By Ankur Karan Singh
Star Cast : Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav, Amit Sadh, Amrita Puri.
Directed By : Abhishek Kapor.
Music : Amit Trivedi.
Based On: 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat
Rating: * * * *
We are looking at New Bollywood, evolving exactly as it should. Stirringly topical, solid in the comment it leaves, and yet never losing focus on the classic entertainment formula that has forever driven our commercial cinema. What’s more, it sets the stage for three new exciting talents in the bargain too.
That in a nutshell defines Abhishek Kapoor’s new film. Kai Po Che adapts The 3 Mistakes Of My Life, bestseller author Chetan Bhagat’s pop ditty mixing cricket rage with a few quickfix notes on the politics of religion, confusion of youth and questions about coming of age.
Debutants Sushant Singh Rajput and Amit Sadh along with Rajkumar Yadav play the protagonists. They are three friends soaked in the spirit of India Shining at the turn of the millennium. They want to make a mark in life and set up a business. It is Govind’s (Rajkumar) brainwave to be self-reliant rather than go job hunting. In India, where cricket is religion, his friend Ishaan (Sushant) suggests they open a cricket academy to produce the sporting stars of tomorrow. Omi (Amit Sadh) is happy to tag along.
Kai Po Che uses its runtime well, regaling with a simple story of dreams even as it touches the complexity of modern India’s most shameful socio-political chapter. The film is among Bollywood’s best so far this year.