120 Min | Drama | March 2013
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Starring: Amit Sadh, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao
Kai po che! Review: Kai Po Che, thus gives Bollywood a new wave of actors. Sushanth is a charmer. Amit Sadh is elegant and genuine. Yadav is creepy but portrays his role fantastically. The supporting cast is bold with Manav Kaul getting my uninterrupted attention. The music goes haywire sometimes, but the direction compensates it. Cinematography, I perceive has been a copy of Dil Chahta Hai while screenplay is non-linear & appreciable. The climax is different from the book & adds up little emotion to the film. Even if you haven’t read the book, this one will give you a total feel of it.
I took the pains of making 3 Rock Ons!! for this, Abhishek Kapoor was himself quoted saying. And I second that. The glory of this adaptation is its screenplay, the audacity of film-making as a whole. Yes, there are some ennui-inducing sequences specially the romance thing which might annoy at times, but that is passable. Not much of dilly-dallying or item songs or stereotype ridden script or dialogs, this one. Indeed, Kai Po Che is a victory in itself! Yes, Gujarati people say it after achieving victory over kite flying, but after watching this, I too can say pretty much the same phrase with oomph. Except that the political hue was necessary, but the gore & violence made it look cranky. 7/10 for compressing such a magnificent book into a short film.
Kai Po Che! is a pretty good film; a must watch this weekend (compared to Zilla Ghaziabad), but talking it with the likes of Dil Chahta Hai or Rock On!! would be mild disgrace to the latter because KPC doesn’t talk more about friendship than it talks about its destruction. Kai Po Che will make you think, but it is not a great film as it tries very hard to achieve but still gets a cold spot. Watch out for Sushanth Singh Rajput, Manav Kaul, Amit Sadh & some tit-bits.
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