Chetan Bhagat’s “The 3 mistakes of my life” has been beautifully adapted as Kai Po Che, by Abhishek Kapoor, who gave us Rock On! Thankfully, with some changes to the storyline.
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor Starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav, Amit Sadh, Amrita Puri
Bhagat’s formula is by now the E=mc^2 of Indian “popular fiction”. Three friends, their lives, their dreams, and one man’s love. Kai Po Che’s mellow guy is Govind, who aspires to be successful and rich. The popular dude is cricketer Ishaan and then there is Omi who torn between his friends and his mama’s aspirations for him. Tragedies happen, friends fight, tears are shed, and life goes on. Bhagat’s worst novel has been transformed into the best movie amongst previous attempts. Kai Po Che is neither over-dramatic and hyped liked 3-Idiots. Nor is it plain bad like Hello! India’s vibrant colours manifest on the screen in Kai Po Che and the music sets the right tone for the visuals.
The highlight of Kai Po Che are the actors. The lead actors – Sushant as Ishaan, Raj Kumar as Govind and Amit Sadh as Omi carry the movie on their shoulders. I hope we see more of these actors in the near future, and of the three, Ishaan was my personal favourite, as a hot blooded young man with big dreams in his eyes, yet carrying the pain of the past! Bittoo Mama, the Hindu extremist and the little cricketer, Ali were phenomenal in their roles. I couldn’t recognize a single face in any scene, yet each actor played their role as a seasoned star. That was a pleasure to watch.
To me, Kai Po Che stuck all the right chords since it brought back so many memories. Some fond and cheerful ones like watching the unforgettable India-Australia series where VVS Lakshman and Rahul Dravid wrote some history. And some sad memories of Bhuj earthquake on a Republic Day and the worst Godhra incident and its aftermath that continues to haunt us to this day! This may be the reason why I personally enjoyed watching this movie, and dont know how many share the same emotions as me. Kai Po Che is not in the leagues of Dil Chahta hai or Rang De Basanti, but it was pleasant and entertaining and that is what movies are for, right?
Chetan Bhagat could very well become a full time screenplay writer for Bollywood. It was good to see Abhishek Kapoor’s smooth transition from the urban Rock On to the desi Kai Po Che. But, its high time both of them explored something other than the story of a group of guy friends and their lives. Please?