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Kai Po Che  (2013 - Hindi)

Kai Po Che cumulative rating: 3.65 out of 53.65/5 (265 users)

Kai Po Che critics rating: 3.85 out of 5 3.85/5 (8 critics)

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A film that deserves an ovation!

A Chetan Bhagat novel is akin to reading a screenplay. You start visualizing the characters, the occurrences and episodes, the myriad emotions... like it were occurring in front of your eyes. What also makes Bhagat's novella interesting are its characters and the fact that they are hugely identifiable since they are based in India. After 'one night @ the call center' [HELLO] and 'five point someone' [3 IDIOTS], the author's much-talked-about novelmore

Height of buddyhood!

Sometimes there comes a film so good you are scared to write about it. Scared that you might kill it by writing about it. Because original material so mediocre has been turned into a motion picture so moving that putting it back into words might undo the magic. Abhishek Kapoor has struck, again! And even though this too is about friends and fracas and reunions, Kai Po Che! is not cut from the same manja as Rock On!!. Adapting Chetan Bhagat’smore

Kai Po Che is very likeable

Welcome to another sensitive and superlative friendship film. Like other memorable cinema in this category, Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Rang De Basanti(2006), Rock On!! (from the same director, Abhishek Kapoor, in 2008) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Kai Po Che, too, is a story of male bonding in the time of the devastating Gujarat earthquake and the disturbing Godhra riots. Based on Chetan Bhagat's The 3 Mistakes of My Life, in his second outingmore

Kai Po Che is a very fine film

We can blame Farhan Akhtar for it. Or maybe even thank him for starting the trend of male bonding in Hindi films with Dil Chahta Hai, where each actor had practically equal time, although there was one big star, Aamir Khan, among the three. The idea was to look at male friendships in more or less real terms, have the characters speak, act, and live like normal people do, and to de-Bollywoodise a Bollywood film. That trend continued inmore

Kai Po Che totally works

Main Ambani ban jaata hoon. Omi ko CM bana denge. Chal, pehle rickshaw pakadte hain.’ Though spoken in jest, these words reveal a shrewd oxymoron of ambition and reality that characterises the zeal and anxiety of the youth. And to me, this stunning clarity and ease in director Abhishek Kapoor’s voice is what makes this adaptation of a mediocre novel so irresistible. I wouldn’t call Kai Po Che an exact retelling of Chetan Bhagat’s The 3 Mistakes of My Lifemore

KAI PO CHE is poetry in motion

One scene towards the end depicts a gamut of emotions. There's surprise, anger, betrayal, fear and also that instinct to help another human in need who is being hunted by a mob. All this happens within a span of a minute and every nuance of these emotions flow with absolute ease. So is this for real, or is it a movie? Welcome to KAI PO CHE!, Abhishek Kapoor's latest after a long hiatus. Abhishek wields the director's baton like a magician's wandmore

Cuts across conventional cinema!

After showing immense promise in Rock On, when director Abhishek Kapoor decides to make a film on the novel '3 Mistakes of My Life' which isn't essentially amongst Chetan Bhagat's most popular works, you have your doubts. However, on watching his compelling cinematic adaptation, one might want to reconsider the literary merits of Bhagat's book. Kai Po Che is about three boys in Gujarat who are diverse in their aspirations but connected bymore

The Gujarati phrase Kai Po Che approximates closest to the Hindi Woh Kaata an exultant, full-throated cry used when young boys are flying and 'cutting' kites. Abhishek Kapoor uses it as an apt metaphor and crafts a lovely, emotive film on abiding friendship and the values that make life worth living. We first come upon Ahmedabad residents Govind, Omkar and Isshan (Yadav, Sadh and Rajput respectively) as they dither at a crossroadmore