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Ki & Ka Review: Ace idea, average execution 2/5*

KI & KA 
CAST:Kareena Kapoor Khan, Arjun Kapoor,
Swaroop Sampat, Rajit Kapur
DIRECTION:R Balki
GENRE:Romantic Comedy
DURATION:2 hours 6 minutes

 

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor-starrer “Ki and Ka” has created quite the buzz with its storyline, but the film has failed to live up to the critics expectations. “Ki and Ka,” which is said to be a rom-com, has received mixed critics reviews.Directed by R Balki, the film features Kareena, Arjun in the lead roles, Swaroop Sampat, Rajit Kapur as the supporting characters and Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan have done a cameo in the film.

It’s not a man’s world, not anymore. At least this is what R Balki’s Ki & Ka tries to establish: In this world, women behave like men, and men are already men. So it’s basically a tale of two men accusing each other of being a man.

Delhi-based Kabir Bansal (Arjun Kapoor) is in line to inherit his father’s multi-crore business conglomerate. Are you also reminded of the AIB Roast? Yes, Arjun Kapoor is playing a North Indian, again. Kabir wants to be like his mother because he believes being a housewife is nothing short of being an artist. One day, he meets a rising corporate star, Kia (Kareena Kapoor Khan), and tries desperately to woo her. However, it’s a daunting task for one simple reason: Kia is unusually ambitious and doesn’t want the marriage to hinder her flight before reaching to the top.

Plus, Arjun and Kareena give off precious little steam, despite all the canoodling on display. That takes some off the edge of the couple. Or is all that sibling-like matter-of-factness a thing these days? And then there is the incessant chatter about men and women, and this is what ‘they’ do, and this is what ‘they’ must not do. All too message-y. Good to see the premise– send a woman out, keep a man in, and reverse gender expectations- on screen: it just needed to have been sharper and deeper. 

Ultimately, gender describes but doesn’t define a person. There’s no breakthrough in swapping roles. If anything, it only confirms how superficial the conflict is. At the end of 126 minutes, Ki & Ka figure this out too.

But is there a need for definite roles at all is what it should be asking.

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