Kai Po Che! Movie Review

Kai Po Che! (Hindi)

Release Date:
February 22, 2013

It is the story of three friends and is based in the city of Ahmedabad. The plot sees a young boy in Ahmedabad named Govind dream of starting a business. To accommodate his friends Ishaan (the central character) and Omi's passion, cricket, they open a cricket goods and training shop. However, each has a different motive: Govind's goal is to make money; Ishaan desires to nurture Ali, a gifted batsman; Omi just wants to be with his friends. The events that transpire against the backdrop of all that occurred in the city during that time, change the lives of each of the friends in very different ways.

It is the story of three friends and is based in the city of Ahmedabad. The plot sees a young boy in Ahmedabad named... Show More

The story may be simplistic, naive even – and one could make a case that it is intentionally so, mirroring the naïvete of its protagonist – but Kapoor fleshes out his characters so richly that we are pulled uncomplainingly into their world

The Hindu

Kai Po Che! is a moving portrait of friendship, loss, forgiveness

Hindustan Times

Brick by brick, the screenplay builds up the tempo, until the climax delivers its sucker punch. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the film's piercing finale

Stunning clarity and ease in director Abhishek Kapoor’s voice is what makes this adaptation of a mediocre novel so irresistible.

A lovely, emotive film on abiding friendship and the values that make life worth living

Indian Express

How deft storytelling and technique can overcome a simplistic story

Kai Po Che uses its runtime well, regaling with a simple story of dreams even as it touches the complexity of modern India's most shameful socio-political chapter

Kai Po Che is interesting at many levels, deftly executed, and a film born out of conviction

Mumbai Mirror

Kai Po Che cuts the clutter of conventional cinema thanks to its decent direction and persuasive performances. Certainly worth a watch!

Times of India

A good film, but not a great film


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


Despite the disturbing backdrop of death, destruction and politics, Kai Po Che is very likeable. Between tears, you find yourself smiling, because it's the story of friendship and human triumph above all else

Times of India

Kai Po Che is brimming with solid content. Watch it for the spirit it is made in. Watch it because it's the kind of cinema that pushes the boundaries