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Hollywood meets Bollywood in "Kites," a new movie with an international pedigree and an unusual release strategy. The film is a product of Indias Hindi-language film industry but it was shot in the U.S., and it has stars from India and Latin America speaking English and Spanish.

All of that is unusual for a Bollywood film, but Bob Mondello says what's even odder is how American audiences will see the picture, not just "Kites," but also "Kites: The Remix."

BOB MONDELLO: When I say Bollywood you think what? Lush romance? Fantastical landscapes? Colorful costumes? Elaborate musical numbers that may not have much to do with the plot? Maybe a three-hour running time? All perfectly reasonable.

You probably don't expect this.

(Soundbite of film, "Kites")

Unidentified Man #1 (Actor): (As character) You've stolen $2 million from my casino.

Unidentified Man #2 (Actor): (As character) I want you to look at every hotel, every casino, every nook and cranny.

MONDELLO: Welcome to Las Vegas by way of Bollywood by way of telenovelas, which is to say welcome to "Kites," a picture that has nothing to do with actual kites, but includes pretty much anything else you can think of: scuba diving, a deadly wedding shootout, bodies falling prettily off cliffs, bullets falling prettily into glasses of whiskey, exploding police cars that flip through the air like break dancers, actual break dancers and a chase sequence that leaps from pickup truck to hot air balloon.

Oh, and on top of all that, it's trilingual: English, Spanish and a little Hindi just for fans.

The leading lady, played by ravishing telenovela star Barbara Mori, speaks Spanish and a little English but no Hindi, though she'd like to, because she's falling in love.

(Soundbite of film, "Kites")

Ms. BARBARA MORI (Actor): (As Natasha) How do you say I love you in India?

Mr. HRITHIK ROSHAN (Actor): (As Jay) (Speaking foreign language).

MONDELLO: He's kidding. What that phrase actually means is I am a stupid girl. The leading man, who is played by Indian heartthrob Hrithik Roshan with charisma, humor, and even occasionally a shirt, speaks Hindi and English but no Spanish.

(Soundbite of film, "Kites")

Mr. ROSHAN: (As Jay) How do you say I love you in Spanish?

Ms. MORI: (As Natasha) (Speaking foreign language).

Mr. ROSHAN: (As Jay) (Speaking foreign language) what?

Ms. MORI: (As Natasha) (Speaking foreign language).

MONDELLO: I should probably pass on translating that one. Let's just say she's kidding, too. Both stars are sexy, funny and easy on the eyes. They're also downright heroic about the Tarantino-style mayhem that seems to lurk around every plot curve.

Hoping to click with Western audiences, "Kites" has a lot of mayhem for a Bollywood picture, and just in case it's still not enough, the filmmakers have taken out what you might call insurance: They've gotten Brett Ratner, the director of the "Rush Hour" movies that made Jackie Chan popular in this country, to create a second version of "Kites." It's called "Kites: The Remix," and it cuts the already pretty snappy 130-minute original down to an even zippier 90 minutes: less romance, less back story and no dance numbers. There was only one anyway.

That'll leave mostly chase sequences. And speaking of chasing, that version will be zooming into theaters just seven days from now, a big push to make "Kites" fly and maybe to make Bollywood as mainstream here as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" made martial arts.

I'm Bob Mondello.

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