Hollywood..it should have been...
I went to watch 'Kites' ,selecting it to be my first movie-date, after my twins were born. And am I glad? :)
I decided to ignore the mediocre reviews this movie received ..which is all over the net, and even on this website, and watch it with a clear unobstructed mind.
I loved it! The movie is made in a such a sensual,subtle yet expressive manner..that it makes me wonder.."Where were films like this before?". The approach is very Hollywoodish..and maybe thats a genre which cannot yet be digested by the common Indian mass. There are no song-dance sequnces in line,no predictable dance routines(well, except for one..which I think the film could have done without,and it was merely put there because the film had the 'Hrithik' tag on it), no in-your-face romantic lines,no framed hero-villain 'dhishum-dhishums'...or a all-happy-in-the-family songs.
The man obviously looked gorgeous, for the simple reason that he is gorgeous. Period. So..the eye-candy value definitely stays. And to add to that is Barbara Mori..with her exotic Spanish looks, and a certain rawness in her persona. An eye-candy again. The dialogues are very real..and the exasperation and efforts of Linda and Jay to stay connected to each other inspite of not understanding each other's language is really fascinating and very well directed too. It really proves to me,as a die-hard romantic...that love really needs no language! Barbara and Hrithik are very sensual on-screen..and their passion oozes even with no words being exchanged. The action scenes are again, very Hollywoodish..car chases, murders,bluffs..very well directed. Not sure if Kangana was a good choice for this,but I don't have anyone else in mind too, who could have carried this role out. The scene where she does a dance routine with Hrithik, is quite bland and showcases her lack of dancing skills..(well,maybe that was the directorial intention..who knows!).
The movie,according to me- should have been a Hollywood release with only Hrithik,his friend Robin as the only Indians. Everyone else could have been from Hollywood or the Mexican film fraternity.
I would give a thumbs-up to 'Kites'. And would want to watch it a second time.