Ki & Ka. Short for Ladki (Girl) and Ladka (Boy). When we hear the word “girl” or “boy”, we immediately associate certain things with each word. R Balki attempts to challenge this and much more in his romantic-comedy Ki & Ka.
Ki & Ka revolves around two main characters. Kia (Kareena Kapoor Khan) is an ambitious marketing manager who aspires to climb to the top of the career ladder in her line of work. Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) is the son of a famous businessman with one simple desire: to be a homemaker like his mother. What follows is a series of ups and downs as Kia and Kabir explore their roles in an unconventional marriage.
Needless to say, the theme of this film is quite unique and apt for raising awareness of minute details and potential issues in typical Indian mindsets regarding marriage and traditional gender roles. But at a most basic level, Ki & Ka is a film about relationships, specifically husband-wife, father-son, and mother-daughter relationships. Despite their swapping of gender roles, Kia and Kabir experience the same ups and downs of any long-term romantic partnership, including love, jealousy, pride, ego clashes, and embarrassment.
The characters in the film hold many deep, profound philosophies and beliefs, and we become acquainted with these mindsets through Kabir in the first half of the film, when he talks about what sparked his desire to be a house husband. Another reflective and thoughtful character in the film is Kia’s mother (Swaroop Sampat), whose conversation with Kia about human nature towards the end of the film was prolific and relatable.
Coming to the performances, Kareena essays the role of a working business professional very well. However, Arjun Kapoor definitely steals the show in Ki & Ka. His patience as Kabir, the homemaker, is unparalleled. The cinematography by P.C. Sreeram was very interesting, as he utilized mostly closeups, played with focusing during the songs, and even had different takes between continuous scenes.
As glimpsed in the film’s trailer, the dialogues were fantastic, with some hilarious punchlines and one-liners delivered by the characters. The music of Ki & Ka was average, but the track “Ji Huzoori” is certainly the most haunting and addictive of them all! It was a pleasant surprise to see one of Bollywood’s evergreen couples, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, in a cameo scene that could possibly provide insight into their real-life chemistry and relationship dynamics.
Final Verdict: Ki & Ka is a refreshing take on a marriage with nontraditional roles for the husband and wife. Despite the somewhat abrupt ending to the film, Ki & Ka stands out because of its theme and features realistic acting by the entire team. Watch it if you’re in the mood for something different!