Hrithik Roshan’s latest, Kites: Hey, it’s not bad, in fact, I liked it!!

Posted: May 23, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Can somebody help me here? I was never good at history. Are more wars fought over a “woman” than over any other issue? Yes, other issues on which wars could be fought are water, oil, territory, religion, etc. But more lives have been lost in wars and fights over women, I’d believe, than over anything else.

That being a fact, the basic storyline of Kites, the latest from Filmkraft, is not off the mark.

Normally I would have seen a big release of this kind on the Friday or the Saturday, of the release week. But as we had tickets to a fund raiser program, we were scheduled to see it on the morning of Sunday. And that unfortunately, was enough time, for a whole lot of reviews to come out. The “official” ones in media, and the many unofficial ones on Twitter and Facebook. And where I was already a little skeptical about someone like Anurag Basu (who has earlier directed films of a completely different genre, like Murder, Gangster, Life in a Metro, etc.) being able to pull off a cross-over international feel project like this, these early reviews had convinced me that this was going to be a disaster.

With low expectations I went and saw the film. And right through the first half, I was waiting to see the film drop off into randomness or boredom, as people had made me believe it would. But that never happened.

The film kept me engrossed right through.

The theme was simple enough. War fought over a girl. Which includes, as you’d imagine, romance, revenge, violence, etc. That part is simple and straight forward.

But what makes this a good film overall:

– the flow is smooth; going back and forth into flashbacks and now, is handled well

– the screen looks good all through. The sets, the locales in Vegas, Mexico etc. are good to see. The camera work is splendid. The colors are captured well.

– Barbara, though not exactly stunning, fits the role of the Latina beauty well. She emotes well, has a nice smile, and shows good chemistry with Hrithik.

– the length of the film is just right. There is no temptation to make it a typically longdrawn Bollywood style saga. At the current length of a little over 2 hours, it is taut enough to keep you interested.

A few questions remain, though:

– Anurag’s muse from his earlier films, Kangana Ranaut, could have been given some more space. I believe she’s one of the most underrated actresses on Indian screen. I loved her work in Fashion and in Life in a Metro. She’s wasted here.

– One miss: when Hrithik is unloading one car after another, in a moving truck carrying those vehicles, does the driver of the truck not realize anything afoot? Does the load not appear to get lesser suddenly? Don’t they have anything like a rear view mirror?? There’s mayhem going on behind them, with one car rolling off after another. And he drives merrily away??!

– And where does Kabir Bedi disappear at the end? Does he too not come fuming after these guys? Anurag does remeber to bring in Kangana for a fleeting moment at the end. Why not Kabir too?

But these few factors apart, I think its a good film. And the one big reason – obviously – for this is called “Hrithik Roshan”.

So I believe Hrithik can’t sing?! Or can he?

Because it appears that he can pretty much do EVERYTHING ELSE.

He looks good, he’s an amazing actor, and he dances like no one else can, on Indian screen at this time. He can certainly carry the entire film on his broad shoulders.

Kites is a good attempt to make an Indian film with very little India in it. Its good a good Hollywood-esque feel to it.

So why did the critics run it down so much? I really don’t know. Maybe it was a fundamental expectation mismatch. This is not Hrithik’s best. It is not the best to come from the Rakesh Roshan stable. But it is good. Worth a watch.

That said, would request Rakesh Roshan to return to directing Hrithik, for their home productions. PLEASE!!

  1. Another flaw in the climax when Kangana shoots Hrithik, he is in Vegas BUT with the same injury, he drives to mexico without any police stopping him and he also surving after one bullet hit!!

    • Sanjay Mehta says:

      I would not worry about it as much. They do not show how much time had passed in that travel. I would claim it as non-critical flaw 🙂
      Unlike in MNIK, where people seemed to come and go between California and Georgia, like these were Sion and Matunga!!

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  3. Swati says:

    Too many unexplained details-Kabir doesn’t inquire about the people his kids are going to marry? Mori doesn’t plan a divorce before her wedding? Kangna’s bro reaches mexico with goons from vegas while Hritik’s phone is charging? After Kangna shoots Hritik, he reaches the same cliff as Mori to jump off with no injury? Each one repeats every thing twice-Spanish/Broken English or English/Hindi/ slowly with gestures. Inspite of Kangana’s bro being shot so many times he escapes with no great injury-even a deep neck wound? It’s the US not Pakistan-where anyone can kill anyone with such ease?And kangana is much younger and prettier than Mori so the whole story is unbelievable.

    • Sanjay Mehta says:

      Here’s my response to many of the points you make:
      1. Kabir not asking about the prospective s-i-l and d-i-l.. hey, its the USA. All he wanted to know was if the s-i-l had guts to kill someone and belong to the “family” and if the d-i-l was hot enough to show.
      2. Mori’s divorce..? What do you think, the earlier 10 brides of Hrithik’s came back for a divorce from him? These were pure contractual marriages, only for the GC. And what more, these were in Vegas! Hrithik did not really call her in the night for the divorce, you know.. especially not one that was written in invisible ink on the back of a flipped over wine label sticker!
      3. Kangana’s bro reaching Mexico.. there are helicopters. He can land somewhere and come by cars. Just theoretically speaking. Not entirely un-doable?
      4. The passage of time from the time Kangana shoots Hrithik till he gets to the cliff is not clear. It is all fuzzy. Time is not relevant there, just that he reaches there, sometime.
      5. Each one speaking multiple times.. well, not a flaw, but seriously, I did not notice it. So I guess, it was not THAT apparent or THAT annoying!
      6. Kangana’s bro being shot many times.. yeah, like Amitabh and SRK and other celebrated heroes of acclaimed films, he escapes without scars!
      7. US, not Pakistan – well, we just need to see the numerous Hollywood flicks where mafia or others go on shooting sprees to believe that this _could_ happen, and if it could not, then the anamoly has been acceptable in Hollywood, and same has been used here as well.
      8. Kangana being younger and preetier than Mori – aah.. this one’s a no-brainer. Beauty’s in the eyes of the beholder. So Hrithik and you need not share the same opinion on this one. But you and I do, just for the record 🙂

      This was fun!!

      • bachodi says:

        Even I did no notice “Each one speaking multiple times”.

        I watched with prejudice (against Hritik), even then I was able enjoy Kites.

  4. Very great post! Truely..

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