Sunday, February 24, 2013

Kai Po Che (2013) - Breath of fresh air

Director Abhishek Kapoor strikes a fine balance taking care of every detail from the script to the characters. With a plot that covers so many elements from cricket to politics to religion, things could have easily gotten out of hand. But Kapoor has full control of the film till the very last. He manages to impress without trying too hard. The film moves at its own pace bringing the best out of every character.

The carefree, living-for-the-moment Ishaan, played by Sushant Singh Rajput, stands out among the three friends. His timings are brilliant. Amit Sadh is at his best in the second half. Watch out for him post the accident scene. But Raj Kumar Yadav of Love Sex Dhoka fame, playing the timid and restrained Govind, is our dark horse. And he proves it in the scene where he lashes out at Ishaan for his reckless ways. He's only getting better with every film. Their bromance takes you back to Dil Chahta Hai. It didn't feel like they were doing it for the camera.

Overall, it's a much needed breath of fresh air after what's blatantly come to define Bollywood - mindless '100 crore' cinema. You certainly can't afford to miss this one. It's a film for keeps.

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