One of the most successful transitions from actor to director (KHUDGARZ, KHOON BHARI MAANG, KARAN ARJUN, KRRISH etc.) is that of Rakesh Roshan, who along with veteran composer, brother Rajesh Roshan, treated music lovers to some high class, melodious music under their banner Filmkraft. Exactly a decade ago, another Roshan, the most charismatic star of them all, Hrithik Roshan , joined them and together they went on to create box office records with KAHO NA PYAR HAI. Now ten years have gone by and super hero Hrithik has stamped his authority and proven his box office clout (both in India and Overseas) time and time again.
The father son duo have a hundred percent success record and uncle Rajesh has always stood up to the occasion and come out of hibernation to compose chartbusters for Hrithik. Blockbuster films like KAHO NA PYAAR HAI, KOI… MIL GAYA and KRISHH all had memorable or good music. In fact the music of KAHO NA PYAAR HAI and KMG is still popular amongst the youth.
And going by the trend this should continue with KITES, a truly international film with Spanish star, the vivacious and pretty Barbara Mori. But this is for the first time that a film starring Hrithik (under their banner Filmkraft) is being directed not by his father but Anurag Basu, another super successful director (MURDER, GANGSTER and LIFE…IN A METRO). Anurag too has ears for good, classy music and all his previous films had some lovely songs to boast of. So, with gargantuan expectations we go ahead and savour the musical offering that these super creative minds have for us.
It's a typical Rajesh Roshan soft, sentimental love ditty (that we are so used over the years) that opens the album and so naturally when we come across 'Zindagi Do Pal Ki' its nostalgia revisited. Rendered to perfection by K.K in his highly lovable high pitched style, the beauty of the song lies not in its catchy 'mukhda' but its beautifully paced 'antara' that is absolutely magical as it unfolds slowly and yet manages to grasp the attention of the listener.
The number is not entirely a romantic offering but its semi philosophical in its outlook too, and that is what makes it unique and special. Veteran lyricist Nasir Faraaz , who is a regular with the Roshan camp, has done an outstanding job of combing the two themes and coming up with a song that is way above the ordinary as was the demand of the situation. The old world charm is prevalent (with traces of R.D. Burman- Kishore classic , ' O Hansini Meri Hansini' from ZEHREELA INSAAN ) throughout the composition which is laced with beautiful harmonica and soft synth instruments. A superb composition first up!
'Zindagi Do Pal Ki-Remix' by DJ A-Myth will be appreciated by those who like fast beats and heightened tempo, though frankly the original beauty of the track that lay in its relaxed paced is hampered to an extent.
An eclectic mix of piano, flute and keyboards sounds announce the arrival of the next number, 'Dil Kyun Yeh Mera' and as can be gauged fromits title, the song is another romantic composition, though this time its an all out romantic interlude with a slight sad touch to it. And once again its K.K who gets the honor of rendering the song for Roshan junior. The highlight of the song are the beautiful effective lyrics by Nasir Faraaz who shows how simple words can work like magic in conveying countless emotions that tug at the hearts of the romantics! 'Dil kyun yeh mera shor kare, Idhar nahin, Udhar nahin, Teri oar chale.' The musical arrangements, almost similar to a philharmonic orchestra in parts, keep changing with the change in tempo of the song that ranges from very slow pace to extremely high pitch and lots of violin and other string instruments can be heard. K.K is the perfect choice for such a composition.
'Dil Kyun Yeh Mera-Remix' by DJ-A-Myth is well done and the added synthesizers and rap have spiced up the somewhat dull (as per those who live life in the fast lane) original, thus making the song more lively and pacy.
Here is where a deliciously terrifying thunderbolt of love strikes. Both Hrithik and Barbara look good together and put in super performances. Hrithik, first gets to display his dance, then romance and finally, fury. What more can you want? At least it's not a brainless entertainer.
Basu uses camera movements to highlight emotions to telling effect. In one scene, where J and Natasha are getting passionate, the camera lingers on her family portrait and she immediately backs off. Her poverty is powerfully driven home and the marriage she is getting into for money's sake. The editing is sharp, getting back to 'cut' after a flashback scene. It's a seamless flow of action, dance and drama. Speaking about action, the scenes are top-notch, on par with the best in Hollywood.
Apart from Hrithik and Barbara, who makes the cut, Nick Brown puts in a power performance as the 'crazy' casino owner who will not spare anyone who crosses his path. Kangana as the psycho is perfect while Kabir Bedi is judiciously used. The music changes mood to the feel of the scenes from Wild West to simply bollywood.
At the start, Hrithik's voice-over explains the reasoning of KITES. In the end, you see the allegory.KITES is a business module for anyone wanting to invest in movies and hit the jackpot. Provided they also get their PR machinery in place, almost a year before the release.
Rating – 3/5