Come on. Dev D was a masterpiece compared to this. Dev D was at heart an Indian movie based on an Indian tale. It was at least trying to be something different.
I hope you are talking about Anurag Kashyap's Dev D and not SL Bhansali's Devdas, because if you really meant SLB's Devdas, then your quote is laugable at best. SLB's Devdas was terrible with the usual hammy acting of Shahrukh, an over-glossy look, and Ash was supposed to be poor? She looked richer than the average Indian! Madhuri looked like the richest prostitute ever! SLB's Devdas was just all gloss and not soul. I couldn't wait for Devdas to die. No wonder there were people laughing and walking out at the screening for the Oscars. It was an embarassment for Indian and rightfully wasn't short-listed. Bimal Roy's Devdas is the best of the original versions. Anurag Kashyap's take, Dev.D was an excellent interpretation set in a modern seedy-side of India.
Ghajini i admit is a ripoff but the love story at the core of the movie was ten times more touching then the love story i Kites.
I was disappointed in Ghajini and Aamir made himself look stupid when he said it was better than Memento. I didn't find the love story in Ghajini more "touching", it was just typical bollywood. We see it all the time.
The story of this film is that of a 1980's bollywood film and it tries to act as if it is some fancy hollywood film. And this is why it fails to be either.
Yeah, it does seem to be past it's time. Maybe audiences have grown up. Most I've spoken to seemed to like it, but disliked the ending. With the ending, it reminded me a little of QSQT - Aamir's first film. *SPOILERS* The ending was like "Oh No, she's dead! What am I gonna do now? I know what..I better kill myself! Good-bye cruel world!"
A big reason why this film has such a poor rating and has flopped so badly is because it really just doesn't connect with the audience. A large majority Hrithik fans have been disappointed by this film too.
What country did it "Not work at the box office"? I know in UK and US it has certainly done well. The audience was the "cross-over" audience they intended as there was quite a few non-indians there. There were a few Spanish teens sitting near me and they seemed to enjoy it. It's not a flop.
One of the reasons this film has a poor rating because Aamir and SRK fans keep rating it low. Bollywood fans on IMDB are really quite sad. You should've seen when MNIK was released it had a lower rating in the first few days but the Shahrukh fans were upset and started creating like ten accounts and rating it ten every time because they wanted it to enter the IMDB top 250. Pathetic! Same with Aamir's fans only it did briefly enter the top 250 with 3 Idiots.
In the audience I saw it with, Kites did seem to connect. The chemistry was great, the story was quite OK, at least they didn't copy a Hollywood film. The directing was not too good and the script could've been better. The pacing for the first hour was bad, too many slow lovey-dovey scenes, slowed the film down. But there was character-building, which is missing from alot of bollywood films. Indian audiences may not be used to that. It still isn't a great film, but not so bad either. I believe this film was over-hyped way too much, that when released, it didn't live up to the expectations.
And another thing. Hrithik should NEVER attempt to sing again!