Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor, who received rave reviews for his previous movie ‘Rock On!’, is back with a new movie ‘Kai Po Che’, movie adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s popular novel ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’.
Like his previous movie ‘Rock On!’, ‘Kai Po Che’ too is about friendship and male bonding.
“It's a film about friendship and just a coincidence that both my films are about friends. But if you compare beyond that, both the films are dramatically different films,” said Abhishek Kapoor to PTI.
“Here, the character are relatable. It's a very deep rooted Indian film about middle class India and youth. It's about youth's desire of making money, becoming successful and having a girlfriend,” he added.
The director said that ‘Kai Po Che’ was three times bigger than ‘Rock On!’.
“It's much a bigger film than 'Rock On' because the film has got so many things in the backdrop apart from friendship being the central theme. It goes into the earthquake, religion, cricket, politics and riots also. The scale is much bigger. If I have to compare Kai Po Che with my last film, it would be like making three Rock Ons," he said.
Abhishek Kapoor decided to adapt Chetan Bhagat’s novel as his next movie when he met the author in 2009 and Chetan Bhagat gave him the copy of his book.
“After the release of ‘Rock On’, I met Chetan. He offered me the book and asked me if I was interested in making a film on it. When I read it, I found that the book understood the real India very well. We took it on and made our own changes according to the screenplay,” he said.
The movie ‘Kai Po Che’ has no known faces and stars fresh actors like popular TV stars Sushanth Singh Rajput and Amit Sadh, along with Rajkumar Yadav.
The director said that casting fresh faces was a deliberate decision to cast new faces in the film because all the major stars of our industry are 40 plus.
“Some films require fresh faces. This film is particularly about three young people. Most of our stars are 40 plus and so, I was not convinced by the idea of casting them. It was pleasure to shoot the film with these three. They are powerhouse of talent. My energy didn't get wasted on chasing the stars or fix their dates and chose their garments," Abhishek said.
The movie features one controversial and sensitive scene of 2002 Gujarat violence but the director says he has not used it to instigate the audience.
“With that scene in the film, our intention is not to titillate my audience. My film is about friendship. I have not used it to hurt anybody's sentiments. It will not create any unpleasant scene. I don't think I have done anything that is going to be raised up by anybody,” he concluded.
The release date of movie has been postponed from January to February 22 as the director is still left with some post-production work.