Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav, Amit Sadh
Kai Po Che Review – A beautiful tale of the human spirit
Kai Po Che is one of the most earthy and relatable films in the recent times. It is a unique and effortless portrayal of friendship, forgiveness and love and with absolutely no filmi frills. “Kai Po Che” literally refers to a victory cry that is often heard during the kite flying season when someone is successful is cutting another kite. The title completely justifies the film that was quite a victory not only on screen but also off screen. Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller, “The three mistakes of my life” lends the plot to the film. The ease with which Abhishek Kapoor has portrayed the journey of three friends makes this film very easy on the mind and even the filmi Bollywood lover’s heart.
The story begins with three buddies, Ishaan, Govind and Omi starting their dream venture – a sports shop with a training facility alongside. The deep bond between these friends is the highlight of the film. However, it is too good to be true and gives the audience a slight hint of the flaws that lie beneath the overtly loyal relationship between these friends. The seemingly successful business is then affected quite badly by the Gujarat Riots and sends the friends on their downward spiral. Omi is forced to join familial politics as compensation for the loan that they borrow for the business. He drifts away from his friends and from the only remaining bond between the three – their business. Meanwhile, Govind develops an affair with Ishaan’s sister and tries really hard to keep it a secret. As the plot moves along the complexities because of the riots affects the “almost- divine” friendship and ends in an extremely dramatic and emotional climax.
The film actually puts you through experiences that you can actually recall from your own personal life. These instances make it possible for you to actually relate to the film and appreciate the subtlety. This film is the perfect example of the wonders possible with the crew working on the movie is completely in sync. Abhishek Kapoor has been able to extract the best performance from even the most insignificant character of the film. The portrayal of the riots is sheer genius. It packs quite a blow without making you twitch in your seat or feel ashamed or proud of the community that you belong to. It is the most diplomatic portrayal of a subject as serious as the Gujarat riots. The newcomers in the film have established a standard that even experienced stars may have to try and match to retain their fan following.
The film is realistic and so, it is not free from flaws. The screenplay does get a little stretched at some points and reduces the pace of the film. However, the beauty with which the characters have been woven and established in the film lets you forgive this shortcoming. In addition, the music is extremely soothing, the cinematography is visual excellence and the storytelling is terrific. You will laugh, you will cry and in the end, be entertained thoroughly.