Much awaited Kites starts off with an explanation of the relevance of its title. As you proceed to watch the film and find the justification for its title, you realise that there are lot many more things here that need explaining. Kites is a love story told in piecemeal flashbacks. Yet, when it comes to furthering the story the director resorts to soliloquy by the main lead, Hrithik Roshan. Has the screenplay failed to convey what it was supposed to?
Hrithik Roshan, an Indian in the USA, is a petty odd jobber; he does anything for money, from teaching dance to selling DVDs to playing husband for migrant women seeking green card. Two women from his two such vocations, dance and marriages, Kangana Ranaut and Barbara Mori, respectively, come together to set the wheels of change in his life in motion.
Kangana has the hots for Hrithik, who decides she is his passport to wealth and prosperity. He partners her in a dance competition and wins an invitation from her father, Kabir Bedi, at his son Nick Brown’s engagement party whose fiancée is Barbara Mori, one of his green card wives.
While Hrithik rediscovers her charm all over again and falls in love, Kabir Bedi and Nick Brown establish their credentials as sinister casino operators putting to death anyone who cheats them. It is another thing that the so depicted cheaters look more like street urchins than casino players! Despite this, Hrithik chooses to elope with Nick Brown’s fiancée. The great chase begins. Every time Hrithik is taken by surprise, the audience is not! The chase as well as the twists and turns, the stunts, every bullet in the back, just about everything in the film is predictable and lacks novelty.
However, what does not jell with Hrithik’s fans is, with his larger than life, swashbuckling hero image, why is he on the run and a loser all the time? This is Hrithik Roshan, not an out of school teenager on the run with his beloved, incapable of fighting villains!! To add to that, is the climax which is meek, shows the hero in lesser light. And the biggest question defying all logic is that why is the film almost entirely in English and Spanish? There are barely a few exchanges in Hindi and even while two Indian characters speak, they use English! In this event, where was the need to shoot another version for the international market?
There is little to say about the star cast. The chemistry between Hrithik and Barbara comes across as more of lust rather than love. While Hrithik carries himself well wherever the scenes support him, Barbara fails to charm and looks too old to carry such a love story (Her talk of being a mother of a 12-year-old in the media does not help the cause much either). Kangana Ranaut has little footage to get much out of the film. The debut making villain, Nick Brown, seems to be doing well till a time, getting routine thereafter. Kabir Bedi, Yuri Suri and Anand Tiwari fill the bill.
Direction is confused and lacking coherence, music is of little help. Photography is very good with vast expanses exploited very well. Dialogue is lacklustre.
Kites falls short of high expectations it built over a period by lengths which will have a telling effect on its box office prospects.