Ki & Ka - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Inconsistently insightful and sensible. The uneven story and sermons take away from what the film wants to say.

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32 reviewers have given Ki & Ka an average rating of 2.0/5.0 (?)

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15 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Increasing numbers of Indian women are refusing to throttle their professional ambitions in favour of managing a home, while a minuscule number of Indian men are opting to take on roles traditionally deemed to be a feminine preserve. In this scenario, a romcom on a stay-at-home husband is very pertinent. Large swathes of Ki & Ka are fun, considerable sections of it are unexpectedly broad-minded, path-breaking for Bollywood and insightful. The problem is that we can section it off in this fashion. Ultimately, what fails the film is its mixed messaging and choppy texture. ... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...“Ki & Ka”… A frothy rom-com whose entertainment value makes up for what it lacks in depth ... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Certainly worth giving a thought in realistic terms as that changes the definition of LOVE almost entirely. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...The crisis, you feel, is brought on because every film needs one. Ironically the climactic crisis in the couple’s marriage is precipitated by Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan who make a very agreeable joint appearance. The best dialogue of the film is given to Mrs Bachchan who tells her superstar husband, “If I had continued my career and if you had agreed to look after our home I would have been the one waving to fans outside.” ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, 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. ... full review

Thumbs up by SONAKSHI KURBAH, BookmyShow ...Watch Ki & Ka for its fine performances, conversational humor and Amitabh Bachchan! ... full review

Thumbs down by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...some question marks remain makes the overall story an unconvincing one and all the good work in the first half comes to naught as the film nosedives into hurried happy ending.... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Just couldn't resist the temptation to preach and then, we know the story, don't we? ... full review

So-So by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini ...Ki & Ka is at its core an interesting film. Can a man not manage the house? Can a woman not be the primary breadwinner in the family? The director aims to take these contentious topics head on and give his own take on them. Ki & Ka aims to show gender equality but unfortunately ends up presenting a role reversal. That doesn’t make it a bad film, but it falls short of the mark it was aiming for. ... full review

So-So by Prerna Singh, Desi Martini ...Ki & Ka Builds Stereotypes, Only To Thrash Them In The End! R. Balki has proved yet again that why he is considered to be one of the best directors around.... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...Ka and Ki can be watched for the interesting topic. As a society we need a lot of changes and more movies such as these can probably help to change attitudes. Ignore the preachy bits and the movie can be quite entertaining. A one time idle Saturday watch that will have all wives wanting a husband like this one (who also looks like Arjun Kapoor!). ... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...It's enjoyable when it's not trite. You might take to it if you are the sort that enjoys clichés​. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...A good idea gone bad is a common fact in Hindi cinema. But since we're on the subject of ideas, here's one. What if R Balki is playing a practical joke on all of us, on the occasion of April 1st? Food for thought? ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...that extent this film is an eye-opener. So kudos to Balki for making that kind of role reversal fairly appropriable. ... full review

So-So by Zehra Abbas , Fully Hyderabad ...Ultimately, the writer-director Balki must take responsibility for the disappointing result of a very promising idea. But his mistake is all too human. Haven't you ever ordered a large pizza with the works - extra cheese, extra toppings - and then asked for a whole-wheat base just to allay your guilt? Obviously, the director wanted to try his hand at a typical Bollywood rom-com, but moved forward with a pertinent concept in keeping with his reputation for making topical films. This kind of straddling has been successful in the past, but sadly, is not in this case. So grab a slice only if you're in the mood for mildly entertaining, escapist fare. Otherwise, skip it. ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...KI & KA, if it was scripted well, could have made a powerful impact. Unfortunately, there are only a few endearing moments and a few moments like these does not make a good film. ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Both Arjun and Kareena look at ease and are ably supported by Swaroop Sampat and Rajit Kapoor. Kareena Kapoor’s best comes out in the scene where she delivers a long monologue on being manipulative. Only if the dialogues could have been as natural as her. Arjun Kapoor focuses on being the most lovable male around and succeeds.... full review

Thumbs down by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...It has been a while since Kareena Kapoor Khan has got a role that allows her more than to be a substitute to the hero and she delivers a fine performance that highlights the fallibilities of Kia yet makes her humane. Arjun Kapoor is likeable as Kabir. But there's is only so much the two can do with their characters that instead of breaking only end up reinforcing the stereotypes. Ki and Ka blurts out its message much like the women featured in that popular Jaipan commercial who sing along "We Want a Revolution". Only the revolution is only in the filmmaker's head. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...What doesn't work for the film is the constant onslaught of in-film marketing. Though it is done pretty cleverly at some points, too much is always a bad thing. The other thing is that the plot tends to get unnecessary gimmicky at points. Also, one wishes that the other characters like Kia's mother (Swaroop Sampat) as the liberated woman who runs 5 NGOs and Kabir's father, Mr. Bansal (Rajit Kapur as a successful businessman) were not confined to such tight boxes.... full review

Thumbs down by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...However, despite the promise of an interesting story, Ki & Ka does not meet expectations primarily because of a weak screenplay and a clichéd approach. ... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...The film's casual tone and dialogues make it watchable (or bearable) for the large part. But the only point being driven home is bit like the USP of a TV brand — partner's envy, world's pride. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Verdict: With its promising premise undermined by erratic execution, Ki And Ka is only intermittently watchable. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...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.... full review

Thumbs up by Shaheen Raaj, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word:The central idea of Ki & Ka is appreciable. Besides one wonders where was the need to justify the role reversal idea by bringing in the Abhimaan movie angle by bringing in the Bachchan couple in cameo roles to stress upon the fact of Ki & Ka’s ego problem.... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Kareena performs with ease and conveys all emotions—from love to ego to jealousy—with a lightness of touch. She gets a good response back from Arjun too. And it is nice to find Swaroop Sampat back on the screen as her mom. But how far can the actors pull the film along? ... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Kareena is terrific, Arjun, endearing. But Balki's writing is inconsistent. A few scenes leave you misty-eyed, but for the most part, the stock situations are banal. Yet, Ki and Ka is worth a ticket because it tells shows how there is nothing wrong with the man wearing the apron and the women wearing her ambition. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...The technicalities are just so-so. The less said about the weird designing of the house as a toy train land the better. And are the constantly moving trains a supposed running metaphor for the couple’s marital journey that one has missed? ... full review

So-So by Rummana, yahoo! India ...While I wasn’t very happy with the direction, I loved Arjun’s understated performance. It is, however, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan’s cameo that’s the highpoint of this film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Pallavi Patra, ZEENEWS.COM ...'Ki & Ka' is a seemingly funny enterprise with a feminist theme gone awry. It's not the theme that is at trouble here but a laid-back script coupled with an ostensibly manufactured chemistry between its promising leads. Watch it or not, 'Ki & Ka' prefix will enjoy its dominance over the youth – but cinematic wise – not a good picture here. ... full review