Kites – Not flying High – Movie Review

Everybody had huge Expectations from the movie of the week Kites, starring Hrithik Roshan, seen in a leading role after 2 years and Mexican beauty Barbara Mori. The movie was produced by Papa Rakesh Roshan and directed by Anurag Basu, the new age maestro director in the making. The movie had a fantastic promotion and a mega release. The english version edited to 90 minutes by Brett Ratner and the traditional Hindi 130 minute version were the launchpad for Hrithik Roshan in north american markets. The Hispanic speaking audience were to be lured by their star Barbara Mori. However one important ingredient to the film was forgotten in all this mix. The story !!

Kites has such a simple and predictable story that it almost seems straight out of 1980s. The story is a mishmash of Revenge starring Kevin Costner’s revenge on-the-road saga , Ek Duje Ke Liye with its 2 lovers speaking different languages and Rakesh Roshan’s own Koyla where Shahrukh Khan runs away with the villains to-be-wife Madhuri Dixit. Infact the film has such a  predictable story line that you can sleep through it and still narrate the proceedings. The ending is a bit bizarre.

The music is average. The photography is brilliant though and the money seems well spent on the locales of New Mexico, Las Vegas and the American freeways. The car chases and the stunts are interesting and very well filmed but the dialogues and attempted comedy were ridiculous at times. ‘Mein ullu ki pathhi hoon’ was straight out of a flop Rakesh Roshan film.  The mix of English, Spanish with subtitles and Hindi is bound to confuse the user. I am sure the non-urban Indian audience will hate this part the most. Many would still wonder why the film was named ‘Kites’ . Hilarious to hear ‘Kaaipo Chhe’ and ‘Dheel De’ in the movie hall.

Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori both act decently, Kangana Ranaut as Casino owner Kabir Bedi’s daughter and and Australian actor Nick Brown, the villain, who is Barbara’s to be husband both have a very predictable  role. In fact Nick Browns screams and looks stupid in parts. Kabir Bedi has nothing much to do except shout orders. The movie tries to be a showreel of Hrithik Roshan more than anything. The extreme closeups, the slow-mo walk, the washboard abs, the smile and it goes on and on. But Hrithik Roshan overacts in scenes in which simple acting is needed. It seems everything he does it to showcase his talent and not as the script of the film requires.

Hrithik Roshan does 1 film in 2 years, yet he chooses a script like this where he doesn’t have a challenging enough role. He could have very well experimented with the role he chooses to do, what with the unlimited budget. He infact looks repeating his acts and even the dance moves now. At times it reminded me of ‘Hide n Seek’ Biscuit ads he does. As some people said Hrithik Roshan can only do the ‘extreme’ roles. either of a superhero, a super thief, a super king or a mentally retarded. Anything ordinary and he doesn’t deliver !! Luckily in his next film Guzaarish he is playing a ‘paraplegic’.  More a familiar territory for him. Both Rakesh Roshan and Hrithik Roshan  needs to understand that he isn’t ‘God’s gift to Bollywood’.

Barbara should stick to doing American and Mexican television. She smiles a bit more than required, I think. Kangana Ranaut looks sharp but her speech delivery looks weak and even Katrina Kaif’s Hindi sounds better than her. She needs a speech diction crash course.

All in all, a huge disppointment in the end for everybody who was waiting for this big summer  release. People will watch it  for Hrithik Roshan and also the fact  that there is no other big film release for next 2 weeks. But this Kite is not flying anywhere, absolutely no wind.

My Ratings : 4/10 –  Better to fly real kites, more fun. This one is really really boring.


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FIFA 2010 Anthem – K’Naan – Waving Flag

This is the song which is not getting out of my head. This is the anthem of the FIFA 2010 World Cup of Soccer to be held in South Africa. The song is by Somalian artist K’Naan and is called Waving Flag

Here are the lyrics of the remix song:

Ooooooh Wooooooh, Ooooooh Wooooooh

Give me freedom, give me fire, give me reason, take me higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud
In the streets our heads are lifting, as we lose our inhibition,
Celebration, it surround us, every nations, all around us

Singing forever young, singing songs underneath that sun
rejoice in the beautiful game,
And together at the end of the day.
We all say

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
So wave your flag, now wave your flag, now wave your flag

Oooohhh, Oooooooooh wooooohh, Oooooooooh wooooohh

Give you freedom, give you fire, give you reason, take you higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud
In the streets our heads are lifting, as we lose our inhibition,
Celebration, its around us, every nations, all around us

Singing forever young, singing songs underneath that sun
Lets rejoice in the beautiful game,
And together at the end of the day.
We all say

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
So wave your flag, now wave your flag, now wave your flag
Now wave your flag (4x)

Oohhoooohh Woooh Ohohooooh Wooohoooh

We all say
When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
So wave your flag, now wave your flag, now wave your flag
Now wave your flag (4x)

Oooooh woowoo ooh Wooo ooohh ooohoh
And everybody will be singing it
Oooooh woowoo ooh Wooo ooohh ooohoh
And we all will be singing it

Badmaash Company is nice- Review

A person’s film review is usually based on what you see in a film and what your expectations of the film were prior to watching it. Expectations are built mainly from the television promos, music, caste and the production house behind the film and mainly reviews by other filmgoers, critics, journalists, trade analysts and friends and family.

Thus when majority of the above give favorable reviews to a film there are more chances of you liking it as well ,atleast the layman in me would ‘try’ to like it and vice versa. Sometimes when the reviews are not so positive you expect to’not like’ the movie or get bored by it, however thats when a decently made film takes you by surprise.

I had close to zero expectations from Badmaash Company and expected to get bored especially in the 2nd half, as per most of the reviews but I did not feel bored. The first half I though was breezy enough and 2nd half although a bit repetitive didn’t feel bored much. The settings of Mumbai of the early 90s was quite well done. The story is quite ‘hatke’ from the regular stories you expect and the actors fitted the part , all the 4 including Shahid Kapoor, Veer Das, Meiyang Chang and Anushka Sharma were quite well suitable for the roles they enacted. Perhaps Anushka Sharma was the producer’s choice rather than the directors, but she looked good enough to be there, although needs serious improvement in her speech. The film has a simple story about those 4 guys who use their little tricks and con jobs to earn lots of money and then the money goes to their heads and ultimately they realize their folly and then all is well that ends well. Several sub-plots in between muddle the story a bit  but overall the message was quite clear and a bit obvious.

Anushka Sharma acts as a bindass north Indian girl and looks modern enough for the part, Pawan Malhotra is decent and the Jameel Khan as the ‘smuggler’ boss is very apt. Anupam Kher’s and Kiran Joneja’s plot acts as a bit speed breaker and is too cliched. Veer Das and Chang were apt for the kind of roles they were selected, Chang has a face and personality which can make him the modern day ‘Danny’ but he has to be careful with the roles he select. Shahid Kapoor is natural, hams a bit and sometimes is too eager to do something but overall is quite restrained and carried the film nicely on his shoulders.

Technically the film is quite glossy and ‘good looking’  thanks mainly to the yashraj banner. The cost of production is lavish and appealing.The film falters a bit in its direction and editing part a bit, perhaps due to the fact that the director Parmeet Sethi is new and is also the story and script writer and a bit overenthusiastic at times. But with right experience he would improve and hopefully his next film would be a much better polished product. The music isn’t the blockbuster kind but most of the songs fit the situation and has a youthful appeal. The entire film is targeted towards the youth and going by the decent box office performance the youth have liked it as well.

My Ratings 7/10. Watch it, you wont feel bored.

Iron Man 2 – Review

Finally convinced my elder son to accompany me to Iron Man 2.

The movie is for true fanboys of the superheros, the marvel comic characters and specifically Tony Stark aka Iron Man. This Iron Man begins from where the first part ended, with Tony Stark owning the Iron Man suit and protecting the earth from all things evil. But there are problems from various corners, from the US Government who wishes to have the Iron Man suit for the defence purpose, from Sam Rockwell’s edgy Hammer who wishes to have his own version and then there is Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko from Russia who thinks he should be the rightful owner of the suit and build one himself.

Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyenth Paltrow with their witty dialogues and banter take the acting to a new level. As they say super hero movies rely more on action and stunts and special effects rather than serious acting  but then good acting always helps. Mickey Rourke’s character Ivan is scary at times and has lot more promise but I think his character is kept in the background and could have been given more menacing things to do. His end was also bit tame. Sam Rockwell’s Hammer is the true villain and is given far more footage than perhaps was needed. There are many other characters in the film like Samuel Jackson’s Col Fury, Don Cheadle’s Lt. James and then there is Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow !!!

If there is one character which needs a film of her own then its Scarlett and her Black Widow character. She is already a part of the Avengers mega movie to be released in 2012, but if the studio bosses have half a brain then they would spin-off Black Widow franchise and I promise there will be a long queue on men waiting to watch that movie. Come to think of it Scarlett wasn’t even the original choice for the role and a last minute replacement.

Overall the movie delivers what it promises. Hugh set sequences, super heroes and drones flying everywhere, big bad villain, fast cars, kick ass high octane action, super sexy sidekick and a nice story arc. I found it slightly better than first part as well ( maybe Scarlett was the tilting factor). Must watch for all fanboys – Rating 7.5/10

Cannot wait for 3rd part.