CAST: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Swaroop Sampat, Rajit Kapur
DIRECTION: R Balki
GENRE: Romantic Comedy
DURATION: 2 hours 6 minutes
MUSIC: Mithoon, Ilayaraja
In the Hollywood comedy The Intern, Anne Hathaway heads her own ecommerce fashion company, while her husband Anders Holm is content with being a stay-at-home father. Similarly, in Balki’s Ki and Ka; the role of the woman and the man are refreshingly reversed. Right at the start, you’re told through a convoluted monologue that Kia doesn’t want to be a man’s `support system.’ So when she meets the sentimental Kabir, who doesn’t aspire to be like his billionaire-builder father, instead wants to be like his homemaker-mother, you’re ready for the sparks. Kia downs expensive scotch with Kabir who is three years her junior. Soon, he proposes marriage and even agrees to wear the mangalsutra! But Ki and Ka are blissful. Post marriage, they’re happy canoodling. He cleans, cooks and cares for her; she earns, yearns and yells at him. 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.