Rajesh Roshan Kites Review

Soundtrack. Released 2010.  

BBC Review

Roshan fails to soar to new creative heights.

Jaspreet Pandohar 2010

As the man who composed iconic 70s and 80s soundtracks like Julie and Yaarana, and the first music director to get superstar Amitabh Bachchan to sing, Rajesh Roshan can already be found in Bollywood’s hall of fame. And as brother of Rakesh and uncle to Hrithik, his music has been an integral part of the success of their hit movies Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000), Koi… Mil Gaya (2003) and Krrish (2006).

So it comes as no surprise that the latest Roshan home production, Kites, is another family affair. What is surprising, however, is how the soundtrack is more of a slow burner than the sizzling hot score you’d expect for a film about a hunky Indian salsa teacher (Hrithik Roshan) who has an affair with a sultry Mexican maiden (Barbara Mori).

Instead of the energetic Latin and Bollywood fusion you’d imagine, Roshan delivers a gentle set of songs that drift along without causing much of a stir. Tethered to traditional Bollywood melodies, Zindagi Do Pal Ki and Dil Kyun Yeh Mera are immediately likeable thanks to KK’s faultless vocals. But you can’t help feeling these songs would be better suited to an innocent teenage romance than a full-blooded adult love story like Kites.

Vishal Dadlani and Suraj Jagan croon away in Tum Bhi Ho Wahi, and thanks to the catchy hook, the tune lingers at first. But it fails to create any lasting impact, despite creative lyrics from Nasir Faraaz.

However, the biggest let down is Kites in the Sky, in which Hrithik makes his singing debut opposite Suzanne D’Mello. Like an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical number gone wrong, its lacklustre tune, embarrassing lyrics and shrill strings make this hard on the ears. Besides proving Hrithik can sing a few notes in English, the song does nothing to entice.

Things take a slightly more interesting (but only just) turn in Fire, an electronica-dominated instrumental laced with drum beats reminiscent of those heard in Dhoom Again from Dhoom:2, another Hrithik starrer. But even this fails to deliver the quintessential dance number demanded from a release featuring Bollywood most gifted mover. Also lacking oomph are DJ A-Myth’s remix versions of several original songs, none of which are exceptionally innovative enough to hold attention.

The music of Kites may fare better when set to pictures, but as a standalone album it fails to soar to new heights.

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