Let me start by saying that 'Kites' is not for the cynics. It is a story which belongs to the old school of filmmaking - an intensely emotional love story with some action thrown in for good measure. (Think love such as that seen in Ek Duje Ke Liye).
However, having said that, to me what the movie is really about is the intense chemistry between the lead pair. What stays back with me at the end of the movie and keeps flashing in my mind (as I put finger to keyboard) is the beautiful language that the two pairs of sparkling and lovely grey - green eyes (and in Hrithik's case those with flecks of gold)speak to each other all throughout the film. I wouldn't blame Suzanne for being wary of the great chemistry that Hrithik and Barbara share. After Amitabh - Rekha (think Silsila) SRK - Kajol, for me, this has been the best instance of such intense chemistry being seen on screen.
It is true that Hrithik Roshan looks like a Greek God - he is the most fantastic looking hero that we have had on the Hindi silver screen after Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna (I cheered & screamed when he danced, when he hung from a truck, when he looked as if his heart would melt when he sees the love of his life....well sigh!!!!). It is also true that Barbara Mori lights up the silver screen every time she appears on the it (I wouldn't be surprised if most men fall in love with her) and her uninhibited ease with the camera. Yes, it is a fantastic looking pair, but if you're looking for steamy scenes or glamour you're watching the wrong movie. This movie despite action and violence is actually about intense emotions.
The initial stage of their romance and the language of their relationship at this stage is fresh, endearing and quite non-cliched. However, the romance drags a bit after the couple break free together.
The movie has a simple storyline... a story too simple perhaps... but it contains a fabulous lead pair and that is what Kites is all about in a nutshell. Kangna has hardly any role and the same goes for the others. Probably the only other person who has some presence apart from Hrithik - Barbara is Nicholas Brown (as Tony).
The music adds to the movie and helps set the tone of the film. 'Dil Kyun Hai Mera' is sheer poetry in motion.
So would I recommend the movie?
Women - don't miss it if you love Hrithik Roshan - he has come of age and is to die for!
Men - go if you'd like to see a stunning Barbara Mori who is refreshingly good in front of the camera.
Cynics - such as those who were laughing at the turn of the romance in the movie - or those who are practical and smart when it comes to emotions - please stay away!