Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor
Director: R. Balki
What’s Good: A beautiful and modern world chemistry between Kareena and Arjun. A brave concept and great performances by the leads help you to enjoy the film.
What’s Bad: Weak execution of such a fine concept or issue combined with a directionless storyline. The story loses its focus and just goes haywire.
Loo Break: Interval is fine.
Watch or Not?: I would not recommend this movie. Although, it has a good topic of the modern world, it doesn’t do justice to it. So, avoid it.
Kia (Kareena Kapoor) is an aggressive and aspiring corporate big shot, having a grand vision to be the CEO of a company. She is always super busy and believes in being an independent woman, not to be shadowed by men.
Contrary to her, we have Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) who is a son of a reputed businessman in Delhi. Kabir is a topper of IIM-B but has no interest in business or his father’s monetary legacy. He is fond of his late mother and wants to be like her, managing daily household activities which he thinks are equally important as working in the office. Kabir also doesn’t believe in wasting his life in the name of career.
So now, Ki and Ka first meet at some random place and click instantly. They start liking each other and even decide to marry. After some heavy arguments, the couple agrees that Kabir will do all the household work which he always wanted to and Kia will follow her corporate dream. But, on the course of this gender role reversal, there are harsh hurdles awaiting.
Societal views, perception of people, personal battles and misunderstandings will show whether the couple can stand true to their intentions.
Ki And Ka Review: Script Analysis
The major reason of Ki And Ka’s disappointment is the script. The story starts off very well, depicting the views of both Kabir and Kia but their love connection has been shown hurriedly. However, their married life and adjustments for each other are narrated spontaneously, making the first half entertaining yet curious.
What troubled me is that when the story had the best chance to show the debate of gender role reversal during the house party scene, it completely missed it. This could have been the core moment of the movie but the script degraded it big time.
The 2nd half of the film just goes haywire. All the hard work that was put in to build the plot gets washed away with a senseless chaos. Understand this, when a man is doing a woman’s job and vice versa, society and the people around you will always criticise and protest first. The story has never shown that criticism and debate. Only the family members are shown doing it.
Additionally, even the office members don’t enquire much about Kia’s husband and when they get to know about his household work, they act like this is a regular stuff. Instead of focusing on the crux, the story emphasizes on Ki and Ka’s personal battles and jealousy.
Such an amazing concept but the script failed to justify its beauty.
Ki And Ka Review: Star Performance
Kareena Kapoor as Kia is simply powerful. She looks beautiful, charming and fun. Her sharp dialogue delivery makes her the perfect corporate manager who is arrogant and aggressive.
Arjun Kapoor as Kabir has done a justifiable job. I would say, his character could have been much more enjoyable if he could have brought in more intensity in his acting. His dialogue delivery is not effective. But, overall he gives a fair treatment to the role.
Swaroop Sampat is great as Kia’s mother and her casual mother character adds a light humour to the plot.
Rajit Kapur is as always spot-on. In a short time, he delivers a noticeable job as Kabir’s father.
Ki And Ka Review: Direction, Music
R. Balki has given us the cinematic masterpiece Cheeni Kum which had encircled the sensitive issue of adult marriage. This time he couldn’t repeat the history. Ki And Ka’s storytelling was not impressive by his standard. How can a director of his stature lose control on his film in the 2nd half? What didn’t work in favour of R. Balki’s direction is he never tried to show us what society as a whole will talk about such concept.
I loved the character development of both Ki and Ka. Balki is proficient at making their presence and story likable. Kareena’s looks, expressions and close shots are captured marvelously. Kabir aka Arjun Kapoor has been smartly given that casual and careless treatment which resembles the modern funny millennial.
Balki manages to keep the pace of the movie intact. The movie never gets dull. Confused? Yes, but not dull.
Music of Ki And Ka is delightful. The songs are fun, thoughtful and are placed at the right time. Background score gets absorbed well with the story.
Ki And Ka Review: The Last Word
Ki And Ka is a brave attempt to bring in the issue of a gender role reversal but the story fails to keep you engaged. The film never reaches a conclusion of the concept and loses its focus. Despite the impressive performances by the leads, the movie simply disappoints. My rating: 2.5/5
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Ki And Ka releases on 1st April, 2016.
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