Kai Po Che Movie Review

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Kai Po Che is one of the few instances where the movie is better than the book. I am not a huge fan of Chetan Bhagat anyway and from The 3 mistakes of my Life (on which this movie is based) I remember only 2 seminal scenes. Funnily, the movie downplays these two story-changing happenings and moves away from being just a situational movie to one that is about friendship and growing up.
Kai Po Che Movie Review
Star-Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, Raj Kumar Yadav, Amrita Puri
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Duration: 2 hrs 6 mins

Omi, Govind and Ishaan are thick friends who decide to open a sports store. Ishan is the cricketer, Govind the buisnessminded person and Omi, the priest’s son who gets the money from his politician mama who gradually inducts him into this right wing Hindu party. Ishan find a protege in a young Muslim boy and when the Godhra riots strike, it puts the friendship to test. Alongside, is the romance, which brews between Govind and Ishan’s sister, which is also part of their growing up.

The storytelling is brisk and yet takes time to build each character well. It gives you time to understand Govind’s sensible outlook, Omi’s drifty nature and Ishan’s belief in sports, so that when it comes to the crunch each character’s actions are natural.

The first half effectively sets the stage for the post interval part of the movie, which is totally action-packed. Save for one scene which was too reminiscent of Dil Chahta Hai, the movie is an original throughout and has a fresh feel about it.

The 3 guys are uniformly good. Sushant Singh Rajput debuts as Ishan and I loved him. He reminds me of Ranveer Singh but without the steroid feel. He is a good actor besides being very good eye candy (which is always needed). Amit Sadh as Omi has the easygoing look of a drifter and manages the transformation into a tortured soul well. Raj Kumar Yadav as Govind is the best performance of the three. He has worked in a great Gujrati accent and his acting is so nuanced that it’s a joy to watch. All 3 have great chemistry together and helpeach others performance.Manav Kaul as the politician Bittu mama is oily. Amrita Puri as Vidya could have been a bit spunkier considering that she takes the lead in the romance with Govind.

This is a great movie to watch. It has a good story, great pace and super performances. You will empathize, sympathize and become one with the characters. Don’t miss this one.

Verdict: A good story, well paced out with great performances. Go for it!
Ratings: 4/5
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