Kites is one of those films we have all been waiting to watch from a very long time, the level of expectation was unbelievably high. Apart from the fact that Kites was promoted as one of the first films to truly crossover to the international audience, the film was also Hrithik Roshan’s first in over two long years (his last release was Jodha Akbar in February 2008). Directed by Anurag Basu (Gangster, Murder) and produced by Rakesh Roshan, who knows the pulse of the Indian audience like no other, Kites is ‘THE’ biggest release of the year. Does it fly? Does it soar? Read on..
The film is about J (Hrithik Roshan) and Natasha (Barbara Mori). J is a crook, who marries girls to get them green cards and Linda a.k.a Natasha is one of them. The next time they meet Natasha is engaged to Tony (Nick Brown), while J is all set to marry Tony’s sister Gena (Kangna Ranaut). All hell breaks loose when J and Natasha fall in love. Will love survive? Can J and Natasha overcome all odds? Watch Kties to find out.
Kites – Positives
- Kites is different, its not your regular Bollywood film. There are no conventional song and dance numbers, the leading lady from Mexico doesn’t have a proper line in Hindi and the treatment is completely different from anything that you have ever seen before . Purely for the effort and the courage to take on something as risky as this, the makers deserve a pat on their backs.
- The film starts off well and the first half was pretty good. The ‘Fire’ song is mind-boggling. Fantastic choreography and the song perfectly showcases the unrealistic dancing skills of Hrithik.
- The performances by the lead actors is top-notch. The chemistry they share is nice.
- The cinematography by Ayananka Bose is brilliant. The action sequences have been extremely well choreographed and performed.
Kites - Negatives
- Although 3 writers - Akash Khurana, Anurag Basu, Robin Bhatt – have been credited for the story of Kites, the film has no story. Absolutely no twists nor turns due to which the film suffers from being highly predictable.
- Hindi is the least used language in Kites. Most of the dialogues are in English and the rest in Spanish (with English subtitles). This, personally, didn’t make much sense. Its a Hindi film production after all. Imagine watching a Hollywood movie with mostly Hindi dialogues?
- It looked like a conscious effort, on part of the makers, to make the film appeal to the international audience while at the same time having enough in it to keep the Indian audience hooked (read action sequences in the second half). Result? Neither here nor there.
- Also you never feel the hero is challenged, whatever he does, just simply works in his favour. And since the negative character is poorly written, the thrill of a chase film is completely missing.
- Hrithik Roshan is mind-blowing, a terrific performance that may not get the praise it deserves. He gets every expressions right and when on screen its hard to take your eyes off him.
- Barbara Mori looks beautiful and acts reasonably well.
- Nicholas Brown as the villian is good.
- Kangna Ranaut is wasted. The rest have nothing much to do.
Overall, the intentions were honest, the effort that has gone into the making of the film very evident in every frame, but sadly the results – not quite upto the mark. Don’t get me wrong, Kites isn’t a bad film. It certainly has its moments, but not enough to deserve the price of your ticket unless of course, your a Hrithik Roshan fan. If you are, don’t think twice, go watch it. He’s fabulous!
At the box office, the opening weekend numbers should be record-breaking due to Hrithik’s presence, but the fall is inevitable. Collections should drop drastically from Monday.
Rating: For Hrithik’s performance and the makers for having the audacity to attempt something so different, when the safer path was much easier to walk on.