Hrithik Roshan is one of those few actors who have been balancing between commercial films and bit of different league types films. He has been successful in both at times and also has managed to bite the dust. After the award winning performance in Jodha Akbar and a cameo in Luck By Chance, he comes back in his home production with a romantic film which is total international in terms of making. His films does not need mega supporting star cast or some controversies, most of his successful films have been his solo hero project, just like this one. So with all the merits of past, along with good music and promos will this film add in the strings of hit films or will be lost among the clouds of flops. Let’s find out.
“Kites” is story of Jay [Hrithik Roshan] who dreams of becoming a rich guy in the city which changes fortunes of people – Vegas. Besides petty jobs, he also earn quick bucks by getting married to girls who want to have their Green Card. Enters Gina [Kangana] who is madly in love with Jay and is a Multi millionaire. Gina’s dad Bob [Kabir Bedi] owns one of the top Casinos of Vegas and is very powerful man. He accepts Jay in his family and invites him for Engagement function of his son Tony [Nicholas Brown] with Natasha [Barbara Mori]. Jay meets Natasha and starts getting attracted to her, later we come to know that Natasha is actually Linda and is one of those girls who had married Jay for Green Card. Jay suggest to Linda to get divorced as she is going to get married to Tony, and thus starts the long night where they fall in love with each other and invites loads of trouble with lots of twist and turns.
There is hardly any story in this film, but that’s what happens with most of Candy floss types of Love stories. Screenplay is presented more in Musical manner and with loads of Spanish Language [with Hindi Subtitles]. The romantic scenes in the first half adds magic to the screenplay, sadly the moment the romance is establish the screenplay struggles in the second half to get in the right gear. Loads of chase scenes are inserted to support the weak screenplay in second half, which looks interesting in the first time, but later turns boring and repetitive. As all entangled strings starts to straighten out we move towards a different and intense climax again lifted up with help of some brilliant background score.
Camera work is superb, and the film is totally shot in an international manner. It gives you the feel of grand canvas and stylish looks. The locations used in the film are outstanding. They add great value to the film. Editing was crisp in the first half, but went bit hay way in the second half.
Music by Rajesh Roshan is outstanding. Songs like Kites, Zindagi, Dil Kyu yeh mera are perfect example of brilliant work by the maestro. Background score is the one of biggest positive point of the film. Take out the background music and the film will lie flat. All songs are shot beautifully, and Kites track has bonus stuff, which is Hrithiks Brilliant dance. He makes us feel total ga ga over him.
Anuraag Basu is one of those few directors who try to give something different in all his films, almost all his films have hangover of international cinema and Kites too belong to those genre. His way of narrating the film is interesting and deserves a pat on back for a different climax [as most of his films had] and for making the chemistry of the lead pair work on the big screen. He could had avoided the over dose of action scenes or car chases. They dilute the film along with bit more usage of Spanish dialogs and fast moving Hindi subtitles below. He has done a decent job, but could have done better.
Hrithik looks great and yes I know we have heard this million times – he looks like a Greek God. Though out here in terms of performance he has very less to offer, but in terms of screen charisma he handles it with ease and ends up winner. Barbara Mori too looked great and stunning; she goes very well with her Mexican character. Together both of them create a great chemistry on screen. Take them out of the film and there is nothing left in the film. You cannot take your eyes from both of them. Kabir Bedi, Kangana are wasted. Nicholas Brown was good, but had bit of overconfidence. Yuri and Anand Tiwari were fine.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum ?
Dum hain chemistry mein total dum hain. As a candy floss romance the film is a winner, with great chemistry, superb music and total stylish from the word Go. But the lack of story, screenplay, overdose of Car chases along with Spanish language dilute the love portion. Still worth a watch for Lead Pair and their sweet moments in the first half supported by different climax. If you are looking for some Reality Bytes in the Love Bytes film, well then I guess this is not your cup of tea, but for all those who love mushy mushy romantic films- go for it.
Ratings : 3.25/5