[Disclaimer: This post may have some spoilers. So, please dont read the post until you have read the book or seen the movie. This post was due long time ago…it started when i was still in HK… and m finishing it while in India… so plz dont mind the time related discrepancies]
The Kite Runner is special to me in its own ways… For one, I had been wanting to read this bestseller by Khaled Hosseini for a really long time now. It so happened that I had once nearly picked it up at the Bangalore airport, but then decided to trade it off for The Wonder Years, which also turned out to be a pretty good one! So, when I knew that The Kite Runner was playing in a theatre here in HK, I agreed pronto! The second reason why this movie is special is that this is the first foreign language movie that I have ever seen. The movie is in Dari language with English subtitles and yet that dint even occur to me!!
The movie is about the story of the son of a rich industrialist in Afghanistan. How they have to flee to US when the Russians attack their country. The story revolves around the change of heart of the protagonist, the way he treats his servant (who also turns out to be the illegitimate child of his dad, which he discovers later on). The way he goes back to Afghanistan, to save the child of the servant he treated shabbily, and who remained unflinchingly loyal to him in all regards and in fact, even died saving his ancestral property. The way he gives the child a new home justifies the tag line “There is a way to be good again” 🙂
Brilliant story. Brilliant performances. Brilliant movie.
Go watch it 🙂