Ki & Ka Review & Rating by Bollywood Experts
Ki and Ka is the story of Kabeer and Kia, a couple who refuse to conform to social conventions of being a man and a woman and challenge gender stereotypes through their marriage and the struggles that come with this unconventional set up. Ki and Ka takes up a very, very important and thriving subject and manages to ruin it to such an extent that you leave the theatre with a sour taste. It deals with breaking stereotypes but fumbles and gets caught up in itself, many a times.
Ki & Ka is based in a world where subtlety hasn’t been discovered yet. Everything has to be said out loud. The characters are mouthing heavy duty dialogues stating the obvious, a hundred times. There’s a painfully repetitive social lecture in almost every scene. Every three minutes, you’re reminded of the subject of the film. There comes a point when you want to yell you’re breaking stereotypes, we get it. Now go on, move forward but you realize it’s not even half the runtime yet.
The film’s formulaic approach makes it worse. Arjun Kapoor tells a sad story about his mother and Kareena Kapoor opens up about her parents right in the next scene. Arjun Kapoor gets insecure and you know it’s going to be her turn to be jealous next. And scene by scene this formula continues and storytelling dies a slow death. The shoddy camera work only adds to the irritation.
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor work on their bodies but don’t invest entirely in Ki and Ka. Most of the scenes are locked down by lengthy dialogues, and Arjun struggles to find the right emotion to make them work. He’s mostly sheepishly grinning or balancing his bulky bod on mega wheels. Clearly not an act that he has had to work on. Kareena too plays it safe, never flaunting her acting prowess.
The entire first half of the film is unnecessary. It’s only post interval that the film actually begins. And even then, there are only a couple of scenes (two to be precise) that actually make a point, and definitely a good one. Ki & Ka is best avoided. Watch it only for the message it conveys (which you probably already guessed, so don’t) if you can endure the first half. Good luck.