"Hits the bull's eye in all aspect!!!"
The first thing which struck me about this movie was its unique title "Kai Po Che" which sounded more like Chinese to me. Anywaz in due time, I was told that it was actually a Gujarati phrase used in kite competition for proclaiming victory. With Abhishek Kapoor calling the shots after his critically & commercially acclaimed "Rock On", the expectations has been nigh high. So will the public verdict be similar to the title???
Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), Omi (Amit Sadh) & Govind (Rajkumar Yadav) were the best of buddies who sets about starting a business related to sports equipment & a cricket coaching academy. Inspite of being a gifted player, Ishaan was the victim of cricketing politics which spurred him into coaching talented youngsters & the one that caught his eye was a localite, Ali who he believed had the makings of a future Indian player. Omi was into religion politics at the behest of his uncle who finances their business while Govind was the entrepreneur in their venture. The film tracks the ups & downs of their lives over the years through various incidents like the Gujarat earthquake, the epic 2nd test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy of 2000-01 & the Godhra train massacre.
Just as in "Rock On", this film also speaks about friendship but in a manner which relates to each & every individual. Based on "the 3 Mistakes of my Life" by Chetan Bhagat, Abhishek Kapoor has captured the essence of the book & replicated it in a much more heart warming format. Equally impressive was the music by Amit Trivedi which was in sync with the situation & mood of the film.
All the three protagonists have done an impressive job but my favourite is undoubtedly Sushant who has a commanding screen presence backed by some impressive silver screen performances in the past & seems more than likely to be the one to look out for in the future. Rajkumar Yadav has already been part of some critically acclaimed films like "GOW", "Shaitan", "LSD" etc. while Amit has done some decent work in the silver screen.
Verdict: Inspite of being a film with relatively new faces, the content will ensure that it will garner good collections. With hardly any other credible films in the vicinity presently, it should be looking on to becoming a super hit by its standards. In short, dont miss it!!!
Abhishek Kapoor Makes The Novel Look So Good Here..Good Adaptation
Great cast, fresh cinema
In one word, this movie was 'refreshing'. In large part because of its new faces, all of who delivered fantastic performances. The friendship and bonding between the three lead men feels authentic and masterfully layered with their social and economic backgrounds and their personal ideals and priorities. The success of the script lies in the fact that you root for the protagonists from beginning to end.
On the downside, the film has dealt with too many serious social themes and historical incidents with fleeting references and that leaves a lot to desire for and you would hope that not all those subjects were squeezed in forcefully. But I can attribute that to Chetan Bhagat's treatment of themes. While I've not been impressed by his books, Abhishek Kapoor's interpretation of his work was far more rewarding than 'Three Idiots'.