As soon as I heard that this movie was going on floors, I was definitely interested. Not as much for the mafia aspect, but for the fact that the casting was impeccable. I'll watch anything of Kangana's or Emraan's, and Ajay is truly a force to be reckoned with.
Then I went to see the movie. Granted, I had very high expectations-but this far exceeded my expectations. The only thing that's keeping it from being perfect is the fact that parts of it aren't as seamless as I like. Otherwise, though, this is a must-see.
In many an article, I had read about the painstaking care taken in ensuring that everything looked authentic to the 1970's-and aside from a couple shots, mainly of some people in one of the nightclub scenes-I feel that they did an exceptional job.
I had been anticipating this movie for well over a year-ever since I heard about Hrithik and Kangana sharing screen space, it piqued my interest. The wait was over, and for the most part, Kites did not disappoint. It had romance, it had action, and it had a lot of twists and turns that kept my attention for the full length of the movie. Hrithik was good-but he wasn't great. I would have loved to see more dancing out of him, such as in Fire. I found him to be a smidge wooden at times, although he did a good job of emoting in the more sensitive scenes. Barbara was also another good but not great. She had great energy, and she and Hrithik had good chemistry. To me, though, she lacked a little bit of that "wow" factor. Nothing in her performance really stood out as much to me. In such a limited role, Kangana wowed me. Fire was, hopefully, just a teaser of what to expect in the future from her as far as dances go which has me anticipating No Problem and TWM even more. Still, though, even though she was just a "special appearance" I think that having her featured more could have amped the story up.
The huge negative I found was that the story seemed to jump around all over the place. I know in a lot of Anurag Basu's films, there are flashbacks, but this was just sloppy in some places and by the end of the movie, it just was very confusing knowing what happened when and piecing it all together. Sometimes they just need to KISS-Keep It Simple, Silly.
This is not the sort of movie that you watch to feel good. This movie is a sad movie-and that's what I love about it. The story? Amazing. But the best part of this movie, to me, are the performances by Kangana and Shiney. I had previously known little of Shiney, aside from seeing him in Life in A...Metro and Gangster, as well as his legal troubles. But after seeing his work here, I've gone out and rented a few of his other movies. The real star though, and rightfully so, is Kangana. She's my favourite actress for a reason-she has so much talent and she can pull off characters that quite a few other Bollywood starlets couldn't do. I am excited, personally, to see her doing more lighthearted fare like No Problem and Tannu Weds Mannu, which I am sure she will bring the same panache to that she did her previous roles. Her performance alone, in my eyes, makes this movie worth seeing, and the end, everytime I watch this, never fails to make me break down completely-and I've seen it at least a half-dozen times.