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 an adaptation of the New York Times bestseller 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 the son of Ali, the housekeeper. In the backdrop is the community tension between the majority Pashtuns (to which Agha Sahib belongs) and of the minority Hazaras (to which Hassan belongs). The young boys love flying kites 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 followed with the Soviet invasion of Afghan. Amir and Agha Sahib escape the country to Pakistan, then head to the 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 battle with his illness. Cut. We are taken to San Francisco in the 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 the 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 the Taliban in a Hollywood style escape. Finally, he gets Sohrab to safety in the United States where he and his wife begin to raise him as their son.