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!
Her mother (Swaroop Sampat) is in tandem with their thought process, his father (Rajit Kapur) is aghast. He wants his son to do a “chaddi check’’ to find out if he is `alright.’ After all, which man wants to stay home and live-off his wife, the boorish dad asks. 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.
Over time, the role reversal puts the spotlight on Kabir. Though many continue to view him as an aberration, few also want to emulate him. Kabir becomes fodder for gossip, the hero for commercials and women’s-day seminars. He even finds admirers in the Abhimaan couple Jaya and Amitabh, who show up in a cute cameo!
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 shows how there is nothing wrong with the man wearing the apron and the women wearing her ambition.
Length…2 hours 6 mins
Subtitle….Myanmar Subtitle (Hardsub)
Encoder….Kaung Myat Thu(ဇာတ်ကားအညွှန်းနဲ့ ဘာသာပြန်ပေးသူကတော့ ကိုမိုးဇင် ပဲ ဖြစ်ပါတယ်