Movie Review

The Kite Runner (2007)

What a moving story! I should’ve watched “The Kite Runner (2007)” earlier and having watched it recently I couldn’t stop thinking about it for over two days.

The film is adaptation of New York Times best seller The Kite Runner  by Khaled Hosseini. The setting is just before and during the Soviet-Afghan war in Kabul, Afghanistan. It’s about Amir, the son of a wealthy but kind hearted man “Agha Sahib” and about Amir’s best friend Hassan who is son of Ali, the house keeper. In the backdrop is the community tension between the majority Pashtuns (to which Agha Sahib belongs to) and of the minority Hazaras (to which Hassan belongs). The young boys love flying kite in the streets of Kabul and they make a great pair at the game. They win a competition and trouble starts. Hassan is abused by local bullies, seeing the traumatic incident Amir is shocked. Feeling guilty of his inability to save his best friend Amir distances himself from Hassan, to finally labelling him a thief and getting him expelled from the household. More trouble follows with Soviet invasion of Afghan. Amir and Agha Sahib escape the country to Pakistan, then heading to United States. There Amir grows up falls in love with the daughter of a former Afghan General, they get married, Agha Sahib dies after a brief battling with his illness. Cut. We are taken to San Francisco of 2000s, Amir’s novel “A Season for Ashes” gets released and  that’s when he gets a call from his uncle Rahim Khan who requests him to visit Kabul.

Amir meets Rahim and in his death bed Rahim reveals a truth about Hassan. Taken aback, Amir is further shocked to learn about the traumatic death of Hassan and his wife. Determined to correct his childhood betrayal to Hassan, he goes to Kabul on a mission to save Hassan’s only son living in an orphanage. Kabul now under Taliban rule is a far worse place than the Soviet invasion. There he manages to rescue Hassan’s son Sohrab and save himself from Taliban in a Hollywood style escape. Finally he gets Sohrab to safety to United States where he and his wife begin to raise him as their son.