Release Date:May 20, 2010
In the harsh terrain of the Mexican desert, a mortally wounded man is left for dead in the heat of the desert sun. This is J (Hrithik Roshan) - once a street smart, carefree, young guy and now a wanted man.
The only thing that keeps him alive is the quest to find the love of his life, Natasha (Barbara Mori). A woman, engaged to another man, but surely destined for J. A woman, who comes into his life like a bolt of lightning, and changes it forever.
'Kites' is a story of love that goes beyond barriers, boundaries and cultures. It is a story of passion that defies every rule, of a relationship that takes two lovers on a thrilling journey filled with precious moments and unexpected betrayal.
Once there was a director called Mukul Anand. 15 years back Mr. Subhash Ghai met and he made TRIMURTI. History has repeated itself this time Rakesh Roshan met Anurag Basu and he made this disaster called KITES. How can someone pump 100 crores into a story which has nothing going for it? Why did Rakesh Roshan write this story? Why Anurag Basu said yes to this project? What made Hrithik do this film? These are some of the questions which were constantly nagging me while watching the film. I hope the makers do a self introspection and ask this question to them. The most important thing for a love story is that you have to fall in love with the characters in the love story. Here I didnâ€™t connect one bit with their so called intense love. They seemed like having a fun ride and by the end of it realized oh fuck, we are not in an action adventure film this is supposed to be a love story. The screenplay unnecessarily goes back and forth. The first half is ok but the 2nd half just kills it for you. How long can you watch Hrithik carry a film which is a dud from the word go? The saving grace is the cinematography, background score & the editing. Kangana Ranuat, Kabir Bedi & the guy who plays Tony are a complete miscast. Anurag Basu tries his best to infuse magic in the film but the writer in him fails big time. He should go back & make his small character based films and leave the grandeur to Mr. Rakesh Roshan. Barbara Mori has a good screen presence, thatâ€™s about it. If you want to see Hrithik the actor, go watch Laqshya again. If you want to letch at Hrithik the star for 2 hours Kites is for you.
Final few words: jiss patang ka maanja(script) hi kharab ho who patang udegi kaise?
Ticket meter: 180/- (waste of money)
Lovely locales are shot and edited beautifully and set to some very nice background music. But the story doesn't fly that high. The twists and turns are mere ploys to get to an end that was decided before the first chapter was written.
Movie has been over-hyped. Period. It is an unabashed attempt at making a cross-over and almost launching Hrithik into the realms of Hollywood. Releasing in over 2000 screens worldwide, you will be more than convinced that this movie is shot like a showcase portfolio for Hrithik's cross-over casting attempts. But does it work? Hell No. Not much. It does succeed in parts.
J is a young soul making his living in the sin city of Las Vegas by doing random errands, teaching dance moves and marrying illegal immigrant girls to provide them Green Card for thousand bucks each. One of the girls is Barbara Mori whom he meets again during his hookup with Kangana, a lass born into money while her crooked brother is all set to marry Barbara. What happens next? I could tell you, but I won't . In the name of whatever-is-there script, your imagination must not be aided.
A plain vanilla ice-cream would taste frivolously different if we add a delicate layer of chocolate syrup over it. Add raisins, almond, cashew nuts, whipped cream, hot fudge and sprinkles â€“ the same plain vanilla ice-cream worth ten rupees would carry the weight of an exotic dessert, would find its place on the carte of the best luncheonettes and as the case may be, might sell for more than thousand rupees.
I would say itâ€™s not a great film but far worse films have become blockbusters in recent years. Barbara Mori is hot (I donâ€™t care how the male actors look) and can act unlike most of the western imports out here. HR also shoulders the responsibility of carrying the whole film as one would expect him to do in a home production. Anurag Basu uses a similar narrative like Gangster, he starts with the doom, and then there are flashbacks and I think this format works fine. The film is paced decently as the songs and sentimental interludes are kept short and a runtime of 130 mins is an achievement for big budget Bollywood production. It is shot well with high production values. I believe the Ratner cut minus the songs (and plus you know what) would be more enjoyable.