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Movie Review: Ki & Ka

 

KI & Ka

KI & Ka

Release Date:  April 01, 2016
Cast: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Swaroop Sampat, Rajit Kapur
Director: R Balki
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Duration: 02 hours 06 minutes

Ki & Ka is an interesting and refreshing tale of gender role reversal; the guy taking up the mantle of the homemaker and the lady making waves in the corporate world and aspiring to become a CEO. The movie challenges society’s traditional perspective wherein a man is expected to go out and earn a living and the woman is expected to take care of the home and raise children. The movie succeeds in bringing out the joys and challenges of such a relationship, and goes on to show that role reversals don’t really matter, as long as the people in the relationship are absolutely fine with it and having a great time.

Kia (Kareena) is an ambitious career woman who gives priority to her dreams over her marriage. She does not want to spend her life in the traditional way where she would likely become a ‘support system’ for her husband. On the other hand, Kabir (Arjun) does not like the rigors and stresses of the corporate world and prefers to stay at home. His inspiration is his homemaker-mother (Swaroop Sampat) and not his billionaire-builder father (Rajit Kapur).

When Kia and Kabir meet, it appears that they are perfect for each other, especially in terms of their career and life goals. However, their marriage plan comes under stiff opposition from Kabir’s father, who comes up with the usual arguments such as how can one live on a woman’s income and some funny ones as well when he asks Kabir to go look inside his chaddi (underpants) to see if he is man enough. However, these problems are overcome, post which, the couple gets married and is seen to be happily canoodling. Soon, the word spreads about the extraordinary relationship of Kia and Kabir. Many people frown upon the role reversal, but they get admirers as well including Jaya and Amitabh, who drop in to play a cute cameo in the movie.

Kareena has done a terrific job and Arjun is cute and lovable. However, there are some inconsistencies with Balki’s writing. Nevertheless, Ki & Ka is still worth a ticket since it explores an entirely new angle to the conventional male-female relationship.

 

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