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Brothers for Life (Kai Po Che): Berlin Review

9:40 AM PST 2/15/2013 by Deborah Young
Brothers For Life Still - H 2013

The Bottom Line

Director Abhishek Kapoor vividly plants a male-bonding and sports tale within the horrors of modern Indian history.


Berlin Film Festival (Panorama Special)


Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkumar Yadav, Amit Sadh, Amrita Puri


Abhishek Kapoor


Pubali Chaudhuri, Supratik Sen, Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat

The Hindu-Muslim clashes that shook Ahmedabad in 2002 frame a Bollywood tale of friendship in Abhishek Kapoor's film, which will be released in the U.S. by Walt Disney subsidiary UTV.

A rollicking male-bonding picture about three buddies who open a cricket academy in India's exotic Gujarat, Brothers for Life turns extremely dark and violent in the last half hour, becoming a far more significant film holding strong crossover potential as well as festival interest. Actor-turned-director Abhishek Kapoor (his 2006 Aryan was a boxing drama) puts muscle and passion into the game, but comes into his own in depicting the horrors of the ferocious Hindu-Muslim clashes that shook Ahmedabad in 2002. The Walt Disney subsidiary UTV, which also produced, is releasing worldwide on Feb. 22 in the U.S. and U.K. following its Berlin Panorama premiere.

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It's the year 2000, and India is riding a wave of hope and prosperity. In the ancient city of Ahmedabad, three determined youths beg their relatives to finance their dream: a sports shop and school which will train tomorrow's cricket stars. The check is already in the pocket of sensible, accountant-minded Govind (Rajkumar Yadav, who had a role in Gangs of Wasseypur) when the moody Ishaan (dancer and popular TV actor Sushat Singh Rajput) loses his temper over his sister's suitor and bashes in a brand-new car. Uncle naturally thinks twice about bankrolling the enterprise.

Luckily, their serious pal Omi (TV actor Amit Sadh) has an uncle, too, one who is running for political office and has plenty of cash on hand. They set up shop inside a Hindu temple complex and are soon rolling along. But Govind has set his sights on a bigger place in a new shopping mall going up across the highway.

While he makes business plans, Ishaan finds personal satisfaction in coaching Ali, a pint-sized talent from a Muslim neighborhood. At Ishaan's house, Govind tutors his pretty but unscholastic sister Vidya (Amrita Puri of Aisha) in math. Her head is full of other ideas, however, and she uses her feminine savvy to make him fall for her. Naturally, they keep Ishaan in the dark, even when they spend the night together after a colorful dance festival.

PHOTOS: Berlin 2013: Behind the Scenes of THR's Directors Roundtable

The scene of the three boys going to a fortress on the beach to celebrate their first paycheck is choreographed to the sound of Amit Trivedi's joyful score. Their bare-chested horsing around shows they know how to flex muscles in front of a camera and ends with all three making daredevil leaps into the sea.

Had the film continued in this vein, it wouldn't stand out from the many Bollywood stories revved up by catchy songs and gym-trained young actors with toothy white smiles. Instead, Kapoor boldly plunges into two major historical events: the 2001 earthquake that killed 18,000 people (and which sends Govind's dreams crashing down) and the controversial Ayodhya temple dispute.

Few viewers who are unfamiliar with scriptwriter Chetan Bhagat's novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, on which the film is based, will be expecting these happy-go-lucky characters to get involved in the violent Hindu-Muslim clashes of 2002. At least 58 people died, many burned alive, on a train carrying Hindu activists wanting to build a temple in Ayodhya on the site of a 16th century mosque. In the wave of rioting and violence that followed, thousands more were killed in Gujarat. Kapoor stages a single, terrifyingly vivid attack of Hindus against the population living in the Muslim quarter, who are barricaded in fear behind strong doors, torn down by the fury of the mob. The involvement of all the young characters in the massacre turns the final scenes into very powerful drama. The film ends on a well-handled note of reconciliation that allows audiences to leave the theater with a tear in the eye.

Though all three main actors are well cast, Ishaan is the true hero of the tale and the handsome, impulsive Sushan Singh Rajput embodies him as a mesmerizing presence. Cinematography by Anay Goswamy works hand-in-hand with Sonal Sawant's production design to bring the labyrinths of the ancient city to life and give them an integral role in the modern story.

Venue: Berlin Film Festival (Panorama Special), Feb. 13, 2013.
Production company:
UTV Motion Pictures
Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkumar Yadav, Amit Sadh, Amrita Puri
Abhishek Kapoor
Pubali Chaudhuri, Supratik Sen, Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat based on Bhagat's novel
Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Executive producer:  Ajay G. Rai
Director of photography:
Anay Goswamy
Production designer:
Sonal Sawant
Costumes: Niharika Khan
Editor: Deepa Bhatia
Music: Amit Trivedi
Sales Agent:
UTV Motion Pictures
127 minutes.

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Index for reviews:

Twitter reactions after Berlin premiere:
(Index will be updated as and when new reviews are posted)
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Sneha May Francis( review:

UK Asianonline review: , Taran Adarsh and Faridoon's Reviews: , , Alisha Coelho , Danny Bowes( NYC Scene) reviews:

Aniruddha Guha, Sukanya Verma ( and Tushar Joshi:
TOI review, Review by Sanjukta Sharma
Telegraph India review
Twitter reactions after Mumbai premiere- 18/2/13

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Good to see positive reviews.. Now waiting for 18th..

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Aseem Chhabra @chhabs #KaiPoChe is a refreshing #Indian film. Ernest performances, good engaging storytelling, and just the right emotional tone, #Berlinale

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chalo one more thread for kpc discussion

good goin kpc, super happy with the positive response till now

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Super happy and excited with all the positive reviews...
Can't wait to read more after the premiere on the 18th...
All the best to team KPCThumbs Up
Very sure the movie will be as appreciated by the indian audience as it was by the global audience at the berlinale...StarSmile

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Super happy with reviewBig smile cant wait to watch only 6 days leftEmbarrassed
All the Best to team KPCThumbs Up

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Twitter reactions after Berlin premiere (Credit goes to members of Sushant's BW thread in PR forum). For those who dont want to go through all the tweets- bottomline is, the Berlin audience seems to have really liked the movie.

    Vera Wessel ?@veraishq

    Kai Po Che: Quite subtle, very moving; Sushant: star in the making; other actors: great; A. Kapoor: top! :) Loved it!

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    38mVera Wessel ?@veraishq

    @Abhishekapoor You've done a wonderful job at adapting "3 mistakes". It was even better than what I expected! Clever changes.#Berlinale

      Poonam Joshi ?@PoonamJoshi_

      #KaiPoChe was humbling, inspirational. A must see...

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    1. 10hgumshuda ?@dildeewana_

      @PoonamJoshi_ how was performance of cast?

    1hPoonam Joshi ?@PoonamJoshi_

    @dildeewana_ excellent!! Loved all 3 boys:-)

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    14mRichard Carter ?@rdcberlinAFP

    Possibly best film I've ever seen. Amazing. #kaipoche

    Dheeraj ?@justdheeraj

    MT "@lessallcasting:Kai Po Che was moving, beautifully shot, a great indie film #Berlinale" @Abhishekapoor @RonnieScrewvala@chetan_bhagat

    Eva ?@susasusasusa

    Kai Po Che. Super. Film. @naina81 und ganz besonders: Der Sportler!!! :-);-):-)

    The UK Asian ?@TheUKAsian

    #KaiPoChe is a film of two halves...but a humbling, inspirational must-see! Kudos to @Abhishekapoor

    Godard ?@man_on_mars

    @CilemaSnob With one of India's iconic test matches as a backdrop,Kai Po Che is well crafted and superbly acted. #Berlinale

    Rita Etges > Kai Po Che
    Congrats - very much enjoyed the showing at the BERLINALE yesterday!
  1. Saw the film yesterday at Berlin International Film Festival. Really enjoyed it. Great story full of suspense and emotion.
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'Kai Po Che' was warmly received at a special screening in London Wednesday night, hours after a 1600-strong audience gave the film a standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival.
Divya Tejuja @DTejuja
A week 2 release- @Abhishekapoor's #KaiPoChe.Fab performances, grt music n abv all b'ful narrative.Dun miss it! @raj_kumar31 @_Amrita_Puri
Anja Arif

the movie is so beautiful Greetings from Berlin

Soumya Saxena > Kai Po Che Just saw Kai Po Che at the Berlin film festival ... the movie was good but a bit long... adnd Sushant Singh Rajput was amazingly rocking!

Claudia Kaltborn > Kai Po Che
great movie. everything a movie needs: emotion, passion, drama, great pictures, vivid characters. must watch!

Soumya Saxena
it was really great
Publisher, Box Office India
@boxofficeindia, Sound Box @SoundBoxMag

Nitin Tej Ahuja @nitinta #KaiPoChe - a modern masterpiece. Fabulous,
flawless cinema. Kudos to
everyone associated with
Renuka Vyavahare ?@renukaVyavahare

Here's one early review of #kaipoche "@parullxx: Kai Po Che what a fab film! Abhishek Kapoor take a bow."

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    Its all about #KaiPoChe next
    weekend. Other films may as
    well leave it for a few weeks as
    this will set box office on fire!

Faheem Ruhani
@ruhanibaatein Feels good to have watched a film that succesfully and intelligently adapts the essence of a book. #Kai Po Che. #3 Mistakes Of My Life!

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