Unlike most of you people, I am not a Chetan Bhagat fan. Quite frankly I fail to see the basis of the appeal of his stories. So when I was sitting in the hall waiting for Kai Po Che to start, I was just waiting to be disappointed.
Sadly, I wasn’t disappointed. I can dare to say that Kai Po Che is very easily one of the greatest movies this year, and its only February yet. Of course this movie isn’t the typical mass appealing types (read No Item Songs, and no Dishoom Dishoom). But for the select few who love to watch movies and enjoy a good story every now and then, this movie should be thoroughly enjoyable.
The story is completely based on ‘The 3 mistakes of my life’ by Chetan Bhagat. Having read the book already the plot came as no surprise and hence wasn’t really breathtaking, the director has stuck very close to the book unlike most directors who make “Creative changes” in the plot. So if you have already read the book you will still enjoy the movie, but it’d probably be much better to a fresh viewer.
Three close friends open a sports shop cum training academy. They start of pretty decent but eventually everything starts going downhill, and they start bickering amongst themselves like they are participants of Big Boss. What follows is separation, anger, and detest of each other.
This story is about internal conflicts, conflicts within friends, conflicts within beliefs. It is set against the backdrop of the infamous 2002 Gujrat riots. So expect a little bit of religious drama fed directly down inside your throat. The director handles the sensitive subject well, but at some parts the movie just sounds preachy.
The three friends Ishaan, Omi and Govind are perfect for their respective roles, no one seemed out of character. The actors have done remarkably well handling the persona of the characters from the book. Guess they must have done their homework pretty well.
The screenplay is fun, some scenes just warm your heart like a doughnut fresh out of the microwave. While others make you feel sad, like a doughnut burnt inside a microwave. Abhishek Kapoor has done an exceptional job in handling such a ridiculously simple storyline, this man deserves a round of applause but right now I’m busy eating these doughnuts.
This movie is not gonna be ‘Dil Chahta hai’ or ‘Zindagi milegi na dobara’ type of entertainment. So if you are expecting it to watch it with your best friends hoping to find yourself in the characters then you aren’t gonna have much luck. This is a whole different kind of story that you have to feel to understand.
Kai po che may not perform very well on the box-office, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be remembered as one of the top movies released in 2013.