Posted by Arjun Sekhri on May 21, 2010 | No Comments

The hype of Kites, gets to it. What we are promised, by the Bollywood machinery, we don’t get. This one plays out like a Mahesh Bhatt film, set on the scale of a Rakesh Roshan production.  There seems to be some confusion as Bollywood tries hard, a bit too much, to reach out to Hollywood, and gets somewhat jarred in between.
Firstly the strengths and there are many. The direction is of top notch order. The initial character build up and story, that of the chance taking immigrant with not much to loose, set in the backdrop of Sin City, Las Vegas, promises a lot of excitement. The pace is crisp and fine outdoor locations make it visually appealing.
What bothers the viewer is half baked characters, story that almost becomes reminiscent of the Bollywood of the 80’s as opposed to the current trends, a constant flashback reference when a straight flow of events would have been just fine and finally an unreasonable intention to keep the film to within two hours, when honestly, the traditional three would have done just fine. It appears rushed to meet the deadline, that of co mingling with Hollywood.
Some actors are wasted and some very unaccomplished actors are given huge screen time. One gets the impression that Kangana must have done this film either to earn a trip to Las Vegas or get a 10 year multiple entry visa to the US. A fine actress has been wasted. Her brother, played by unnamed antagonist is given a powerful part, which he enacts extremely weakly. Hrithik and Barbara are competent, but a vulnerable Hrithik would have been great, a total lover boy Hrithik, somewhat not totally there.
The usual Mahesh Bhatt influences of the Hero’s friend, the doomed hero, etc are there in abundance.
Is it entertaining, is it worth a watch, most definitely, but do so without hoping to see an all time classic enacting itself in front of you and you will not be disappointed. Hoping to see a life changing Bollywood film, will leave you unfulfilled.
The background score is solid as is the authenticity of the Mexican accent. Giving sudden words like “Yeda” to Hrithik, or mentioning that there is a “Beach front party,” in what the whole world knows as being a desert (Las Vegas), give away that confusion that exists in the developers of the film and that comes across to the audience of the film too.
The biggest positive from this film is the fact that with it, director Anurag Basu, manages to overcome all genres thrown at him with aplomb, whether it is a remake of a West film (Murder), or an intense drama (Gangster) or an Urban (Metro) classic and now a Masala Bollywood fare.

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