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Kai Po Che! is a 2013 Hindi Friends sports drama film directed by Abhishek Kapoor and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur under the banner of UTV Motion Pictures. It was the first solo effort for the banner under the Disney UTV brand. An adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's 2008 novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life stars debutant Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao, and Amit Sadh as the three major protagonists, with Amrita Puri as the female lead. It has a three-song soundtrack composed by Amit Trivedi with lyrics written by Swanand Kirkire.

Set in Ahmedabad from 2000 to 2012, Kai Po Che! follows three friends, Ishaan Ish Bhatt (Rajput), Omkar Omi Shastri (Sadh), and Govind Govi Patel (Rao), as they try to open their own sports shop and academy. The film also covers the 2001 Gujarat earthquake, the 2002 Godhra train burning, and the 2002 Gujarat riots. The film follows their great connection and their innocence as it is tainted by religious politics and social hate. On 13 February 2013, the film had its international premiere at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where it was the first Indian film to be featured in the international Panorama section.

Kai Po Che!, which was made on a $300 million (US$3.8 million) budget, was released worldwide on 22 February 2013 to critical acclaim in India but mixed reviews overseas, with an appreciation for Kapoor's direction and the performances of Rajput, Rao, and Sadh. The film grossed $830 million (US$10 million) globally, making it both a critical and commercial triumph.  At the 59th Filmfare Awards, the film garnered six nominations, including Best Director for Kapoor, Best Supporting Actor for Rao, Best Male Debut for Rajput, and Best Story. The film received two nominations: Best Screenplay for Kapoor and Best Background Score for Hitesh Sonik.




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Movie name

Kai Po Che

Directed by

Abhishek Kapoor

Written by

Pubali Chaudhari, Supratik Sen, Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat

Based on

The 3 Mistakes of My Life

by Chetan Bhagat

Produced by

Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur


Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, Rajkummar Rao, Amrita Puri, Asif Basra


Anay Goswamy

Edited by

Deepa Bhatia

Music by

Amit Trivedi

Music by

Background Score: Hitesh Sonik



UTV Motion Pictures

Distributed by

UTV Motion Pictures

Release date

22 February 2013


The plot revolves around three buddies who form a business that also offers coaching classes and tuition. Omi seeks assistance from his uncle, who is also a political leader, in order to launch this firm. 

Govind teaches some of the children, and Ishaan coaches them in cricket. They arrive to meet Ali, a youngster with hyperreflexia. Ishaan then begins special coaching for the youngster in order to provide the country with a new great player. But then they experience an earthquake, an unstable political situation and communal riots.unexpected happens, and the plot twists.


On 22 February 2013, the film was released on 1000 screens in India. 'Kai Po Che!' received 'U' certificate from the Censor Board prior to its release without any cuts.


The three boys' performances are outstanding: Sushant Singh Rajput (Ishaan), Raj Kumar Yadav (Govind), and Amit Sadh (Omi). Sushant deserves special attention for playing the best role and doing it justice. Amrita Puri is endearing. Amit Trivedi's music is soulful and captivating.

Despite the dark backdrop of death, destruction, and politics, Kai Po Che is endearing. You find yourself smiling between tears because, above all, it is a narrative of friendship and human victory.


ImDb rated the movie 7.9/10. The movie is worth a watch as it takes you on the journey of three friends.




Character Analysis

Ishaan Bhatt (Sushant Singh Rajput) 

 Ishaan is an ex-district cricketer who wants to start a cricket academy. He is a natural leader who is passionate and driven. Ishaan exemplifies desire and perseverance, continuously chasing his dreams. He is also a devoted and loving friend, always looking out for Omi and Govind. His idealism, on the other hand, can occasionally blind him to the complexities of life, leading to rash actions.



Omi Shastri (Amit Sadh)

 Omi is Ishaan and Govind's close friend. He hails from a politically powerful family, and his friendship is conflicted with his family's political goals. Omi struggles with his sense of loyalty and frequently finds himself in contradicting positions. As the novel progresses, he undergoes a dramatic metamorphosis, grappling with shame, terror, and his own identity.



Govind Patel (Rajikummar Rao)

Govind is a calm, practical, and pragmatic individual. He enjoys mathematics and co-owns a sports store with Ishaan. Govind's logic frequently clashes with Ishaan's idealism, creating a tension within their friendship. He aims for financial success and stability, which leads him to make cautious decisions. Govind faces personal and professional hardships while remaining grounded.





Song Title




Amit Trivedi, Mohan Kannan



Shruti Pathak, Divya Kumar


Meethi Boliyaan

Amit Trivedi, Mili Nair

Behind The Scenes

The trio appeared in a sequence taken at the Hatkeshwar Mahadev temple. Meethi Boliyan, one of the songs, was shot entirely in Daman and Diu. To fit into the book-adapted persona of 'Ishaan,' Sushant Singh Rajput reportedly had to go through four months of cricket training with two coaches. A cricket match sequence was shot in Ahmedabad's Sabarmati Railway Stadium. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has approved the use of video from a historic India-Australia Kolkata test match from 2001 in Kai Po Che! Director Abhishek Kapoor has stated that the film's major actors did not want to be a part of it. Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja has agreed to make a cameo appearance in this film.

Box Office Collection

Kai Po Che! grossed $42.5 million (US$530,000) on its first day of restricted distribution, doing particularly well in major cities. After its first day, the picture grew rapidly, earning 62.5 million (US$780,000) and 75 million (US$940,000) on its second and third days, respectively, for a total of about 183 million (US$2.3 million) in its first weekend. After its first week, it grossed 295 million (US$3.7 million). Despite some fresh releases, the picture performed well in its second weekend, earning roughly $82.5 million (US$1.0 million). It made 110 million (US$1.4 million) in the second week and 48.3 million (US$600,000) in the third. The film's total domestic earnings are 480 million (US$6.0 million).

Following a strong run in the domestic market, the picture performed well overseas, grossing roughly $2.25 million in 17 days. The total amount collected from overseas was $2.325 million.




Date of ceremony




Filmfare Awards

24 January 2014

Best Screenplay

Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat

Pubali Chaudhari, Supratik Sen


Filmfare Awards

24 January 2014

Best Background Score

Hitesh Sonik


Global Indian Music Academy Awards

20 January 2014

Best Lyricist

Swanand Kirkire – (for Manja)


Producers Guild Film Awards

16 January 2014

Best Male Debut

Sushant Singh Rajput


Screen Awards

14 January 2014

Most Promising Newcomer – Male

Sushant Singh Rajput


Screen Awards

14 January 2014

Best Lyricist

Swanand Kirkire – (for Manja)


Screen Awards

14 January 2014

Best Editing

Deepa Bhatia


Zee Cine Awards

8 February 2014

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male

Rajkummar Rao


Zee Cine Awards

8 February 2014

Best Story

Chetan Bhagat



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