing is engaging and keeps the flow engaging. While the first half of the film depicts fun and bonding between the buddies, the second part is equally interesting with all the ups and downs in their respective lives which are interconnected amongst them.
The climax is thought-provoking and will have a lasting effect even after you exit the theaters. Anay Goswamy’s cinematography completely captures the spirit of the film. Director Abhishek Kapoor hits the bulls eye as he makes Chetan Bhagat’s novel look better in every way. He stews a heady concoction of cricket, politics, romance and brotherhood in the movie and comes up with a balanced dish of all the elements.
Overall, ‘Kai Po Che’ is a film which is written, directed and acted supremely well. Stunning performances, amazing story telling and some simple and realistic emotions make you connect intensely with the film. Kai Po Che will surely go on to win a lot of accolades and awards in Bollywood and is a film which is a must watch for everyone.
Bollywood3 Rating : 3.75/5