There are expectations…and there are high expectations. That’s something that I expected when I entered the theater to watch Kites. Unfortunately, the film does not live upto the hype that has been created around it.
Kites is a tale of love that knows no barriers. It challenges every rule that exists just to be with that one person you love more than your life.
The movie starts with a wounded man, J (Hrithik Roshan), stranded in a desert. J, not long ago, was a street smart young man who teaches dance for a living but is looking for a big opportunity to become rich. He earns some quick money by marrying illegal immigrants in US, helping them get green cards and then divorcing them and marrying another girl. Meanwhile, his student, Gina (Kangana Ranaut) is madly in love with Hrithik does not love her till the time he gets to know that she is the daughter of one of the richest men and the owner of one of the biggest casinos of Las Vegas. That is when he thinks he’s got his big opportunity to become rich. He gets into her house, meets up with her family, dad (Kabir Bedi), brother (Nicholas Brown) and his fiancé Natasha (Barbara Mori). Natasha, a woman, engaged to another man, but surely destined for J. A woman, who comes into his life like a bolt of lightning, and changes it forever.
There is nothing new to the plot other than the modern day execution which is expected from Anurag Basu. Hrithik Roshan swings shades with the movie and is brilliant to say the least. Barbara Mori makes a great debut and does well matching Hrithik frame to frame. They both love upto the hype in terms of their chemistry. Kangana Ranaut, doesn’t have much to do…it’s a special appearance at best. Nicholas Brown is superb as Barbara’s fiancé. Kabir Bedi does well in his limited role.
The duration of the film is around 2 hours but somehow you still feel it lacks pace. That is not because the movie lacks a story but because you see that it had the potential of being a fast paced thriller but it’s being streched. That is a disappointment especially after the great start the movie takes.
Overall, the story is old but Anurag Basu has tried to narrate it in a different way and he succeeds but only to a certain level.
My Rating – 2.5/5 add a .5 for the lovely locations if you want to.