Indian cricket tear-jerker bowls over Berlin film festival
BERLIN (AFP) - Kai Po Che, an Indian film about cricket, love and politics set against a tumultuous backdrop of brutal sectarian violence and an earthquake, bowled over the crowd at the Berlin film festival on Thursday.
In a year in which the main Berlinale competition has failed to inspire much passion, Kai Po Che (Brothers For Life) sparked cheers and tears from a packed cinema as it screened ahead of its global general release next week.
Based on the best-selling book The Three Mistakes Of My Life, the film charts the ups and down of three ambitious young Indian men as they set up a sport shop and cricket coaching academy in the Gujurati capital Ahmedabad.
After a slow start, business begins to boom - helped by a gripping test series between India and Australia that sees cricket kit fly off the shelves - and they uncover a precocious young batsman, Ali, whose talent they nurture.