Review: The country where Hindi movies and cricket are worshipped and where actors and cricketers are considered nothing short of Gods, and where everyone bonds over the two most important factors that drive the normal day-to-day functioning. From the makers of Rang De Basanti and the director of the Farhan Akhtar-Arjun Rampal starrer, Rock On!, comes a film that re-establishes the fact that friends are extended families. You love them so that nothing can shake the strong foundations on which a friendship such as this is based.
In a pre-release interview, Abhishek Kapoor mentioned that he worked with new actors in the film primarily because he wanted the film to have a fresh look and feel. All three male leads, Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Raj Kumar Yadav make a completely new beginning with this film also propelling themselves into the film industry where the sky is practically the limit – no definition of the kind of film that will work with the audience of today. Amrita Puri makes her presence felt to an extent, even though this is a male-dominated film. The point of contention however, is the loose ends of the storyline – there’s too much happening simultaneously.
The bond that the three boys share is tested through dreams, aspirations, an upcoming cricket prodigy, politics, the Gujarat earthquake and a love story. Unfortunately, that’s where it loses fizz. Through spectacular cinematography, great direction and very good music score, the story’s weight is as light as feather. Based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, The Three Mistakes of my Life, the film is definitely a lot better, since the book didn’t have a lot of depth to offer – the ones who read it, would understand the sentiment. All performances in the film demanded undivided attention from the audiences for all of them exuded immense charm and versatility.
The journey from being boys to men through the challenges that life throws at them, is rather endearing. Blame it on Farhan Akhtar for introducing films that talks about bromance – from Dil Chahta Hai to Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara (directed by Zoya Akhtar, co-starring Farhan Akhtar) – a new genre of films found its target audience in today’s youth. Only if this film excelled in all departments, the true meaning of Kai Po Che would’ve been justified.