If you’re expecting Kites to be extraordinaire, you’ll end up disappointed. If, like most people, you expect a good Bollywood flick, you’ll find it to be just about alright. The good thing about Kites is that it is a typical Bollywood masala movie; it has all the ingredients – romance, love, betrayal, tragedy, mystery, heroes, villains, action, stunts, fights, gunshots, car chases, car crashes, greed, razzmatazz, music, dance, et al. The bad thing, if anything, is that it’s a little too Bollywoodish.

Hrithik Roshan says Kites is his two-and-a-half year long labour of love. Which is apparent and it seems like he’s given his soul to the movie. Roshan is a proven performer; nothing needs to be said about his acting skills, except that he’s awesome again. The dude is great to look at even when in agony. He emotes really well, is totally believable in even questionable sequences and dances like a charm.

But stealing the show is Barbara Mori. This babe is not only goodlooking, but a bloody good actor as well. I, frankly, didn’t expect her to be anything more than to be a pretty prop, but she turned out to be a wonderful heroine. And yeah, the chemistry between Roshan and Mori is palpable. If Hrithik was really infatuated with Barbara, well, it’s done the movie a hell lot of good. And if he wasn’t, well, then they’re just two brilliant actors.

By the way, if you’re wondering why Kangana wasn’t shown much in the trailers or pre-release publicity, it’s not because she had a mysterious role. It’s because she has a miniscule role.

The story… hmmm… I won’t say much because I don’t want to spoil your fun. But at the same time, I’m sure the story is easy enough to predict. It’s a typical romantic movie about two lovers who can’t be together because of myriad reasons. There’s a villain who’s in love with the heroine, another heroine who’s in love with the hero, a hero who’s in love with the heroine as well as money, a rich father who has the whole of Las Vegas under his fingers, a police force who have endless numbers of cars to crash, and the like.

The story is, in fact, the weakest thing about Kites. The strongest is the Indo-Mexican love affair between J (Roshan) and Linda (Mori). Like I mentioned before, they make an excellent couple and their chemistry has been projected wonderfully well by director, Anurag Basu.

To sum things up, Kites is most definitely a one-time watch. But it’s not something so great that you have to rush out right now to buy tickets. During the interval, I was rubbing my hands in anticipation of the second half. Towards the climax, I was rubbing my brow in hope of a quick end. And that for you, is the Kites review.

[rating:2.5]

By Saurin Parikh

PS: A small piece of advice for Mr Anurag Basu- white subtitles against light backgrounds don’t really make much sense. And please, if you’ve got such awesome songs, give them precedence over mundane action sequences.кредитная карта без работыкредитная карта приватбанка проценты при снятии наличныхприват кредитка универсальная отзывыоформление кредитной карты онлайн

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56 Comments

  1. Isha

    May 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I am going to watch it today!!!!!….thx for the review!!!

  2. swapnil

    May 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks Saurin.. the above review is very well written..

    I am watching it today.. some people actually told me to cancel the tickets.. i hope its not all that bad (?)

  3. raj

    May 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    kites is the worst worst love story i have ever seen in bollywood history..keep it up anurag..i tink only u can understand the movie n why it has been named kites..it suckssssss guys plzzzzz dont go n watch

  4. disha

    May 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    i expected a lot from movie bt after watching it i think bollywood b grade movies are far better than it…kites is a zero star movie not even one time see

  5. daxesh thakor

    May 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    super duper hit movie i mean all time block buster

  6. Fakruddin

    May 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I wanted a Masala Movie. So that Kites is.Enjoy all the moment. that’s it!

  7. mayank kale

    May 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Nice write up about the movie.
    I think i will book the tickets and once again Thank You for this Amazing review.
    Thank you and a good job !!

  8. RASHMI

    May 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    WHATEVER MAY BE THE REVIEW, I AM DIE HEART HRITHIK FAN AND AM GOING TO WATCH IT FOR SURE 🙂

  9. Raj

    May 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Hey Rashmi. Me too a die hard fan of the Heart throb… I watched it today morning. 1st show… 😉 Hrithik is AWSOME all the way…. and the dance bit… ufffhhh… that was terriiiiiific… But overall it has also disappointed me too. As a Hrithik’s fan I expected this to be another feather in his hat but… 🙁 Our people might not like it the way this has been shaped as it’s more like a Hollywood flick. Therz no typcal bollywood dishum dishum, hero heroine running around trees, 4 to 5 songs and more over not a 3 hrs mve. But being HRITHIK there, you can defntly watch it… 🙂

  10. Kunl Gohel

    May 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Kites i the movie is worstless…. i have never seen that kind a of movie.. when i saw the tralier of that movie it look like very excited.. but its a typical movie… hmm nothing Special ……

  11. Suvrajit Gayen

    May 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    not as good as expected…..

  12. Bhawna

    May 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Thnx for the review!!.. I will anyways watch the movie only nd only for Hrithik Roshan.. I had been waiting for this movie..:)

  13. arpit

    May 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    the movie sux…plz guys dont waste your money and time to watch it..well its good for couples who usually dont watch the movie though and for ac lovers..

  14. naresh

    May 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I just agree with RASHMI WHATEVER MAY BE THE REVIEW, I AM DIE HEART HRITHIK FAN AND AM GOING TO WATCH IT FOR SURE.

  15. karam

    May 22, 2010 at 12:27 am

    ullu ke pathhe ,itni ahhi movie ko bekar bata raha hai, maro sale ko

  16. bharat

    May 22, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Hi,
    I have booked tickets of kites for saturday 22nd May in Innovative Multiplex Marathalli 12:15 show in Bangalore,but in bangalore Kites is banned due to some conflicts, if the movie is not screend in th cinema hall… how will i get my money back from bookmyshow?

  17. karam

    May 22, 2010 at 12:30 am

    salo ko koi kam to hai nahi, khud to movie banan nahi ati, doosre logo ki buraia karne ke paise khate hai, abe apne kam se matlab rakh , bada chala hai review karne

  18. Jai

    May 22, 2010 at 1:34 am

    One should watch this movie!!!

  19. shankar dayal yadav

    May 22, 2010 at 3:45 am

    it is not suited for Indian vivers, because of continuity ………….over all boring

  20. sunil

    May 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    kites is the biggest disappointment… movie is not even kind of ok… the performance by both were amazing.. but overall the movie starts loosing its grip after the first 40 minutes..

  21. ashutosh

    May 22, 2010 at 10:59 am

    kites is a gud movie if everyone wants anything sipcy so it will hopefully disappoint u
    hrithik better luck nxt time.

  22. anshu

    May 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    hrithik rocks awesome movie….

  23. prasanna

    May 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    dont spoil the interest of some people by your fillings. everyone is different and everyone want different also. so no matter what you fill or what you like. it is your life and all about your choice.

    let everybody, whoever want to watch it, to go for a single time like you and let tem to enjoy their wish.

  24. Kunal

    May 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Dam slow movie…. Sud say one of d most disappointing movie of this year till now……

  25. simi

    May 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    well….i had been with my family…..oh well…i should say its a waste of time….the first half i was just waiting ok now its gona get interesting…d next half was gud…..by the time i thot it vl nw gear up d movie end…lol…bt i cudnt believe roshan’s cumin up wid such a movie lacking just evrything…but 2admit hrithik n barbara have done a great job,awesum chemistry…bt guys its a waste of money….i wish i wud hv invested sumwr else…

  26. Yogesh

    May 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the comment/review..
    Theres been a ton of expectations from Hrithik..
    Hope he fulfills that..

  27. Vikalp

    May 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    For all those out there who r still thinking whether to watch or not after those reviews, just one word to say…give it a try and decide yourself. I am die hard Hrithik fan but i like only good movies…
    i had a lot of excitement for it but when i heard the reviews of ppl. i started feeling tht maybe it was not what i was expecting…
    But saw it today and i simply loved it. I feel this is Hrithik’s best work till date.

    So i suggest please go and watch it and create your own reviews…(it, on all standards deserves at least a watch)
    Dont go by reviews of other ppl and critics coz no two people are same….he may hav not liked it but u might as wel fall in love with it…..so GIVE IT A FAIR CHANCE FRIENDS !!!

  28. maran

    May 23, 2010 at 2:51 am

    My preteen kids – both diehard Hritik fans- sent an SOS to our driver and bailed out after enduring 20 mins of the movie.. I stayed put, hoped for some redeeming moments, but was exasperated as things took a turn for the worse….felt like jumping off a cliff too…

  29. sanjay

    May 23, 2010 at 8:16 am

    really confused whether to go for it or no

  30. d joshi

    May 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

    if u wana see the class of hrithik roshan which is long awaited since dhoom 2. guys ! stop looking for reviews . lets watch it……

  31. Madhav

    May 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

    IT IS AS BORING AS ‘JUMBO’ ! IF U R PLANING TO GO PLS DONT 🙁

  32. Rajesh Jadhav

    May 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I found it really good. It has everything in it. The couple is very pritty and overall its romantic movie.

  33. Ankit Gupta

    May 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I was looking for a fast nd modern kind of movie bt after reading the reviews about kites, I am feeling a little dissapointed…

  34. Rouble

    May 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

    The movie was ok . I am a big fan of Hrithik and as usual he looked like a greek god :). The chemistry was good, but the story lacked substance. Barbara Mori looked stunning in some of the frames and acted really well.

    Overall, the movie was not worth the money spent but can be watched once if you are a big fan of Hrithik.

  35. vishal

    May 24, 2010 at 11:20 am

    not extra-ordinary but its a good movie…good locations, dances, back ground music..
    overall 7 of 10

  36. akash

    May 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    HEY GUYS THANKS FOR THE REVIEW !!!!!
    BUT I WILL TRY THIS MOVIE
    MAY BE THE REVIEW IS TRUE I WILL DROP IT IN MID………………….:)

  37. Tandoori Khan

    May 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    IT SUCKS. NOTHING SHORT OF AMATEUR. BARBARA MORI DOES A GOOD JOB, though.

  38. BookMyShow Editor

    May 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    @bharat If the show is cancelled the refund will be credited to your account

  39. Mrinmoy

    May 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I hv just watched the movie. I fully agree with saurin’s review that Kites is most definitely a one-time watch. But it’s not something so great that you have to rush out right now to buy tickets.

  40. Abhinav

    May 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Awesome..after more than 50 years there is a movie like KITES ,which has entered US TOP TEN…Its a different movie which doesnt follow any previous bollywood masala Rules…that is why some people in India dint digest it…But the people who believe in a change and Love India and love bollywood ..showered praises on the movie…Atleast we Should give a big thumb to rakesh roshan for producing a Movie and taking a risk which is different from other bolly flicks….THUMBS UP Mr.Rakesh Roshan and the India’s Pride Hrithik Roshan…
    Loved the movie nd the world is loving it…no one can stop this movie from becoming a Success….

  41. Rajeev

    May 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I loved it…Its a good movie because i dint expect it to be a Avatar kind of a film which has budget of around 900 crores…Just go for expecting a Good bollywood flick and you will love it..believe me….
    Last night i read the review of Rottentomatoes.com which is Hollywood leading review Website… and belive me i m felt proud as an Indian that they praised the movie to the core….They loved it lik no other movie ever from Bollywood ….Keep it up Hrithik Roshan .
    Go for it for a entertaining movie not something extraordinary …you will get your money by watching hrithik roshan only ….Negative reviewrs grow up guys when u cant make a movie like Kites and make india proud then dont make ti down Atleast…

  42. sanjay

    May 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Go for IT Man ….its awesome….I dont why some [email protected]#$%^&* dint like it but the world is loving it..Indians r only good at making there own people and country down….i m Ashamed that i belong to a country where its citizens cant see anyone doing good and getting praise………
    As for others Highly recomended ….go for it…..
    Atleast its far better than some bakwass housefull ..where a hero is fighting with a money…shit man….

  43. Gufran

    May 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Hey Guys ….please Dont listen to those people who r trying to make Kites down …i m not sure that they have seen Kites or not …or they belong to different world who like Nonsense Movies like Ghajini .where a hero can Fight with 12 guys alone…man….
    Just go yourself and watch you will love it…its and Honest film with no alien things for which these people’s r habitual of…..
    Give it a fair chance …i have fallen in love with the movie and in 2 days i will b back in the theater to watch it again….Hats OFF to hrithik and barbara…

  44. rohit

    May 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    kareena kapur and shahrukh khan is awesome in kites………..

  45. Sumit

    May 24, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Hi,
    Though KITES didn’t came up as I had accept, but still it’s a nice movie to watch. Especially, Hrithik looks awesome as always. The lead pair complemented each other very well.
    Hrithik is the best. Go and watch movie of love told in different style.

  46. R

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Story is OK types, but the makeup, camera and finally hrithik’s dance Awsome…
    look for hrithik’s makeup especially at the end there is a close up of his face… u can see the cracks on lips.. mindblowing. Another seen where hrithik is shooting whith a gun.. man.. the camera has done an awsm job there, u cn see the rain as silver droplets… I liked it for those reasons….

  47. shikhar

    May 25, 2010 at 11:26 am

    oh no its the most disgusting movie of the millenium

  48. kajol

    May 26, 2010 at 10:35 am

    the movie was good enough specialy the scenes and the dance.

  49. roshan

    May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

    hi Guys
    Talking abt KITES. It was a good movies
    Those who are in Love or Who don.t know the meaning of love, they must watch this movie, It is Speechless Love story. Hritik Roshan Dance, acting are awsom.

  50. amit

    May 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Musical love story mingled with Hollywood typed masala in bollywood movie. Excellent movie i will say…touching and soothing. Worth to watch for love-pairs

  51. Hrishi

    May 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Hey Guys,
    Kites movie is not packed with good story or comedy or the massala which in general typical bollywodd movie use to have.
    Its very honest movie with finsihing touch with hollywood style.
    You wont get bore during watching this movie.
    It gives you diffrent taste than any other bollywood movie. you can have fun atleast watching it first time.

  52. Neeraj

    May 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Patang cut gayi……….

  53. Jatin

    May 31, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Guys … Bollywood will never again see such an actor who has everything… Mr. Hritik Roshan.. Take a BOW !!!! Acting skills/ Looks/ Persona/ Star Power/ Physique/ Dance/ Singing/ Eyes/ Smile/

    U Name and this Greek God has everything!!

    Cheers to Hritik!! U Rock Mr. Bond!!

  54. Nidhi

    June 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Kites is definately a must watch movie. Its certainly not made for Indian crowds who wants heavy masala and all and may be they can face language problem too.. Its made on international standard and being Top 10 in Us proves that. The way Anurag has depicted love beyond borders is undoubtedly the best past. Also the dark shooting scene in last part of movie is marvellous.

    And Hrithik is undoubtedly the best looking actor we have till date and with time he is getting much smarter. Even barbara is looking great with a really good smile…

  55. Acharya

    June 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Not Ok film frankly telling there is no world tp tell about Hrithik performance but story & other things are really boring except showing Las wegas city & other Mexico out skirt.

  56. Sujoy Moitra

    June 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    VERY POOR MAKING AND POOR CONCEPT. DO NOT WASTE MONEY LIKE THIS, HELP POOR IF MONEY IS IN EXCESS. GOD BLESS HRITICK ROSHAN.

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