Satellite Award winner editor-director-actor Helfrich is member of prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who has edited 35 movies. Aiming at Western audiences, Ratner was reportedly asked to re-format Kites to fit in the Western psyche. It may be the first for a Hollywood director formatting a Bollywood movie.
Now, BMI award winner Hollywood"s Graeme Revell (Pineapple Express) has provided “additional background score" although the original music was by Filmfare winner Rajesh Roshan (Julie)
Intercultural romance thriller Kites has lot of Hollywood and “foreign" element attached to it. Besides Uruguay born Mexican actress-model MTV winner Barbara Mori (Inspiración) as its leading lady, its cast also includes Hollywood actors Nicholas Brown, Luce Rains, Steven Michael Quezada, Jamie Haqqani, Dave Colon, Clark Sanchez, and Ronald Hamilton. Consulting producer is Gilley Grey; production design by
David Baca; special effects coordination by Skip Burrows; stunts by Mark Brooks, Bobby Burns, Edward Duran, Angelique Midthunder, and Chester E. Tripp III; and stunt coordinators Spiro Razatos and Denney Pierce. It was filmed in USA in Las Vegas (Nevada), Santa Fe (New Mexico), and Los Angeles (California).
Salsa dance based Kites, film with ambiguous title, in English-Hindi-Spanish, budgeted around 30 million dollars, is slated for May 21 worldwide release in over 60 countries. Directed by Filmfare winner Anurag Basu (Life in a Metro), produced by Filmfare winner Rakesh Roshan (Krrish), “Kites" is a said to be a love story that defies boundaries-cultures-rules-barriers-language. Besides Mori, it stars Filmfare winner Hrithik Roshan (Jodhaa Akbar), Filmfare winner Kangana Ranaut (Gangster), Kabir Bedi (Take 3 Girls), etc. Its two versions—Hindi for domestic Indian audience and English for international audiences—were reportedly simultaneously shot.