Kai Po Che


Kai Po Che is a movie based on Chetan Bhagat’s book ‘Three Mistakes of my Life’. ‘Kai Po Che’ is a victorious shout-out in Gujarati and simply means “I have cut the kite”. It is also an apt capture of the ode to friendship that the movie symbolizes. It centers majorly around the spirited passion around India’s favorite national obsession – cricket – and has the Bhuj earthquake and Godhra riots as part of the backdrop and context in which the friendship between three friends grows and becomes one of the most beautifully directed and well-acted components of the movie. I am not a cricket fanatic but I still came out of the hall misty-eyed. I have known people who have been crazily passionate about the game – but never really identified with it or related to it. But by the end of the movie, I had begun to understand the passion which the game generates – such is the beauty of the film. It made a connect and clicked like nothing else had. One of the key narratives in the film shows one of the three friends recognizing superior batting talent in a Muslim kid who would rather participate in marble-playing tournaments – and goes to great lengths to secure a career and future for him. Goes to the extent of losing his life while saving the child, when he is about to get shot from the hands of the second friend, who unwillingly becomes a part of the crazy killing rampage that the Gujarat riots were. The third friend is the voice of reason through out the movie and someone who is endearingly anxious to build a future together with his friends. The genius of the narrative is built on the raw emotions brought to the fore by the three friends, and how it is poignantly interwoven with the rest of the characters and aspects of the movie.

 

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