KITES is an expensive movie and one can pretty much sense that if the glimpse provided so far about the film is any indication. Shot across continents and boasting of a huge canvas, KITES not just looks eye catchy but is also a lavishly mounted affair. Given the fact that director Anurag Basu has made films in controlled budget so far (LIFE IN A METRO, GANGSTER, MURDER), did he feel inhibited about making KITES which easily has at least 10 times the budget of his earlier films?
"I in fact remember asking Rakeshji (Roshan) that ‘meri chaadar kitni badi hai’. To my pleasant surprise, it extended beyond my feet. In my earlier films, it used to stop at the knee level", laughs Anurag, "He just told me not to think about the budget at all and write the film in a way I wanted."
There weren't many calculations that came into play even when the film was being shot.
"When the final cut of KITES was ready, we didn't think about whether we had overspent or underspent", informs Anurag, "A film doesn't become big or small with budget; that happens by content. Yes, the story and screenplay here is big and that reflects in visuals as well. Still, we have ensured that the soul of the film is intact. This is what that matters most. The amount that we spent in the making of KITES was justified."
Taking a pause, Anurag says thoughtfully, "In any case, Rakeshji is smart producer. He would never go over or under budget. He was taking care of finance and other things while I concentrated on the creative side. I am glad with the way KITES has eventually turned out."