The larger the budget, the finer the star cast… the better the propaganda, advertise and controversies… the bigger the expectations from a film. This all falls in a p lace for a movie like KITES. Kites has all the big names attached with it, Hritik Roshan, Barbara Moi (Bigger because of her photo shoots and the Hritik-Suzzane hullabaloo), Anurag Basu (I loved his direction in Life in a metro and Gangster), Rakesh Roashan and Rajesh Roshan.
Well, have you ever heard of a hindi phrase “दूर के ढोल सुहावने होते हैं” or in English "The drums sound better at a distance" (Oops in the lingo of Kites (in Spanish) it would be tambor sonido mirarse bueno de distancia or something like that).
Well somehow I managed to watch this movie and I found it painfully slow and totally confused one.
What happened next?
The Good: Before thrashing the movie, I would like to tell some good things about आईटी।
The Bad: Visually, KITES is thespian and never fails to make an ample impact, but it stagger drastically in various departments.
1. Story: The story was way-beyond-the-world kindda of story. It was a perfect bhelpuri of K. Balachander’s Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Tony Scott’s Revenge (watched this one yesterday and was totally shocked) and Roshan’s very own Koyla (* SRK and Madhuri). The story is totally predictable and unrealistic.
2. Cinematography: I praised it a few lines above but only because of the serene landscapes, otherwise you will be tired of Hrithik’s close up shots (almost every 20-30 sec there will be a close up shot of him, where he will be shaking and trembling his lips or crying or howling…….. (Dude!!! Give me a break!! We know he looks nice but I don’t want to see him as a screenshot for half the movie).
3. Slow motion shot: Kites have a way too many slow motion shots (even more than YRF films) and it is totally unbearable and it forced me too yawn and finally to sleep after some time. Why so many slow-mo shots Mr. Basu??
4. Overacting: this was true for all the lead characters!! You remember a promo where Hrithik says “Bolo Pakaun kya??” and he did that wonderfully by his whining, howling and cryi
The ugly and the most importantly: Direction: After LIAM and Gangster, I was a big fan of Mr. Basu but this movie left me dumbstruck. I am still confused what exactly he wanted Hrithik to portray, a passionate aficionado or a bare-chested eye-candy? Barbara looks nice at places but was so inconsistent.
So in other words, besides, personage brilliance, Kites flew erratically and finally crash lands on the pocket of the movie goers!!! In three words, I will define the movie as “Exteriorizar chingando mierda" or something of that sort (I tried to change words directly to spanish :P)