Sunday, March 3, 2013
Kai Po Che ! Bollywood Film
Interetsingly , In 2007 I returned form the trip to Rajasthan, India and saw a very liked film “Eklavya” shot in Rajasthan, at DeviGath, the place I just visited. That made my first blog on film at this blog http://tjshah.blogspot.com/2007/03/eklavya-royal-guardhindi-film.html
Seems the same history is repeating. I just came back form the trip of Gujarat. Again I am seeing a very likable film in USA shot in the place I just visited. I still have not posted most of the pictures of this trip to Gujarat. The subset of the albums are posted. The public albums can be seen at http://picasaweb.google.com/TusharInGujarat.
More albums and the associated blog entries will follow at this site,
http://tusharinGujarat.blogspot.com. In the film , I felt as I know every brick in the every building and some of them I just visited, specially seeinng the spirit of the Kite-flying in Ahmedabad, places like heritage walk , Jumma Masjid, Sarekhej no Rojo and even trip to Div, Saurastra. I also had trip to Saurastra with three firends and so felt the experiene of the stars in the movie somehwhat personal .
Other item common to Eklavya and "Kai po Che" is the message to the Indian literature and culture about the importance of "सत गुरु ". Find a good teacher and life would be made .
Independent of my personal association with the locations in Gujart, attachmnet to the recent natural disaster of earthwauke on 1/26/2001 and man-made disaster on Feb 27 2002, close repeat of the paths of my rcnet, I like the film a lot. I feel I have already seen one of the best Hindi film of the year.
Kai Po Che is the Gujrati line meaning ‘I Have Cut’ which comes out in a kite flying festival when one knocks down the opponent’s kite. It is used as a cry of victory in kite-flying contests.
I expected the movie to be some kind of cliché about friendship that have seen in many Bollywood dramas which includes flirting, dancing and mimic around during college hours but its about three adult pals and their struggle in life whose friendship is tested on a big scale..
At the most I expected KPC to be another clone or at least a shade of such drama like Rang De Basanti, DCH(Dil CHahta Hai,) 3 Idiots and ZNMD (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara,) specially when the superstars of these movies like Amir Khan, Hritk Rosham Arshad Warsi praised the film.
KPC is none of the above. It is not a copy cat of these films, It is a remarkable depictions of three friends the backdrop the strains of the roller coaster of life. No Bollywood dance, silly comedies, no real villain. Even the character of uncle politician. who is a political leader in a right-wing Hindu party.
The 2002 communal riot is a big part of the story but the film makers smartly avoided any reference to Narendra Modi or other controversy which may block the screen of the movie in Gujarat officially or by de-facto riots as was the case for several such very good movies. I have read in media that the director Abhishek Kapoor did a smart trick of portraying the film as Modi's propaganda by suggesting that the 2002 riot was an act of local BJP leader ( and of Gujarat BJP leadership). However Abhishek Kapoor has profusely rejected such charge through the twitter.
The plot is new and creative. Three friends are in their first business venture of having a sports shop with coaching facilities All three have different personalities, interests, ambitions and vulnerabilities. None of the three are big stars but good actors and I think that goes in favor of the movie . I think some new stars are born. I specialy liked the new actoor Sushabt Singh Rajput ( Ishan) and the character of the actress Amrita Puri and the romance. I do not see the film is about the 2002 sectarian violence. It is nice story on friendship, life and also missing importance of sports, specially during the growing up in building the character of individual and nation . Physical education is very important and we as society ignored it as part of the basic education.