Set against the dynamic and colorful spectacle of India's largest kite festival, the Uttarayan, The Kite is a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of energy, romance, and family turmoil. After a five-year absence, businessman Jayesh arrives in the vibrant Gujarati metropolis of Ahmedabad for a surprise visit to his once-grand ancestral home, bringing with him his grown daughter Priya and some unexpected news for the family's future. While Jayesh is greeted with suspicion by the family matriarch Ba, his widowed sister-in-law Sudha, and resentful nephew Chakku, Priya breaks free and begins a flirtation with an earnest young local named Bobby.
A Southern Gothic family saga transposed to India, The Kite weaves the intersecting narratives of its six characters into the lively bustle of the kite festival itself. As Priya wanders the streets among the revelry with a Super 8 camera, her footage too is incorporated into the film's fabric, making first-time director Prashant Bhargava's film a sumptuous experience of light, color, and music, as the family comes to terms with its fractured past and fragile dreams.
Director's Statement Collapse
The seeds for the movie The Kite were based on the memories of my uncle's dueling kites. In India kite flying transcends boundaries. Rich or poor, Hindu or Muslim, young or old—together they look towards the sky with wonder, thoughts and doubts forgotten. Kite flying is meditation in its simplest form.
In 2005, I visited Ahmedabad to experience their annual kite festival, the largest in India. When I first witnessed the entire city on their rooftops, staring up at the sky, their kites dueling ferociously, dancing without inhibition, I knew I had to make this film in Ahmedabad.
Inspired by the spiritual energy of the festival, I returned the next three years, slowly immersing myself in the ways of the old city. I became acquainted with its unwritten codes of conduct, its rhythms and secrets. I would sit on a street corner for hours at a stretch and just observe. Over time, I connected with shopkeepers and street kids, gangsters and grandmothers. This process formed the foundation for my characters, story and my approach to shooting the film.
I found myself discovering stories within Ahmedabad's old city that paralleled those of my own family. Fractured relationships, property disputes, the meaning of home and the spirit of celebration were recurring themes that interested me.
The Kite's joyful message and its cinematic magic developed organically. My desire was for the sense of poetry and aesthetics to be less of an imposed view and more of a view that emerged from the pride of the people and place.
Six years in the making, The Kite has been a journey which has inspired and brought together many. The key theme of resilience of family is reflected by the friendships and bonds between all of us who gave our hearts to make the
Cast & Credits Collapse
Primary Cast Seema Biswas, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sugandha Garg, Mukund Shukla, Aakash
Mahayera, Hamid Shaikh
Director Prashant Bhargava
Screenwriter Prashant Bhargava
Producer Jaideep Punjabi
Editor Prashant Bhargava
Director of Photography Shanker Raman
Production Designer Meera Lakhia
Executive Producer Vijay Bhargava, Jaideep Punjabi
Composer Mario Grigorov