Movie Review: Kites (2010)
The bigger the budget… the bigger the names… the bigger the hype, hoopla and razzmatazz… the bigger the expectations from the film. KITES has some of the biggest names in the business – Rakesh Roshan, Anurag Basu and Hrithik Roshan, to name a few – and the film, therefore, carries this gargantuan responsibility on its shoulders. It has to soar higher than the hits delivered by this trio. Anything less will just not do!
The million dollar question is, does KITES fly high? Let me hit the nail on the head: The film has some terrific moments and of course, Hrithik Roshan’s star power to cast a spell, but it has plenty of low moments. In fact, KITES could’ve been a cult film, but its writing relies too heavily on clichés and formulaic stuff and that, frankly, throws a spanner.
In the harsh terrain of the Mexican desert, a wounded man is left for dead in the heat of the desert sun. This is J [Hrithik Roshan], once a street-smart, carefree, young guy and now a wanted man. The only thing that keeps him alive is the quest to find the love of his life, Natasha [Barbara Mori]. A woman, engaged to another man, but surely destined for J. A woman, who comes into his life like a bolt of lightning and changes it forever.