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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

R.Balki's Experiment On Love & Relationship; Feminism & Gender Equality Can Induce That 'Change'

7/10
Author: mohulghosh from New Delhi
2 April 2016

‪#‎Ki‬&Ka: I wanted to give it 7; but my wife demanded little more. We argued, we debated, and then we finally settled for 7.25/5.

And I guess that's the only essence of this brilliant ‪#‎love‬, ‪#‎relationship‬ movie from R.Balki, which is somewhere between traditional and modern, yet loaded with highly practical, anti-age- old advice for those who think that being in a relationship is actually tough (or easy!)

Overall, I would describe the movie as a mixture of several Bollywood movies of this genre; as if R.Baliki is giving an ode to all previous directors: It has the pride and ego of Abhimaan, the wit, intellectuality from Bawarchi; the complexities and subtle emotions from Saathiya as well as the dark, mysterious elements of love from Hum Tum. R Balki has picked up ingredients from these movies, reversed the protagonists and the conflicts and presented via ‪#‎KiKa‬.

If Kareena Kapoor is the burning deity of hardcore feminism in this movie, then Arjun Kapoor is the epitome of gender equality and the evangelist and advocate against running the 'race'. Watch it with a pinch of salt, and get immersed in the awesomeness of food-porn, get bewitched by the portrayal of a successful blogger, and some untraditional, out of the box experiments which A-list stars seldom try out.

Watch it with an open mind, remembering the fact that the director had earlier given us path-breaking cinema like Cheeni Kum, Pa & English Vinglish. Ki&Ka won't change your life; but yes, it will seep an idea about the 'positive' change all right!

7.25/10

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Fresh & Progressive!

7/10
Author: nama chakravorty from India
1 April 2016

R.Balki's 'Ki & Ka' is innovative, progressive & amusing. This film breaks the stereotype of the hero-heroine concept & offers an all new approach. Its far from perfect, but it has a good heart & the narrative holds at most times.

'Ki & Ka' follows of how A young couple's (Kareena & Arjun) marriage challenges the gender roles placed upon men and women in Indian society.

'Ki & Ka' is about a man who enjoys being a house-husband & a women who proudly runs the house. Its a fresh thought & Balki's Writing offers enough scope for humour & some drama. Its amusing to watch this brand new take on romance & society unfold in those 124-minutes. The first-hour is nicely balanced on how its protagonists meet & their subsequent sudden their marriage, but the second-hour slows down & the jealously angle from the lady's point of view, when the man becomes a craze for his uniqueness, doesn't really work. In fact, 'Ki & Ka' has a breezy first-hour & sets things right up, but the second-hour loses pace, as the proceedings become loose. However, things come back on a track, as the finale, is cute.

Balki's Screenplay is engaging at most parts, but a sharper & more convincing second-hour would've elevated the narrative. Blake's Direction is competent, as always. Cinematography is well-done, although a few frames are distracting. Editing is neat. Music by Various Artists is wonderful. Art & Costume Design are good.

Performance-Wise: Kareena & Arjun make for a good on-screen couple. Kareena shines from start to end, enacting the part of an authoritative wife with remarkable conviction. Arjun is extremely likable as the loving, younger husband. Also, the on-screen chemistry between the two, is exciting. In supporting roles, Swaroop Sampat is adorable as Kareena's lovable mom, while Rajit Kapur is perfect as Arjun's miffed dad. Amitabh & Jaya Bachchan are delightful in cameos.

On the whole, 'Ki & Ka' dares to be different & yet it doesn't forget to entertain. Recommended!

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

An opportunity lost.

6/10
Author: Akshay Kumar (akshay-ak-kumar) from Bangalore, India
7 May 2016

Ki and Ka has one hell of an interesting premise.

Kareena Kapoor aka Kia doesn't want to get married and have kids as that will ruin her career while Arjun Kapoor aka Kabir is very happy to play the house husband with no ambitions inspite being from a wealthy family and B School topper. They get married but how long will this last?

The 1st half of the movie is fun filled. The way Kabir and Kia meet. Kabir is not the usual Hindi hero; he cries and tells Kia that housewife is an artist. How Kabir convinces her to marry him? How Kabir takes over running the house and becomes a favorite of all the ladies in the apartment. Frankly, the 1st half is simply awesome.

Its when the 2nd half starts that the cracks arise in the marriage and that when the movie starts to sink. The problem in 2nd half is that Balki and his co writer Virmani have no clue how to take the movie forward. So there is a stupid scene of Kia worried that she is pregnant and takes multiple pregnancy tests.

And, finally to ensure that there is a dramatic end they turn the film into a very old Amitabh Bachchan classic called Abhimaan. The only difference is here Kia gets jealous of Kabir's success. There is also one stupid mandatory fight scene to show that Kabir is still a man. Seriously !!

Very ironically, when the movie loses steam, Balki takes help of Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan who stared in Abhimaan and comes with a nice interesting piece between them. Both the actors steal the show in the 10 mins they have but those 10 mins also makes the viewer think about marriage and roles a husband and wife play.

Which also brings me to the question of what Balki was thinking while writing the movie? The problem with Ki and Ka is that Balki takes the story very seriously. If he wrote the 2nd half as the 1st which is fun filled and less preachy, this film would have been a cracker.

The film is also watchable because of its leads. Kareena Kapoor proves to us what a fabulous and talented actress she is. The fact that she ends up signing blockbusters with minuscule roles is the sad part of her career. I hope she concentrates more on the roles she signs because she is still capable of giving Deepika and Kangana a run for their money.

Arjun Kapoor also does a commendable job and is at ease playing the house husband who never looses his cool. I don't believe any other actor who have risked is career but Arjun takes it and shines.

And, finally both the Kapoors share one hell of a chemistry on screen which also lights up the movie.

However, I believe Ki and Ka could have been a landmark film for Hindi Cinema had Balki got the idea correct. He misses the plot and for me its an opportunity lost.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Simple and sweet

10/10
Author: devkushwaha1997 from India
2 April 2016

This movie is a very different kind.... Kareena has done wonderful job..she has again proved that why she is called one of the best actress in Indian cinema.. Fresh and bold yet beautiful she nailed it in the the movie ..Arjun also did a great job in it...a great respect towards Balki sir..he us a visionary director and also the supporting cast did a good job..the movie is a wholesome light hearted romantic comedy with some funny and cute moment with a spark of something new...the cast did a wonderful job to show the life of kia and kabir... Sometimes you can link with the characters and their situation in your life... The movie is simple and beautiful you'll enjoy every bit of it..

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Dunno why this movie is rated low!!

8/10
Author: Movie Mechanic from India
3 April 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Ki & Ka tells the base story in the trailer itself. Hence there's no surprise in that. But there are lot of surprises which will turn our guesses wrong.

Writing & Direction: Balki scores in both. He had carefully analyzed what viewer will guess after watching the trailer and had taken the story opposite to that. Direction he scores because he had made Arjun Kapoor act in this flick.

Balki has explored the areas of the "Egoism of Women" and the "adjusting nature of Men" very well.

Yet, the climax is bit rushed up and not that touching which is a minus. (1 star removed)

Screenplay: Screenplay is fluctuating. There are many moments which are fresh hook us to the movie. At the same time, some are either dull or clichéd.

Cast: Kareena and Arjun both play a good match, despite their age difference. Kareena looks a bit old in some close ups. But the make-up is to be blamed. Supporting actors play their part well and add a plus. Amithab Bacchan and Jaya Bacchan's cameos adds good laugh.

Music: Songs by various artists make every number a well cooked one. "High Heels", "Foolishq", "Most Wanted Munda" tops the list though. BGM by Ilayaraja adds soul to the film.

Art: This needs a special mention. The interiors of their apartment in the movie looks both cool & stunning. Be it the kitchen, bedroom or living room it's so cool.

What could have been done better? (Possible Spoilers) (one more star removed) 1. Though Balki had analyzed the thinking of the viewer and has taken the story in a different way, there were no major twists. Anything happens gets solved immediately which looks filmy. English Vinglish was more realistic.

2. Some scenes were so filmy. Unwanted action scene in a bus. Charging like 500/person for a fitness session. Working extra to buy a home and quiting it later just because getting promoted.

3. Second half of the movie is so rushed up and not balanced.

4. Intermission. Though it's at a different point in the story (rather than what an average audience would have expected... could have been better).

5. Not much was focused on the feelings and depth of the characters like Balki did in English Vinglish which had more or less the same runtime.

On the whole this is a movie not to be missed, though could have been done better!

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

This is awesome movie.

10/10
Author: queendisha from Bangladesh
6 April 2016

This is awesome movie. I hope this will change a lot of peoples mind. This movie shows the reality of every working woman. And also the reality of every house wife.This movie shows how a real should be act. I just loved the concept. Each character is awesome. Arjun Kapoor & Kareena Kapoor ware too perfect in their roles. The world is changed. And now is time for breaking old rules. There is nothing wrong if a man does an woman's job and a women goes for mans job. Most of girls need to choose one option between "Home" and "Career" because of some old so called social rules. This movie shows, it is very important to brake those rules. And go for a new era.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

New, simple and a refreshing story!

Author: faisalfaves
12 April 2016

A love story about the reversal of gender roles. It was really a new and amazing experience to watch a new story. Thanks the writer of the movie R. Balki for his direction and story.

Kareena Kapoor is really struggling hard to come back in Bollywood. Arjun as always his acting is really nice and clean.

There is so much to be said about changing roles in today's Asia, and films would do well to reflect on this great churn.

The Music lacks the energy that most of people expect from a new-age romance drama. High Heels remains to be the best song from the album while Ji Huzoori and Most Wanted Munda seem average. I am going with a 2.5/5 for the Music album of Ki and Ka.

Overall Nice movie. Watch, Enjoy your weekend

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Love story with cute and fresh Tadka

6/10
Author: dineshprakash from India
1 April 2016

Director and writer Mr. R. Balki successfully breaks the established norms of gender biased society. He enhances the concept with adding perfect shots and churning out right expressions from actors. Story line is thin but screenplay and dialogues make it lovely. You can witness freshness in approach even from beginning of film. The way they meet and introduced on screen. The way Kia takes to meet Kabeer to her mother is good and the way Kabeer father reacts being introduced Kia by Kabeer and her reply is fantastic. When Kabeer catches maid red handed, the way this scenes handled is appropriate for the premise, even she is not fired but warned in cute way. Kabeer father wishing him Happy birth day is quirky but it shows the equation between father and son and it gets justified and enhances the climax. Perfect example of establishing characters and using it in proper way. Kabeer and Kia heated argue culmination is very good. Even the guest appearance of Mr. Amitabh Bachhan is very entertaining. His expressions are awesome and this plot is also used to realizing Kia's over reactions. Pre climax dialogues by Kia's mother about justification of gender with work is very good. Climax is emotional and impressive. Only drawback in this film is, its 30 minutes of second half which is full of montages and in films ads, promoting lots of brands in non creative and stuffed way. It slow the movie pace up to level of boring. Performance wise Kareena Kapoor is fabulous. Arjun Kapoor is endearing and balanced. Swaroop Sampat as Kia mother is very good. Rajat Kapoor as Kabeer father is good. Music wise "High heel Par Nache" is peppy and foot tapping.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Excellent Movie! Bollywood needs better critics!

10/10
Author: Amita Bansal from United States
9 April 2016

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This movie is rated poorly only by the critics, and not by the audience! This speaks volumes about how terrible bollywood critics truly are. It was a very good movie. The message of this movie was great. The story telling was to the point. It was a story that required telling, and the director did a good job at that. All the actors in the movie did a fantastic job. The songs and the background score was perfect. All in all this was a an excellent fun-romance package. It is certainly a MUST WATCH. I hope that people watch this movie and realize the importance that a job is a job, and it doesn't require gender characterization! This movie also brings a new perspective to gender equality i.e. gender equality is not confined to wage parity, and equal working rights for women, but it extends to accepting the fact that a man can (and should) do house chores open heartedly.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Ki & Ka – Breaking age old conventions & social conditionings!

5/10
Author: Aparna Gangopadhyay from India
6 April 2016

Ki & Ka – Breaking age old conventions & social conditionings! The female is Kia and the male is Kabir – Hence Ki & Ka.

About Male –

Son of a filthy rich real estate bizman. Father had a belittling attitude towards mother and thought she did nothing at home apart from sitting idle! Well, since they were filthy rich....there is not much that a wife does – apart from shopping, playing Mahjong, attending kitty parties etc....unless of course the Bizman was struggling during his youth and was surviving on measly salary – then the wife really comes handy – she buys food/ vegetables herself, washes utensils, clothes, cooks etc. – even then the members of the family think that she is not good enough! All the good-for-nothingness of the wife get further more exaggerated if there is a mother-in-law around (MIL hereinafter). You see many MILs cannot tolerate the fact that some unknown stranger female will come and have a good and comfortable time at her house! MILs often compare their days of youth with the present day and try to torture the daughter-in-law (DIL hereinafter) just as she was humiliated or tortured when she was a newly wed bride...anyways, I am diverting from the main story! Read on... So Kabir had witnessed the humiliating attitude of his father since childhood and was very upset about it. He was intelligent in studies so he did manage to finish his MBA from a good Institute. But he did not want to join the rat race – he wanted a cushy job of a home-maker. He wanted to be a 'WIFE'! wow!

About Female –

Kia had lost her father at a very young age. Her mother had to become both father and mother to the child – and we all know how important is money to run the family. Mother therefore gets busy with her profession...and of course also feeding & educating her daughter Kia. They lacked a man-figure in the house. Both of them had become males in the journey of life. Their house appeared as if it was hit by a tornado – unkempt and dishevelled! When Kabir had first visited their house, he even commented if they had a dog at home.....shows how terribly unkempt both the mother daughter were...in spite of a maid !

Story line- So ka and ki meet, Ka tells about how he disrespects his father because all his life he had seen him disrespecting his mother! They go around, try out sex and were probably happy with the outcome of the sex-session...so they decide to get married. Mother of Kia confirms from daughter – right in front of Ka - whether she had had sex with him or not – which is very important for marriage commitment! Really !! So very modern outlook!! Triple WOW!! So the movie is trying to convey to the youths..and adults and the aged...that youngsters should be allowed to have sex before wedlock.

Like male A will have sex with female B – if they are not satisfied with each other sexually, male A will have sex with female C and Female B will try out sex with male D....then Male D, who had tried sex with female F, G & H...and had rejected them all because they were not sassy enough as compared to what he had been watching in triple X blue films, will recommend an orgy session with female B because he is really really confused about his sexual preferences!

Anyways, they get married. Ki already had a beautiful flat but after all ka was the son of a rich bizman – he had picked up wasteful habits ..so he renovates the entire house and turns it into an 18th century railway station! Yuk! (I certainly would have kicked him out for this.....anyways pretty far fetched thought – I would never have agreed to such a stupid proposal...maybe because I have had a very normal childhood and I know the difference and importance of both father figure and mother figure in one's life.....and my mother was a very dominating personality.... she dominated with love..and no one in his or her sane mind would ever meddle with the source of sheer, selfless, unconditional love!) Maid Servant episode There is a scene where the maid arrives and thinking that all the family members must have gone to office, calls over her boyfriend to have sex in the AC room! Ka did not drive her away....but politely asked her if she had changed the bed-sheets after having sex ! Wow! Such an understanding kewl dude....the AC is on for 3-4 hours as long as she works, she watches TV and even keeps the house unkempt (remember the 1st time kabir visited the house, it looked like a kennel?) and all that the master of the house..no mistress of the house...whatever – had to say was 'Please change the bedsheets, Thankyou.'!! Gosh! Such creeps – devil knows what Bollywood tries to prove by showing such behaviour towards the wrong doer!

This film is basically a kick on the mouth of those women who consider it lowly to be a housewife and have joined the rat race...esp. to compete with men! Ka showed that recognition and fame, that humans hanker for, could be achieved by being a good home maker too! Ka starts making home cooked, healthy food videos and he becomes more famous than Ki. They fight...then make up at the end.

Story over.

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