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'Kites' movie brings together 'Rush Hour' director and Bollywood

An Indian film company hopes to market the 'Kites' movie to American audiences by bringing together a beautiful Mexican actress, Bollywood's biggest hunk, and the director of 'Rush Hour.'

Actors Hrithik Roshan, right, and Barbara Mori, left, pose for the photographers as they arrive for the European film premiere of the film 'Kites', in London, Tuesday.

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What brings together a beautiful Mexican actress, India's premier silver-screen hunk, and the director of "Rush Hour"?

Bollywood's most serious bid yet to show it's not just Hollywood that can export films.

India's Reliance Big Pictures today debuts "Kites," a 130-minute story about two lovers on the run who don't speak the same language.

Director Brett Ratner of "Rush Hour" movie fame has edited that original Hindi-language version by dubbing it into English, toning down the soundtrack, removing a dance sequence by the critically acclaimed Indian lead, Hrithik Roshan, and adding a racy scene. Mr. Ratner's 90-minute "Kites: The Remix" premieres in US and international theaters May 28.

"I think this is going to be some sort of a breakthrough ... a first milestone," says Reliance MediaWorks CEO Anil Arjun, explaining that "Kites" is the first time Bollywood has so thoroughly edited a film to appeal to Western viewers.

Bollywood goes international


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