Kites

Action,Romance,Thriller

The push to popularise Bollywood in the West in the wake of Slumdog Millionaire takes an interesting turn with Kites Reviews

The push to popularise Bollywood in the West in the wake of Slumdog Millionaire takes an interesting turn with Kites, which is being released in two versions – a Hindi cut for the core Bollywood audience and an English-language edit to draw in new viewers. A further twist is that the English version, which is 30 minutes shorter, is edited by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour; X-Men: The Last Stand) and is said to be an edgier, racier
film, with the hallmark song-and-dance numbers excised to focus on high-speed action sequences instead. We get the Hindi cut in Dubai cinemas this week – Ratner’s ‘remix’ is said to follow next week.

From the trailer, the latter has all the makings of a bad movie classic. The mismatched-lovers-on-the-run premise strings together silly set pieces featuring cartoon baddies and godawful ‘lost in translation’ exchanges between the English-speaking Indian hero (Bollywood hunk Hrithik Roshan) and a Spanish-spouting Mexican beauty (Barbara Mori). We can’t help but think it’ll be tough to ‘get’ Bollywood, an almost pantomime-like medium, without the songs. Still, it’s an interesting idea, which is why we plan to check out both films.

By Laura Chubb
Time Out Dubai,

Kites

  • Released: Thu, 20 May
  • Classification: PG15
  • Language: Hindi
  • Director: Anurag Basu
  • Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Bárbara Mori, Steven Michael Quezada, Kabir Bedi, Luce Rains, Kangana Ranaut, Nicholas Brown, Anand Tiwari, Jamie Haqqani, Dave Colon, Ivan Brutsche

User reviews:

Posted by: Amit on 21 May ' 10 at 06:46

This is a Terrible mistake of a Movie. The script is bad, the camerawork is bad, the pace is extremely slow.....its almost exhausting gazing into Hrithik's face for a good 45 seconds of close-up where a more efficient director could have said more in less than 7 seconds. This movie is a all time poor effort. Don't even bother to venture near the screens showing Kites.

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