Kai Po Che – Bolywood Movie Review


Based on India’s prominent and brilliant contemporary writer, Chetan Bhagat’s book, “The Three Mistakes of My Life”, film Kai Po Che tells the story of three close friends, brilliantly played by Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, and Rajkumar Yadav.  Their story is embedded in the larger context of communal issues.  The film is set in early 2000 time period, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.  The film, directed by Abhishek Kapoor, has made a strong debut, netting in Rs. 29.10 crores in the first week and Rs. 11.25 crores at domestic box office in the second weekend.   Amrita Puri gives a very good performance, as female lead role.  Apart from the remarkable performance by the three lead actors, Digvijay Deshmukh, in the role of young cricketer Ali, has given a beautiful performance that tugs at the heart.  Big kudos to the Casting Director, Mukesh Chhabra and Casing Associate, Akash Dahiya for superb cast selection.

At the beginning of the film, the three friends have set out to start their own business.  In addition to selling cricket related paraphernalia, they offer academic coaching classes and cricket coaching.  They have high hopes from the business that seems to be doing well and are looking at expanding the business.  They take loans for the business and seem to be on a roll.  But then circumstances change as Gujarat is hit by the earthquake.  The three best friends are as different in their personalities and skill set as they are close to each other in their hearts.  Govind (Yadav) is ambitious, steadily focused on growing the business, strong in academics, and is the brain of the business.  Omi (Sadh) is a son of a priest and is the finance guy who secures the loans for the business.  The cost at which the loans are secured only becomes apparent later.  Ishaan (Rajput), is the hot tempered cricket protégée, for whom money is only a means to the end, who aspires to groom young Ali (Deshmukh) to play cricket at national and international level.  The story that follows about communal issues is based on the religious violence in Gujarat, following the Ayodhya train incident that tore the state apart, rendering, by some estimates, over 60,000 Muslims and 10,000 Hindus homeless and scores of people killed.

The film covers the spectrum from hot headed religious fervor to spineless, self-serving politicians, to business aspirations of young entrepreneurs, to young love’s trappings, to dedication and love of sports and all this emerging in the broader theme of friendship.  This friendship is brutally tested, violently marred, and finally finds healing and forgiveness in a flood of tears.  This is a beautiful film and I rate it a 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent.

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