Film Review : Kai Po Che

Kai Po Che



Kai Po Che is a far cry from director Abhishek Kapoor’s previous sleeper hit Rock On!! Or even from what is considered as the most definitive apogee of coming-of-age films in the history of Indian Cinema: Dil Chahta Hai. And by ‘a far cry’, I mean better cinema.

Kai Po Che tells the story of three youngsters – Omi, Ishaan and Govind – who will have their friendship tested in times of happiness and of turmoil. As simple as that. There’s no better way to describe this film. Adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling novel 3 Mistakes of My Life, this film is a fine and rare example of a movie being better than its source material. People have often been quick enough to disregard Chetan Bhagat’s novels as rehashed pulp, but come to think of it, at least this guy makes people read. Anyway, I digress.

In India, cricket and religion are synonymous. Kai Po Che takes these two facets and seamlessly integrates both of them in its storyline and whips out a poignant drama that is worthy of every bit of praise there is. There is terrific drama at the very heart of the movie, evident in masterful scenes such as the one in which Ishaan’s father blasts him for hitting his own sister. Also remarkable is the scene in which Ish, Omi and Govind take off to celebrate after having earned some money for the first time.

The beauty of life always lies in the little details, in the most minute and intimate moments. Kapoor milks this to his advantage and creates a generous, big-hearted film filled with just those. When need be, the film effortlessly shifts gears and takes on serious issues such as the Godhra riots and the repercussions that follow. It is a terrific balancing act and it helps to have a first-rate cast of solid actors involved. Rajkumar Yadav, Manav Kaul, Amit Sadh, Sushant Singh Rajput and Amrita Puri deserve a loud round of applause for infusing life into their characters and for portraying them with such effortless ease on screen. Also responsible for bringing Kapoor’s vision to fruition is composer Amit Trivedi who creates one of the most memorable soundtracks in years.

There are few pleasures in life that compare to the one you feel after having watched a really good film. Kai Po Che isn’t merely good cinema; it is one of the best films I’ve seen in the last few years or so. It reinstates faith in the fact that a simple story isn’t a simple story if told with conviction and flair. Do not miss this film at any cost.

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