Khaled Hosseini’s THE KITE RUNNER was one of those novels that captured both public interest. It wins many hearts. This is the story of unconditional love of childhood and redemption against three stormy decades in Afghanistan. Hosseini was approached for the adoption of the story for the screen soon after the novel was published. But there seems hassle in getting visual work on the poetic novel before premiering to the audience.
The journey besieged by unsuspected political intervention and criticism by the Afghan government. But after watching The Kite Runner, this intrigue heightens the intent of those who translated the book to film, writer David Benioff and director Marc Forster.
The Kite Runner starts in Afghanistan with two young boys, Hassan and Amir. They are bosom buddies. Amir is a kite-flyer, whose kite duels are legendary. Hassan belongs to a lower caste, a resident servant to Amir. Amir is a dynamite kite runner, the person who chases down kites when they are cut loose. At a point, Hassan yells his devotion to Amir by declaring how many times he would chase down a kite? “A thousand times for you.”
Now coming to the technical aspects. First of all, for the acting, just one word “Superb”. The young debut actors (Zekeria Ebrahimi and Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada) astoundingly portrayed the culture and atmosphere of Kabul in 1978. They look so genuine that you can even smell the dusty alleys and sun-soaked stone. Homayoun Ershadi as Baba (Amir’s father) gives brilliant performance. Khalid Abdalla as Adult Amir stand out in Particular.
The background score was also impressive, right from the start credit track to the end credit. I especially loved when Amir is in a Masjid in Pakistan. It was a fusion of the West and Islam, which makes The movie is extraordinarily special. The wondrous cinematography make Marc Forrester’s investment as humane, unique and beautiful. This adaptation of Khaled Hossieni’s best-seller turns out a wise choice of association.
The Kite Runner itself is an exceptionally well-made. It is the insidious message of faux redemption that grates on the sensibilities.
The Kite Runner is thought-provoking, dignifies portraits of human character cand flaws, without being preachy or even clumsily pedantic.
A fine film, don’t miss it to watch.