Ki & Ka Movie Review: A Weak Battle Of The Sexes
When the trailer of Ki & Ka starring Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan was released, it created a major buzz, especially because of its unique concept- a wife, who goes out and earns big bucks while the husband stays at home and takes care of the household.
However, despite the promise of an interesting story, Ki & Ka does not meet expectations primarily because of a weak screenplay and a clichéd approach.
Kabir (Arjun) is the son of a business magnate, who wants to be like his mother and take care of the house instead of joining the rat race while Kia (Kareena) is a career-oriented woman, who wants to conquer the corporate world. The two meet on a flight, get to know each other and soon tie the knot.
Kabir takes charge of the household cheerily while Kia embarks on a power walk towards corporate success and everything seems hunky dory… till the time Kabir turns into something of a social media craze because of his choice of being a house-husband. Soon, cracks develop between the two and how the duo deal with their issues forms the rest of the plot.
Arjun Kapoor has been paired opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan for the very first time and though the pairing is fresh and both actors have done a good job, the chemistry between them is not strong enough, which somewhat mars the effect. Rajit Kapoor, who plays Arjun's grumpy father, is a delight to watch while Swaroop Sampat provides able support as Kia's mother.
The concept of a couple, wherein the husband manages the kitchen and the wife earns for the family, is indeed quite interesting and with an effective treatment, the film sure could have been an appealing fare. However, there is something artificial about the entire movie, which makes it difficult for us to digest what is being shown on the screen. For example, just because Kabir is a house-husband with some 'mommy issues', he is shown hosting kitty parties for annoying women in the neigbourhood, which was not necessary at all. We get it that Kabir is comfortable being the home-maker and doing the things that housewives are known for doing, but there is no need to hammer the fact home with unnecessary scenes.
Also, the way Kabir and Kia meet and hook up is way too unbelievable and the clashes that occur between them due to a clash of egos seem to have been borrowed straight from Abhimaan and Balki's past film Shamitabh.
The characters too don't seem well-developed. Kia, a self-assured and confident woman, suddenly starts behaving like an insecure teenager just because her husband was invited on a few chat shows, which seems quite juvenile. We wish Balki would have come up with something real serious to justify the cracks between Kabir and Kia. The fact that Kabir mellows down with minimal efforts after Kia behaves like a shrew is also something that is tough to digest. Though the concept is something that we have never seen before, the story doesn't touch us or affect us in any way or makes us sit straight and exclaim 'Wow'.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan have a cameo appearance in the film and the two simply own the scenes they appear in with their delightful comic timing and evergreen chemistry.