Kai Po Che!
|Kai Po Che!|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Abhishek Kapoor|
|Produced by||Ronnie Screwvala
Siddharth Roy Kapur
|Based on||The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat|
|Music by||Amit Trivedi
|Edited by||Deepa Bhatia|
|Distributed by||UTV Motion Pictures|
|Budget||₹30 crore |
|Box office||₹72 crore approx.|
Kai Po Che! (also known as Kai Po Che: Brothers... for Life) is a 2013 Indian buddy drama film directed by Abhishek Kapoor based on Chetan Bhagat's novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 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. 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!" 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 also revolves around the 2001 Gujarat earthquake and Godhra train burning. The film tracks their deep friendship, and innocence tarnished by religious politics and communal hatred. 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. Kai Po Che! released worldwide on 22 February 2013 and met with critical acclaim among Indian reviewers, but negative reviews internationally.
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 with a penchant for business and numbers. 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 begin a physical relationship. 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. Disaster strikes when a destructive earthquake hits Gujarat and the mall is destroyed. Govind is shattered as the amount of money they invested was very large and they are 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's uncle's 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. 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, fearing communal riots. 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 (Asif Basra) 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.
- Sushant Singh Rajput as Ishaan Bhatt
- Amit Sadh as Omkar Shastri aka Omi
- Rajkummar Rao as Govind Patel
- Amrita Puri as Vidya Bhatt
- Digvijay Deshmukh as Ali
- Asif Basra as Ali's father
- Manav Kaul as Bittu Mama
- Tahir Raj Bhasin as Ali (adult)
- Ishaan Bhagat as Ishaan Patel
- Dinesh Kumar as John
- Ashish Kakkad as Vishwas
- Ajay Jadeja as cricket commentator (cameo role)
- Gaurav Kapur as cricket commentator
- Atheeq Samad & Jazeer as Guest Appearance
Filming began in Vadnagar in Mehsana district of Gujarat along majority of scenes canned in old Ahmedabad and continued further in Porbandar, Diu. A scene featuring the trio was shot at Hatkeshwar Mahadev temple. 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'. A cricket match sequence was shot at the Sabarmati Railway stadium sabarmati in Ahmedabad. 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!. Director Abhishek Kapoor has admitted that the leading Bollywood stars didn't want to be a part of the film. Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja has been roped in for a special appearance in this film.
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.
The director had a four-city promotional strategy. There were plans of bonding with friends in four cities and hanging out with them. Sushant Singh Rajput was to host a private screening of Kai Po Che! in his hometown of Patna for his childhood friends. On 18 February 2013, a star-studded premiere was organised in Cinemax, Versova, Mumbai.
|Kai Po Che!|
|Soundtrack album by Amit Trivedi|
|Released||12 February 2013|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Amit Trivedi|
|Amit Trivedi chronology|
|1.||"Manjha"||Swanand Kirkire||Amit Trivedi & Mohan Kanan||3:37|
|2.||"Shubhaarambh"||Shruti Pathak||Shruti Pathak & Divya Kumar||3:54|
|3.||"Meethi Boliyaan"||Swanand Kirkire||Amit Trivedi & Mili Nair||4:50|
Kai Po Che! release date was confirmed as 22 February 2013. The film was released on 1000 screens in India. Kai Po Che!'s theatrical trailer was released along with Dabangg 2. The first trailer of this movie was released on YouTube on 20 December 2012. The 3 Mistakes of My Life book cover will be relaunched with the poster of Kai Po che!. Kai Po Che! received 'U' certificate from the Censor Board prior to its release without any cuts.
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. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 4 out of 5 and stated that the film is brimming with solid content. 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." Resham Sengar of Zee News gave 4/5 stars stating, "The magic of the film lies in its details!" 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". 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." India Today gave 3.5 stars.
Khalid Mohamed of Deccan Chronicle gave 3 out of 5 stars and stated that it is a good film. Deccan Herald stated that it is a warm film while Live Mint said that Kai Po Che! is a well-crafted entertainer. 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." 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". The Hindu stated that the film is breathless.
The film is rated 60% 'fresh' on the review site Rotten Tomatoes. 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." Rachel Saltz of the New York Times wrote that the film "Mixes, not quite successfully, traditional Bollywood storytelling with something less conventional." 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." 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."
Kai Po Che! opened with a collection of ₹42.5 million (US$660,000) on day one with limited release where it did good business in metro cities especially. After the opening day, the film showed very good growth, grossing ₹62.5 million (US$970,000) and ₹75 million (US$1.2 million) on its second and third days respectively to make a collection of around ₹183 million (US$2.8 million) in its first weekend. It grossed ₹295 million (US$4.6 million) after its first week. The film held well despite some new releases and collected around ₹82.5 million (US$1.3 million) in its second weekend. It grossed ₹110 million (US$1.7 million) in second and ₹48.3 million (US$750,000) in its third week. The final domestic collections of the film are ₹480 million (US$7.5 million).
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