Kites is an international film in every sense of the word. It takes one of the biggest stars from Bollywood and places him opposite one of the most popular actresses in Latin America. You could say it’s a story about star crossed lovers but that would be too simple. Kites is so much more. It’s a drama, romantic-comedy, and an action flick all rolled into one, and somehow despite its heavy description, nothing gets lost in translation.

The Players:

  • Director: Anurag Basu
  • Screenwriter: Anurag Basu, Robin Bhatt, Akarsh Khurana, Rakesh Roshan (story)
  • Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Bárbara Mori, Nicholas Brown, Anand Tiwari, Kangana Ranaut, Yuri Suri
  • Music By: Rajesh Roshan

The Plot:

Kites centers on Jay, a self-centered man who doesn’t care about anyone but himself. His main goal in life is to be rich but his priorities change when he meets and falls in love with Natasha, a Mexican woman who marries a powerful man for his fortune and a free pass into the States. Both have their own agendas that get tossed to the wind when they realize that love is a lot more important than any possession including their own lives.

The Good:

  • Hrithik Roshan: This leading man proved that he’s more than just a pretty face with his performance. He has great comedic timing, yet still manages to deliver some heavy emotional scenes, while pulling off a believable high speed car chase. He does it all!
  • The Action: These days action films are laced with heavy CGI and because of that a lot of the excitement is lost. In Kites, there were real explosions and real danger, which made the scenes more enjoyable to watch.
  • The Narrative: This narrative isn’t told in a linear way, yet Basu keeps you invested in the story, while constantly changing the point of view from one character to another.
  • The Score: The music in Kites is amazing. The score is such a compliment to to the story. It intensifies each action without being too overbearing.
  • The Cinematography: The composition of each scene is gorgeous. There are so many stand out sequences that are shot at the right angles and with the right lighting. It’s at those moments you can’t take your eyes off the screen.

The Bad:

  • The Montages: In typical Bollywood fashion there are several montages and musical breaks that are appear during the film. They’re not too extreme but if they were cut out they would shave off some excessive length that the film doesn’t really need.


Kites is an entertaining film that tells one of the oldest stories in the book but does it in an interesting and entertaining way. It’s filled with a great cast led by the charismatic Roshan and has one of the best musical scores that’s appeared on film in recent years. If you’re willing to expand your horizons, Kites is a great introduction into the world of Bollywood without coming on too strong.

Rating: 9/10

Kites opens in theaters on May 21, 2010.



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