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I am not into dumb Musical movies, especially Bollywood ones and when I
got the Chance for Special screening of Kites, I simply turned down.
But I decided to give a try for it's International Version crafted by
the XMEN 3 LAST STAND director Brett Ratner.
I expected a mediocre typical Bollywood Stupid Musical Dance movie, but this one broke the mold. This movie will be remembered as the Trendsetter of Hindi films in the International Grounds.
It is a Rollar Coaster film, but with a Heart. I don't want to spoil all the story but it reminds me some of the movies like Stallone/Sharon Stone's Specialist, Mr & Mrs Smith, Bonnie & Clyde, even a Hindi film Daud, but all those stands down in-front of Kites.
I don't know how the Hindi version would look like, how the conservative audience react to Kites. With some Intense Physical scenes and unique narration which really required for the story material, I think this movie is going to be a "Love It or Hate It" category.
The thing I don't like in this movie is the Love story itself, because it's too aimed for Female "Twilight" Audience who worships Romance. Other than that it's a Total Adrenaline movie, with great cast and good locations. The main leading man Hrithik Roshan I think is a well trained actor, with great physique and fight/dance abilities. This could be his "Enter The Dragon" in Hollywood.
Also I have to give credit for Brett Ratner for his experimental Remixed version for the Movie. With no Reshoots, just with the Original and unused material he made the perfect Crossover Product for an Asian film. By hiring composer Graeme Revell the movie got a new dimension and a fresh soul. The action scores and emotional themes heard in the movie were so brilliant, it definitely going to be Graeme Revell's best work after Daredevil and Freddy vs. Jason.
My recommendation only watch the International Cut. It's more cooler, edgy and Real. It is much shorter than the Asian version I heard and much stylish. Also it got no Dumb Song dance numbers (except the last one, which was done brilliantly by lead actor Hrithik Roshan).
Anyway I give this movie 9 out of 10.
Kites = The Next Level
It's a Hollywood bollywood combo, but great! Main Indian audience won't like it because 90% is English and Spanish. Hrithik was SuperB in the movie and Barbara 2. It's a movie that wont gain great box-office achievement in India, but will be appreciated by many Hollywood critics. Rakesh Roshan was great as a producer and Anurag is one of the best in Bollywood. Thumbs up to them! Also, the screenplay is wonderful... Never seen such a screenplay in a Bollywoodmovie besides Black. Kites is one of a cult movie among movies as Black, MariGold etc. Just go and watch! If you don't want a ordinary Bollywood movie. It's pasta not biryani.
Boy; after so many disheartening feedbacks from my friends; I actually enjoyed the movie. Hrithik; truly is the most charismatic actor of India. Barbara Mori's acting; her expressions; her smiles all are fabulous. She was great in the movie. I like the background scores and songs are also good. The best segment of the movie was about the dilemma of the protagonists and their snapping out of it. How two people could be entwined; purely due to feelings; traversing region, language; be it their destiny; is beautifully portrayed. Although; I didn't like the ending, but it is believable; as it is not necessary that things ought to end happily. Also, Hrithik's dance, at the movie's preamble is great; as all of us are aware of this talent of his. Surely, the movie doesn't tell a completely unique or 'not seen/heard before' kind of love story; but the direction, great acting and the composing elements like scenes, landscapes, cinematography and music does make it worth watching for a great experience, when you are completely free and in a blue/romantic mood. Great Movie; 10/10.
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I like the movie. It ain't bad like others describe. Ever tried
watching Babel. You know there are times when we've gotta be impetuous
and need to have some adrenaline rush. It feels good. There are some
guys who only want some family sentiment, some monkey dance, and happy
ending. They are hypocrites. They wanna live far from reality. Somebody
said that Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by
the number of moments that take our breath away. This movie follows
this rhythm. Sometimes everything is not happy and despair does teach
us guide us in a new path.
The performances are good and the chemistry is good. Hrithik should have bettered himself in some scenes like at the bar & making jokes while robbing a bank. There are some goofs though. Barbara is gorgeous and performance is good. Anurag has done good job. But, the only fault is that they should n't have released in India. Like I said, they want some monkey dances and some nonsensical goof romancing with a stupid chick and some opposition from parents and happy ending. It takes few more ages to let them grow out of it.
Overall, It has some adrenaline rush,romance & good ending.
I would give 8/10 as its made by an Indian trying to catch up with the world cinema or more simply real cinema.
I've watched hundreds of Indian Movies, honestly most of them too disappointing when it comes to action and visual effect, Kites bring new breeze, the plot maybe usual and classic ( people who fell in love would do anything ) but since this is an Indian version the story is quite melancholy but not excessive i'm enjoying this movie very much, to describe the movie in one word so kites is "beautiful" If you are a huge fan of some nut thrilling/action movie like Saw,Rambo,Texas chainsaw and so many kind of them then you should go far away from this movie, but if you love something like romantic but combined with action then this movie is a good choice for your weekend entertainment
Hrithik Roshan's movies have gained the stature of uncommon events as
of late. His last release came when I was in my second year and now I
am nearing my graduation. All said, this guy doesn't disappoint a bit.
Kites has a simple story with a fascinatingly beautiful soul. Two lovers and their strife for peace and bonding, when none understands the other's language. Kudos to Anurag Basu for keeping this movie away from bollywood clichés and giving it a truly international treatment, unlike some other filmmakers out there who produce so called 'crossover cinema' which turns out to be quite the converse. The length is crisp and though the second half could've been better, the amazing chemistry between Hrithik and Barbara keeps you riveted till the very end.
In performances, Hrithik is quite the maverick at his cool conman turned lover act. Effortlessly oozing charisma, he has indeed kept upto his fans' expectations. Barbara is a delight. Unlike other foreign models who come to India for the skin show and currently rule the roost so as to say, she is beautiful yet articulate throughout the movie. The supporting cast is able.
Technically, this has to be one of the best movies I have seen. Rakesh Roshan as always has left no stone unturned to give kites an international look. The cinematography is awesome with quite a lot of camera work a-la Guy Ritchie genre movies. The background score is soothing like a gush of cool breeze, and especially the end is very well done. I might get a chance to catch the international version as well, and if I do, no probs with watching Kites again!
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Kites is a far better movie than most of the movies made at present. It may not have gained commercially but it did gimme a joy that such movies are being made.The acting was good. Barbara is cute can't blame people who thought she couldn't act because we are fed on diet of melodrama.Felt bad for the distributor's who couldn't make money.The exhibitors may have felt the heat but I belong to a minority that loves cinema as an art more than business.Kites had good cinematography,the screenplay was good except the second last scene where Hrithik gets shot by Kangana.The songs were fine.As to whether the film had a concept well yes its the same romeo and Juliet story.So stop thinking about the concept.The only thing with the movie was that the audience couldn't empathize but i felt the same with revolutionary road too.So people we are in the transition phase of the Indian film industry....Enjoy the journey..We are heading towards a bright future!!!
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I never watched this movie in theater reason being the negatives
reviews this movie got specially from Indian audience......but i
gathered the courage and saw it last week and boy am i
surprised.......the movie is nothing like what the reviews say rather
it never felt like i am watching a crappy and nonetheless an idiotic
spicy Indian movie like for e.g this years hit "houseful"............i
enjoyed the movie throughout and specially was impressed by the lead
pairs acting talents i.e,Hrithik and Barbara.......i am aware of the
fact that Hrithik used to suffer from stammering disorder but after
lots of struggling and self control and determination he overcame his
disability...........but i was not convinced as to his English speaking
but when i saw this movie ,i dint felt like it was a theater like
acting ...it looked natural.......and what a find Barbara Mori is
!!!....i am sure she will do good in global cinemas.
Now coming to the plot...well to be honest it does not entertain anything which is new....the plot is as predictable as in any typical love story...........but that is not the concern here, the main emphasize is on the presentation.....the way it was presented, it totally outclassed any regular Bollywood short love stories.. but i am disappointed as Hrithik dancing is not used as to his par....the dance competition was poorly edited and the camera angles were all wrong......i was expecting a venture like it was done in "Step Up" franchisee.....but all in all it is a good watch.
As far as Indian audience is concerned .........it was predictable from the fact like good pictures such as "Swades" and "lakshya" failed to set a mark on box office then a movie like "Kites" certainly cant be a blockbuster keeping this fact in mind.
First things first, you would have heard the phrase: 'Only Style, No
Substance'.. Kites changes that phrase into 'Only Hrithik, Nothing
Else'.. Touted as the stylish bollywood film ever with loads of drama,
action and thriller.. But it had NOTHING except a few scenes which do
bring smile on faces but were not strong enough for people to say
cheers for the movie.. Even Dhoom:2 was bad but Hrithik carried it off
well on his own, but Kites is worse and this time even Hrithik's
enigmatic charisma can't do any good to this film.. Starting from
story, screenplay and acting everything was poor.. Anurag Basu who
previously directed Gangster and Life in a Metro gave his worst this
time.. Hrithik initially was not up to the mark but then as the film
paced he got better and better but like i said his heroics can't save
the film this time.. Barbara Mori was good but not best like everyone
said.. The bad man Nicholas Brown was at par with Barbara..The
extremely talented Kangana Ranaut was wasted! Even Kabir Bedi didn't
get scope this time.. His role had to be creepier but he acted like a
novice and was nowhere in the second half of the movie..
Here goes the stupid plot:Dance Teacher Hrithik Roshan acts to be in love with Kangana Ranaut so he could use her wealth to live his life but his destiny turns his life upside down when he comes face to face with Kangana's Brother (Nicholas Brown)Tony's fiancée Barbara Mori. He realizes that Barbara is only marrying Tony for money just like him.. They both fell in love and the usual betrayal takes place in a typical bollywood style.. Kabir Modi who happens to be Kangana's Father and the owner of a prestigious Casino in Las Vegas who also is a Gangster does nothing and his Tony becomes mad after the ran-away couple that he just travels around the globe after them shooting around with his men..
The second half of the movie is so moronic that one wonders why is he still sitting in the theater watching this stupid movie.. The response if the audience was so bad that as soon as the exit door was open people started leaving their seats abusing the film badly.. No one even bothered to watch the last scene and the end credits! Hrithik does his stunts well in the song 'Fire'.. He is completely pokerface in the song and is busy in performing the dance stunts that he even forgets to bring a smile on his face.. He is totally expressionless in the song.. The music is above average is different from past movies of FilmKraft productions.. The only thing which is commendable in the movie is the cinematography..
To conclude I would just say this is the WORST HRITHIK ROSHAN MOVIE till date.. Save your money and time and invest both in some other work.. HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED.. And this time the Roshans are not going to have the last laugh.. They had said that this is a landmark film and will touch those heights which no other bollywood movie has ever had, but what the hell! In fact they should say sorry to all the people for creating such a big hype about the movie which is nothing but a below average mediocre bollywood masala..
My Rating: 3/10; (I would have given 2 but being a huge Hrithik fan I felt pity and gave an extra point)
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What a roller-coaster ride, m i impressed. Certainly. With all due apologies, i kept away from watching this flick for so long n m i surprised after seeing it. Guys leave all d rubbish people say but this certainly is if not perfect but still a well directed n picturised love story. Anurag basu is indeed a story teller, precisely a love story narrator n boy,he does his job well!!. Has been able to depict a beautiful but unusual romance b/w 2 persons who don't understand each other's language n there lies d best part. Both of them emote n enact their roles with aplomb. In fact they sizzle. Hrithik was a good actor, that was never in doubt but here he proves it all d more n delivers an emotional act. U seem to be involved with him whether he laughs,dances, fights or simply d best scene when he cries n 1 can c sorrow n despair in his body language,his face ,his eyes. Truly an actor who has given masterly performances in lakshya n guzaarish which bcoz of their different takes largely went unnoticed.. He delivers his dialogues in English with so much ease day 1may simply forget his native tongue. He is class apart,. Especially laudable is his dance at the. Beginning where he mesmerises n enthralls u with his effortless moves. n special mention of d gr8 work behind d camera capturing d moments in a quite beautiful manner, with a decent hummable background score. In all, this ain't any nonsense, u got to watch it n accept it for d performances, on screen persona of Hrithik,cinematography n direction. N as far as glitches go, give them a blind eye to enjoy n appreciate the good hard work... Hrithik the Greek god. .....
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