The Kite Runner – Movie Review

I watched Kite Runner, the movie directed by Marc Foster and based on Khaled Hosseini’s book by the same title, recently. It had such a raw quality to it that it set me thinking about fate, honor and circumstances, as perceived by the characters as well as us, in general.

The interesting part of the movie is that it keeps the scenes, the characters and the emotions very real, no overdramatization. The truth and the unrevealed circumstances are so overwhelming that underplaying it was the best tactic could have been used, while taking the story forward.

In the backdrop of the talibanization of Afganistan, the story unfolds – the strange friendship between the protagonist and the servant’s son; the reality of the father of the protagonist who has an illicit affair, and his attempt to keep his honor by ensuring the child grew up as his servants’, in his own backyard; their journey across the seas seeking refuge in America and going from being a landlord to a gas station owner; the servant and his son are left behind to fend the family house; the protagonist and his wife not having a child; the protagonist’s trek back to Afganistan to reclaim the lost friendship, only to realize that the servant’s son was in fact his own half-brother and that all that is left of their relationship is his nephew in an orphanage; his genuine attempt to take the child back home – and ends where it all began, flying kites!

Worth a watch, I must say…

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2 Responses to “The Kite Runner – Movie Review”


  1. 1 prasad October 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    You must read the book which is also very versatile and deeply touching. This is one of my favorites…if you like this you might like his next book, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

    • 2 Sreeja Iyer October 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks for your comment Prasad. In fact, since I saw this movie I picked up and read the next book – A Thousand Splendid Suns – already. I agree with you, he has a deeply touching yet simplistic way of writing that does not overwhelm beyond the circumstances. Just when you think that the media has covered all there is to cover about the pain and suffering in Afganistan, he comes out of the blue with these books! It is like looking at things in such a different light that one can’t help admire the perspective, yet grieve in the pain.


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