By Kanika Tandon
Film: Kai Po Che
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Stars: Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Raj Kumar
Music: Amit Trivedi
Rating: 4 stars
LONDON: A film containing a chunky mix of cricket, friendship, ambition, love, politics and communalism has every chance of going wrong. But when the director is Abhishek Kapoor (of Rock On!-fame), you get a film that makes you celebrate, laugh, cry, dream and believe.
Kai Po Che is a bold and beautiful film, tastefully told and splendidly picturised. In fact, Kai Po Che may very well be Abhishek Kapoor’s call of triumph at making such an outstanding film.
With a storyline so sensitive and delicate, Kapoor has successfully displayed his maturity as a director. The beauty of Kai Po Che is that it does not sentimentalise issues nor does it try to cash in on popular sentiments, yet it lets you flow with the story as a completely involved audience. Amit Trivedi’s music should also be given credit for making the film more impactful and convincing.
Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar and Amit Sadh serve up some deliciously powerful performances. In fact, there are some scenes in the film which may give you goose bumps and make tears roll down your cheeks despite your best efforts to stay stoic. Amit Sadh’s performance as the shocked, angry son seeking revenge is just mind-blowing and deserves a special mention. He simply steals the scene with his act.
Raj Kumar Yadav is at his quintessential best as the ‘khadoos baniya’ (grumpy businessman) and the hesitant admirer of Vidya (played by Amrita Puri).
Sushant Singh Rajput is simply adorable as Ishaan and impresses in his portrayal of a cricket-crazy talent determined to give child-prodigy Ali a better future.
If you found Chetan Bhagat’s book to be entertaining, this film (based on Bhagat’s book) will be a terrific treat to watch. Must watch for the direction and the performances of those three bright young lads there!
The film will be released February 22.