Kai Po Che - External Reviews

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quick review:

Kai Po Che is sketchy yet engaging. It is abrupt and half-baked but the performances and music alone make the film worth a watch. The rest is taken care of by the close-to-home themes.



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48 reviewers have given Kai Po Che an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

37 yays
0 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...What I thoroughly liked about the film, is its equal opportunity provided to all three leads, such that each story arc does not overshadow the other, giving every one of them a focus, objective and dream of their own... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ... It rightly abstains from making any political statement despite touching upon such a sensitive issue as the Godhra carnage and the riots that followed. ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Just a good film missing that powerful punch but nothing close to a masterpiece... full review

Thumbs up by Anjum Shabbir, Bolly Spice ...Kai Po Che is an excellent example of all parts of the production team coming together to deliver an excellent product ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...KAI PO CHE has the raw emotional appeal of three middle class guys that strikes a chord with just about anybody and everybody.... full review

Thumbs up by Deboshree Ghosh, Bollywood Life ...Rajkumar Yadav is the highlight of the film, while Sushant Singh Rajput proves there’s more to him than mere brawn!... full review

So-So by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...Only if this film excelled in all departments, the true meaning of Kai Po Che would’ve been justified.... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Rajput might go on to become a ‘hero’ in Bollywood films, and Sadh does well in his limited role, but it is Yadav who proves once again that he can become any character the film demands of him... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Throughout, the approach is disconcerting -- part-authentic, part-fabricated. A story about communal tension surely warranted a tougher and clearer exposition -- with a stand on the issue, instead of leaving it half-baked.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...The storytelling is brisk and yet takes time to build each character well. It gives you time to understand Govind’s sensible outlook, Omi’s drifty nature and Ishan’s belief in sports, so that when it comes to the crunch each character’s actions are natural.... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...What fails the film though is that the events happening in the backdrop get trivialized as none of them actually make as much impact as they really have made in reality.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...With just three songs in the film Abhishek Kapoor has made a powerful statement that even if you have the best of talent ( Amit Trivedi and Swanand Kirkire) dont overuse them.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...A whole reason why the film feels so emotionally overwhelming is the robust camaraderie Kapoor brings on screen which never at all feels rehearsed or pre-written. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ...I am addicted to the song “Manja” and after seeing the film, I was stirred by how it encapsulates the spirit of the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Casting director Mukesh Chhabra deserves full marks for putting together such an exemplary cast.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansi, Eat Pray Love Movies ...Overall, it's a much needed breath of fresh air after what's blatantly come to define Bollywood - mindless '100 crore' cinema. ... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...Amrita Puri plays the sister with just the right blend of guilt and chutzpah. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost ...Even a Chetan Bhagat skeptic can cheer for Kai Po Che... full review

So-So by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost ...The human spirit triumphs above all in the story, in a manner most endearing and constitutes the last quarter of the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Raj Kumar Yadav makes his presence felt strongly yet again. Amit Sadh and newcomer Sushant Singh Rajput add lustre with their naturalistic performances... full review

Thumbs up by Ravi Kandala, fullhyd.com ...With its running length of just 126 minutes, our recommendation gets even stronger.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...You know it's a director's movie because not a character gets extra mileage. Each character is a hero on its own.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Abhishek Kapoor breaks down all the rumors of Farhan Akhtar ghost directing ‘Rock On’ with his great work in ‘Kai Po Che’.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Abhishek Kapoor's biggest accomplishment is that he and his writers have created three-full bodied characters - these boys with their towering ambitions and aching vulnerability, are people you and I know.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Skillfully shifting gears from the light-hearted camaraderie of our heroes in the opening act, to the emotional abyss they're thrust into in the film's final half hour, Kapoor maintains an unhurried pace and an even tone. ... full review

So-So by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...There is a distinct confidence in his story-telling especially the way he picturises Amit Trivedi’s delicious music. If only the writing hadn’t let him down, Kai Po Che wouldn’t just have been a good film, it would have been a great one.... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ... In contrast, Amrita Puri as Vidya, Ishaan's sister and Govind's love, gets limited scope.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Kapoor does a good job in making us believe that his threesome have intertwining backstories ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Director Abhishek Kapoor's biggest triumph is the fact that he is able to connect with the viewer. ... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine ...Ditto is the case with the whole Sabarmati and the Godhra incidents that form a major part of the film’s second half. Again, each of the scenes is deftly executed and thankfully there is not much jingoism involved.... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...Manav Kaul as Bittoo Mama stands out shrewdly.... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...These are not characters you would really know, because the story does not allow you to, but Kapoor’s clever handling of scenes reveals just a little bit more.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Those who have read Chetan Bhagat’s novel 'Three Mistakes of My Life' could say they know what to expect. But even on that count, 'Kai Po Che!' is unexpected.... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...However the movie will probably not impress everybody and not all may connect with it, but overall it certainly does mark some sort of impression among the viewers. ... full review

So-So by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...The big victory for the film comes in the cinematography department. Each frame is richly detailed with superb play of light, silhouettes and shadows.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chaterjee, NDTV ...It makes no grand statement about the dynamics of communal violence – it is quite apparent that isn’t its intention.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Kai Po Che never for once commercialises its plot and stays true to its soul. Watch it to witness one of the most realistic coming of the age films in the recent times. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aseem Chhabra, Rediff ...Mani Ratnam set the bar towards the second half of Bombay, but in a smaller way, Kapoor also succeeds in bringing the frightening reality of the Gujarat riots. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The vibe of Kai Po Che is decidedly more down-to-earth and so he treats the truce with endearing spontaneity that is familiar to most hysterical cricket enthusiasts ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Dialogue is conversational and contemporary, but with incongruous words like 'behtar' and lines like 'meetha khaoge' that are not in sync with the characters.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...the movie runs for two and a quarter hour only even with Amit Trivedi's 3 melodious tracks.... full review

Thumbs up by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...Pre-interval, the tempo drags a bit as Abhishek tries to set his story and build character. Unlike Dil Chahta Hai, Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, this trio breaks loose only during rare moments. A few silly-witty lines could have cracked a smile or two.... full review

So-So STARDUST ...Kai Po Che is certainly a great adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel but it falls short of blowing your mind.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Kai Po Che will leave you choked and feeling good. It will leave you bittersweet. And breathless.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...You will not like this movie if slice-of-life films with intense emotions are not your cup of tea.... full review

Thumbs up by Mr Care, Upper Stall ...Devoid of cliches, stars, and songs, Kai Po Che easily stands as one of the most refreshing Indian films in recent times.... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...Amrita Puri has a small role but she’s effective.... full review

Thumbs up by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM ...That is where the real beauty of ‘Kai Po Che’ lies – in the details! ... full review