Sunday 24 February 2013

Kai Po Che - An Emotionally Tormenting Tale

Let’s just start from the adoption of the story from the book “Three Mistakes of My Life”. I won’t lie, I didn’t like the book, as I felt the story was too dramatic for a novel, and it will end up being a good “Hindi Film” script. Although there is a liaison between the book and movie, I didn’t watch it with any pre-conceived verdicts. So I would not be writing the similarities or dis-similarities of the two. I would just be giving a fair review of the movie what I have seen and understood. 

A Story Well-Told:

The year has simply begun and we already have one of the best, most vivacious and fulfilling coming-of-age films in living memory. "Kai Po Che" (the war-call verbalized during kite-flying game in Gujarat) isn't regarding kite-flying. Really there's only one short sequence, effectively positioned within the meticulously structured narrative, wherever the characters truly fly kites.

"Kai Po Che" is regarding spirits soaring skyward, because the characters - all therefore vividly carven into the compact narrative that you simply come back with individuals whom you'll in all probability carry with you always - let their spirits vagabond wild and free, soaking within the daylight of want, longing, aspiring, lurching and obtaining back on the feet.

"Kai Po Che" is regarding the shared aspirations of 3 friends: the reckless and devil-may-care athlete Ishaan (Sushant Singh Hindu in an exceedingly outstanding film debut), his cautious friend Govind (Raj Kumar Yadav) and their somewhat confused friend Omi, the son of a liberal Hindu priest.

Set in Gujarat in times of peace and impossible stress, "Kai Po Che" is regarding a relationship among these three childhood friends, hailing from Gujarat in and round the year 2000. Eventually, as the script grows, the three were joined by a fourth - a woman who happens to be the sister of Ishaan. 

And above all, the story also tells of a relation between a “gifted” kid – Ali Hasmi (Digvijay Deshmukh) and Ishaan, who happens to be a cricket talent who didn’t get his chance to live his dreams. The story unfolds about various turmoil and triumphs of the characters and how their relationships with each other changes; and how their friendship gets affected by politics as well as natural calamities – as a matter of fact!  

The “New Cinema” Connection: 

There are several reasons why "Kai Po Che" is one amongst the foremost compelling product of the post-Renaissance era of Indian cinema. To my mind its greatest action is its fusion of "cinema" and "history", a synthesis that filmmakers nowadays would take into account unappetizing for viewers. Therefore they provide the junk-food of cinema - Quickly eaten and simply forgotten. Not this time! In "Kai Po Che", the characters and things created to bring out the temperament conflicts, emerge from the 2 crises points in Gujarat's history - the 2001 earthquake and also the post-Godhra slaying of 2002. The sustained palpable tension of the riots towards the final lap of this interesting tale is that the stuff that nice cinema is formed of.

The Virtues:

The virtues of this film are its script and its music. For the unfailing script, the ovation must go to Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat, Pubali Chaudhuri and Supratik for tremendously uniting the socio-political perspective of a given time that's rare in Hindi cinema. And when it comes to music, Amit Trivedi crafted the lyrics by Swadanand Kirkire at their best. 

The Verdict:

Why you should go for “Kai Po Che”? Well, there is more than one reason. But the foremost is the performances that the actors have given; they actually became the protagonists and the portrayal was so overwhelming that we also could relate and believe in them. Be it Ishaan, Omi, Govind, Vidya, Bitto Mama or Ali – They lived the characters. Watch it if you believe in friendship - watch it if human relationships are your territory.  

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