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It’s time to rejoice the return of one of India’s most accomplished music directors, Rajesh Roshan. While most of his contemporaries have either hung up their boots or faded into oblivion, Roshan continues to make some splendid music. Kites is a shining example of Roshan’s versatility and evergreen talent.

The album opens with Zindagi do pal ki, a lilting number that strikes a chord instantly. KK is flawless in his rendition of this melodious composition that has an interesting blend of Indian and Western instruments. This tune is going to stay with you long after you’ve heard it.

Dil kyun yeh mera also sung by KK, is a track more in sync with the soulful songs normally found in Anurag Basu’s films. Faraaz’s lyrics describe the feeling of discovering love for the first time very effectively. And Roshan’s gentle, soothing melody is truly outstanding.

Tum bhi ho wahi (Vishal Dadlani and Suraj Jagan) fails to impress. Starting off slow and mellow, the number gradually morphs into a soft rockish number. Both the singers add a lot of aggression to their vocals, which just doesn’t appeal. But the next track takes you completely by surprise. 

Hrithik Roshan makes his debut as a singer with Kites in the sky and bowls you over. Displaying amazing control even on the high notes, the superstar astonishes you with his rendition of this half-English half-Spanish song. And since there is very little use of accompanying instruments in this slow number, the vocals really stand out. Suzanne D’Mello who sings the Spanish parts in this gentle melody is equally good.

The last track Fire is a racy instrumental music piece designed for Hrithik to display his fantastic dancing skills.

Rajesh Roshan impresses yet again with Kites and delivers a classy album that’s worth a buy.
Verdict: Good

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