Movie Review: Kites (2010)

By Saurin Parikh

Film: “Kites”

Director: “Anurag Basu”

Actors: “Hrithik Roshan”, “Barbara Mori”

If you’re expecting Kites to be an extraordinaire, you’ll end up disappointed. If, like most people, you go for it expecting a good Bollywood flick, you’ll find it to be just about alright. The good thing about Kites is that it’s 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 about Kites is that, if anything, it’s a little too Bollywoodish.

Hrithik Roshan says Kites is his two-and-a-half years long labour of love. That is very apparent, 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 in Kites is Barbara Mori. This babe is not only good looking, but a bloody good actor as well. I, frankly, didn’t expect her to be anything more than 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 of a lot of good. And if he wasn’t, well, then they’re just two damn 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 around, and the like.

The story is, in fact, the weakest thing about Kites. The strongest thing is the Indo-Mexican love affair between J (Roshan) and Linda (Mori). Like I mentioned before, they make for 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.

Rating: 2.5/5

Footnote: 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.

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20 Responses to “Movie Review: Kites (2010)”

  1. 1 shreya
    May 20, 2010 at 04:42

    hrithik and barbara look hot


  2. 2 smack_dude
    May 20, 2010 at 05:28

    spoke to the guy who gives me trade figures….kites is a superhit even before its release


  3. 3 Afsha Khan
    May 20, 2010 at 08:45

    haha! Can’t wait…


  4. May 20, 2010 at 11:19

    I seriously hope it is good. Bollywood is suffering from a dearth of films – especially fun ones. It’s been so long. sigh 😦


  5. May 20, 2010 at 20:18

    Just got back from a late night preview…Kites is fuckall. 😛

    Thanks for the review, Saurin!


  6. 6 Rajneesh
    May 21, 2010 at 05:07

    Rakesh Roshan wants all his projects to start with K. Other than that the film Kites has no connection with any kite.


  7. 7 janki_rose
    May 21, 2010 at 05:10

    hrithik roxxxxxxxx


  8. 8 Sam
    May 21, 2010 at 05:39

    It looked like a first ever ‘Hollywood’ movie from world of Indian Cinema. Here I was thinking about Indian cinema which has come of age.

    I would rather stop ranting and start raving about Roshan Junior for being such a gifted actor with a timing and a unique ability to emote at will. To top that, he does it convincingly remarkably better than the most.

    Hrithink aka Duggu as he is affectionately called, is a performer and remarkable dancer along with being such a down to earth human being. Kudos to Hrithik. \m/

    Hrithik has come a long way from his most successful debut movie ever to Kites. Roshan Junior has his career kite soaring high in the sky which has not only made his Papa dearest happy but his legion of fans too! His versatility grows better with age.

    In Kites, he looks like a Greek god with his well toned up physique coupled with his green eyes. Another hot attraction, Barbara Mori has surpassed everybody’s expectations as an actress! Her timing is impeccable. I think, Indian wannabe actresses should learn a thing or two about timings from Barbara! She is a complete package with ravishing beauty and a dedicated actress. Gosh! She is a complete package for me!

    Some of the scenes between Hrithink and Barbara are very romantic without being obscene. I must laud Papa Roshan for not going overboard with them.

    Passion flows from the eyes of perfectionist son, Hrithik and camaraderie between him & Barbara is already a part of Bollywood tinsel town talks!

    All in all a typical masala movie with something for everyone! It’s definitely worth a watch once!

    It seems I have lost my kite putting forth my view here! Babu, get me another kite and the thread and give me a leverage to keep it flying high! 😉


  9. 9 Poonam
    May 21, 2010 at 07:29

    Hrithik is so hawwt!
    Why can’t you put some of his pics for a change? 😀


  10. 11 Sam
    May 21, 2010 at 11:18

    Adi only loves gorgeous women NOT men. I vouch for his endorsement of Barbara Mori. Adi will agree with my view unanimously. After all, we sail in the same ship. I love that gori chori! Dude, she is smokin!!!!!!!!!! This blog is written by a satanist, straight dude who believes in ‘ADAM & EVE’ NOT ‘ADAM & STEVE’. 😛 ROFL LMAO


  11. May 21, 2010 at 11:41

    The story of the movie sounds just plain irritating.

    I love the para you’ve dedicated to Hrithik. He is awesome, just like you said! 🙂


  12. May 21, 2010 at 12:57

    I have questions.

    How did Hrithik know where he’d dropped the cell phone?

    Why didn’t taklu Rakesh Roshan play Jamal?

    How could they sit through all the special screenings and not realize it’s fuckall?


    • May 21, 2010 at 13:01

      Jaadu from Koi Mil Gaya told him where he’d dropped the cell.

      Rakesh Roshan has started to use the same thing that Harsha Bhogle used. He has hair now.

      They knew it’s fuckall. They’re competing with the likes of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Tashan.


      • May 21, 2010 at 13:07

        More questions.

        Do you think they should’ve named the movie Cell Mil Gaya?

        Do you think it comes close to RGV’s Aag?

        And that thing Rakesh and Harsha use…is it called a wig?


        • May 21, 2010 at 13:14

          Cell Mil Gaya or not, I hope it’s not remade in Gujju and called ‘Patango’.

          RGV’s Aag is in a class of it’s own. No one can ever reach those standards, not even Bobby Darling took up direction and roped in Rakhi Sawant as the hero.

          That’s not a wig, a wig is what I wear.


  13. 18 Sam
    May 21, 2010 at 15:18

    I went to Kites to fly high and I couldn’t get my kite to soar but nonetheless, it was a good watch. Different people. Different perception. I felt, nobody in Bollywood looked as a perfect couple in its entire history as Hrithik & Barbara!

    What irks me is why the film makers keep sticking to juvenile hackneyed love stories – where there is a hero and a heroine and baddies to make it more intriguing. When are our film makers going to understand the essence of a good story line followed by a strong plot and characterization?????? It’s a mystery which I cannot unravel and cannot fathom.

    It’s time to come out of your shell and start experimenting and make meaningful cinema rather entertaining cinema!

    Being an ardent student of cinema, I would like to cite an example of one of the best movies I have ever seen, ‘Raging Bull’ – It’s a life of an ill tempered boxer with a devil may care attitude. Even though it was directed three decades back right during the advent of 1980’s Disco era came into limelight! Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci’s character as Jake Lamotta and Joey Lamotta respectively stole the movie with their sheer intensity and finesse of the craft!

    It has got an ideal mix of rage, envy, kick ass action and display of brotherhood. Ending is classic with a wonderful quote.

    So all you Bollywood filmmakers out there, it’s my recco to watch this movie and get inspired. And yeah, do not attempt to copy this movie scene for scene. Please do not make mockery of this cult classic and one of Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci’s most outstanding movies! 😉


  14. 19 imen.jlassi
    September 20, 2011 at 17:43

    ilove thats movies and the person rithk roshen with the mixico girl i know thats girl.robi iloved


  15. November 2, 2011 at 19:25

    I like This movies :d WOOOOOOOW


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