Film: Ki And Ka
Director: R Balki
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swaroop Sampat, Rajit Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan
Men and women. Her and him. Ki And Ka. They say, men are from Mars and women are from Venus! But, have you ever given a serious thought to it?
With a wish to crush the notion rooted within us, R Balki offers a love story with a twist. Alas, it fails to leave a lasting imprint but strikes the right chord. The sluggish plot whistles its way just like the railway engines where love blossomed between Kia and Kabir.
Arjun Kapoor plays Kabir, a young boy who doesn’t dream of trotting his way to work but wishes to be a homemaker instead. Quite opposed to him, Kareena Kapoor Khan is an ambitious young woman Kia, whose only aim is to fulfill her professional goals and be a successful working woman.
Opposites attract, sparks fly and the two decide to get hitched.
While Swaroop Sampat, as Kia&’s mom, plays it cool and is supportive of their choice, Rajit Kapoor in the shoes of Kabir&’s father complains, criticizes and kicks up a fuss.
In their hatke relationship, the husband cooks, cleans and makes mouthwatering meals, while the wife heads to work, meets deadlines and makes money. What might really knock you off is that the man-of-the-house wears the mangalsutra too!
The kisses might have made for many kissas after the teasers were unveiled, but in the film, Arjun and Kareena&’s chemistry is bland, boring and thanda. It&’s not just the heat that is missing, but the emotions too.
Arjun does nothing more but sheepishly smile, recite heavy dialogues and balance his bulky body. It doesn’t count in one of Kareena&’s best performances, either. With little screen time, Swaroop and Rajit simply stick to what&’s expected of their roles.
If you’ve already seen the trailer, give the first half a miss as it rolls out nothing special. The second part, however, is fun, engaging and brings the real theme into picture.
As the story unravels, it shows how lust, jealousy, anger, insecurity and role reversal lurk over their sweet old love and shape into troubles in their paradise.
The spotlight turns to day-to-day issues, ego hassles, the struggles of a homemaker, and the tale bounces off some food for thought.
Not only does it depict what dawns upon the wife when she silently surrenders herself to take care of her home, it also throws light on how money slowly starts to weigh more than the relationship itself.
However clichéd and stereotypical it may end up to be, you just might leave with a secret wish to witness a real ‘Ka’ as you leave behind the reel one.
Well, watch out for Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan&’s delightful cameo in Ki And Ka… and a few lighthearted scenes.