Here are the Kai Po Che Movie Reviews
Director Abhishek Kapoor vividly plants a male-bonding and sports tale within the horrors of modern Indian history.
A rollicking male-bonding picture about three buddies who open a cricket academy in India’s exotic Gujarat, Brothers for Life turns extremely dark and violent in the last half hour, becoming a far more significant film holding strong crossover potential as well as festival interest. Actor-turned-director Abhishek Kapoor (his 2006 Aryan was a boxing drama) puts muscle and passion into the game, but comes into his own in depicting the horrors of the ferocious Hindu-Muslim clashes that shook Ahmedabad in 2002. The Walt Disney subsidiary UTV, which also produced, is releasing worldwide on Feb. 22 in the U.S. and U.K. following its Berlin Panorama premiere.
Ratings:4/5 Kai Po Che Review By: Taran Adarsh Site: BollywoodHungama
KAI PO CHE, Abhishek brings alive the characters and events most persuasively. He borrows from the novel, but at the same time adds a lot to it with his deft execution. Resultantly, what emerges is a movie that evokes myriad emotions in the viewer. You smile, chuckle, get anxious and jittery, also moist eyed on several junctures. Attention-grabbing in entirety, absorbing you into its world from the onset itself, KAI PO CHE blends fiction and facts dexterously, recreating a story on celluloid that's credible and noteworthy. On the whole, KAI PO CHE is brimming with solid content. Watch it for the spirit it is made in. Watch it because it's the kind of cinema that pushes the boundaries. Watch it because movies like KAI PO CHE need to be encouraged. A film that deserves an ovation!
Ratings:4/5 Review By: Meena Iyer Site: Times Of India (TOI)
Based on Chetan Bhagat's The 3 Mistakes of My Life, in his second outing,Abhishek Kapoor raises the bar by giving us a thoroughly enjoyable film that showcases the strong emotions between the three protagonists who are boisterous, ballistic and at times plain bored. Despite the disturbing backdrop of death, destruction and politics, 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. Note: You will not like this movie if slice-of-life films with intense emotions are not your cup of tea.
Ratings:4/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site: Rediff
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 Life. Kapoor clearly recognises the strengths (and limitations) of this story as a motion picture and labours to compound an emotionality worth rooting for even if it means significant departure from the source. It’s a beautiful risk. And it totally works.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site: NDTV
Kai Po Che taps the obvious things – cricket, religion, politics, kite flying, Garba dance and the game of marbles – as it focuses on the eddies of Gujarat’s contemporary history as reflected in the fate of a bunch of believable, ordinary youngsters. Pretty much in the manner of the piece of fiction that it is adapted from (Chetan Bhagat’s 'The 3 Mistakes of My Life'), Kai Po Che keeps things simple and uncluttered. That enhances the film’s mass appeal quotient without compromising on the consistent tinge of realism that director and co-screenwriter Abhishek Kapoor imparts to the tale..Kai Po Che is a must watch.
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Martin D Souza Site: Glamsham
Adapted from Chetan Bhagat's novel 'The Three Mistakes Of My Life', KAI PO CHE pulls you into its content from scene one. If the direction is spot-on, the casting is pure thrill; not a character out of place. Every situation, every frame is a joy in itself. You know it's a director's movie because not a character gets extra mileage. Each character is a hero on its own. But how they crystalize together on screen is what Abhishek's brilliance is all about. KAI PO CHE is poetry in motion. After ROCK ON, Abhishek Kapoor has reminded us yet again, what a master story-teller he is.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site: DNA
Kai Po Che! works because it is an ensemble effort. this isn’t an ordinary story of bonding, but a kaleidoscope view of the dynamics between the trio that tests their relationship when thrown in the pan of fire ignited by the Godhra riots and the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. Abhishek Kapoor’s vision and execution are in sync, which is the reason the film looks so cohesive and doesn’t jar. However, there are certain loopholes which might leave you baffled. Kai Po Che! works on more levels than it fails, and most of it is because of its brilliant execution. Watch it for the performances.
Review By: Manjusha Radhakrishnan Site: Gulf News
The going was so good that as a viewer you felt as if the good ride will be marred soon by the proverbial love tangles. Fortunately, drama doesn’t always come in the female form in Kai Po Che. Kapoor uses the backdrop of two epic events that rocked Gujurat in early 2000s to propel his film forward.
The 2001 earthquake that killed thousands and the bloody Hindu-Muslim communal clashes that divided Gujurat are used as an effective backdrop for an explosive second-half. There’s lots going on — with their dreams, business and society crashing down around them — but director Kapoor manages to keep the chaos under control.
It was also refreshing to see that all the three actors, who had substantial roles, did not stoop down to one-upmanship. The result? The viewers were rooting for all the underdogs.
Another plus: no songs to dilute the event-filled narrative. The background remains in the background but complements the film. Kai Po Che, a victory cry in kite flying festivals, emerges triumphant. Don’t miss this one.
Director Kapoor depicts the violence and the underlying cynicism extremely well, with sensitivity but without pulling any punches with a climax that expertly portrays the individual impact on the friends of the wider communal issue.
Above all, Kapoor manages to deftly weave the multitude of narrative threads without over-taxing the audience. All three central characters are well cast but it is Ishaan who is at the heart of the story; it is his compulsions that drive the narrative forward and Rajput does an excellent job as the instinctive, impulsive yet principled cricket coach.
Chetan Bhagat’s book may have been a bit of a labyrinthine mess but it is to Kapoor’s great credit that the film is not.