Ki And Ka has a six hundred pound gorilla of an idea to work with, but it is so leaden-footed and whimsical that it stomps its way through two hours and a bit without getting anywhere near its destination. A concept film that has a lot to say - Ki And Ka actually succeeds in getting a few of its points in edgewise - but the writing is below-par. As a consequence, Ki And Ka is like a string of patched-together monosyllables that never attain sustained coherence.
Somewhere between the endless product placements, the synthetic textures and the half-baked screenplay, Ki & Ka derails. At one point, there is a random action sequence that has Kabir beating up men who make lewd comments about Kia. It feels like it was stitched on to remind us that Arjun Kapoor is a real man. I applaud him for having the courage to play Mr Kitty Party, but Ki & Ka is an opportunity lost.
Ki & Ka is an important film because it talks about some unconventional and rather tough relationship goals, but it mostly remains a film which is immensely in love with melodrama. The characters converse in a strange tone and have outbursts at regular intervals. And then you remember what Arjun Kapoor’s character says in the beginning: “Har scene ko TV serials ki tarah finish karoonga (Will end every scenes like a TV serial)”, or something to the same effect. Basically with a hook point, but that makes the proceedings too obvious and predictable.
Ki & Ka avoids treading on their dark areas -- frail ego and bubbling insecurities -- for as long as it can help. When it does, it’s at its most appealing. Balance tilts, roles advance and the husband and wife find themselves ill equipped to handle the inevitability of change.R Balki comes up with the most unique ideas, infuses them with a whimsical energy but in his eagerness to impress, he loses all subtlety.
In this film the Ka -- as in the Ka-poors, who act in the film -- are okay, it is the Ki -- as in Bal-Ki, who directs it -- who stumbles rather badly. Ki & Ka wants to be important, it wants to be revolutionary, it wants to be a feminist statement of equality. Admirable, sure. But it doesn't know how. It is a film that thinks it knows better, but really -- really -- doesn't. This is a film without breasts that desperately wants to burn a bra.
With ‘Ki and Ka’, Bollywood has got to the point of being able to place a man willing to be home, knuckle down to dull domestic chores, and wave the flag for ambitious women and progressive men. So hurrah for Ka and Ki and Balki? Yes, but only up to point. The film is fun when it is setting up the roles. But the execution, as it goes along, gets rocky. Much of it stays episodic, and starts reinforcing the very stereotypes it set out to negate.
KI & KA is a cleverly crafted feel-good film that packs all the emotions. Though it has strong performances by both Arjun and Kareena, the film is bound to draw extreme reactions from the orthodox audiences who may find the premise difficult to digest. It is an urban progressive film and should appeal more to women and young married couples.
Ki & Ka arrives with a curious premise, but Balki fails to flesh it out into an engaging film. I was especially pleased to see Kareena Kapoor sink her teeth into a solid role after what seems like an eternity. Arjun Kapoor deserves credit for taking a role that few male stars would, but both actors are let down by the inert writing. It feels longer than its two hours running time, and you won’t be able to shake off the feeling that it delivers very little in the end.