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The Kites Movie Review

Come, take flight
By Nikhil Kumar
Rating: 3/5

Amigos. Get ready to savour the Indian curry with spicy Mexican nachos. Do they make a heady combo? Well, they surely do. Kites, touted as India’s first crossover film for global audience, soars high, dips, soars again and leaves you levitating in your seat with its heart-wrenching climax.

Agreed it’s not a film for connoisseurs or for an average film-festival-going Joe. And it’s not exactly a piece of path-breaking cinema. But hey! It’s two hours twenty minutes of an edge-of-the-seat roller coaster ride full of stunning visuals, tender romantic moments, heart-stopping action, non-stop chases, and, of course, two gorgeous actors, Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori at the centre of it all.

At its core, ‘Kites’ is a love story. It’s about J (Hrithik Roshan), a small-time hustler in Las Vegas who plays the love game with the superrich Gina (Kangana Ranaut) so that he could be a part of her superrich family, comprising of a casino owner dad (Kabir Bedi), a mom and a snooty brother Tony (Nick Brown).

Coincidentally, Natasha (Barbara Mori), an illegal Mexican immigrant in Vegas, is playing the same game with Tony.

J and Natasha’s get-rich-quick plan seems to be succeeding until they fall for each other. Both paupers with dreams of riches. It’s a tussle between love and money. But by choosing love, J and Natasha not just kick the riches they could get, but also win the animosity of Gina’s dad and brother Tony, who’s hell-bent on killing J and getting Natasha back.

From then on, it’s a wild ride for the fleeing lovers, with not just Tony, but also cops and bounty hunters on their trail.

The real strength of ‘Kites’ lies not in its story, but in the flourish with which director Anurag Basu presents it on the screen. An ordinary tale of lovers on the run turns into a ‘Thelma and Louise’ kind of adrenaline stimulating road ride during which the lover duo rob a bank, cheat death, escape the cops and a bunch of money-grubbing bikers, and smuggle themselves into Mexico. And in between all the action and explosions, there a sweet little love story brewing between the Indian hustler and the Mexican stunner, despite them not knowing each other’s language. And it’s all told in non-linearity, with Basu never trying to follow the convention and jumbling together sequences that all make sense only when seen in entirety. A job well done indeed, but how one wishes the writers had more meat in the story’s second half, when the movie turns into a cat-and-mouse game with an Abbas Mastan-meets-Rohit Shetty kind of chases, car crashes and explosions.

Hrithik Roshan has never looked so hot on screen before and he does enact his part well. Note the superbly enacted soul-baring moment between him and Barbara when he talks about the day his mother died. His stupefying dances and stunts make one sit and watch. And his chemistry with Barbara is simply crackling. Though she prattles on in Mexican and flashes smiles for a good part of her role, Barbara shows flashes of terrific acting in many sequences like the bank robbery or the one at the station. Nick Brown is aptly vicious while Kangana Ranaut hardly has a role to write about.

‘Kites’ would not have been the same but for the captivating cinematography by Ayananka Bose. From the casinos and fountains of Las Vegas to the desolate deserts of Mexico, Bose’s camera catches beauty in every frame. Stunts are superbly executed, the best of the lot being the one in which Hrithik hops from train to train. The music is, however, mediocre.

Foibles apart, it’s the spirit of ‘Kites’ that wins you over. The ceaseless action, romance and drama unspooling at a pace that hardly gives you a moment for thought. Go, watch it. It’s not a seminal work. But it’s definitely fun while it lasts.


Rating: 3 / 5

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01 Jul 2011
We want hrithik to do pictures like judha akbhar,doom as these will reflect his talent as a goodactor but kites is not like that
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21 Sep 2010
i am a chinese, my friend in india introduce this movie to me, after watching it, i felt it so fantastic. It really a nice movie and the soundtrack
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21 Sep 2010
Kites is a wonderful movie
Even after hearing negative reviews of the movie, i always wanted to watch it. finally i got hold of the DVD a couple of days back and watched it.
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15 Sep 2010
amazing movie
i like hritik dance in fire song of kites
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08 Sep 2010
nice movie
realy nice movie
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