Kai Po Che!

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Kai Po Che!
Kai Poche film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Screenplay by Pubali Chaudhari
Supratik Sen
Abhishek Kapoor
Chetan Bhagat
Based on The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat
Starring Sushant Singh Rajput
Asif Basra
Amit Sadh
Rajkummar Rao
Amrita Puri
Music by Amit Trivedi
Background Score:
Hitesh Sonik
Cinematography Anay Goswamy
Edited by Deepa Bhatia
Production
company
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22)
Running time
127 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 300 million (US$4.5 million)[1]
Box office 622 million (US$9.4 million)

Kai Po Che! (also known as Kai Po Che: Brothers... for Life) is a 2013 Indian drama buddy film directed by Abhishek Kapoor based on Chetan Bhagat's novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life,[2] with music by Amit Trivedi and lyrics by Swanand Kirkire. Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao and Amit Sadh star as the three main protagonists while Amrita Puri plays the female lead.[3][4] The film title Kai Po Che! is originally a Gujarati phrase that means "I have cut" which refers to Makar Sankranti (known as Uttarayan in Gujarat) where one of the competitors uses his kite to cut off another competitors kite and yells "Kai Po Che!"[5][6] The shooting started mid-April in Vadnagar and Ahmedabad.

Set in Ahmedabad, the story revolves around three friends, Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), Omi (Amit Sadh) and Govind (Rajkummar Rao), who want to start their own sports shop and sports academy. The film tracks their deep friendship, and innocence tarnished by religious politics and communal hatred, which results in their fallout, and an eventual death. Kai Po Che! had a world premiere at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival on 13 February 2013 where it was the first ever Indian film to feature in the World Panorama section.[7][8][9][10] Kai Po Che! released world wide on 22 February 2013 and met with critical acclaim among Indian reviewers, but negative reviews internationally.[11][12]

Plot[edit]

Ishaan "Ish" Bhatt (Sushant Singh Rajput) is an ex district level cricketer who is a victim of politics in the cricketing selection fraternity, Omkar "Omi" Shastri (Amit Sadh) is the nephew of a Hindu politician (Bittu) who funds their business and Govind "Govi" Patel (Rajkumar Rao) is a geek who is the mastermind behind starting a sports shop which also doubles as a sports academy. Together they open a sports shop and an academy to train and promote talented budding cricketers. After toiling hard, they succeed in establishing it as a center for cricket among the local youth and start to incur profits.

Ishaan requests Govind to teach his sister Vidya (Amrita Puri) mathematics as her exams are coming up. Govind is reluctant at first but agrees eventually. Vidya and Govind gradually fall in love with each other and secretly enter a relationship unknowingly. Omi discovers the same and warns Govind of the consequences, as Ishaan is very protective of his sister.

The three friends spot a budding cricketing talent in a local boy, Ali (Digvijay Deshmukh),who has a rare talent, and Ishaan starts training him vigorously. Govind is ambitious and wants to expand the budding business by opening a shop in a mall being constructed in Navrangpura, an upcoming part of the city. With financial help coming from Omi's maternal uncle, Bittu (Manav Kaul), the trio secure the deal and set up shop in the mall. But the trouble comes when a destructive earthquake hits Gujarat and Govind's shop in the mall is destroyed. Govind is shattered as the amount of money he invested was very large and he is now loaded with a huge debt. Omi is reluctantly forced to work for his maternal Uncle's right-wing party due to the money they owe him.

When relief camps of Omi' uncles' party declines to give Muslims shelter in troubled times, Ishaan and Omi quarrel over their politico-religious outlook and temporarily break off their friendship. They again reunite after India's surprise win in the test match against Australia. Omi gets busy with religious politics and joins Bittu's party. Ishaan and Govind, meanwhile, are busy with Ali and Vidya respectively. Tension arises in the political sphere when Bittu loses the elections in his constituency to his opponent (Asif Basra) belonging to the secular party. As a part of their campaigning, Bittu sends pilgrims (kar sevaks) to Ayodhya to the Ram Temple. Omi's parents were also among them. On the returning day, the shocking news of the Godhra train massacre reaches the people. Omi is shattered but Bittu convinces him to take revenge on the murderers of his parents.

Ishaan and Govind hide Ali in Ali's house, afraid of the communal riots which were about to start. As expected, the violence starts by sunset, and the mob led by Bittu storms into the Muslim locality, killing each and every Muslim in sight. A fight ensues between Ali's father and Bittu. Ali's father stabs Bittu in defense and rushes to save Ali and take shelter in their attic. Omi, enraged at the death of his uncle Bittu, follows him with a gun. Meanwhile, Ishaan comes to know about Vidya and Govind's relationship, when he reads Vidya's text message in Govind's mobile phone about her periods. Enraged, he starts thrashing Govind while Omi enters the premises with a gun in hand, desperate to find and kill Ali and his father. Ishaan and Govind break their own fighting and try to stop Omi as he desperately searches for Ali and his father. Omi finally aims and shoots at Ali. Ishaan in a bid to save Ali takes the bullet himself and consequently dies.

The film then goes back to where it started, with Omi being released from prison ten years later. Govind and Vidya are married and have a son, whom they have named Ishaan (Ishaan Bhagat, Chetan Bhagat's son) after the late Ishaan. The film ends with a now grown up Ali debuting for the Indian cricket team against Australia. He plays his first shot by hitting the ball to the boundary with a Cover drive just like his "Ishaan bhaiya" had taught him.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Filming began in Vadnagar in Mehsana district of Gujarat along majority of scenes canned in old Ahmedabad and continued further in Porbandar, Diu.[14][15] A scene featuring the trio was shot at Hatkeshwar Mahadev temple.[16] One of the songs Meethi Boliyan was exclusively shot around Daman and Diu. Reportedly, Sushant Singh Rajput had to undergo four months cricket training under two coaches to fit into the book adapted character of 'Ishaan'.[17] A cricket match sequence was shot at the Sabarmati Railway stadium sabarmati in Ahmedabad.[18] The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has granted the director permission to use footage from a historic India–Australia Kolkata test match from 2001 in Kai Po Che!.[19][20] Director Abhishek Kapoor has admitted that the leading Bollywood stars didn't want to be a part of the film.[21][22] Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja has been roped in for a special appearance in this film.[23]

Title[edit]

Chetan Bhagat, whose book is adapted for the screen, first revealed the title of the film. Subsequently, a short contest was announced by him on Twitter to create the awareness about the film and its title.[24]

Marketing[edit]

The director had a four-city promotional strategy. There were plans of bonding with friends in four cities and hanging out with them.[25][26] Sushant Singh Rajput was to host a private screening of Kai Po Che! in his hometown of Patna for his childhood friends.[27][28] On 18 February 2013, a star-studded premiere was organised in Cinemax, Versova, Mumbai.[29]

Actors like Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Huma Qureshi, Arshad Warsi praised the film.[30][31][32]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Amit Trivedi. Lyrics were penned by Swanand Kirkire and Shruti Pathak(Gujarati lyrics in Shubhaarambh), while the background score has been scored by Hitesh Sonik.

Kai Po Che!
Kai Po Che 2013.jpg
Soundtrack album by Amit Trivedi
Released 12 February 2013 (2013-02-12)
Recorded 2012–2013
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 12:21
Language Hindi
Label UTV Software Communications
Producer Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Amit Trivedi
Amit Trivedi chronology
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
(2012)
Kai Po Che!
(2013)
Bombay Talkies
(2013)
Tracklist
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Manjha"   Amit Trivedi & Mohan Kanan 3:37
2. "Shubhaarambh"   Shruti Pathak & Divya Kumar (singer) 3:54
3. "Meethi Boliyaan"   Amit Trivedi & Mili Nair 4:50
Total length:
12:21

Release[edit]

Kai Po Che! release date was confirmed as 22 February 2013. The film was released on 1000 screens in India.[33] Kai Po Che!'s theatrical trailer was released along with Dabangg 2.[34] The first trailer of this movie was released on YouTube on 20 December 2012.[35] The 3 Mistakes of My Life book cover will be relaunched with the poster of Kai Po che!.[36] Kai Po Che! received 'U' certificate from the Censor Board prior to its release without any cuts.

Critical reception[edit]

The film was critically acclaimed by Indian critics but was met with a rather mixed reception from critics overseas. Sukanya Verma for Rediff.com gave 4/5 stars and says Abhishek Kapoor's clarity of vision makes Kai Po Che!, the adaptation of a mediocre novel, so irresistible.[37] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 4 out of 5 and stated that the film is brimming with solid content.[38] Meena Iyer of The Times of India gave it 4 out of 5 stars saying, "Kai Po Che! is very likeable. Between tears, you find yourself smiling, because it's the story of friendship and human triumph above all else."[39] Resham Sengar of Zee News gave 4/5 stars stating, "The magic of the film lies in its details!"[40] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave 3.5 stars saying, "Kai Po Che! is a competently crafted, well acted and consistently engaging drama that makes its point without sinking into preachy paroxysms".[41] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave 3.5/5 stars adding, "Abhishek Kapoor uses Kai Po Che! as an apt metaphor and crafts a lovely, emotive film on abiding friendship and the values that make life worth living."[42] India Today gave 3.5 stars.[43]

Khalid Mohamed of Deccan Chronicle gave 3 out of 5 stars and stated that it is a good film.[44] Deccan Herald stated that it is a warm film[45] while Live Mint said that Kai Po Che! is a well-crafted entertainer.[46] Anupama Chopra of The Hindustan Times gave the movie 4 out of 5 stars saying that "Kai Po Che! is Gujarati for "I've cut". It is used as a cry of victory in kite-flying contests. Here victory is hard-earned and tinged with tears and regret. But it's also deeply satisfying."[47] Rajeev Masand of IBN Live gave the movie 4/5 stars saying that "It's only February, but one of the year's best films has arrived".[48] The Hindu stated that the film is breathless.[49]

The film is rated 60% 'fresh' on the review site Rotten Tomatoes.[12] Critic Aaron Hillis of The Village Voice gave a negative review, stating that "The dramatic stakes are so puny that every obstacle can be overcome with a simple work-it-out montage, a cheap device prevalent enough in this movie to start a drinking game."[50] Rachel Saltz of the New York Times wrote that the film "Mixes, not quite successfully, traditional Bollywood storytelling with something less conventional."[51] Kate Taylor of the Globe and Mail wrote that the film "might be the next Bend It Like Beckham – if it did not have the sensibilities of the next Dr. Zhivago."[52] On the other hand, Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times gave it a slightly positive review, criticizing the film for its grimness and lack of subtlety, but complimenting the performances as "enjoyably boisterous."[53]

Box office[edit]

Kai Po Che! opened with a collection of 42.5 million (US$640,000) on day one with limited release where it did good business in metro cities especially.[54] After the opening day, the film showed very good growth, grossing 62.5 million (US$940,000) and 75 million (US$1.1 million) on its second and third days respectively to make a collection of around 183 million (US$2.8 million) in its first weekend.[55] It grossed 295 million (US$4.5 million) after its first week.[56] The film held well despite some new releases and collected around 82.5 million (US$1.2 million) in its second weekend.[57] It grossed 110 million (US$1.7 million) in second[58] and 48.3 million (US$730,000) in its third week.[59] The final domestic collections of the film are 480 million (US$7.2 million).[60]

After its successful run in domestic market, the film has done well overseas with a business of around $2.25 million in 17 days.[61] Final overseas collection was US$2.325 million.[62]

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