Ki & Ka

wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?)

quick review:

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

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Director: R. Balki
Running time: 125 minutes
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Ki & Ka - Preview

The only thing not annoying about the Ki & Ka trailer is that the film is directed by R. Balki. That is the only ray of hope.

Usually, I don't comment on the gender stereotyping in films because you know, what's there to say about something that is so common. Ki & Ka's trailer however forces you to lose your cool. We, women folk, were doing fine without you having a man behave the way you think a woman behaves.

Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor offer little to look forward to. That's not to say one can't expect them to do their job well, just that it is unlikely to be anything out of the ordinary. I actually don't mind a romcom a week, but this one looks like it is out to get to you than to break norms.

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
Bollywood Life – "3.5/5"
glamsham – "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "Balki extracts an enjoyable blend of tunes from his three composers!"
movie talkies – "2.5/5"
Music Aloud – "6.5/10"
Rediff – "2.5/5"
Times of India - "3/5"

- meeta, a part of the audience

If you watch Ki & Ka as a film on gender equality you are very likely to be peeved off. However, if you look at it as a crusade for the “sitting at home” housewives, then it has a certain case to make. It looked like it was aiming for the former. And misses big time. Even so, if even a handful of us (not just men) took the “not just sitting around” housewives point home, it is progress. If a few of us took the “being comfortable in your skin even when you are sitting around” point home, even better.

You can see Ki & Ka counter the very points it tries to make. While you could think of the contradictions as society's struggle with accepting a change in its perception, it feels like you are giving the film too much credit. They seem more like slip-ups in the writer's thought process.

These inconsistencies are across the board - in the broader strokes Ki & Ka paints and in the way characters behave. Both Ki-a and Ka-bir go completely uncharacteristically berserk at different points in the film. The tantrums and the resolutions are jolting and seem off balance in an otherwise supposedly mature relationship. This is after accounting for the fact that they are humans - they are allowed to go out of character, once in a while.

In that sense, insecurity creeping in, even if it is at its immature best, is understandable too. It simmers well before blowing up. It is the proportion that catches you off-guard. An insight at the end of the film sums it up really well. Only, if only, it hadn't felt like a sermon.

Then there is this one other scene that beautifully sums up all that Ki & Ka wants to say. I was in awe through that scene because of what we know from real life about the actors in it. Saying any more, will give the scene away, so I leave it for you to discover even if as a stand-alone clip on YouTube some day.

The performances overall are quite in place. I am too warm with nostalgia to comment about Swaroop Sampat's performance. I'll just say this - she has a cool-yet-motherly presence about her. From scene one, where Kareena Kapoor's character does not want to dance to when she goes completely mental (even if it is out of character) she does well. In fact, you quite forget you are watching Kareena Kapoor as you are try to figure Kia out. Arjun Kapoor, as the laid back, 100% comfortable with being laid back Kabir, does well too.

These performances are good enough, to leave the inconsistencies for analysis after you have seen the film and, to watch it for what it is for now. Annoyingly enough, you take the trouble of letting go and try to be a spectator to Kia and Kabir's life to suddenly find yourself in an advertisement. What is with all the product placements! Some subtle and some not so subtle.

As jarring as they are you try to ignore them the best you can and try to grapple with this comment on the way we are. Confident go-getter Kia becomes insecure almost at the drop of a hat. And cool-cat Kabir is confident even as a man-child. Isn't this how it is? Many, if not most, women have to work hard to be secure and men are raised as confident people? Is this what Ki & Ka was getting at subtly? Was this intentional or coincidental?

Even if it was unintentional, the choice to present that insight on being human, on relationships and the one scene that is pretty much unforgettable take Ki & Ka to a likable level. Yet, every time a thick wall was built between the earner and the caretaker, I was reminded of this couple I saw with a baby recently. Everything was division of labour - I fed the baby in the morning, you do it in the evening; I put the baby to bed three days in a row, now you do it. Is that what relationships are? Two people can't do the same thing together? Both can't earn? Both can't take care of chores? Which is why Ki & Ka comes across more as a pat on the back of housewives. Much needed as that pat is - and I can't over-emphasize that - it doesn't make the film a rom-com and it certainly doesn't make it a balanced take on relationships.

- meeta, a part of the audience

30 reviewers(?) - 4 yays 15 so-so 11 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...Certainly worth giving a thought in realistic terms as that changes the definition of LOVE almost entirely. ... 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

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

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, : ...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

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

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

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 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 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

Thumbs down, by Pallavi Patra, Zee News : ...'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

109 tweeters(?) - 85 yays 6 so-so 18 nays

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maruti_mohanty: Ki & Ka, a movie spot-on gender equality. A must watch I would say, if you support the idea :) #KiAndKa

MariaHuibrechts: ; Watched Ki & Ka yesterday. Not a fan of Arjun Kapoor but story line was interesting. Rarely happens in reality. #Ki&Ka

mann_ka_radio: Watched Ki & Ka. A film with R Balki stamp. Halki fulki film. A good watch. R Balki films mei "Ego" main character hota hai.

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indianuncle: Ki&ka is nice, decent movie. Concept is familar. All husband, atleast those I know with working spouses, have done it @BDUTT @tavleen_singh

ImShaantanuG: Ki & ka ..a BRILLIANT film with fabulous performances by Arjun Kapoor & Kareena Kapoor ! Mr. R Balki ......

Himanshu_kr: Ki & Ka ... Beautifully highlighted the real issue. The problem has never been gender inequality. :) — feeling thoughtful

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Addi_Salman: Ki & Ka Driven By Kareena Kapoor Khan's Performance,,She Looks Stunning & Act Brilliantly,,Overall A Good TP (3/5)

Achilless__: Ki & Ka and Kapoor & Sons are too very fine unorthodox drama movies. Which ofcourse unconventional mind won't ever understand.

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_SuratWala: Ki & Ka wonderful movie ...... #KiAndKa

_serena_64: For not having seen a good desi movie in a while, Ki & Ka was really niice!!

th_mnmlst: Ki & Ka; enjoyable, but don’t forget to turn off your brain. (To be fair, the second half of that sentence applies to nearly every movie.)

sudipto0999: Ki & ka is an awareness film.kareena& arjun were super.But something was missing & sometimes boring. Concept was excellent. @kareena_kapoor

sachinchatte: Ki & Ka is a laborious watch. Balki tries way too hard to make a point that's already been made. And let the visuals speak,not the dialogues

paikaray_naresh: Good try team Ki & Ka but performance was far beyond expectations. Better luck next time #pnaresh

kunaljp: Ki & Ka is a refreshing one-time watch. Kareena Kapoor fabulous

DeepVeerFan: Just watched Ki & Ka. Don't get why some people say it's a bad film. I've definitely seen worse. An average film. Not great, not bad either

Umang_Daga: While Ki&Ka is another disappointment from bollywood, even #KungFuPanda3 manages to steal the show. #damn pretty well.

TheMajNS: I recommend Ki and Ka. 'Ki & Ka' to all my enemies...

SunithaNahar: Seriously very very dissapointed with Ki & Ka , expected a little more reality and stuff .Turned out to be another boring unrealistic movie.

sumitkrsingh786: Don't watch kareena,s movie ki & ka

sreekanthdass: Ki & Ka simply kaka! Great idea terrible execution and as they say in advertising "very forced, maza nahi aaraha hai"

sib_sibby: Ki & Ka could've been so great, considering the concept, but it just ended up being a mess. Fun in parts but messy of all sorts in most!

sawal2jawab: Review Ki & Ka – Instant Recipe Low on Taste

satya432: Ki &Ka is the result when you make a full length feature film based on an idea that's barely enough for a short film.

sameer_only: wasted money for ki ka ku crap

realradikaa: Ki&Ka was a big Kaaaaaaaa, gender equality looked more superficial .

laphsetin: Ki & Ka' review: Too much drama

krishkavz: Just when I thought Bollywood made a film breaking stereotypes! :/

iPankajPareek: Ki&Ka movie is like unpublished Chetan Bhagat's novel. I watched it yesterday night and I am still having headaches

clueless_samira: Please watch Rocky Handsome ! Before stupid movies like Ki & Ka steals away all their Showtime.

arushdixit: Ki & Ka is million years away from reality. No FMCG market manager looks like Karina and no IIM B Grad is as dumb as Arjun.#KiAndKa

Arjunews365: 'Ki & Ka' review: Kareena and Arjun Kapoor lack chemistry...

aliamalik: #Ki&Ka didn't float my boat. The story could be been portrayed better. 2/5 from me.

Ajay_warval: #Ki&ka Xuch a boring movie evaaa... Guyzz.. Dekhne mtt jana yLL.. — feeling angry

7 readers - 4 yays 2 so-so 1 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by nikhat fatima : The message of the movie is in the interview KA gives on television

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sujata Bansod

Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Strong Story About Reversing Gender Roles, Kareena Kapoor & Arjun Kapoor make it fly

Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Strong Story About Reversing Gender Roles, Kareena Kapoor & Arjun Kapoor make it fly

So-So, by Fan

So-So, by kawkaw : Ki and Ka Review: Well Intentioned, Bad Execution

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Anuj

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: One fist fight
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A few scenes with love making and kissing
  • Concept: A jab at gender equality
  • General Look and Feel: Fresh

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Running time:
125 minutes

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Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl and vice versa. Marital life starts off on cloud nine. Slowly reality bites, and fancy honey coated dreams evaporate; marital bliss makes way for domestic tussles. Two hours go by, director must cut the film, and so maturity prevails and marital life continues to next domestic tussle.

Nothing new. Just by reversing roles and reminding the audience innumerable times that there is no shame if husband does household chores doesn't make it a memorable film. Take my advice and save your money by not wasting it on this bogus film.

And I still prefer the Hindi film wife and husband referring to each other in tum; the use of tu looked so cheap as if they were talking with pimps and whores. And the chaddi check karvana - how does one explain it to the child accompanying you.

The only good thing, with a full capital letters THE, was the opportunity to see chirpy Swaroop Rawal nee Sampat on screen after a long time. She was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale affair.

for the first time the review did not make sense. I mean the reviewer did not make sense.

Ever heard the concept of house husbands? Ki and Ka is about that. It tells the story of a man willing to stay home, do domestic chores, take care of parents and children etc. So far it seems to be a progressive story of sorts and in a way shows the changing times in our society.


Hahaha...yet another bogus review from a reviewer whose been more of an internet troll in recent times. Ki & Ka is a noble concept that has been shattered to pieces courtesy poor screenplay, mediocre dialogues, out of sync songs and some terrible terrible acting by the lead pair. 1.5/5 (Poor)


While the fist quarter delivered 3 memorable films in Airlift, Neerja and Kapoor & Sons, the second quarter of 2016 seems to be heading for disaster with Ki-Ka followed by the self obsessed overacting narcissist blowing his own trumpet in FAN followed by a Tiger Shroff film who perhaps is the only actor in the world who needs a body double not to perform stunts, but to act :P

nice movie..the new generation can learn about gender equality...and most importantly that your sex does not limit you to specific works or bind you to be a bread winer

Sujata Bansod

hi friendzzz
ki & ka is nice simple true bond of love story where they showed nice need of hour topic that man wants to become house keeper where as women is career oriented this movie gives nice message to society infact it is i could say started off frm screen N must come to our real life then life will be smooth if girls who wanna works.


Meeta, we just got around to watching this tonight - and I have to say, it was a smart mix of comedy, drama, and Liberal Moralizing.

Two of our regular group agreed with your calling parts of it a "sermon", but really liked it anyway - my wife Tammy, OTOH, really disliked Kareena Kapoor's Kia, saying she bullied Kabir whenever she was made uncomfortable or got scared about something.

I'll admit I felt Kia was a bit too quick to flip out for somebody climbing the business ladder, but up until [The Misunderstanding That Drives Our Couple Apart Briefly Until the Happy Ending], her neuroses and insecurities felt wholly believable. Arjun Kapoor's Kabir felt almost too perfect to this sometimes Househusband - but the bits of him shopping (which is part of why you grumbled about product placement?) for healthier alternatives and discovering they cost double what the regular products made me laugh out loud in solidarity! (The writers just missed the bit where he finds out that lower in calories usually means MUCH higher in sodium!) I also really liked how he dealt with societal criticism of him being a homemaker in the early going, though I would have thought at least a few of the women in their building would have found him loathsome for not conforming - the way their landlord apparently couldn't, which results in Kabir starting to build a career outside the home! (I read [That Thing He Did] as retaliatory behavior for their unconventional marriage.)

Speaking of which? His father was despicable pretty much all the way through - if he's a Typical Successful Indian Man, I don't blame Kabir for preferring homemaking!

In the end, I think we agreed with you take on the movie but felt the story was a bit stronger than you did, and felt the message was about both Gender Equality (i.e., Kabir gets major props for the substance of a public appearance, while the only positive comment about Kia's accepting a telecast Marketing Award is "I loved what you were wearing!"), and showing homemakers some genuine respect for the work they do to keep the home fires burning.


PS: One of our female regulars, Cynthia, was shocked at the amount of kissing and sex in the movie! (A few of our friends like "Bollywood Movies" for their cultural conservatism as much as for the singing&dancing.) Has that been a controversy in India as well, or are we just behind the times...?

@TimELiebe I am glad you enjoyed it more than I did, even if just a tad bit more.

Actually, I didn't find the kissing and sex more than the norm for this genre. Then again, I am not too easily taken aback by show of affection on screen either. So, might not be the best person to ask.

@Meeta, thanks for getting back to me! I think we both agree it's very good but not perfect movie - a B+ rather than an A-, if I were grading it.

Interesting about the kissing and sex - and it makes me wonder if we've just not been watching as many recent romantic comedy/dramas as we thought we had.

@TimELiebe That is possible too! :D

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