Here’s an odd little movie for you. Kites, due out later this month, features a pair of stars from India and Mexico. It’s filmed in English, Spanish, and Hindi, taking place in several different locales, featuring a cast that is mostly unknown to Americans. It also looks kind of charming, in that weird, funny-yet-stilted way that the genuinely good Bollywood productions can be. It’s also apparently a concentrated marketing effort on the part of the Bollywood head honchos to try to reach the Hispanic market.
What’s weirdest about this is the synopsis, which does not really match up with the trailer at all. Here’s the synopsis:
In the harsh terrain of the Mexican desert, a mortally wounded man is left for dead in the heat of the desert sun. This is Jai. Once a street smart, carefree young guy. Now, a wanted man. As death looms, the only thing that keeps him alive is the quest to find the love of his life, Natasha. A woman betrothed to another man, but surely destined for Jai. A woman who comes into his life like a bolt of lightning and changes it forever.
Now watch the trailer:
I know, right? Kind of bizarre. I think the trailer sort of skips the whole “left in the desert to die” bit.
Regardless, it’s unlikely that Kites is going to storm the awards circuit, but it does look like a goofy-assed good time. Oh, except for one tiny thing: apparently, it’s getting two releases - an 120 minute version Hindi version, and a 90 minute English version that will be edited down by… Brett Fucking Ratner.
Even Bollywood isn’t safe from Ratnerfucking