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It's not the best Bollywood movie--not by a long shot--but by stripping itself of the typical trappings of Hindi films (and making itself stylistically familiar to Westerners), it reveals the heart of Bollywood--a beating, bleeding operatic heart. Hindi cinema is ultimately not about language or culture or musical numbers; it's about exalted melodrama that draws you in despite yourself and affects you with life's corniness and agony.
The story is set in Las Vegas; the actors speak a combination of Hindi, English, and Spanish; there is only one dance scene; and the plot follows a single sequence of events--all of which help make the film accessible to non-Indian audiences. Director Anurag Basu was the perfect choice for this project as his style naturally lends itself to the objective. Had his previous film, 'Life in a...Metro' (2007), been marketed abroad as aggressively as 'Kites' has been, it would have garnered the same critical praise in the U.S that his latest film has. Cinematographer Ayananka Bose produces sharp, gorgeous shots of the glitz of Las Vegas, the desolation of the desert, and the beauty of the leads, Indian superstar Hrithik Roshan and Mexican actress Barbara Mori.
Roshan and Mori play struggling immigrant hustlers Jay and Linda, who are about to marry into money--they are engaged to sister and brother Gina (Kangana Ranaut) and Tony (Nick Brown), the children of a ruthless crime boss/casino owner (Kabir Bedi).Read more ›
The primary plot point is pure romance novel pulp. A streetwise Vegas hustler does whatever is necessary to bring in the cash. While romancing the daughter of a wealthy and dangerous casino boss, he becomes entangled with her brother's beautiful fiance. This begins a chain reaction with dire consequences. Seeking retribution, the hot headed brother relentlessly pursues the young lovers with vengeance and murder on his mind. With some pretty ridiculous (in an entertaining way) car chases, a couple of shoot-em-ups, and some double crosses--"Kites" kicks into action mode as the chase heads toward the border. Never fear, though, the sweethearts have plenty of opportunities for chaste canoodling, sassy banter, and a musical montage or two.Read more ›
But this movie, the Bollywood version, not the remix, is right on and it has a lot of action as well as romance, but it is a very sordid love story even for Bollywood. An Indian Man and a Hispanic woman fall in love and the parts of not being able to understand one another do get very funny at times. There is action and violence but at least the dialogue is not Hollywood vulgar. The dialogue is good.
Kites was action packed and the story was well told. I have watched Guzaarish since seeing Kites and both movies left me emotionally drained and gut wrenched! This man can act, he's not just "a pretty face." I remember Barbara Mori from watching Rubi and she responded well as Linda to Hrithik's Jay. She was perfect for this role. Their chemistry was quite good. Superb, absolutely superb movie...
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I absolutely do not like the ending to this movie! Hate it! But other than that..a FANTASTIC movie for sure! I love pretty much anything with Hirthik Roshan in it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JESSICA ANAYA-MARTINEZ
Love love love it!! It has everything!!! Romance, comedy, suspense! I enjoyed it very much!Published 4 months ago by Lizbeth
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