Kai Po Che's Bromantic Trio Work Out All the Bollywood Trappings

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Kai Po Che
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor
UTV
Opens February 22

Named for a Gujarati kite-competition cheer and based on Chetan Bhagat's novel "The 3 Mistakes of My Life," director Abhishek Kapoor's glossy, innocuous drama Kai Po Che has all the Bollywood trappings: expensively lit Scope cinematography, a mild disposition and wall-to-wall musical fizz, though relatively no dancing, and not a single wet sari in sight. The story: Just after the turn of this century, in the northwestern Indian city of Ahmedabad, a bromantic trio of young cricket devotees ambitiously strives to build a sports shop/academy for kids. Govind (Raj Kumar Yadav) is the skittish, penny-pinching pushover who becomes romantically distracted by the younger sister of impulsive hothead Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), a former high-school cricketing ace whose own allegiance to his friends deteriorates in his blindly optimistic nurturing of a Muslim kid prodigy. Omi (Amit Sadh) funds the enterprise by borrowing from his religious politico uncle, yielding severe consequences when he's forced to give up his passions to play an uncomfortably public role in the family business. In the nearly two hours before the climax—when the real-life Hindu reprisals add savagery and tragedy—the dramatic stakes are so puny that every obstacle can be overcome with a simple work-it-out montage, a cheap device prevalent enough in this movie to start a drinking game.

 
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weibowil
weibowil

Sorry, but what do you mean by 'drinking game'? or by 'every obstacle can be overcome by a montage'?

I didn't see that.  

I saw pain.... i saw deaths, fighting and tears  :(

And it ENDED THAT WAY.


Great film. I was very moved, especially by Ishaan's death and the last scene in the stadium. Ishaan had his weaknesses, but when it came to cricket, he was in the zone and boy did he thrive!  This film's affirmation of people with passion is so inspiring.


aman.scm
aman.scm

or may be  "Ignorant Canadian" 

aman.scm
aman.scm

Two words for you - "Ignorant American" 

person
person

"the dramatic stakes are so puny that every obstacle can be overcome with a simple work-it-out montage"

Lol, if it were that simple, there wouldn't be decades of violence in the country. It might seem very simple to an outsider, but it really isn't. I'm not saying it can't be. We would all like for it to be, but it just isn't that simple.

person
person

"the dramatic stakes are so puny that every obstacle can be overcome with a simple work-it-out montage"

Lol, if it were that simple, there wouldn't be decades of violence in the country. It might seem very simple to an outsider, but it really isn't. I'm not saying it can't be. We would all like for it to be, but it just isn't that simple.

 

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