Reliance BIG to fly ‘Kites’ on May 21

Bollywood pic will screen in 200 U.S. theaters

Reliance BIG Pictures will rollout Bollywood pic “Kites” day and date internationally on May 21. That will be followed a week later by an English-lingo “Kites: The Remix,” recut by Brett Ratner.

Starring Indian thesp Hrithik Roshan and Mexican Barbara Mori, the Hindi pic will unspool in 2,000 screens, including 200 in the U.S. Mark Urman’s Paladin distrib will release Ratner’s version in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Shot entirely in the U.S. in Las Vegas, L.A. and Sante Fe, N.M., “Kites” is a love story about an Indian hustler and a Mexican immigrant who fall in love despite their language and ethnic differences. The 130-minute Hindi pic is directed by Anurag Basu. Ratner’s “Remix” has a 90-minute running time.

“As a huge fan of Bollywood and its filmmakers, I was delighted when Rakesh and Anurag invited me to create a westernised version of their fabulously conceived film,” Ratner said in a statement. “The opportunity to widen the audience profile for ‘Kites’ was compelling and I have thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration.”

Some scenes from the pic were leaked to the Internet leading to reports that the leads commit suicide. However, helmer Basu denied rumors of a tragic ending.

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