The trade is agog with rumours that Hrithik Roshan and Anurag Basu went up the wrong path and that is what led to the final product called Kites (Review). It is being said that Rakesh Roshan, whose story is the base of the drama in Kites, was always in favour of a cent per cent commercial film but son Hrithik and screenplay writer and director Anurag Basu wanted to make an “international film”.
There were differences galore between the two Roshans and, looking at the final film, it is evident that Roshan Sr. could not have his way. After making hardcore commercial films like Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai, Koi… Mil Gaya and Krrish, it is certain that Rakesh Roshan couldn’t have gone so wrong as to permit Kites to be made as it has been. No doubt, Rakesh Roshan had once said that Anurag Basu is the best screenplay writer of Bollywood but it is a paradox that the paying public has issues with Basu’s screenplay itself in Kites.
It seems, Basu and Hrithik may have wanted to push the envelope and make a film for the crossover audience. But in doing so, they seem to have lost sight of what the Indian audience wants. Whether the crossover audience patronises Kites (Hot Stills) or not, one will know only next week when Kites The Remix will open in the Overseas circuit but, from the looks of it, it seems a difficult proposition. Hrithik must’ve learnt his lesson – to not lose what one has (fans in India) in one’s quest for getting what one doesn’t have (that is, fans among foreigners).