In India, cricket is a religion. And religion is all over the
place. Kai Po Che reflects on the passionate fervour associated
with Cricket and the possessive zealousness that sprouts out of
Faith-Mongers in the country. But the filmís heart, beats for an
endearing friendship between three friends that goes through its share
of ebbs-n-flows. As a viewer you are treated to an effortless
brilliance, for you get gripped because of the story and the way its
told. No known names in the starcast out here but the three young boys
are surely going to stun you with their variety and completely
contrasting body languages.
Kai Po Che is based on Chetan Bhagatís best selling novel Three
Mistakes Of My Life . It is difficult to dissociate the book from the
film. A book has the liberty to unfold at its own pace justifying the
various contexts while the film is bound by time limitations. The
tough part must have been the screenplay for the film. The writing
team of Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat, Pubali Chaudhuri and Supratik
Sen must have gone through many sessions before arriving at the final
draft. The climax (Gujarat riots and the madness associated with it)
in the film is far more toned down than what it is in the novel. The
film focuses on the friendship and the turmoil that it goes through.
The film also gives out a positive message on the genuine need for
communal harmony in the country.
At a very critical juncture in the film, Ishaan (Sushant Singh
Rajput) comes to know that his best friend Govind (Raj Kumar Yadav) is
having an affair with his sister. The mood of the film suddenly
changes with a slap and then it gets back on the tracks of mad frenzy.
The 2001 Gujarat earthquake unites everyone in tragedy but there were
some who hit a discordant note of communalism. Indiaís historic
victory against Australia in 2001 erupts the whole nation and the
tricolour cements a Friendship. Omi (Amit Sadh) deviates towards the
devious activities of his uncle to payback a loan and then gets sucked
into the politics of unfortunate circumstances. Ishaan wants to shrug
off the cricketing failure from his back by mentoring prodigious Ali.
Vidya (Amrita Puri) is supposed to learn Maths from Govind but instead
ends up sharing some chapters of Biology with him. The writing team
has picked up crafty vignettes of important situations from the novel
and have nicely blended them in the film.
Somehow, the filmmakers need to rise above stereotyping various
communities. The red tilak on Omiís forehead and Aliís scull cap
symbolises their respective religions. Moreover, the tacky green
amulet tied around Aliís neck is an eyesore. Other than this, the
detailing in the film is brilliant. Govind wears cost effective sooti
shirts which goes well with the enterprising Gujarati businessmen who
value making-money rather than splurging it on themselves. The Nokia
mobile phones and the ringtones are so 2001. The sepia colour tone
used to establish the flashback, sets the mood perfectly. Dialogue are
laced with wit, irony, pain and helplessness.
Amit Trivediís music and Swanand Kirkireís lyrics are a big
highpoint of the film. Roothe khwabon ko mana lenge, kati patangon ko
thaamenge, suljha lenge uljhe rishton ka maanjha. The endeavour to
simplify personal relationships and the attempt to bridge gaps between
religions should be the way forward. Meethi Boliyan is very special.
Anay Goswamiís cinematography is captivating. The fidgety camera
movement in some situations actually conveys the mood of the moment.
Deepa Bhatiaís editing relies on simple editing chops. The languid
pace of the film lets you settle down comfortably in the narrative of
the film. Some may find the pace a wee bit slow. Usage of Gujarati is
required by the context of the film and doesnít hamper the flow at
all. It is easy to understand by the Hindi speaking audience.
The three boys, Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav and Amit Sadh
have given towering performances. Sushant is a rockstar. The casual
gait, the natural style and an inherent earnestness is fascinating.
The usually-tough-dude succumbs to pressure and requests friend Govind
to come and be with him during a tricky situation. Raj Kumar Yadav is
undoubtedly one of the finest talents that we have today. This actor
played the reckless letch to perfection in Ragini MMS and here he
plays the demure conscientious youngster with an amazing finesse.
Watch him scold the autorickshaw driver while he nervously interacts
with Amrita Puri or the helpless rage that vents out when Ishaan
steals business money to help Ali or the desolate emptiness that
manifests when their shop withers out during the earthquake. Amit Sadh
shows the maximum growth as a character in the film. The boy who
follows and supports Ishaan in whatever he does to a man who turns
away from his best friends and ends up doing something drastic that
changes lives forever. Watch the stunned silence when he hears the
news of his parentsí death or when the devil shakes out the angel from
his heart during the communal violence. Amrita Puri is cute and very
Abhishek Kapoor has proved that Rock On was not a fluke and most
certainly he is a man who knows what heís doing. Obviously he has
invested a lot of time, energy and thought in making this film. You
know a film is great when it stops pretending to be a film. It becomes
an experience of a lifetime. Kai Po Che does that to you. It is hugely
watchable. Again and again.