Posted: 15 January 2013 at 11:51am
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'Kai Po Che! chose me'
Five years after Rock On!!, Abhishek Kapoor returns with another story of friendship. When filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor's Rock On!! became one of the biggest hits of 2008, everyone expected him to lap up the opportunity and make his next movie soon after. After all, he had struggled a lot before
finally tasting success — successful producer
Ekta Kapoor's cousin, few remember that Kapoor's Bollywood break was as an actor and that his directorial debut was not Rock On!! in 2008 but Aryan in 2006.
Although the popularity of his second film opened doors for him, the filmmaker had to wait another five years before his third, the upcoming Kai Po Che!, could be made. The reasons for this delay were plenty. Firstly, he had the mammoth task of adapting Chetan Bhagat's bestselling novel, The Three Mistakes of My Life, into a tight screenplay. "It is tough to crack an adapted screenplay because a book works on different principles. But I was keen on doing so. I may have chosen Rock
On!!, but Kai Po Che! chose me," he says.
Once the screenplay was ready, Kapoor approached Excel Entertainment, producers of Rock On!!, to back this project as well. "But Excel was in two minds.
Meanwhile, I developed another script for them, but my heart was in Kai Po Che!. I understood that
people can have creative differences. Hence, I
decided to move out and soon UTV came on
board as producer," he explains. In contrast
to all the rumours, Kapoor asserts there is no fallout with Excel Entertainment and they will work together on a movie soon. Kapoor, who started out as an actor in Bollywood, with his most memorable role in Uff Yeh Mohabbat, believes that his success today is the sum total of his failures in the industry. "When I did these movies, I was just not happy in my zone as an actor. Today, when I look back, all these failures validate
and mean something."
His films, in a way,
represent his own struggles, with themes
that revolve around middle-class dreams,
ambition and the eventual rise of the
underdog. While Aryan is the story of a boxer
torn between his love for the sport and his family, Rock On!! was about a group of friends who get a second chance at fulfilling their dreams of becoming musicians. His
latest feature, Kai Po Che! tells the story of three young and ambitious boys from Ahmedabad, looking to start a business that could be their ticket to fame and riches. "The book goes into so many different directions. But I chose one theme and made friendship the fulcrum of the film. I made everything else revolve around it," says Kapoor.
The tough task, however, was getting the portrayal of the lead characters right. Kapoor gives credit to casting director Mukesh Chhabra for offering him the best to choose from. "For this film, it was important for the three boys to share a good chemistry." So after individually auditioning them, he did a screen test of them together, just to be sure.
As industry insiders say, Kapoor has a knack
for choosing the right actors and bringing the best out of them. "It gives me immense joy to discover actors. I can safely say that Aryan was Sohail Khan's best performance as an actor, and Arjun Rampal gave one of his finest performances in Rock On!!," says the filmmaker, who is hoping that he repeats his magic with Kai Po Che!.
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