Debuts with potential: Kai Po Che

By on February 28, 2013

With five bestselling novels and four film adaptations, one of which is still in production, there is no doubt or denying that Chetan Bhagat is the country’s most successful author. While Hello (One Night @ a Call Centre) was a complete disaster and 3 Idiots (Five Point Someone) was almost flawless (ignoring the dead baby kicking to “all izz well” in the climax), Kai Po Che had a 50-50 chance of being worth a watch and living up to the expectations set by The 3 Mistakes of My Life.

Kai Po Che

Shah Rukh Khan?

The story:

Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, Kai Po Che tells the story of three friends: Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), Omi (Amit Sadh) and Govind (Raj Kumar Yadav), all of whom belong to middle-class Indian backgrounds and have high hopes for their future. The three own and run a shop selling sports equipment, keeping their interests at bay. While Ishaan’s primary goal is to train a 9-year old Muslim boy, Ali, into becoming a great cricketer, Omi tries to extract money from his politician uncle, and Govind, a shy, level-headed brain, manages the finances. In the midst of the boys and their respective goals are the problems brought about by Ishaan’s young sister, Vidya (Amrita Puri), conflicting political parties and an earthquake, all of which come in the way of the friendship the main leads share.

Kai Po Che

Dil Chahta Hai?

The goods:

  1. The ensemble cast. It would be far too much effort to name each of them separately for the main reason that they were all exceptional in their own roles, despite being newcomers. Sushant Singh Rajput in particular has done a phenomenal job. Exceptional chemistry between the three male leads.

  2. The screenplay. After constantly having been the butt of all jokes when it comes to the dumbing down of Indian literature, Chetan Bhagat has outdone himself by co-writing the witty and relatable screenplay with director, Abhishek Kapoor.

  3. The adaptation. While most film adaptations fall short of living up to the standards set by the book, Kai Po Che, most likely with the contribution of the writer himself, was almost flawless. Most of the credit does however, go to the director. With a preceding national-award winning film like Rock On!, he has truly outdone himself.

  4. The music. Amit Trivedi has, more often than not, exceeded expectations. And with only three songs in the entire soundtrack, each one brings a fresh and memorable tune, which echo the characters’ inner feelings. Having sung all the songs himself, he has also proved to be a brilliant vocalist.

Kai Po Che

3 Idiots?

The rating:

With what I feel has been the best film this year so far, my rating for Kai Po Che is a complete 5 on 5. While a lot of big banners have disappointed in the recent past, this is one film that has proved they are not all the same.

The final word:

There are no big stars in the film, nor are there any item songs or stunning makeup-clad heroines. This film is all about substance with a story that has been executed so beautifully by actors who have the potential to go a very long way.


Did you like the article? Leave a comment below.
Dimple Motwani

Dimple was born and raised in her favourite city, Hong Kong and thus, knows the culture and the people here well. Being a die-hard fan of Bollywood, music and the Indian culture, she aims to enlighten you about all things desi as the features writer for HKYantoYan. In a nutshell, she’s a film, music and literature junkie who would go to despicable lengths for chocolate.

Follow her on Instagram: dmotwani

Leave a Reply


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *