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Bollywood preview: Kai Po Che!

bollywood Updated: Feb 22, 2013 17:54 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times
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Film:

Kai Po Che


Cast:

Sushant Singh Rajput (debut film), Raj Kumar Yadav (last seen in Talaash; 2012) and Amit Sadh (debut film)


Storyline:

Based on Chetan Bhagat’s Three Mistakes Of My Life, the film is the story of three friends. They each fit a stereotype and live a hunky-dory ambitious life, until they all make certain life-altering decisions and things change forever.



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Director:

Abhishek Kapoor (last directed Rock On!! in 2008)



His debut film was a success. It was critically acclaimed, but did not create a stir at the box office. More importantly, it gave director Farhan Akhtar an acting debut that he and the industry are still cashing in on.


Music:

Amit Trivedi


The biggest grouse that most critics have against this soundtrack is the fact that it has only three songs. The lyrics have been penned by the talented Swanand Kirkire, while Trivedi has sung all the songs himself.



Controversies/stunts:

The makers were afraid that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi would object to the reference to the 2001-2002 violence in Gujarat in the film, which is the backdrop of the movie. However, the politician supports the film.



Marketing/hype:

The director convinced the BCCI to share with them the footage of the iconic 2001 cricket match played between India and Australia at Eden Gardens for a scene. Sushant, who has a massive following on TV after his role in Pavitra Rishta, is doing his bit by flooding headlines.



Our assessment:

It has what many simply describe as a ‘Rang De Basanti’ feel to it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The last Chetan Bhagat film adaptation — 3 Idiots — created history at the box office. This one might not have Aamir Khan, but it looks like it has potential atleast.



For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow in the Watch & Listen page of Hindustan Times.