Rush Hour director Brett Ratner was so taken in by Hrithik Roshan’s upcoming film Kites that he offered his services to make the film click in the US.
“I was introduced to Ratner in Los Angeles. We got talking about films and I showed him the English version of Kites,” Rakesh Roshan, the film’s producer, told HT City. “Ratner said it’s a good film with the ability to cross over only if it is presented keeping in mind the American sensibilities. He offered to work on it.”
A month later, Roshan returned to LA to discover that Ratner had chopped the songs from the film, and also reduced its length from 118 to 90 minutes. “His editing upped the film’s intensity for the US market,” Roshan said.
Also starring Kangna Ranaut and Mexican actress Barbara Mori, the film’s Hindi and English versions will release simultaneously in India and the US on May 21. Ratner reportedly told a US daily, “I’m not saying that Kites will be the hit that Rush Hour was, but I felt it had the potential to cross over.”