Cast Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kabir Bedi, Kangana Ranaut
Director Anurag Basu
Kites is, in a way, a father's attempt to ensure his son's career continues to thrive. Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, who made blockbusters Kaho Na Pyar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish with son Hrithik, has this time roped in young director Basu to get Kites soaring to grand new heights. Basu is tested territory: his Murder, Gangster and Life in a Metro have won critical and popular acclaim.
Produced by Reliance Big Pictures, Kites will open in 60 countries in three languages - Hindi, English and Spanish.
Rakesh feels it's Kites' plot, rather than its foreign actress, which will endear it to the masses. "It's a love story with realistic characters. Our lead [characters] have dark shades; they behave dishonestly if the need arises, but their love for each other remains strong. And just like kites fly higher when the wind is against them, the boy and the girl turn stronger in the face of adversity."
Kites follows J (Hrithik) in his search for the love of his life. Once carefree and young, he's now a wanted man and lies abandoned in a Mexican desert. As death looms, the only thing that keeps him alive is his desire to find his love, Natasha (Mori) - a woman married to another man, but destined to be J's.
Another point of appeal will be the movie's authentic and entirely believable action sequences, something quite new to Bollywood. There are no boxing bouts, but car chases and gunshots that will add zing to the film.
Compared to the Hindi edition which runs for 130 minutes, the English version of Kites is 90 minutes long and it has more daring scenes.