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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Anurag Basu|
|Produced by||Rakesh Roshan|
|Story by||Rakesh Roshan|
|Editing by||Akiv Ali|
|Distributed by||Reliance BIG Pictures
|Running time||130 minutes|
|Budget||60 crore (US$10 million)|
|Box office||87.92 crore (US$15 million)|
Kites is a 2010 Indian romantic action thriller film directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Rakesh Roshan, that stars Hrithik Roshan, Bárbara Mori, Kangna Ranaut, and Kabir Bedi. The film was released in India and in North America on 21 May 2010. Its 208-theater opening in North America made it the largest Bollywood release there to that time. It was also the first Bollywood movie to reach the weekend top ten, though My Name is Khan had a larger first-weekend North American gross. Despite a strong opening, it was eventually declared a flop in India.
Jai (Hrithik Roshan) is a dance teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a sideline, he marries immigrant women to get them green cards. When Gina (Kangna Ranaut), the rich daughter of a powerful casino owner Bob (Kabir Bedi), falls for him, Jai goes along to marry into money. He discovers that his future brother-in-law, the vicious, homicidal Tony (Nick Brown), is about to marry a Mexican woman named Natasha (Bárbara Mori), whom Jai knows as Linda, the last of the immigrant women he married. On the night before "Natasha" and Tony's wedding, Linda and Jai spend a romantic but chaste night, humorously agreeing to a "divorce". A jealous, gun-wielding Tony arrives at her apartment while Jai is there. After he hits her, Linda impulsively knocks him out with a heavy object while he tussles with Jai. Linda and Jai go on the run toward Mexico, with Tony and police in pursuit. They are helped by a friend of Jai, Robin (Anand Tiwari). Robin gives them fake passports and IDs so that they can go wherever they want.
In the following week, Jai and Linda get married in Mexico. On the day of their wedding, they come back to their house. There, Robin comes to give them the passports and is unexpectedly shot by Tony and his men. Linda and Jai escape, but Jai is shot in the process. In a car chase, Linda stops the car at a train, puts Jai aboard it, and drives off. Back to the present, Jai meets with Jamaal, one of Bob's employees, and is ambushed. Jamaal is killed but not before telling Jai of Linda's whereabouts. Jai kills off all of Tony's men and then beats Tony by smashing his face into the car door, until he is shot by Gina. He drives off to the location where Jamaal said Linda was last seen. It is shown that after Jai was put aboard the train, Linda was ambushed on a cliff and sent Jai a text message saying "I am going...Sorry, Forget me". She drives off of the cliff, killing herself by drowning. Jai cries and then smiles, jumping off the cliff as well. Finally, he is reunited with Linda under the ocean, and they embrace through death.
- Hrithik Roshan as Jai
- Bárbara Mori as Natasha/Linda
- Kangna Ranaut as Gina Grover
- Kabir Bedi as Bob Grover
- Nicholas Brown as Tony Grover
- Anand Tiwari as Robin
- Yuri Suri as Jamaal
- Madhuri Bhatia as Gina's mom
- Steven Michael Quezada as cop
- Ronald Robert Hamilton as Railyard Worker
- Camme Tyla as News Reporter
- Ivan Brutsche as Border Patrol
- Luce Rains as Bounty Hunter
Earlier, actress Sonam Kapoor was offered the female lead, but she rejected the script due to the excessive bold scenes in the film. Later, Deepika Padukone was approached to star opposite Hrithik Roshan, although she also turned down the offer for the same reasons. Barbara Mori was eventually cast as the female lead after much negotiation and script changes.
Kites was on 3000 screens in India, and across 30 countries and 500 screens globally, according to distributor Reliance BIG Entertainment. It opened on 208 screens in North America, making it the largest Bollywood release there to that time.
To help the promote the film, mini "music videos" were released online, each about one minute long and featuring a song from the soundtrack set against scenes from the film. The clothing brand Provogue, which features Hrithik Roshan as its brand ambassador, launched a Kites clothing range. A photo shoot regarding the campaign was shot in the Maldives, featuring Hrithik Roshan and Bárbara Mori.
While the Hindi version of Kites was released 21 May 2010 in India, the international version was released one week later, on 28 May 2010. The film was scheduled to be released in over 60 countries.
Kites was released in a second international English-language version as Kites: The Remix, "Presented By" Brett Ratner, recut by his regular editor, Mark Helfrich, with new music by Graeme Revell using remix techniques developed in the series Kung Faux.
Box Office India said the film "opened to a bumper response at most places" in India, but noted "reports are not encouraging, the biggest reason being the film has a lot of English and Spanish dialogue."
On its first weekend in the North America, the film opened in 208 theaters and ranked #10 in the box office, grossing $958,673. It was the first Bollywood movie to reach the weekend top ten, though My Name is Khan had a larger first-weekend North American gross, with $1.9 million at 120 theaters, reaching #13. Kites debuted at #10 in the UK, with an opening of £174,000 from 70 screens. Overall the film was rated as a below average grosser by Box Office India. Its total Nett gross was 48.56 crore against a 60 crore budget.
The film received an 82% positive rating on the film critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes from 22 reviews, with the consensus being, "Thoroughly overwrought in true Bollywood fashion, Kites is deeply flawed —and too effervescently charming to resist." The movie generally received mixed reviews in India. It had a score of 5/10 on the critics aggregate site ReviewGang, based on 13 reviews. The chemistry of the lead actors and the cinematography were specifically praised by Indian critics Anupama Chopra and Raja Sen. Rajeev Masand of IBN said "Thrilling action set-pieces, a super-fluid dance number to show off Hrithik's killer moves, and repeated glimpses at the toned bodies of both lead stars. It's almost enough to forgive the uniformly bad acting of all supporting cast". Anupama Chopra of NDTV said "the film doesn’t become more than the sum of its parts because the second half is flat and in places, outright foolish". Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL India stated, "It fails in the primary promise of a love story which surpasses language barriers," while Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express calls it "really old wine in a sort-of new bottle".
In the U.S., Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times called it "a lovers-on-the-lam blast of pure pulp escapism" that "caroms from car chase to shootout, from rain dancing to bank robbing with unflagging energy. It's all completely loony, but the stunts are impressive, the photography crisp and the leads so adorably besotted that audiences might as well check their cynicism at the door. Frank Lovece of Film Journal International said, "Bollywood enters telenovela territory in a hybrid film that takes the heightened emotions, wild tonal ranges and impeccably crisp technique of modern Hindi cinema and puts all that in the service of a tragic love story straight out of Mexican TV. ... As an old-style Hollywood romance in modern dress, it delivers what people say they want when they say, 'They don't make pictures like that anymore.'" Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times said the film "draws from westerns, musicals, film noir [and] chase thrillers with stunts so preposterous they verge on parody — and it gets away with everything because of [director] Basu's visual bravura and unstinting passion and energy."
Awards and nominations
- Best Cinematography - Ayananka Bose
- Best Female Debut - Bárbara Mori
Kites's worldwide distribution rights were sold for 150 crore (US$25 million) acquired by Reliance big pictures in 2010 (except Mumbai). The satellite rights were bought by Sony TV group, while the music rights were bought by T-series/Big music.
|Soundtrack album to Kites by Rajesh Roshan|
|Released||28 March 2010|
|Genre||Feature Film soundtrack|
|Rajesh Roshan chronology|
Kites music album is composed by Rajesh Roshan. Songs "Dil Kyon Yeh Mera" and "Zindagi Do Pal Ki" became a rage while other songs were also successful. Songs are as follows.
|1||Zindagi Do Pal Ki||KK||4:16||Rajesh Roshan|
|2||Dil Kyon Yeh Mera||KK||5:36||Rajesh Roshan|
|3||Tum Bhi Ho Wahi||Vishal Dadlani & Suraj Jagan||3:55||Rajesh Roshan|
|4||Kites In The Sky||Hritik Roshan & Suzzane D'Mello||5:41||Rajesh Roshan|
|5||Fire||Rajesh Roshan, Vishal Dadlani, Anirudh, Anushka Manchanda||4:27||Rajesh Roshan|
|6||Fire (English Version)||Rajesh Roshan, Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda||4:27||Rajesh Roshan|
|7||Zindagi Do Pal Ki (Remix)||KK, Remix by : DJ Amyth||3:46||Rajesh Roshan|
|8||Dil Kyon Yeh Mera (Remix)||Vishal Dadlani, Suraj Jagan, Remix by : DJ Amyth||3:30||Rajesh Roshan|
|9||Tum Bhi Ho Wahi (Remix)||Instrumental||4:00||Rajesh Roshan|
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