Director R. Balki's Ki And Ka starring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor is about a couple, breaking the gender stereotypes. Arjun essays the role of a doting but domestic hubby, while Kareena Kapoor essays the role of a career oriented, bread-winner of the family.
Does Balki succeed in giving this message of "Break The Stereotype" or does this film end up being one of those films that are hyped up for media but have no real deal to show in the film? Read the review to find out.
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Director: R. Balki
Ki and Ka Plot:
The film revolves around two people, their love story and their marriage. Kia (Kareena Kapoor) is a marketing professional who works in a big company and is the bread-winner while Kabir Bhansal (Arjun Kapoor) is the son of a rich father who owns a lucrative construction business and his ambition in life is to be like his mother, a housewife.
While the initial courtship period is all cute, the real story begins post the couple's marriage. This marriage is quite unique with Kia tying the mangalsutra to Kabir, she goes out and earns, while he cleans the house, cooks and does everything a housewife would do.
He even mingles with his neighbours who have kitty parties every week, changes the entire décor of the house, from ethnic to trains chugging along the entire house. So where does this gender swapped roles go haywire? Gotta see the movie to know, dear audience!
Coming to the negative aspects of this film, the problem lies in the writing and not with the concept. R. Balki struck with a plot of gold when it came to thinking about this unique concept for the movie but he failed to put it across on the big silver screen.
R.Balki is a filmmaker who has broken the stereotypes with his previous films, yet in this we see him incorporate a lot of clinched ideologies and strays away from what he had began the story with.
We have Kabir doubting his wife's character for she was spending too much time with a client and guess where the argument regarding that lands them, in bed, making love to each other.
Did that make sense to you? As much as we would have loved Balki to come with a non-stereotypical story, the couples end up having problems because of money. Voila! That's new! (Being sarcastic here...)
So, how does this couple, deal with money issues, we have Kabir giving fitness lessons to his neighbours for some cash. We have an unwanted Dubai trip and a stereotypical pregnancy test gone wrong, Bollywood style. Oh! Ya! Since the story is set up in Delhi, we also have a group of men teasing the damsel in distress on an empty bus, only to be trashed by the rugged hero.
Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan are wonderful on-screen but do they serve the purpose, not at all, but you'll love them nonetheless, especially Big B's cute antics. Kia and Kabir, like any other regular couple have petty squabbles over silly issues, a lot of jealousy, money issues and of course, both fighting for spotlight. (You'll know what we are talking about, when you watch the movie)
This film has lacked big time in the writing department, Balki should have worked on it a bit more. The concept is fantastic but the execution was lack-lustre.
Coming to the performances, Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, both play it safe and don't push the boundaries and test their acting prowesses. They get away with a lot of cute acting in the beginning, a lot of kissing in between and some more kissing.
All we can say is that Kareena and Arjun complemented each other, it took a little time but the couple's chemistry manages to sink in.
Having mentioned many negative aspects of the movie, would like to add that Ki and Ka could have been a great movie like Kapoor And Sons, barring some major flaws but it is definitely not in the bad category. Songs are super catchy and the film is a decent family entertainer.
Ki and Ka is a one time watch, an average film that could have been great. Since this is a solo release this week and you don't have much options, we suggest the couples to head to the nearest theatres, watch the film, to have a new take on life, get a lesson on gender inequality and to learn, how to appreciate your wives and mothers.