What's New: A film on gender role reversal and breaking stereotypes
Popcorn Refill: Anytime
Plot: The film opens with Kia ( Kareena Kapoor Khan), an ambitious young lady mouthing some gyaan at her friend's wedding on how women just end up as a pillar or 'khambaa' to their husband after marriage. Cut to we see her seating in a flight where a sobbing Kabir (Arjun Kapoor), son of a rich builder catches her attention. This mamma's boy has no interest in being a corporate race rat. Instead he wants to be a home-maker. (By the way, did I mention that he is supposed to be an IIM B graduate?) Nevertheless, after a swift courtship ( PS It would even put the 2 minute Maggi to shame!), the lovey dovey couple becomes 'Ki & Ka'. While Kabir as a house husband becomes every woman's perfect man, Kia sets out to conquer the corporate world and very soon becomes a hot-shot businesswoman.
However as time passes by, Kabir steals away some of the limelight from Kia when the world discovers about his unique choice and his progressive views. What follows next is how jealousy, insecurity and fights seep into their relationship. Will their love train ever be back on the right track? Well that's what the rest of the story is all about.
Performances: At the start of the film Arjun Kapoor really struggles hard to sink into his role. His dialogue delivery is sluggish and in a few 'serious' scenes or two, his loud acting puts you off. Slowly the actor pulls up the reins but alas, he still keeps faltering because of the half baked script. Sorry girls, thus he ends up being short of the 'Most Wanted Munda'.
Kareena Kapoor Khan looks every bit of modern day working woman. But sadly post-interval you find her merely reduced to a hysterical banshee who frequently ends up spitting fire at her poor husband only to regret about it later.
Rajit Kapoor and Swaroop Sampat try to add some more elements to the film with their underwritten characters but succeed only partially.
Coming to the best part, it's Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan's cameo where they play themselves that add certain freshness to the otherwise humdrum tale.
Direction: Heard of the saying 'Too many cooks spoil the broth'? That's exactly what happens with R. Balki's latest offering. The writer-director tries to address a lot of issues ranging from age gap in marriage, complexities arising in an urban set-up to money matters in a relationship. As a result you lose sight of the heart of the story. Your mind tediously keeps wandering from one thing to another. So much so that after sometime you don't care about the plot anymore and instead find yourself staring at your phone screen more often. However the film has a couple of funny moments that occasionally bring a smile on your face.
Balki fails to prove his point at several instances. Sample this- There is a scene in the film where Kabir calls up Kia and tells her that he is really manly because a) he is not gay, b) likes whiskey and women and c) that he hates pink. But hey wait a moment, isn't this film supposed to challenge gender stereotype?
Further the point of conflict arrives too late in the film and it is resolved in such an absurd manner that you end up leaving the cinema hall feeling unsatiated.
One of the most annoying things is the 'in your face' branding that the film offers. Right from cooking oil, cosmetics to real estates, 'Ki & Ka' is thankful to everyone!
There are few shoddy shots too that add more to the damage. Thankfully the film has some good music especially the 'Jee Huzoori' song that gels well with the narrative.
Combo-on-offer: Drama+ Bit of Humour+ Social Message
Verdict: We give 'Ki & Ka' SLAPS for its lethargic writing and weak direction. R Balki tries to preach a thought provoking point but misses the bull's eye by a couple of inches. The film releases on April Fool's Day but sadly here the joke is on us! Reserve this for one of your small screen view instead.