Verdict: A noble-intentioned film, backed by spontaneous performances.
Known for ventures like Cheeni Kum and Paa, R. Balki brings to us yet another spectacular cinematic experience – Ki & Ka. The film revolves around the story of two individuals who choose to do something which is unheard of and ridiculed in a society that upholds stereotypical gender roles. Kia (Kareena Kapoor) is a goal-driven, ambitious woman who speaks her mind and does not want marriage to be the reason why her plans fall apart. Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) on the other hand does not want to follow in his wealthy father’s footsteps, but desires to be like his ‘Maa’.
Ka falls in love with the “spaghetti jaise baalo wali” Ki and this translates into matrimony. In an attempt to challenge existing gender roles, this film gives us a man that is willing to be a stay-at-home spouse and the “artist” his mother was, while his wife goes out to be the breadwinner. Ka is not only seen hosting kitty parties and adorning a mangalsutra on his wrist, but also kicking-butt when bus conductors tease Ki.
Things seem perfect, until Ka becomes the kind of man every woman desires, a subject of gossip and even finds an admirer in the Bachchan jodi! Insecurities and jealousy make their way into their oh-so-perfect relationship and it is Ki’s cool, likeable mother (Swaroop Sampat), who helps heal the otherwise deteriorating relationship between Ki & Ka.
In the first half, the film makes us believe that a stay-at-home husband and a working woman can happily co-exist. However, in the second half, the film reinforces the stereotypical notions it attempted to negate in the first place. Although the plot is not as convincing, certain sections of the film are path-breaking and surprisingly broad-minded. Also, the actors manage to live up to our expectations with their spontaneity. Despite its shortcomings, this film manages to impart a crucial message that there is nothing detrimental about ladKAs engaging in domestic chores or ladKIs chasing their dreams.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch Ki & Ka for its fine performances, conversational humor and Amitabh Bachchan!