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GET READY FOR THE ‘BIG 3’! The next 6 Fridays will see the release of 3 biggies every alternative week. So while Kites will release tomorrow, Raajneeti will release on June 4 and Raavan on June 18. The hype surrounding these 3 films is so huge that there would be hardly any release between the release of these 3 films (i.e. on May 28 and June 11).
Talking about Kites, the film is hugely awaited ever since it’s filming commenced way back in 2008. The hype increased when news came out that Hrithik is having an affair with Barbara and that Sussanne might divorce him. It seemed like a publicity stunt but it paid off so well! The name of the film was on everyone’s lips and Barbara instantly became a household name!
The film has all factors going in its favour. This is Hrithik’s first film after Jodhaa Akbar which came way back in 2008. The Hrithik-Barbara jodi is piping hot. Promos are excellent and songs have been well received too. The film is produced by Rakesh Roshan. Whenever the son and dad have joined hands, they have created history (Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish). Hence everyone’s hoping that Kites would surely be rocking! Moreover, the film is directed by Anurag Basu who has won hearts with Gangster and Life In A Metro. Hrithik, Rakesh, Anurag, Barbara…with so many big names, the expectations are bound to be skyhigh!
The Roshans and the distributors Reliance Big Pictures have ensured that the film makes its presence felt like no other More >
With security at an all time high after two bomb scares, the Kites team is keeping its fingers crossed for the premiere at Times Square in New York
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 10, 2010)
// // // The English version of Kites will now see some radical changes. The chase sequence that forms the climax has been made longer for the foreign audience, while for some crucial flashback sequences, Hrithik Roshan has done some voiceovers to explain the Indian context to foreigners.
At another level, some more possible changes could be on the anvil, but of the worrying kind. With two bomb scares at New York’s Times Square within a week, what happens to the proposed grand premiere of Kites at the AMC Theatres Empire multiplex at Times Square?
Though the Kites team maintains that the premiere will go ahead as scheduled on May 16, reports indicate that security in and around the area has become exceptionally heavy.
“We’re regularly monitoring the situation there. Things seem to be getting back to normal. We’ll of course have very a lot of security,” said Sanjeev Lamba of Reliance Big Picture, the international distributors of Kites.
But how successful can a premiere possibly be when it is held under the blanket of such security?
Even if the New York premiere does happen, producer Rakesh Roshan, his son Hrithik, leading lady Barbara Mori, director Anurag Basu and Rush Hour director Brett Ratner (who re-edited the English version), will be watching More >
// // // We might belong to the land of the Kama Sutra but Rakesh Roshan wants to take no chances with his home production Kites.
After approaching Raju Hirani and finally getting Brett Ratner to edit the film, Roshan has decided to considerably do away with the intimate scenes between Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori in the Hindi version on the instance of Ratner who is editing the film’s English version.
A source from the production unit reveals, “The film has an English as well as a Hindi version. As the intimate scenes between Hrithik and Barbara are way too bold for the Indian audience, Brett asked Rakesh Roshan to either completely delete or at least water down the passionate scenes in the Hindi version.”
“Brett Ratner was especially called to re-edit Kites. He was got in to cater to the international audience. Being an expert, Ratner gave his suggestion as he understands the mindset of the Indian audience very well. Also, the intimate scenes between Hrithik and Barbara should not become the talk of the town especially after rumours of their alleged affair. Rakesh Roshan is now making the necessary changes” adds the source. Says Rakesh Roshan, “My films are made for a family audience. There are no intimate or lovemaking scenes in Kites.”
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Rakesh Roshan’s Kites, scheduled for a worldwide release on May 21, has had its share of upheavals. And there’s no end to their problems.
Says a source, “This film that is Rakesh’s most ambitious venture has two versions. The international version, as is common knowledge now, is being edited by Hollywood’s Brett Ratner because Rakesh feels Ratner’s sensibilities will make it suitable for an international palate.”
What however comes as a shocker is the fact that Rakesh Roshan allegedly approached 3 Idiots director Raj Kumar Hirani to edit the desi version.
A trade source says that 10 days ago, Rakesh reportedly met up with Raju and asked him if he could do the final edit of Kites.
Now there is a history to this request. Not only is Raju Hirani Bollywood’s most celebrated filmmaker after 3 Idiots, he is also a very talented editor. Since he passed out of FTII (Film and Television Institute of India), Hirani has edited most of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s films; that is before he made his debut as an independent director with Munnabhai MBBS (2003).
The source adds that after the stupendous success of 3 Idiots, Rakesh felt it would be prudent to get someone of Raju’s expertise to sit in on the final edit of the Hrithik Roshan-Barbara Mori love saga.
Raj Kumar Hirani’s office denied the More >
After closing the year with films such as PAA and 3 IDIOTS, the year 2010 sure looks bigger and brighter for Reliance BIG Pictures with a mixed bag of films ranging from mainstream and masala to regional and art house.
With maverick directors such as Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, Anurag Basu, Shaji N Karun, Rituparno Ghosh and Buddhadeb Dasgupta bringing the best out of Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mamootty, Boman Irani, Jishu Sengupta, Indraneil Sengupta, Kangana Ranaut amongst many others the Reliance BIG Pictures slate is sure to watch out for!
Have a sneak peek into Reliance BIG Pictures’ slate of films for the year 2010:KITES
KITES: A truly international film KITES tells the story of a young con-man who lives ‘life’ in Las Vegas, always ready to make fast money in any way possible, always looking for the big score. Directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Rakesh Roshan the film stars Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangana Ranaut and Kabir Bedi. It is shot in Mumbai, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The film will have and Indian and international version which will release simultaneously. Brett Ratner, best known for the RUSH HOUR series, FAMILY MAN starring Nicholas Cage and X-MEN THE LAST STAND is currently at work on the English version of KITES and tailoring it to appeal it to an international audience.WELL DONE ABBA
WELL DONE ABBA: WELL DONE ABBA is the story of Armaan Ali, a driver More >
Rakesh Roshan has always been very possessive about his home productions. It has been reported that Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra was taken onboard to direct Krrish 3. But after the debacle of Delhi 6, Rakesh Roshan doesn’t want to take any chances and has decided to direct the film himself.
A source reveals, “Hrithik is more comfortable working with his father. He is also helping him with the script. They want it to attain Hollywood standards and are leaving no stone unturned to make it work. Though, senior Roshan was convinced of Mehra’s directorial credentials, Hrithik was skeptical.”
Mehra or no Mehra, the scripting is in process. The source continues, “Presently, the father-son duo is busy with Kites and don’t want to hamper the post-production. Only after the release of Kites, they will start working on Krrish 3. Whenever Hrithik is not shooting and is at home, he joins his father and the team of writers and takes part in discussions on every detail pertaining to the film.”
Rakesh Roshan confirms, “I am directing Krrish 3. I am still in the scripting process and there is still time for the movie to go on the floors.” When asked about Rakesh Mehra’s earlier involvement, he says, “We had spoken to Mehra, but he got busy with Delhi 6 and we were busy with More >