Kites (2010)



Critic Consensus: Thoroughly overwrought in true Bollywood fashion, Kites is deeply flawed -- and too effervescently charming to resist.

Movie Info

A passionate affair leads to danger and excitement for two young lovers with nothing to lose. J (Hrithik Roshan) was left to die in the Mexican desert. Handsome and resourceful, he's one step ahead of certain death when Natasha (Bárbara Mori) blows into his life like an electrical storm. In a flash, he's smitten. Somehow, despite the deep cultural and language barriers that separate them, J and Natasha form a powerful connection. But Natasha is engaged to another man, a powerful figure who's … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Anurag Basu, Akarsh Khurna, Robin Bhatt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2011
Box Office: $1.0M
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as Natasha

as J, Jay Ray

as Gina, Gina B. Grover

as Bob, Bob Grover

as Bounty Hunter

as Tony, Tony B. Grover

as Bounty Hunter

as Mexican Policeman

as Jamaal
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Critic Reviews for Kites

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

Not even the incoherent mishmash of plot...can entirely dim the appeal of this match-up between a blue-eyed Punjabi and a blue-eyed Mexican of almost equal comeliness.

Full Review… | June 7, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

To anyone versed in Bollywood conventions, it's a natural outgrowth of the genre, and a comically overwrought but still generally fun time.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

The pulp is served thick, with so much sincerely purple passion it's disarming.

Full Review… | May 26, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's a film that proves the concept "overwrought" is the same in every language.

Full Review… | May 26, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The result is a lovers-on-the-lam blast of pure pulp escapism, so devoted to diversion that you probably wonâ(TM)t even notice the corn.

Full Review… | May 21, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Kites morphs into an action picture, complete with unfathomable chase scenes and a Thelma & Louise ending that is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Full Review… | May 21, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kites

Lemme just say that the leads are portrayed as being so blindingly and stereotypically attractive, that they just put me off. It is very stylish I suppose, but where's the substance? That being said, I was mildly entertained here. It was over the top of course, and I expect that with Bollywood, but the love story behind it just didn't pull me in as others have done. Too many cliches and unrealistic stuff happening here. I just didn't see the "effervescent charm" here RT claimed. I think there are way better Bollywood films out there.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


The storyline is quite plain & simple, & is served so. The execution is so lame that you'd feel as if you're watching some ordinary love story. I'd rather re-watch Koyla which resembled the plot quite a lot.

I can understand if one person had overlooked this matter of hardly existent & barely appealing plot plus the way of telling it. But how come Hrithik, Rakesh Roshan & Anurag Basu, all 3 of them happened to okay this? It surprises me that Rakesh Roshan chose this project as Hrithik's vehicle to present before international audience. But what surprises me even more is the positive response it got from known international (okay, read "Hollywood" if you want to) critics!!! What did they enjoy in this movie? Okay, it was visually great, but that's it.

Talking about performances, Hrithik's expressions tend to get repetitious after a point, especially when he's with Barbara. Barbara is the best of the lot. She pulls off her part quite well, and has a pleasant screen presence. Kangana is hardly there. Unlike many, I didn't find Nicholas great either.

It's truly disappointing that one of the most awaited films of the year in Bollywood turned out to be a disastrous experience.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Watching this Indian movie Kites, reminds of only one thing, this was like a Bond movie, only in the Indian version.Mostly I am not into Indian movies, but Kites was different it brought a new breeze, the plot maybe usual and cliche and the story was quite melancholic but not excessive.The performances were good and the chemistry perfect. Hrithik Roshan could have been better in some scenes,and Barbara was GORGEOUS and her performance was okay. The director did a great job filming this out India"s conception. There they want some monkey dances and some nonsense romance, with opposition from parents and happy ending. That's why I liked Kites, I think it will take some more years, but they will grow out of it and start making good movies.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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