Set against the dynamic and colorful spectacle of India’s largest kite festival, the Uttarayan, “The Kite” is a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of energy, romance, and family turmoil. After a five-year absence, businessman Jayesh arrives in the vibrant Gujarati metropolis of Ahmedabad for a surprise visit to his once-grand ancestral home, bringing with him his grown daughter Priya and some unexpected news for the family’s future. While Jayesh is greeted with suspicion by the family matriarch Ba, his widowed sister-in-law Sudha, and resentful nephew Chakku, Priya breaks free and begins a flirtation with an earnest young local named Bobby.
A Southern Gothic family saga transposed to India, “The Kite” weaves the intersecting narratives of its six characters into the lively bustle of the kite festival itself. As Priya wanders the streets among the revelry with a Super 8 camera, her footage too is incorporated into the film’s fabric, making first-time director Prashant Bhargava’s film a sumptuous experience of light, color, and music, as the family comes to terms with its fractured past and fragile dreams.