Movie: The Kite Runner

30 May

I love watching movies on my PC. It was almost a addiction during my college days.  Naturally, after college I hardly got time to watch movies or when I had time, I lacked the energy. (I love watching movies and watch it very intently – that requires time, energy and a relaxed mood so that I dont miss out anything.)

Now, yesterday I got The Kite Runner from one of my colleagues and watched it.  It pulled me in at the beginning and held me through the very end. I am even contemplating adding a LCD screen to my PC dedicated for movies.

The Kite Runner (2007) is based on the novel of the same name by the American physician novelist Khaled Hosseini. Its a wonderful story of Afghanisthan, a land that fascinates me from childhood. It is the charming yet  eye-opening account of two boys growing up and then separated by war – first the Soviet invasion and then the Taliban rule and how their friendship is carried into their next generation.

imagem3Marc Foster, director of Finding Neverland and Stranget Than Fiction, adds another gem to his resume. He has wonderfully transformed the life in the once buzzing streets and markets of Kabul and the compelling story told by Khaled Hosseini into an unforgettable movie. The Afghan child actors appeared to be gifted. I especially like the scene where Amir is reading a story to Hassan sitting in a graveyard.

The friendship between the two despite Amir’s betrayal of Hassan is enchanting. The way that Amir is drawn back to Kabul from the lap of his luxurious life in America to Kabul will resonate in me for a long time. At, the end, I loved how Amir on being asked by his father-in-law General Taheri why he brought that “Hazara boy” with him to California showed courage and made it clear to the overwhelming General Sahib that Sohrab is his nephew and will live with him and thats what he wants the entire community to know.

The ending is equally beautiful with Amir taking the traumatized Sohrab out to fly kites and then after cutting a kite enthusiastically runs the kite for Sohrab and says “For you, a thousand times over” just as Hassan did for him on that eventful day in his childhood. The movie has a perfect tagline “There is a way to be good again.”

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L-R: Khalid Abdalla (Amir), Khaled Hosseini (Author) and Atossa Leoni (Soraya)

The author makes a cameo appearance near the end as the person the couple are talking to before watching Sohrab looking at the kites in the sky. He has continued writing on Afghanisthan and his next novel A Thousand Splendid Sons is also a best-seller and I look forward to reading it soon.

The child actors put out a grand performance. Its good to know that the child actors after facing problems in Afghanisthan has been relocated to UAE by Paramount. Humayoun Ershadi (Baba) is also almost perfect in his role.

kite_runner-68This is surely going to be one of the movies I will watch time and again on my weekend afternoons when I am alone. It is one of the few movies that teaches you to respect people (especially parents) and makes you realize how lucky one is to be born in a safe country.

The Kite Runner : Official Website, Wikipedia, IMDB

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