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July 2010
Movie Review Kites

Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangana Ranaut

Director: Anurag Basu
Music Director: Rajesh Roshan

Touted as an international love story, Kites is a huge disappointment, despite its cool, international look. Shot in Las Vegas and the sweeping deserts of New Mexico, the visual impact of the movie is stunning. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the other facets, especially the chemistry bit. Let’s just say, the much-hyped chemistry between ‘Greek God’ Hrithik Roshan and Mexican beauty Barbara Mori remains exactly that—hyped! Sans any searing intensity, the romance seems almost cosmetic at times. And when it does seem real, there isn’t enough of it. So it doesn’t move you, which is the worst thing you could say about a tragic love story.

J (yes, that’s Hrithik Roshan’s name in the movie) is a crook-cum-salsa teacher in Las Vegas who has married many girls for the coveted green card. Natasha aka Linda (Barbara Mori) is one of J’s abandoned wives. The two are all set to marry a wealthy sister-brother duo, Gina and Tony (Kangana Ranaut and newcomer Nick Brown) purely for the money when the inevitable happens. J and Natasha discover they have fallen in love and so they flee the rich and powerful siblings. While there’s hardly any movement in the first half—only a prolonged covert romance—the second half unfolds as a chase film with lots of action. But all the amazing action cannot make up for the boredom that has already set in.

Barbara looks good, but not all the time, though she pitches in a commendable act. She holds your attention by the sheer force of her emotive power, even though she speaks incessantly in Spanish and you don’t understand a word of what she says (unless of course, you take the trouble to read the sub-titles in English). The Latino sensation leaves a greater impact than Hrithik, for the simple reason that you don’t expect much from her. You feel sorry for the talented Kangana who is wasted in a half-baked track. Nick Brown is excellent as her brother.

Watch Kites for its splendid cinematography but don’t expect it to soar by way of story and screenplay. That way, you won’t be disappointed when it crash-lands!

Current Top 10 Songs

1. More Piya Mose (Rajneeti)
2. Chaska (Badmaash Company)
3. Ranjha Ranjha (Raavan)
4. Kajra Kajra Kajrare (Kajrare)
5. Zindagi Do Pal Ki (Kites)
6. Tere Ishq Mein (Housefull)
7. Aye Khuda (Paathshaala)
8. Bin Tere (I Hate Luv Storys)
9. O Mere Khuda (Prince)
10. Sajda (My Name Is Khan)

Current Top 10 Movies

1. Rajneeti
2. Housefull
3. Kites
4. Badmaash Company
5. Paathshaala
6. Prince
7. Well Done Abba
8. Love Sex aur Dhoka
9. Shaapit
10. Lahor

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