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.
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.