Too much table drama over breakfast and coffee makes this well intentioned film lose steam. Ki & Ka isn’t a strong voice against gender stereotyping, but it’s one of its kind in mainstream Hindi film industry, and that makes it notice-worthy.
Both Arjun and Kareena look at ease and are ably supported by Swaroop Sampat and Rajit Kapoor. Kareena Kapoor’s best comes out in the scene where she delivers a long monologue on being manipulative.
It’s not a man’s world, not anymore. At least this is what R Balki’s Ki & Ka tries to establish: In this world, women behave like men, and men are already men. So it’s basically a tale of two men accusing each other of being a man.
Delhi-based Kabir Bansal (Arjun Kapoor) is in line to inherit his father’s multi-crore business conglomerate. Are you also reminded of the AIB Roast? Yes, Arjun Kapoor is playing a North Indian, again.
Kabir wants to be like his mother because he believes being a housewife is nothing short of being an artist. One day, he meets a rising corporate star, Kia (Kareena Kapoor Khan), and tries desperately to woo her. However, it’s a daunting task for one simple reason: Kia is unusually ambitious and doesn’t want the marriage to hinder her flight before reaching to the top.
Kabir’s father, Mr Bansal (Rajit Kapur), is not happy with his son’s ‘outlook’, and thus their relationship is very much strained. The bone of contention between the fighting Bansals is the treatment meted out to Kabir’s late mother by Mr Bansal. On the other hand, Kia’s mother (Swaroop Sampat) runs 4-5 NGOs and has also been a single parent.
Now, when everyone has a reason to hate marriage, Kia (Ki) and Kabir (Ka) decide to tie the knot, but is this a good idea? Will they be able to sail smoothly through thick and thin? Is gender equality such an easy concept to adapt to?
The film presents an idea that it’s an individual’s choice to become a househusband or a housewife, but it never talks about financial freedom and what effect it will have on age-old gender roles in the relationship. That’s just one part of it though.
Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan also feature in the film, but those are the best moments of this film. The conversation between them is so real and hard hitting that it forces you to re-examine the situation carefully. It filters the debate of both genders being equal ‘inside a family’ by posing some serious questions. They’re so good with their expressions that it almost seems like an inward journey for them.