Kai Po Che

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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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Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Running time: 125 minutes
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A Chetan Bhagat novel reads more or less like a screenplay. So, it is only fitting that it finds its way to becoming a film. They are easy reads and the stories are interesting even if not well-written from a literature point of view. This also means the film-maker gets a chance to add flourishes and make the narrative of the film worth sitting up for.

If the trailer is anything to go by, it is indeed going to be a film which will engage and involve. A film about friendship comes in with the audience on its side. Not only is it brought by the makers of Rang De Basanti and director of Rock On!, both of which have a strong base of friendship, even if the backdrops are different, it also reminds of you many such films, from Dil Chahta Hai to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and of course 3 Idiots on its way - all of which were enjoyable films.

It has an added bonus of non-star actors. Raj Kumar Yadav has proven himself and it will be fresh to see him as a non-sleazy and main character. The others too look like they fit the bill. Amit Trivedi's music sounds fresh, has already been appreciated and has always know to help the mood.

I am up for more fresh.

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "4/5"
dunkdaft - "Coupled with lyrics of Kirkire, Trivedi makes you go crazy and go hit the repeat button again and again. "
glamsham - "3/5"
Milliblog - "magical soundtrack from composer Amit Trivedi!"
Music Aloud - "8.5/10"

- meeta, a part of the audience

It's been a while since I thought a movie needed to be a little longer. Not necessarily because I was having a very good time or was thoroughly engaged, but because I wanted to see more of each of the characters. Every time I was involved with them, I was moved on to the next episode. No emotion was allowed to sink in. Yet, what the story is trying to convey, and the performances make for a certain one-time watch - if not in theaters, at least when it is out on DVD/TV.

It is very likely that my need to know more about the characters springs from having found them interesting in the book, 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat. The book has a little more about each of them, especially the side characters. On the other hand, they weren't well-fleshed out to start with either. So cutting out from what was already little felt rather sketchy.

It was quite an ordeal finishing the book, but that's mainly because the language is too plain-speak. His words can get tiring with their lack of flow. (It doesn't help that I took it upon myself to read the book again before watching the film.) Yet, I admit, Chetan Bhagat does have interesting stories to tell, even if they are outlandish and superficial, the basic concepts are capable of holding interest.

It's a good thing then that film-making has grammar of its own and Abhishek Kapoor makes the narrative interesting enough to make two hours pass by in almost a blink. With so many themes that are so close to home for most of us, it is easy to hook us in - friendship of course, communal riots and cricket! Only thing missing here is Bollywood. With these themes as broad strokes, the director manages to get quite a bit of detail in his frames.

The camera work is almost always jittery, not letting you settle in, in any one atmosphere, be it the romance between Govind (Raj Kumar Yadav) and Vidya (Amrita Puri) or Ishaan's (Sushant Singh Rajput) struggle with his adamant student Ali (Digvijay Deshmukh) or Omi's unsure personality being moulded into what his uncle (Manav Kaul) stands for. What keeps the film together, with its fluidity, though is the background score. It is lilting, melodious and subtle all at once.

And of course, the performances are the glue too. Ace-rate performances by one and all make Kai Po Che worth the time, effort and money, by themselves. Each of their passions shone through be it business, cricket or politics. Their friendship worked too. Yet, I would now really like to see Raj Kumar Yadav in a role where he needs to speak slower, just so we know he can do it. Sushant Singh Rajput is refreshing and Amit Sadh has a screen presence without speaking much. I found, casting of Manav Kaul as the communal leader, the most surprising - younger and more polished than I'd have imagined the character. But, he fit in just right.

Given the material they had, the tweaks the screenplay writers made, makes Kai Po Che really interesting. But, like with any film that is based on a book you've read, it is very difficult to shake the book off while watching it. There maybe debates (a few of which I heard on my way out of the theater) about what was added/deleted/edited from the book and whether or not that worked for the film. But as it stands by itself, the movie works because of the audience relates with the content. Only it felt like it was incomplete because it didn't delve deeper into each of the themes.

Also, like with the book, the story starts out with friendship and its hardships and abruptly ends up becoming a larger national issue. But then again, isn't that pretty much what life is like? All dynamics change abruptly when a calamity hits you personally.

Ultimately for me, the clincher was seeing a 600-seater full-house in a 'star'-struck nation for a film that doesn't sport any stars. Even the director isn't that big-ticket a name. Which means that people came either for the story they read or the trailers they saw. And I wasn't even surprised. This is a HUGE step.

- meeta, a part of the audience

47 reviewers(?) - 37 yays 10 so-so 0 nays

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, Zee News : ...That is where the real beauty of ‘Kai Po Che’ lies – in the details! ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

159 tweeters(?) - 143 yays 6 so-so 10 nays

Vyangkaar: Kai po che - A must watch for all cricket lovers, for All my Gujju brothers and their sisters and for all the others who love good cinema.

vinniehobbes: just watched @kaipoche...brilliant movie.. great job by sushant:)

vikramsanand: KaiPoChe.Vry gud movie.well directed and good acting by the newcomers.Hwevr was still expecting mre frm @Abhishekapoor .worth seeing once..!

vidhiv090: yesterday watchd kai po che... loved it...

venzidane: Kai Po Che .... Awesome movie !!!!

umang7shah: Does anybody portray a story of Friendship/Coming together of friends better than Abhishek Kapoor!#KaiPoChe

UdaipurTimes: [Movie Review] Kai Po Che: Sensitive, Soulful and Brilliant http://www.udaipurtimes.com/movie-review-kai-po-che-sensitive-soulful-and-brilliant/

tusharr_s: #KaiPoChe mast movie...must watch. Sushant rocks nd awesome story by @chetan_bhagat.

TripathiMansi: finally watched #Kaipoche today!! superb film,fantastic mindblowing!!! truly inspirational!! sushant u were fantastic!!thumps up!

Tif_Maniac: #KaiPoChe Wow! An excellent piece of work! #SushantSinghRajput Take a bow man,you were fantastic!

theflyingsikh: No more jokes on Kai Po Che. Loved the movie. In the league of the 3 idiots. Btw, 90% of the audience, had read the book.

ThatGirl_1394: Just saw the best novel by my favourite author turn into the best movie 2013 could offer #Ilovekaipoche #KaiPoChe Brilliant movie #mustwatch

TenseResearcher: "@tinucherian: Watched " Kai Po Che " movie today.Nicely made.. Go..Go watch it ! My personal rating : 4/5 #KaiPoChe #KPC" @kamaalrkhan

sushantld: Kai Po Che ... brilliant stuff !!!

sumu76in: Along with d best film of d year so far #KaiPoChe comes d worst of d year #ZilaGhaziabad. Law of average??

Sudhaam: Refreshing #KaiPoChe is a treat the way it unfolds is like its happening in front of you #HugelyRecommended

SrabantiBanerje: ‘Kai Po Che’ review: A well-adapted on-screen version of Chetan Bhagat's novel!

soumiknow: Watched breathless Kai Po Che.

soni1839: Kai Po Che <3 <3 <3 ... Superb Movie!!!

SocioAddict: #KaiPoChe a good entertainer. #bollywood #movie

shvetha_1806: Kai po che is amazing perfect cast perfect script and fabulous performances :-):-)

shuaib619: Watched " Kai Po Che " movie. Nicely made.. Go.. Go..Go watch it ! My personal rating : 4/5 #KaiPoChe #KPC

shrutz47: #KaiPoChe superb!! Such a well tailored muvi.. #SushantSinghRajput (Ishaan) u stole d shw away my man! Kudos @chetan_bhagat n @Abhishekapoor

ShreyashPandey: Watched #KaiPoChe yesday .. It's a good muvi .. Dsnt necessarily mean tht I enjoy reading chetan's work

shra2112: #KaiPoChe awesome movie. I liked it

shalini_pal: awesome film kai po che!!!

shahid_m59: #kaipoche a good one.. Go for it!!!

saxenadrishti: #KaiPoChe :D Amaaazing movie! Complete justice to Chetan Bhagat's 3mistakes! With a heartbreaking yet refreshing twist :)

saurabhsethi999: KAI POCHE - A Movie to watch there is no religion, no money and no cost in front off friendship.

SatanBhagat: Finally watched Kai Po Che yesterday. Quite liked it. But why call it Kai Po Che? Iqbal De Basanti would've fit so much better.

sana9188: Kai po che.... Kai po che..... Awsum muvi must watch bidhu log

salilphatak: Kai Po Che... brilliantly done! Cricket, Chetan Bhagat, politics(on Gujarat!)... so there's something for everyone. @chetan_bhagat

rockerindcity: #KaiPoChe dealt with every aspect India is made of, be it Cricket, politics, youth & aspiring dreams. Well earned 4 stars #WeekendMovie

RizVali: #kaipoche brilliant movie. excellent acting by @yoursSsr

rishi_bains: Kai Po Che <3

rggadre: Kai Po Che..... It's only February but one of the best movies of 2013 has arrived.

raviteja109: Kai po che is brilliant :)

Ramyas_24: Kai po che ,a very well directed movie certainly ascertains the need of spirituality in the present society!!

ramprasad_c: Kai Po Che, brilliant. A Must watch.

rai_aakansha: #KaiPoChe was awesome!! the best of 2013 till now.. :)

pranavgoyal: #KaiPoChe turned out to be a real good watch. Kept it simple and supported by some really good performances. #Bollywood

PRAKSHID: #KaiPoChe A lovely, emotive film on abiding friendship and the values that make life worth living- ShubhraGupta ( IndianExpress)

PereiraRickson: Kai Po Che: Good film.. Great performances by the actors.. Some great moments.. But did not live upto the hype.. Cant put my finger on it

p01gnant: Abheshek kapoor.. The maker of Rock On and now Kai Po Che... #Respect

NihitaSadana: Twist the plot of an average book and you have a flawless movie delivered. Abhishek Kapoor does well, and so does the cast of #KaiPoChe

Newsflashindia: #News #flash साल की अब तक की सबसे बेहतरीन फिल्म ‘काई पो चे’: मुंबई,  ‘काई पो चे’ जिसका मतलब है पतंगबाजी के दौरान... http://newsflashrajasthan.com/film-review-kai-po-che/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NeoAaragorn: Whattey movie. Brilliant performances. Crisp screenplay. Wonderful direction. Gujjus will LOVE the movie a tad extra. #KaiPoChe

nehhadwivedi4: #KaiPoChe is an outstanding movie better than the book #am in #love with the #movie

Nazneen44: Making a movie on such controversial issues and yet remaining out of any controversy, is a feat in itself #KaiPoChe

navensoni_soni: Kai po che was an awsome story.

naran_atish: Kai Po Che, outstanding movie, the next Rang De Basanti #eyeopener #10/10

NakliSuperwoman: What we need to realize is Indian cinema has now grown up to see topics of relevance and not bullshit. #KaiPoChe.The movie is award winning.

ms_misha: #KaiPoChe- Perfect justice given to the novel 3 mistakes of my life. From the (cont) http://www.twitlonger.com/show/l4tluc

monika0004143: Kai Po Che एक बहतरीन फिल्म है, अभिषेक कपूर ने साबित कर दिया की चेतन भगत भले हीं झांट कहानी लिखते हो, पर उन्पे फिल्में अच्छी बन सकती है

misschamko: Good week at the movies. Kai Po Che, Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Lining Playbook.

MBhutoria: #KaiPoChe is an Amazin tale of Frndship !! Brilliant n Effortless performances !! A must watch !!

MansingBhor: Finally watched Kai Po Che. Quite liked it. Story was like Iqbal De Basanti would've fit so much better. #citypride #Abhiruchi

manidrama: Indian Cinema getting more sensible,more realistic ,more artistic #kai po che Awesum :)

maniamitsie_3: #kaipoche is watched..And the hype surrounding it, is justified. Nthing to not like, in the mvie, other than to jst live it via each shot..

mandirasawhney: Just watched Kai po Che - wept my eyes out but oh what a film. Abhishek Kapoor, take a bow. #KaiPoChe

mallubrain: #KaiPoChe is a great example of how awesome a movie can be! if the person on the 'Director' chair knows his job and does it well!

MaanavVMehta: Kaipoche verdict ? Unanimously amazing innit ? Soooo happy for mr sadh! The talent can finally breathe

Lynette_Dsouza: #KaiPoChe Brilliant casting and a lovely adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's 3 Mistakes of My Life.

ListenOye: It is Script not the Superstars who are the main heroes of the film...#kaipoche once again proves that...%awesome movie

lazyraaj: Kai po che… awesome movie!!!! loved the music…… #movietowatch

kunjan: The list of Best Movies of 2013 has been initiated by Kai Po Che! A must watch. #Hatsoff

ksk_khalandar: If you are craving for intelligent cinema then #kaipoche and #special26 are your answers...

KMrugank: # kai po che!! Awesome acting,music,direction and ofcourse lyrics...

KKAAKARSH: i repeat the times are changing in indian cinema! great to see young talented actors with a new way of defining acting! kai po che!

KinnuRokz: #Watched Kai Po Che . Good film.. Not like the book. Abhishek kapoor again Rocked it.

khanarpita: Kai Po Che is a must watch, absolutely loved it , great movie. So happy for Gattu bhai!

Khan1mraan: #KaiPoChe the best film of the year has arrived so early this year :)

KarimaMerchant: Kai Po Che - Suppa movie!! So many msgs forwarded in suchha simple way:-):-)

kanwarsation: Kai Po Che is a satisfying victory of strong storytelling over star power, stupid sermonising screenplays, SFX and other standard shit.

kamaalrkhan: I congrts UTV n Siddhart Bhai for supporting #KaiPoChe in so big way. I m sure tat no other producer could have done this. Superb

Kalpit_Tandon: [Movie Review] Kai Po Che: Sensitive, Soulful and Brilliant http://kalpit-tandon.blogspot.com/2013/02/movie-review-kai-po-che-sensitive.html

kaddyinvincible: Kai Po Che!!!...Gujarati flick in Punjab......balle ni balle balle.....its an awsm movie

jvalants: Go see #kai po che - finely craftly and very well acted. Look forward to more from same director. Mani Ratnamesque direction.

Jenil88: #kaipoche half time...well made film..essence of gujarat...#amdavad ;P

jeetenc: Excellent Movie, #kaipoche

JayatiDhingra: KaiPoChe..Awesome watch..

jainaarushi: Kai Po Che! A must watch.

iVarunJain: Kai Po Che. Simple. Innocent. Beautiful. Amit Trivedi you're a genius. Period.

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imMalav: Screenplay plays the biggest part in these kind of movies.Screenplay of #KaiPoChe is very good but i was expecting a Great Screenplay.

Im_Raks: Thank you @WeChatIndia for Kai Po Che!!! Loved the movie. You guys are just awesome!!!!! Thanx again

illeana_cruz: Kai Po Che....!! Fabulos movie.... Nice story :) Awesome movie to watch

IHeartOliG: #KaiPoChe What a movie! Wow. Touches your heart ♥ | @chetan_bhagat Sir , Totally Awesome :D

iamrohittiwari: kai po che a must watch movie...

iamjay_jay: #bollywood #kaiPoChe . awesome performances by the actors. good movie. @chetan_bhagat

hspatro: Good one, Kai-Po-Che team !!

HrishiRich11: Whoaaa! Whattay movie! Seamless adaptation of "3 mistakes" .great new talent on display.Stars in the making! Must Must Watch #KaiPoChe

HCBNN: #KaiPoChe,Brilliant movie! Almost entirely based on @chetan_bhagat's book except for a few changes. The change was good. :)

hbk_abhi: Loved Kai Po Che. Simple, gripping, effective. I have seen the 2001 earthquake & 2002 riots live, so I could relate to the movie a bit more

Hardik533: kai po che...very good che..:)

guy_in_london: Watched #KaiPoChe last night. Gripping movie all through with some laughs but it missed a few tricks. No big impact of the end was felt

GodsFavBabe: Kai po che- Mr. Abhishek kapoor, u gave it all but, this girl wants more!

funnylife_soMak: Must watch #KaiPoChe

Freakish_Mee: #KaiPoChe for the 2nd time :)

ForamSag: Saw KAI PO CHE..! @Sushant8993 AWESOME movie..

eLifeIndya: #KaiPoChe powered by thought provoking emotional identifications deals with life and circumstances....A splendid movie not to miss out....

Dvasul: watched kai po che.....wt a movie.....must watch:)

DRNKT: I enjoy kai poche

dhishkiaun: Kai Po Che #rRefreshing

Devarya: Never read any of your books. But enjoyed their film adaptation. @chetan_bhagat #KaiPoChe

DeathEndsFun: Kai Po Che: Brave, honest, closely explored thoughtful story. Could have left out some parts. But otherwise, well done.

datekaustubh: Kai Po Che saras che ;)

cric_pramod: The only bad thing about Kai Po Che is the commentary of Ajay Jadeja.

ChotuMissMuffet: 4. It happens rarely that you can't decide who's better than whom when you see a film that has 2-3 leads. #Kaipoche is one such film.

chota_packet91: Kai Po Che is a nicely crafted movie..yet emotional..must watch

CAtLarge: Raj Kumar fit perfectly well. And Amit - I thought I'm done with having crushes on chocolaty guys. You so proved me wrong. #KaiPoChe

C_LIBZ: KAI PO CHE .... indeed deserves a standing ovation! Great movie... Watch it to be inspired to move ahead for the big Opportunity!

BritnyNath: Kai po che ... Awesome movie! I started crying... da f*ck :P

bookslifenmore: Watched the very well made #kaipoche worth a watch for sure

BNihalani: Watched #KaiPoChe.. A must watch.. Loved it!!!! @utvfilms

bhumilharia: Kai po che is a pretty good movie. Well made. And communal riots are... frightening.

Bhavya_Kaushik: Kaipoche #AMustWatch !! Nice story !! Cud hav been a blockbuster with a big starcast !!

babareasons: Lets discuss more about #KaiPoChe - lets give credit to both @Abhishekapoor and @chetan_bhagat for reinforcing the idea of India

ayushi81816: Hey frndz, I just saw KAI PO CHE in theatre. Its toooo heart touching and courageous movie and I bet u love will this amazing story.

aviral_aj: After a long time saw a movie where more than half the theater left with tears in their eyes. Moved. Stirred. Full of emotions. #KaiPoChe

Avie_Bieber: Kai po che- f awesome movie!!!! The bwat movie ever! Loved every bit of it

Av4n1: I loved #KaiPoChe such a good film! @Abhishekapoor

ashwinshetty9: Abhishek Kapoor's kite flies high in t sky... No one can cut tat string #KaiPoChe

AshrafEngineer: Just watched Kai Po Che. I agree, if there is a better film this year, it will have to be a masterpiece.

arjun_wahi: The year has started on a good note as far as movies are concerned.1st Special26 n now Kai Po Che! Fabulous film. Disturbing yet beautiful.

ArchanaNandal: Their patang gets cut many times...yet they keep flying many more agin n yet again.....#kaipoche

aquariusthaks: A big shout out for the #KaiPoChe team.

Aouda10: Kai po che.. The first movie which is much much better than the book!

Antique_Piece: I Loved #KaiPoChe :)

AminShivani_1D: #KaiPoChe ~ loved the movie! Beautifully directed, great cinematogrophy n background score! Special mention to sushant singh, great acting!

AlishaBhimani: #Kai Po che worth it...Completely worth it..

AleeyaSayed: Kai Po Che is one of the best I've seen in a long time. Inspiration, emotion, joy all in one. Loved Ishan! @MrKhiladhi

adityarajagopal: #kaipoche completely overwhelmed. Best film so far

adipandit: Turning an ordinary level into a poignant film#kai po che

achtungparag: Just watched #KaiPoChe good movie good act Cheers!

Abu125: #KaiPoChe fine piece of cinema with v good performance by young star cast... take a bow abhishek kapoor

Abhigyan_Khaund: Watched #kaipoche even though exams are above head at the moment. great movie. A little different than @chetan_bhagat s novel. Must watch!

AalyaOmar: Kai Po Che Awesome Movie. Deserves A+ #Review #Movie #Hindi #India #KaiPoChe #Dubai @chetan_bhagat

aaaishwaryaaa: Kai Po Che ,pretty cool movie.The ease with which everyone has acted!#Wonderful. And 5♥s to Sushant Singh Rajput!#Awesomeness! :D

18cher_: Absolutely loved #KaiPoChe... refreshing music!! worth a two time watch!!

_chulbulpandey: Kai po che... "Movie made by heart"..... Frds go for it.

simplymalaika: Sushant Singh turns on his charm but Amit Sadh is definitely a better actor #kaipoche is worth a watch..3 on 5

Rabh_100: Kai Po Che is a good but vastly over-hyped movie. But yes far better than the book.

kaartikmehta: I will prefer #3mistakesofmylife to #kaipoche... Its good but not great #hyped...

InvertedPerv: Kai Po Che was Okay.

abbasthedawood: #kaipoche presents yet another dimension of friendship as have znmd and dch, but somewhat incomplete in its attempt to woo the audience

abasu: Kai Po Che... Good, but over-rated. Characters could have been carved out better. #fb

Sagarika24: Kai po che was horrible. Really horrible. I was confused through out.

PNQ_SP: Kai po che is caught up in its own hype twister. I had higher expectations!

MV_BN: Was never fan of Chetan Bhagat before,it wouldnt change hereafter. #KaiPoChe proves it.

KunjSanghvi: Underwhelmed by Kaipoche

imBilalBhat: "@imsabbah: 'Kai Po Che' getting good reviews here, there, everywhere. Che industry still booming."| Waste of Money it is !

greenrains: Watched Kai Po che. Didnt meet my expectations. Great performances though.

ClassicallyWild: Just watched Kai Po Che. Save that money for some alcohol maybe.

bunty2682: Wasted my time n $75 . Nice sunday eve turned 2 quite boring. Don't go to kai po che. Rip off. Chetan has encashed his ipods

atulmathew: Kai Po Che was terrible. Ugh.

apijay: Reading 3 mistakes of life due to lack of movie link of kai po che...grrrrr

5 readers - 4 yays 0 so-so 1 nays

Want to Watch, by Anil

Want to Watch, by Kai Po Che Review : It was an amazing movie.

Yay! Thumbs Up, by arvindD : must-watch

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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Shalini

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman

Nay! Thumbs Down, by marketing recruitment london : Hart Im Zillertal

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Communal violence, fist fights.
  • Language: A few abuse words used.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: One making-out scene. And talk about missing a period and getting pregnant.
  • Concept: Friendship, passion for what you love doing, communal politics.
  • General Look and Feel: Light and breezy.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

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Kai Po Che - Cast, crew, links

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Running time:
125 minutes

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Expecting an absolute snore of a movie on the same lines as Rock On,DCH and ZNMD which is gonna be loved by pseudo intellectual critics and the so-called young brigade(dumb brigade?) all in the name of "Quality Cinema" :/

@Anuj Again wow, really? You didn't like any of those? I think those films were not as intellectual as they were human and warm. They connected with you because they were about friends like you and I have.


I found all 3 of them to be "reasonable" films.Nothing special about them as such.Yeah they were about friends but i don't have the kinda friends who can just pack their bags and book 7 star sea facing resorts in Spain at the drop of a hat!And DCH is really more of a romantic saga than a story about friendship and discovery.Rock On was good but it starred a bunch of absolute non actors with rigid expressions and unconvincing dialogue delivery. All of them are 3/5 from my side.


@Meetu:A Rock On kinda script with DCH's or ZNMD's cast would have made a good entertainer :)


Lyrics is by Swananand Kirkire not Javed Akhtar.

preeti somani

Have to see it now!

@Shalini Sorry! Corrected it. Thank you so much for pointing it out.

@preeti :) do let us know how you liked it.


I missed the movie this weekend due to some personal work but surely gonna watch it next weekend. I just adore Sushant and will watch it just for him despite the fact that I hate Chetan Bhagat...

Watched out the trailer of the movie that made me to watch it. It was just awesome.


True, Anuj, another movie made to cash in on the young and possibly dumb brigade; a cool film about their "passions" and all that, nothing more, nothing less.

@Anuj Are they in the 'snore of a movie' category or are they 'reasonable'? For me a 'snore of a movie' is a 0/5, which is why I ask.

@Anil the movie does deviate from the book. And the visuals are something that the book didn't bother to create. So, you might just like it :D

@Luke :)


I have read the book when it was first published. And I always like the books more than the films, be it Indian films or Hollywood films.

This is certainly a good film. I was surprised though to find a sexplicit scene and yet the film bagged a clean U certificate. I know that the book had this sexual content, every Chetan Bhagat book has it including his autobiography based book. But I did not expect this in a U film. So in case such scenes make you uncomfortable with family watching then strongly suggest to rethink.


Direction: 3.5
Story: 2.5
Lead Actors: 4
Character Artists: 4

Dialogues: 3
Screenplay: 3
Music Director: 2.5
Lyrics: 2.5

Best of 2013 so far!! :)


"Yet, I would now really like to see Raj Kumar Yadav in a role where he needs to speak slower, just so we know he can do it."

He is in Talaash as the junior to the Amir Khan's character. And he has reasonably large amount of screen space.



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