Kites (2010)

I must admit that I went into this film with pretty low expectations. Hrithik has never struck me as much of an actor, although he certainly is very beautiful and I love to watch him dance. Plus, the whole fuss being made about “global appeal” strikes me as sheer idiocy. Good art is good art: Vermeer didn’t have to paint scenes from daily French life to appeal to the French; Michael Jackson didn’t need to sing Hindi film songs to appeal to Indians; and Kurosawa didn’t have to sacrifice any of his culture-specific sensibilities for his films to appeal to Americans (nor did Aamir with Lagaan). The Roshans don’t need to either.

Despite all their protestations to the contrary, this is full-on Hindi cinema. I say that praising with great praise: I have not seen the English version, to be fair, and nor do I want to, to be honest. If you enjoy a gripping story with suspenseful twists, romantic chemistry laced with humor, beautiful locations and photography, lovely music, and plenty of thrills, you will like Kites. I did, and I’m not even a big action-genre fan. It wasn’t perfect by any means; there were definite missteps (I don’t know about India, but in Amrika the police will not tolerate a thug bashing up an innocent old man in front of them, for instance. Also, those same police wouldn’t just stupidly continue driving like robots into large and destructive oncoming obstacles. And polygamy is just plain illegal here too, for everyone. Khair.).

For me though, the flaws were minor in the face of how engaged and entertained I was, and how much I really cared about what happened to the main characters. Hrithik and Barbara Mori’s performances and much-talked-about chemistry were superb. I think Hrithik has truly come into his own in this one: he is Jay, and handles the large demands of his role with ease.

Of Anurag Basu’s work, I have only seen Life…in a Metro (which I loved). As with that one, he spends painstaking time building the characters and the story layer by layer. This makes for a slow start (I actually started to count the pores in Hrithik’s and Barbara’s faces at one point, there were so many lengthy and loving closeups of them) but it pays off hugely when the action finally gets going and you really need and want to be rooting for someone.

The story is told in flashbacks. It begins with Jay (Hrithik Roshan), practically dead from a gunshot wound and other injuries, being found in a hay-filled train car on a siding at a small southwestern depot. Wounds treated, he sets out as soon as he is able across the desert in search of his beloved, desperate to find her and needing to know why she had abandoned him at death’s door.

Three months earlier, Jay had been a Las Vegas jack-of-all-trades dreaming of hitting it rich and eking out a living by marrying women who need green cards and teaching dance classes. When one of his students, Gina (Kangana Ranaut), makes it clear that she’s smitten with him he rejects her—and then realizes that she is the beloved daughter of a very wealthy, powerful and dangerous Vegas casino owner (Kabir Bedi). He hastily invites Gina to participate with him in a dance competition (which apparently has been cut from the English version! Criminal! It is amazing!) and uses their practice sessions to encourage her feelings for him.

As he is welcomed into the bloody embrace of Gina’s gangster family, he discovers that her brother Tony (Nicholas Brown), a crazy man with anger management issues, is engaged to a Mexican girl named Natasha (Barbara Mori) whom Jay has met before—the only one out of eleven green card applicants he has married that he has ever been sorry to see go.

As the days pass, he is more and more attracted to her although she speaks only Spanish. She has agreed to marry Tony for the same reason Jay is romancing Gina: money. Her family in Mexico are desperately poor and she wants to provide a better life for them. They connect with each other in small, intimate moments stolen while Gina and Tony aren’t looking, but they are conflicted over their growing feelings and their desire to lift themselves out of poverty.

Then on Tony and Natasha’s wedding day Tony’s abusive behavior causes Jay to snap, and Natasha is forced to make an on-the-spot choice between the two men. She chooses Jay, and soon they are fleeing for their lives from a furious Tony and from the police who have been told that they have robbed one of his father’s casinos.

On the run, their attraction blossoms into true love but Tony is determined to avenge the insult to his izzat and he has plenty of money and influence on his side (not to mention a pathologically violent nature).

Can they beat the odds—and their pursuers—and find peace and happiness together? What has happened to Natasha, and why is Jay now alone after being so grievously wounded? Will he find her, or will Tony find (and kill) him first?

After the show, I had the chance to discuss the film with other fans and filmmakers alike. Whatever its failures, it engendered a lively debate—always a good sign, in my opinion! It does have problems: some action scenes go on too long, some events are unrealistic, Tony’s character is almost cartoonishly OTT, and there are disconnects with the American culture we are supposed to be immersed in. But if you can overlook all that, it is intensely emotional and engaging, with wonderful performances from the lead pair. Barbara Mori is a find—gorgeous, charismatic and a good actress, and I was truly impressed with Hrithik. It’s well worth seeing on the big screen too, with fabulous locations and compelling plot twists and eye-opening stunts. It may not be “the” crossover film (if such a thing can even exist) but it’s a breathtaking ride and I’m glad I was on it.

Here I am at the premiere in New York (pink skin, gold earring) hidden behind a girl in a white shirt between Vinod Chopra’s sister (and my friend) Shelly (in the embroidered green top) and my favorite director Raju Hirani (who is standing next to Karan Johar, out of the frame). It was a complete mob scene—many thanks to Virginia for braving it and doing her level best to get a photo. And most of all a huge thank you to Raju and Shelly for inviting me and sharing a really fun evening—love you, mean it (in my best “Hollywood” voice)!

My camera is broken and my sister’s is lost, so all I had was my extremely cheap-o mobile phone one, but here are the Roshans and Barbara and Anurag Basu thanking us all for being there. Sorry, it’s Indian-dvd-manufacturer-kwality.

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86 Comments to “Kites (2010)”

  1. Oooh you lucky lucky woman! :-)

    I cant wait for this film to come here – might even brave the horrid Indian theatre for it!

  2. I’m going to post my blog review this evening but I’ll say now that I took a non-Bolly watching friend to the film and we both enjoyed it. I didn’t notice the disconnects with American culture as much as the small nods to classic Hollywood themes – gangsters, car chases, etc.

    Still, it would have been nice to get ONE more dance in… ;D

    • But the dance that was in there was SPECTACULAR :)

      Saw your Bollyspice review, look forward to your more informal one too :) And that John Horn article makes me want to slap him. FABIO, seriously???? What a lazy moron.

  3. I made it, thankfully the first competition i’ve ever won i always thought they were a bunch of liers. what an experience plus i got front row seats as well, at one point i was just feets away from Hrithik and in his case the camera sure doesn’t lie, he looks just like he does on screen, i agree with your review and i noticed some flaws but i was enjoying the whole thing so much that it didn’t even matter

    • Hooray!!! What fun :) I sat right in front of Karan Johar, Ayan Mukherjee and Mira Nair, although the stage where the Roshans and co. spoke was sort of far away. Am trying to download my mobile phone pictures (I am hopeless with that technology) so I can post them here, although the quality is abysmal.

  4. Hi Greta, love your take on the movie! I shall certainly want to watch the Hindi version if ‘the dance routine’ has been cut in the American version. The evening must have been ‘a moment of a life-time’ in your books. Sincerely hope you have many more such occasions and that I get to read about them!

    • Hey Glenda :) You will certainly get to read all about my adventures if you want to (most people who actually know me don’t want to ;)) It was really a lot of fun. Yes, the Hindi version is doubtless the way to go too if you can! Cutting Hrithik’s dance out is akin to murder in my book.

  5. Sold- I dont watch Hritik movies as a general rule, but given the massive opening (there are 3 theaters within 15 miles of my house playing this), I probably should go see it.

  6. Now, I really can’t wait for this one…I have a date to watch on Saturday afternoon. I am completely baffled with the whole idea of “cross-over.” If tv-watching Americans are obsessed with American Idol, Dancing With the Stars and Glee, is this not the PERFECT time for a Bollywood musical to hit the big time?

  7. I will see it based on your recommendation. Still that will probably be months or years away. I don’t really go see movies. They somehow make their way to me. Like you I haven’t warmed to Hrithik or his looks. But I noticed that the guy can dance.

    • He really can, and he looks so happy when he is dancing too as if he’s on another plane.

      I know what you mean about them coming to you though :) Raju and Shelly dragged me there but I am really glad they did.

  8. Mohtarma, the only Hrithik movie I have seen till now is Koi Mil Gaya (and that was on a flight to India when this was the only Hindi movie available and I wanted to see SOME Hindi stuff). I have not even seen KNPH (which possibly makes me the only Indian north of the Vindhyas, aged under 50 and interested in Hindi movies, who has not seen KNPH, 3 Idiots or KKKG) :-). See, I finally managed to find something unique about myself. ;-)

    Khair ;-) , this is supposed to be about Kites and not about me so I better get back on-topic. :-)

    Your review is very good – and it does look like an enjoyable movie. May decide to see it sometime. Could be interesting to see new faces. Am not familiar with Barbara Mori and for me even Hrithik, after 10 years in the industry, is a “new” face. ;-)

    • Was ist das mohtarma? :) I hated KMG, hated hated hated it. And why haven’t you seen 3i yet, why?! I do have a new appreciation of Hrithik, gotta admit. I guess his next one is Guzarish although I’m more than a little wary of Sanjay Leela Bhansali now.

      • “Mohtarma” is a respectful way of addressing a lady. I think it is Urdu or Arabic. There was this song “aji kibla mohtarma…” from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon, if you remember.

        I find it a very sweet word. But then, I find Urdu such a sweet language. I sometimes watch Pakistani clips on youtube just to listen to the Urdu. :-)

        About 3i, I was planning to see it in India on my last trip but somehow never got around to doing it. (: Next time, for sure.

        Hrithik’s next movie is with SLB ? Have studiously stayed away from the Bhansali’s offerings ever since I saw Devdas. My fault, not his. I am just not classy enough, I guess. I just checked – Guzarish has Aishwarya in the lead. That makes my chance of seeing that movie absolutely zero. Can’t think of an actress whose movies I have more studiously avoided in the last 15 years.

        Anyway, again veering dangerously off topic. Got to keep reminding myself that this is a post about Kites and not about me and my rants.

        • So you were addressing ME in such a sweet respectful way? Mwah! :) Well when you visit me here I will make you watch 3i. And I’m with you on the SLB thing. Since Devdas have not been able to get through his films, and although I now officially love Hrithik am still wary of Aishwarya too. If that makes us not-classy, then not-classy it is! :)

  9. All I read was that you liked it. I am not reading the rest.. I want the story to unfold in front of MY eyes. See you later, alligator.

  10. Memsaab, Lovely review. You’ve spotted the silly errors which Indian directors make when tackling “phoren” subjects. Frankly, the fact that it is in Amrika and the girl is Mexican is incidental, a result of bigger budgets from ill-informed corporate suits and a desperation to woo NRI audiences. The girl could have been a Gujarati village belle and the locale could have been Ahmedabad. Globalisation has only made our crap glossier

    • Bigger budgets have made the crap glossier! :) No matter where things are filmed! But yes, the problem is that Indian filmmakers need to do their homework better if they want to make films that feel “American” (which I frankly don’t understand, because enough Americans are already making American films). I guess I can understand the wish to draw not NRI audiences (they are already there) but western audiences, except that the way to do it is to make really GOOD Indian films, not try to make western ones.

      Having said that, I did still really enjoy the story and much of the film was very well done. Anurag Basu is a good director :)

  11. O you are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lucky!
    Envy you!

    Depiction of non-indian people in hindi cinema is always so embarassing! Or for that matter even depiction of non-north-indians!

    A pity that they gave Kangana Ranaut so little screen space.

    • “Make what you know” is I guess the standard mantra for creating art…I don’t necessarily agree, it’s good to push your comfort zone. But you have to do the research when you do it. And just setting the film in America with a Mexican actress isn’t going to bring in American and Mexican audiences. That’s just silly thinking.

      • How true!
        I have a feeling that the the film makers would like to show that Indians are better than other people in the world by showing the latter in bad light! Why can’t they just show, let us say “everday people”! One doesn’t need to play with cliches and prejudices to bring inthe cash at the box-office!
        Yeah, and I wouldlike to oush my comfort zone in everday life as well! ;-) (But to tell you the truth I’m too lazy for that! ;-)

        • This film doesn’t show foreigners in a bad light (the worst people in the film are all Indian). It’s just that when you want to portray characters as living in and belonging to another culture you need to get that culture right, or at least more right than the filmmakers do here. But honestly, those mistakes are very minor—it’s not a film that depends on such details, it’s a romantic thriller and gets the romance and most of the thrills pretty right :)

  12. You know I think the world of your impeccable low-brow tastes, but I fear that even you can’t persuade me to watch “Kites.” My tolerance for modern cheese is notoriously low. I know – it’s a character flaw. :-)

    • Hey, you know I admit freely to being low-brow too, but I don’t think this is cheesy. It’s a lovely romantic thriller with some flaws if you need realism :) But each to her own, and I probably wouldn’t have bothered with this either if I hadn’t gone to the premiere. But I am glad I did see it :)

  13. My local newspaper here in TX carried a review of this movie today – The American version, as the lack of “typical Bollywood production numbers” was mentioned. The reviewer was scathing, gave it a C- and said it was unintentionally hilarious…though Hrithik’s 6-pack needs separate billing :) He did say something though, which I don’t think I have seen mentioned before: that this movie is looking to tap into the large Latin market – the same one that loves telenovelas – the reviewer had a Hispanic last name, so I assumed he knows something about the subject…..

    M

    • Yes, actually that has been mentioned, that Barbara Mori being relatively well-known in Mexico should attract more Latin American viewers. I just don’t see it happening though!

      Looks like me and Raju and Karan J. are going to be in the minority on this one! Ah well. And actually even the Hindi version which I saw only had one dance, and it was truly amazing. Also, as Filmi Girl has noted over on her blog, reviewers unfamiliar with Hindi cinema write just utter nonsense about what they “think” B’wood is all about. They are just as guilty of judging another culture lazily as Indian filmmakers are.

    • I read that review! It was the first I’d read by a non-white western reviewer and boy, did he hate it as compared to the rest with their “it’s just like Sergio Leone in Bollywood” line.

      I also read somewhere that the actor they really wanted was Paz Vega– and I have to say, if it had been her, I’d probably have liked the movie more.

  14. The Indian press is claiming that it’s being savaged by all, but Kevin Thomas of the LA Times seems to agree more with me :) and so does Lisa Tsering of the Hollywood Reporter and so does Jeannette Catsoulis of the NY Times. So there! (And the guys from Variety magazine and my own hometown newspaper the Boston Globe like it too.)

  15. Hi Memsaab,
    As our opinions are quite different about the movie so I would request you please have a look at mine review too :

    KITES – Movie Review : Once again a big movie plays with the viewer’s precious time and money. (Review By Bobby Sing)

    Ratings : 1.5 / 5

    Link : http://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=postid052010145500

    Thanks
    bobbysing
    bobbytalkscinema.com

    • There are lots of negative opinions out there, but that’s what makes the world go around. I liked it very much and stand by it! :) Will read your post too :)

  16. The Indian media has thrashed the film…calling it Rakesh Roshan’s love letter to his son…the narcissistic actor…But, I guess, you loved it!! Great…So, do you recommend it as a one-time watch???

    • Yes, they have. But the Indian media are seriously the last people (for the most part) on earth whose opinions I would listen to or care about. They make stuff up constantly, and very often their views are biased based on industry politics and “who you know” which has nothing to do with actual merit. Not to mention blatant plagiarism—I’ll bet half the opinions out there are being perpetrated by people who haven’t even seen the film but are just regurgitating what somebody else already wrote. Of course, the same can be said of the media everywhere at this point :) I did really like the film a lot, and I would even probably watch it again when it comes out on dvd.

  17. I strongly believe that no sane person can write a review without even watching it……….and if anyone does, than he in my opinion is still living in his early school days and has learned nothing about what we call a professional approach.

  18. Greta! As if I didn’t love you already, I love that your review was honest and non suck-upy. Not that you ever write anything suck-upy but after all you did hobnob with the filmi crowd and some of those might be making their way here to read up ;-D Anyway, I LOVED the movie and it’s pretty much a gushfest in my review. Hrithik and Barbara were awesome :) Don’t you think Kangana was wasted? Not that I missed her, I mean when she and Babs shared a frame or two, all eyes would be on Babs!

    Also, I was out shopping yesterday after the film and I am 100 percent convinced that I saw the floral dress in your 10th still at Forever 21. I don’t know why that makes me so excited but it does! :D

    • I suck at sucking up :D Plus I’d be surprised if anyone mentioned here will ever see this :) But I am really happy that I could say in all honesty that I loved it. And I really really did.

      I’m not a Kangana fan really so I didn’t miss her. Barbara is my new girl-crush too, or should I say my new “I want to BE her” girl :) Did you buy the dress?

  19. Also: enquiring minds want to know how Hrithik was at the premiere. He has seemed so stressed out about the release. Every tv interview I saw of his, his body language was so off. He even seemed a bit short on Lift Kara De, and then there was also the big blowup at Shirdi where he lost his temper with the journos (not that I blame him, but he isn’t exactly known for a temper). So am wondering if he came across as nervous/anxious at the premiere/after party.

    • He and his family were very not-present at the premiere…they came in, thanked us all for being there, and left. Not a sign of them anywhere afterwards. I didn’t go to the after-party but Anurag Basu told Raju that Hrithik wasn’t going to be there either (we went to dinner with KJo and Ayan Mukherjee instead which was too much fun ;).

      I can’t imagine that he wasn’t nervous, though! But I love that it’s getting some good reviews, am very happy for all of them involved…

  20. i disagree with a few points in your review.
    kites.is boring.
    there was no character building by anurag….none…it was just scenes added in style to show hrithik in different poses doing something “to define his character” ..

    the movie is Slow love story with mix of action.

    Hrithik Roshan is excellent but at times felt confused about emotions to show, he just posed through a few scenes…

    Barbara is hottest and acted quite competently, at times felt like overdoing “I am sexy latino” thing, but yet nothing you would found too unusual in terms of her so called “character” …

    The villain (Nick Brown) is average/boring. He just makes faces and shouts, no menace, in beginning he does well, then it deteriorates.

    Kabir bedi and Kangana (cutie!!) are wasted.

    Not much of a story, and english-spanish dialogues had neither smart one-liners, nor regal romantic quotes.

    Chemistry between the leads was there, but yet, something was missing.

    In the first half you may think the movie will pick up pace, but the thrill is absent and whatever scope there was for adrenaline has been wasted on excellent cinematography.

    A very stylish movie, which fall shorts in other departments, except Hrithik Roshan who was good. But is it enough to carry this movie forward, I doubt.

    over-hyped… over-styled…cinema “in name of doing something new” ..just because something is different does not mean its good…it can be bad..while this is not “bad” its definitely not good..

    • You are entitled to your opinion of course! Different people look for different things in films… :) But I liked it, found the storyline interesting, the characters (the lead ones anyway, and none of the others mattered that much) compelling and the final product for me overcame the flaws that were in it.

  21. Hey!
    Well written and argued. I myself had a stint with the movie this evening and must say it all started on a not-so-good note.

    First of all, the cinema hall was completely empty. This is from Indore, and known as mini-Mumbai sometimes, but a fairly big city. Was quite surprised to see no crowds at all for the movie. Seems people had done their research well, before deciding not to even think of spending 200 bucks and watching this movie on the big screen. Else, how come would one expect such low turnout on the second day itself?

    I had no idea of what the movie had in-stored for me. It’s sometimes good to not read anything and go in. But sometimes, it just doesn’t pay off.
    My father was informing me about the controversies around the movie making it a postponed material since a few months now. I didn’t think much, but there were signs that well, there could be something seriously wrong with the movie.

    Anyway, it seemed to be going pretty fine for the first 30 minutes or so, when the stupid acts started coming into the main stream. By the end, I could only think of something like “Tashan” which was released a year or so back, and I had the same feeling for this movie as I had for that – basically a waste of money. There was no chemistry whatsoever between the two protagonists. The characters were so loose, the storyline so foolish, and the script so shaky and confusing. Too much of effects which just dilute the content to the bare minimum.

    I don’t know if Hrithik was good or not, he certainly was not bad. Though, I am sure he had equally good or even better performances in some other movies.

    • I wonder if all the pre-release hype (there is entirely TOO MUCH OF IT for every major film release, when will the industry understand that it can backfire?) about it being a “global” or crossover film has alienated Indian audiences? I can see why it would. If you declare that you’ve made a film for non-Indian audiences, why would Indian audiences bother? In any case, there is no such thing as a film everybody likes but I am just one of the people who did like this one :)

      • Funny, it reminded me in some ways of Tashan. But the action for me in Tashan was so way overdone that it completely overwhelmed the story (and I liked the story, it just disappeared under the shock & awe special effects). This balanced the story and the action better for me…

        • i liked tashan coz it has cheesy dialogues…its a cheesy movie but thats what makes it enjoyable..we dont expect sense and get none ..and akki’s acting in his own style is excellent…saif is and was best only in DCH and omkara…aaah..and anil kapoor he is evergreen … tashan/race/no entry/welcome… like he said jhakkas…but kites felt uninspiring…the action should make you want to walk in style as bombs blast around you.. .. the chemistry and love should make u want to patch with ur ex-GF…and..dialogues should be memorable at least to put up as facebook status ….anurag basu should have tried a bit harder…

  22. Thanks for the review. I’d been thinking of watching this when I could het hold of it, and now know I won’t When I read “not to mention a pathologically violent nature”, I knew it wasn’t for me. Sadly, the one thing Hindi cinme seems to be picking up from Southie films is ever-growing violence, which restricts the choices for those who are not fans of violence.

    • It might be the most realistically violent film I’ve seen from Hindi cinema. It is quite gory in places. I don’t generally care for it myself and parts of it were hard for me to watch. So you might want to avoid yaar ;-)

  23. I was really looking forward to Kites, but was a little taken aback at how violent it was; sadly that is the true international language–not love. Plot I have seen enough of: Do not date anybody in a gangster’s family! Bad idea! Hrithik did a good job with his slightly shady character, and Barbara Mori was much better than the trailers led one to believe.

    In hopes for THE crossover film, the Roshans found themselves drawn to the worst of Hollywood excess. But I sincerely wish them success in their endeavors! In a week where Glee is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, you would think that Bollywood could cross over with out so much blood being spilled (and I don’t mean in print).

  24. Glad to know Kabir Bedi is still lurking around, being dangerous!

  25. any idea about badmaash company? still haven’t seen it.

  26. I can’t say I loved it but I have to say it was well made. It lacked the frequently “home made” feel of most Rakesh Roshan movies and Hrithik really put in an effort. The visuals were amazing and I actually liked the action bits far more than the romantic bits. I really didn’t care for Mori but Kangana really stood out for yet again. She really DOES have the “mentally fragile” niche all cornered and Basu obviously knows how to tap it effectively.

    It wasn’t the disaster I thought it would be from the trailers. And my initial foreboding that it was going to be another uber racist mess a la MNIK didn’t come to pass either.

    I guess I’m saying I liked it for what it wasn’t more than for what it was? 50-50. Like I said over at B. Rangan’s, if they’ll distill all the Adventures of Super Hrithik parts into one bit, I’ll gladly buy it and watch it while gorging on ice cream.

    • Parts of the action looked pretty homemade (you could see that it was CGI), but other than that it was very well crafted. I didn’t love the editing always, sometimes got too jerky, but that’s how most action strikes me. Kangana gets on my nerves (most angsty mentally fragile people do) :D I liked it much better than all the other Roshan productions combined! (But that isn’t saying much)…

  27. I was away for a couple of weeks and look at all the excitement here. :-)

    I agree memsaab, Kites is well consructed and well made, and may I say quite stylish too. I wouldn’t call it low brow at all.
    It is indeed very different.
    Hrithik has once again shown what a good actor he is. I thought he was majestic and superb in Jodha Akbar and here he masters a totally different act.

    But I can understand why many in India would not like it.

    • I have to say that I don’t, given the drivel they often seem to embrace. People’s tastes mystify me sometimes :) Glad you enjoyed it (I think) :)

      • I did enjoy it. I was expecting not to as I’m not fond of action and violence.

        I understand why it wouldn’t be popular in India, because as Hrithik himself said ‘it’s pasta not biryani’.
        There is hardly any hindi. I believe a distributor from Bihar wants to sue them for selling a ‘hindi’ language film with hardly any hindi.
        So biryani with drivel would still be palatable, I think :-)

        • Ha ha ha! That’s funny. There was enough Hindi that I was grateful for subtitles, I can tell you :D And I have seen biryani with drivel which was palatable, definitely!

  28. Hi memsaab,
    i love your reviews. Going to watch it today…i hope its the bollywood version, not the usa one as i live in melbourne. Btw whats your name? are you on Facebook by any chance?? Dont wana miss any of your reviews :) Take care

    • You can subscribe by email to my blog if you want, you’ll get a notification whenever there’s a new post (button for it is at the bottom of the sidebar) :)

      • i ofcourse subscribed. But i didnt get the notification that you have replied. How r u ? just saw Lites. Loved it. Glad i didnt listen to hindi movie reviews. Ofcourse i wished that they would be together at the end. But none the less…awesome film!! Will keep a dvd of it. take care.

  29. Hi,

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  30. Hi Memsaab, you have now attracted the attention of film marketers (IIFA)–many more premier invitations for you! :-) Meanwhile, have you managed to get hold of a film called Rustam-e-Rome? It is the original of Dharmveer, which was written nearly 25 years later by Salim Javed. Suggesting it to you because I know you will love it; it has Dara Singh in it. cheers

  31. Too bad I am so far away from Sri Lanka! :) I have not been able to find Rustom-e-Rome although I know it’s out there somewhere. I am sure I will love it if I can get hold of it!

  32. Well, I am in India, not Sri Lanka, but that apart, I will sniff around for a copy. And maybe find a way to get it across to you. Anything for a fellow lover of the B-grade.

    • Oh thank you!!! (and much of should be considered A-grade in my opinion!) ;-) I wish more Dara was available with subtitles, it’s one of the sorrows of my life :(

  33. “Plus, the whole fuss being made about “global appeal” strikes me as sheer idiocy. Good art is good art: Vermeer didn’t have to paint scenes from daily French life to appeal to the French; Michael Jackson didn’t need to sing Hindi film songs to appeal to Indians; and Kurosawa didn’t have to sacrifice any of his culture-specific sensibilities for his films to appeal to Americans (nor did Aamir with Lagaan). The Roshans don’t need to either.”

    HOW TRUE !!

    And yes Hrithik isnt much of an actor and he is good looking without any appeal . I d not find him attractive, somehow the natural appeal and aura missing…he is just fit and fine.

  34. I watched Kites half-heartedly, encountering extremely negative reviews on my way to the theatre. And, well, I felt they were true to a certain extent. Somehow, there romance and action didn’t gel well enough for me. It tried hard to be a Hollywood movie and it hung in between Bollywood and Hollywood, uncomfortably.

    However, I loved… just loved… the last 15 minutes. The climax was poetic, the scenery was beautiful, the idea was breath-taking, the realization of what has happened and what is going to happen wrenched my heart violently. The cinematography was flawlessly surreal… and it was almost worth sitting through the rest of the film.

    Every person has their own views on a story or a movie. However, since you say you don’t like Hrithik’s act that much – I insist you to watch Lakshya and Koi Mil Gaya, and just focus on his acting, his expressions, the efforts he puts on all his body muscles to show his pains. Koi Mil Gaya may be a poor man’s E.T., but Hrithik has done more than justice to play his mentally challenged character.

    • I have seen both those films and hated them, especially Koi Mil Gaya. I found Hrithik’s acting in that so bad that it made me laugh out loud, actually. Sorry! But you can’t please everyone :)

  35. Hmmm… I guess you are right.

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