‘Kites’ is a ticket to heaven…
Sucks, disgusting, paisa waste, mindless…what was Hrithik thinking? – well, these were a few colourful responses of my friends and colleagues, a day after they watched the eagerly awaited and much hyped ‘Kites’. Well, guess what? Hrithik, it seems, wasn’t thinking. And much to their dismay and mine, one had to go through the torment and torture of watching this sob story (if you can call it that) to know the real truth behind this fancily packaged flop story - ‘Kites’ or is it better to term it ‘Kati Patang’? But folks on Facebook are right when they say, “It’s better to fly kites than watch it.”
However, why are we shocked and crying foul? Aren’t we used to such antics by now? And isn’t ‘Kites’ yet another attempt to mock and dupe audience intelligence?
Come to think of it, there wasn’t any gimmick spared to promote this one. Foreign premieres, high profile cast, exotic locations, steamy scenes, <I>videshi</I> beauty and topping it all an affair between the very devoted <I>desi</I> husband, Hrithik, with the Mexican seductress Barbara Mori. Trust me, the gossip surrounding the film was much more entertaining and interesting than the film.
I mean the story goes like this: Jai also known as J (Hrithik) is a street-smart guy from Las Vegas, who lives by his looks. He romances a rich girl Gina (Kangna Ranaut) for her wealth. He soon comes to know that Gina’s father (Kabir Bedi) and brother Tony (Nick Brown) are mobsters. However as the director would have it J soon falls for Tony’s girl Natasha (Barbara) yawn yawn yawn … And if this is not enough, you are sure to pull your hair out when you find Hrithik and Barbara running across the globe as they are chased by hip and happening villains.
I mean, audiences had more fun sporting rare pictures of the otherwise low profile Hrithik and Susanne kissing in public than watching the supposed steamy chemistry between Hrithik and Barbara onscreen. But ‘Kites’ is not alone here. The film just follows scores of such hyped flicks, which promise to be larger than life but end up sucking the life out of a viewer.
Take ‘Kurbaan’, ‘De Dana Dan’, ‘Kambakht Ishq’, ‘Veer’, ‘Billu Barber’ and ‘Rocket Singh’ for example. All these have been nothing but a mockery of the very art of filmmaking. Shot with a promising and top-notch star cast, these films are designed to get audiences to the theatre only to put them through a terrible experience created out of insufferable acts and vague storylines
So what’s the way out? Well for starters, audiences need to go in with some realistic expectations, which become difficult when the film is promoted on such a magnanimous scale. As for filmmakers, it’s time they stop berating the IQ of ‘movie-lovers’ as the days of stupid melodrama and tom foolery are long gone.
So if you are still looking forward to star packed films like ‘Raajneeti’ and ‘Raavan’, kindly wait for some genuine reviews before you shell your hard earned dough on these neatly packaged films. For all you know these flicks might just add up to the horror.
As for ‘Kites’, if one is looking for sweet death then Hrithik and Barbara Mori, who are soft on eyes, are sure to bore you to death.
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