Kites: The Remix

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Kites: The Remix
KITES THE REMIX-poster-FINAL.jpg
Produced by
Music by Graeme Revell
Editing by Brett Ratner
Release dates
  • May 28, 2010 (2010-05-28)
Running time 90 minutes
Country India
Language
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Kites: The Remix is the official English-language version of the 2010 film Kites. It was produced and edited by Hollywood director Brett Ratner. The international version is 90 minutes long, as opposed to the Hindi version, which is 130 minutes long. This new version removes all of the original Hindi songs, except for the title track "Fire" which has an alternative English version that is heard during the end titles. Along with alternative footage and added action scenes, the movie is aimed at a younger, action-orientated audience.

While the Hindi version of Kites was scheduled for release on May 21, 2010, the international version was scheduled for release one week later on May 28, 2010. The movie was released in over 60 countries. It was rumored that this version would be dubbed in English, but it was later revealed that the two versions were simultaneously shot, and that most of the original Hindi-based music and all of the Hindi dialogue would be removed and replaced with English voiceovers and new music by Hollywood's composer Graeme Revell for the international version of the movie.

The trailer for Kites: The Remix was released on May 4, 2010.

Plot[edit]

J., played by Hrithik Roshan,[1] is a Bollywood dance teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a sideline, he marries immigrant women to get them green cards. When Gina (Kangana Ranaut), the rich daughter of a powerful casino owner (Kabir Bedi), falls for him, J. goes along in order to marry into money. He discovers that his future brother-in-law, the vicious, homicidal Tony (Nick Brown), is about to marry a beautiful Mexican woman named Natasha (Bárbara Mori), whom J. knows as Linda, the last of the immigrant women he married. On the night before "Natasha" and Tony's wedding, Linda and J. spend a romantic but chaste night, humorously agreeing to a "divorce." A jealous, gun-wielding Tony, however, arrives at her apartment while J. is there, and after he hits her, Linda impulsively knocks him out with a heavy object while he tussles with J. Linda and J. go on the run toward Mexico, with Tony and police in pursuit.

Characters/Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Kites' original music is by Rajesh Roshan and the lyrics are by Nasir Faraaz and Asif Ali Beg.[5] Variety Magazine said the music "ranges from hip-hop to Enya-esque ululating."[6] The movie's main romantic theme has been described as "identical in melody, key, and instrumentation to "Aníron" (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen), written by Enya for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", though Enya is not given any composer's credit for the music in Kites.[7]

Kites: The Remix was almost completely re-scored with new music by Graeme Revell.

Reception[edit]

UK Box Office[edit]

The film fared very poorly and earned £9,110 on 31 screens, with the per-screen average working out to £294.[8]

USA Box Office[edit]

In the first week that both films were out together in the USA, Kites: The Remix did only one tenth of the business that the original Kites did, and less than half on a per-screen basis.[9] Box Office Mojo shows that while the original Kites film was able to become the first ever original Bollywood created film to score in the "Top Ten" of the overall Hollywood Box office tally on its opening weekend, the Kites: The Remix hybrid version only managed to place 51st on its first weekend.[9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kites: Synopsis". Filmicafe Media Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b Jain, Samta. "The Latest about 'Kites'", FreshNews.in, May 17, 2010
  3. ^ Kites at ComingSoon.net
  4. ^ "Kites Movie (2010) - First Look, Movie Preview", BollywoodTopStories.com, May 3, 2010
  5. ^ "Official Kites Website". Kites-thefilm.com. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  6. ^ Kites Review at Variety (magazine)
  7. ^ Kites Swipes Song from Lord of the Rings at AccessBollywood.net
  8. ^ "Overseas Box Office :2010-06-02 09:23:07". Bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  9. ^ a b "Weekend Box Office Results for May 28-31, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  10. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for May 21-23, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  11. ^ "Arthouse Audit: 'Kites' Flies, 'Babies' Maintains Grip". Box Office Mojo. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 

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