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Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Kites: Romance is in the air


It has been such a long time since Bollywood has made a true-blue romance that purely on that merit alone, “Kites” is worth a watch.

Actor Hrithik Roshan(R) and his wife Susanne Khan Roshan(C) pose for photographers with Barbara Mori(L) as they arrive at the premiere of "Kites" in New York May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica RinaldiPassion, chemistry and the cruel world against true love have become secondary when it comes to matters like reforming our education system or discovering new worlds.

Anurag Basu’s “Kites” makes no such pretences. It is about a boy and a girl madly, passionately in love who have to fight to stay together. There is no larger message business here.

What there is instead is crackling chemistry and beautifully shot scenes and a reminder of the good old 80s and 90s when love was the main theme in Indian cinema, making you forgive many of the obvious flaws in the film.