A Minute With: Brett Ratner and the Bollywood film "Kites"

Thu May 20, 2010 5:43pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood director Brett Ratner has "remixed" the Bollywood romance film "Kites" by shortening it, changing its music and adding sound effects.

The original version of "Kites" from director Anurag Basu opens on Friday, and Ratner's edited down version of Basu's film will open a week later. Ratner previously directed "X-Men: The Last Stand" and the three "Rush Hour" movies.

Reliance BIG Entertainment, the Indian company behind the film, hired Ratner to rework "Kites" after it had been shot, in hopes that his changes would draw a wider audience.

"Kites" is unusual for an Indian-produced film because it is set in the U.S. and Mexico. A Las Vegas hustler named J (Hrithik Roshan) falls in love with Mexican immigrant Natasha (Barbara Mori), who is engaged to Tony, the violent son of a casino owner. J and Natasha run away from Tony, who wants to kill them for their forbidden love.

The original version of "Kites" will play on 2,300 screens worldwide, with most of those in India. Ratner's "remixed" American version will open in limited release May 28 on 80 screens, including in New York and Los Angeles.

Ratner spoke to Reuters about the remix and exposing people in the United States to Bollywod films.

Q: What was it about the movie that you really liked initially, on first seeing the original version?

A: "What I love is the chemistry between these two stars. They really have great chemistry and that's something that you can't create. The director didn't do that, that just happened. And rarely do you have a movie where two characters work so well together."   Continued...