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Kites unveiled at Cannes Festival

Big Pictures, the motion pictures brand of Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd (RBEL), today unveiled the first look of Kites, its international production, at a press conference held in Cannes at which the movie's lead actors, superstar Hrithik Roshan and Mexican actress Barbara Mori, were present.
Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori star in Kites.
Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori star in Kites.

Also present were director Anurag Basu and writer-producer Rakesh Roshan, a press release from RBEL said.

The cast and crew unveiled a teaser trailer and some art posters of the film (http://kites-thefilm.com). This was to be followed later tonight by a reception hosted by Big Pictures for international buyers and distributors along with the cast and crew.

Big Pictures Chief Operating Officer Sunir Kheterpal said the company had set up a diverse team with the relevant experience to take Kites to the widest possible international audiences. "Cannes 2009 is the beginning of this exciting journey,” he said.

Rakesh Roshan said a film like Kites had never been attempted in India before. "This is our attempt to tap the mainstream international audience and we are hopeful that with an able partner like Big Pictures, we will be able to meet this objective,” he said.

Director Basu said it had been an enriching experience to shoot the film with an international team across world cities. He also said he was happy the film was getting such an exposure at the Cannes Festival, the world's biggest film market.

“Kites is a story of love that goes beyond barriers, boundaries and cultures. With an internationally renowned crew and crisp story telling we have attempted to create a film which we feel has a scope to reach wider world audience and set new benchmarks,” Hrithik Roshan said.

Mori said Kites was her first international experience. "And I must say it has been extremely overwhelming. I have cherished every moment of being a part of this film."

Kites also stars Kangana Ranaut, Nick Brown and Kabir Bedi in pivotal roles. Two versions of the film are being readied for release in the last quarter of 2009. In the international markets, it will release in the English language version whereas in India, the film will release in the Hindi version, which has been shot simultaneously, the release added.

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