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Kai Po Che: Boy bonding at its best


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I have to confess I haven’t read Chetan Bhagat‘s “The 3 Mistakes of my Life“, the novel on which Abhishek Kapoor‘s film “Kai Po Che” is based. Opinion is divided on the novel, but if it had the material to make a film such as this one, it can’t be bad.

Friendship, politics and sports come together in this two-hour film, and despite the assured acting, the sparkling cinematography (Anay Goswami) and Amit Trivedi‘s lilting music score, it is Kapoor and his control over this film and the obvious affection he has for these characters that shines through.

Goswami’s sepia-tinted lens opens to show us Ishaan, Govi and Omi, three friends living in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It’s the turn of the new millennium and the trio are eager to start their own business — a sports equipment store that also houses a cricket academy in its backyard.

Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput) the charming, impulsive one is a former cricketer who now coaches kids at the academy and spots Ali, a reticent boy who has a natural flair for batting.