Fri, 21 May 2010 15:58:39 GMT | By Raj Narayan

'Kites': The Mori Story and a "Phati Patang"

MSN's incisive dissection of Hrithik Roshan's ‘Kites'


Review of Kites

It could be the overdose of publicity or the incessant chatter from my vicinity, but my first reaction when the end credits began rolling over was just - Why?

Why were those two jokers next to me talking so loudly through the movie? Why did they organize a paid preview of the movie? Why did they have to hype it up so much? Why did Rakesh Roshan have to make this movie? Why did Anurag Basu take up a lifeless story to narrate? Why did he then try to add glitz and gloss to it to dress it up as a thriller? And above all, why did Hrithik act in the flick when he has done all of what he does in 'Kites' in earlier movies?

In the past, the Roshans have come out with movies that have captured my attention either through content, like India's first super-hero movie or treatment like 'Kaho Na Pyaar Hai' or even a masala melodrama like 'Karan Arjun'.

Similarly, Basu has tackled some interesting themes in his earlier movies like 'Murder', 'Life in a Metro' and 'Gangster'. His penchant for the fast and furious is retained in 'Kites', though at times even the fast pace doesn't hold any surprises.

As for Hrithik, some of his nuanced performances like 'Dhoom-2', 'Lakshya', 'Fiza', 'Koi Mil Gaya' and even as Bollywood's first super-hero 'Krrish' makes you feel that it was not for him to fly 'Kites' at this stage of his career, especially when his next release is likely to be Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Guzarish'.

All in all, I told myself that it would have been a good idea to stay at home and fly kites rather than spend Rs.350 and watch the movie, which incidentally has no plausible reference to kites!

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