Ki and Ka has received mixed reviews from critics. We have compiled 12 reviews so far, out of that 8 reviews are 2.5 stars or higher. At the bottom of the page, you can find the list of top rated films of 2016.
Ki & Ka Review by Indicine
All good. But Ki and Ka is a great opportunity lost, because while the concept is novel, the writer (R. Balki himself) does not go the full distance in making a film that is thought-provoking and real. In fact, for a film that promises to be unconventional, there are quite a few dialogues that are cliched and regressive. The pacing in the first half is a problem too. The film meanders along at a slow pace in the first hour, but gains momentum in the second. The light-hearted moments between the lead couple are entertaining and will be loved by the fairer sex. The music goes well with the film, High Heels is the best track followed by Ji Huzoori. The camera work (P.C. Sreeram) could have been better.
Ki & Ka Review by Bollywood Hungama
One really needs to applaud the film’s writer- director R. Balki, who has dared to live up to the term of ‘being different’ with this film. With this film, he has tried to redefine the quintessential ‘hero’ that the silver screen has witnessed so far. The best part about the screenplay is that it just does not come across as superficial at any point. The film, in totality, has been wonderfully conceived, beautifully written and splendidly enacted by the starcast! Besides it successfully conveys a powerful message. All of R. Balki’s earlier films like CHEENI KUM, PAA and SHAMITABH, despite having quirky storylines, never challenged the obvious. But, with KI & KA, R. Balki challenges the stereotypical role of a husband and a wife in the society. In simple words, one can say that KI & KA has traces of the Amitabh-Jaya starrer ABHIMAAN minus the melodrama. The film has its share of blemishes as it slows down in the second half but picks up pace in time towards the climax. There are certain places where the story seems to lag.
Ki & Ka Review by Lokesh Dharmani on Masala
Ki And Ka suffers from lazy, confused, amateur writing. There is out-of-character behavior and illogical scenes inserted in the name of feminism. Sample this: The husband accuses the wife of adultery when she gets busy with an American marketing big shot at a corporate do. She shouts and screams and even slaps him. And then they do exactly what a couple in such heightened emotions must do: make love!
Ki & Ka Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
It’s the lead actors’ spontaneity that saves this 126-minute film. 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. Too much breakfast and coffee table drama make this well intentioned film lose steam. Ki & Ka isn’t a strong voice against gender stereotyping, but it’s one of its kind in mainstream Hindi film industry, and that makes it notice-worthy.
Ki & Ka Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
A concept film that has a lot to say – Ki And Ka actually succeeds in getting a few of its points in edgewise – but the writing is below-par. As a consequence, Ki And Ka is like a string of patched-together monosyllables that never attain sustained coherence.
In seeking to break gender stereotypes, the film actually ends up reinforcing them.
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
Kareena is engaging to watch, while Arjun does his best to make Kabir endearing. He is good, but we wish these two were given a stronger script to wrestle with. The cameo from Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan is fun to watch, but they doesn’t have the collective power to elevate this average film into a spectacular one. Just like a marriage that has seen better days, this film was potent with promise but doesn’t cash in on its potential. Reserve this for a one-time watch.
Review by Meena Iyer on The 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.
Review by Tushar P Joshi on Bollywood Life
There isn’t enough diversity or scope to develop these characters beyond the obvious in the film. And that’s a big bummer. We are stuck watching long drawn monologues and back and forth banter between Ki and Ka who argue about their personal beliefs and values. We are never explained why Arjun doesn’t want to work. What’s driven him up the wall to the extent that he wants to become a stay at home husband? And there’s nothing wrong with him making that choice but we wish Balki had given us a better backstory. The songs are a distraction to the lack of a better plot and don’t really take the story anywhere.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Balki treats success like an evil in his story, triggering a feeling of neglect in one and jealousy in another. It’s at this juncture; Kareena Kapoor Khan proves what an asset she can be. Her incandescent beauty exudes easy warmth and professional poise as per the occasion. The actress smoothly transitions between fragile and volatile to reveal a woman comfortable in her own skin, unapologetic about living life on her terms and never missing an occasion to mince words. A special appearance by Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, as themselves, even if gimmicky in nature, works as an amusing slice of celebrity life providing a catalyst during a stalemate in Ki & Ka’s. 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. But is there a need for definite roles at all is what it should be asking.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The characters too don’t seem well-developed. Kia, a self-assured and confident woman, suddenly starts behaving like an insecure teenager just because her husband was invited on a few chat shows, which seems quite juvenile. We wish Balki would have come up with something real serious to justify the cracks between Kabir and Kia. The fact that Kabir mellows down with minimal efforts after Kia behaves like a shrew is also something that is tough to digest. Though the concept is something that we have never seen before, the story doesn’t touch us or affect us in any way or makes us sit straight and exclaim ‘Wow’. Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan have a cameo appearance in the film and the two simply own the scenes they appear in with their delightful comic timing and evergreen chemistry. In conclusion, ‘Ki & Ka’ remains a film with a unique concept, but without a soul.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
Ki And Ka might feel like the two longest hours of your life. Balki sets out to demolish stereotypes, but in the process, ends up affirming them even more. Watch it only if you swear by Kareena or Arjun. Or good germs of films spoilt by bad execution.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
With ‘Ki and Ka’, Bollywood has got to the point of being able to place a man willing to be home, knuckle down to dull domestic chores, and wave the flag for ambitious women and progressive men. So hurrah for Ka and Ki and Balki? Yes, but only up to point. The film is fun when it is setting up the roles. But the execution, as it goes along, gets rocky. Much of it stays episodic, and starts reinforcing the very stereotypes it set out to negate. And so much of the writing is so explicatory that you begin wondering if the filmmakers really take their viewers for People Who Do Not Understand Anything Unless It Is Underlined Thrice Over.
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
The film loses momentum mid-way. The idea is stretched too thin and the climax is cheesy. The film tries to stay real for most part, but in the last scene it attempts to be silly-cool. In the real world, ego problems between couples do not get sorted by enacting scenes from the past. The problem with Ki and Ka will be finding an audience that can relate to it completely. It is meant for the urban multiplex audience. The male folk may not find it relatable because they are all part of the rat race. Ditto for the women, because how many of them really play the traditional housewives? Or even wear mangalsutras for that matter? The characters become caricatures after a point and that is really disappointing because you really want to cheer for this daring film.
Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India
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.
Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham
Kareena Kapoor shows that she is still in control when she has a convincing role to portray. There are intense moments in the film in which she stands out. Arjun Kapoor is more laid-back. There is no urgency in his approach to a role that required him to take care of the house. His body language is stiff and non-committal. 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.
Ki & Ka Review by Indiaglitz
‘Ki & Ka’ is like having an old wine in a fancy bottle presented in a totally interesting manner. The family audience will enjoy the role reversal part from this movie, while others will find hard to digest this film due to the lack of conviction factor, followed by weak screenplay and repetitive elements which are stretched to the fullest.
Review by Pallavi Patra on Zeenews
‘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.
Review by Kusumita Das on Deccan Chronicle
Ki & Ka a perfect film given the story it chooses to tell. Stereotypes are so powerful and so ingrained into our consciousness that even in challenging them, we end up reinforcing them, albeit in a roundabout manner. The husband wears the mangalsutra and the wife dolls out the cash. But are we breaking free of the mangalsutra? These are complex questions and we don’t know if the film had set out to raise them or answer them. But that 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.
Review by Rajeev Masand on IBNLive
Like the case with each of Balki’s previous films (Cheeni Kum, Paa, Shamitabh), the script of Ki & Ka derails in its second half when it becomes clear that there’s little to the plot besides that interesting central conceit. There is no real conflict in the couple’s lifestyle choices so Balki manufactures multiple obstacles to keep the characters on their toes, and to keep you invested in them. But the film’s second half feels especially labored and reinforces many stereotypes. Way too much product placement, the slackening pace of the screenplay, and the contrived nature of the drama quickly reduce the film to a slog. The only bright spot here is a lovely two-scene cameo by Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, who ponder on how things might have turned out had Mrs B not given up her career to be a homemaker. 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.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
The only redeeming factor would be the cameo by Mr and Mrs Bachchan (playing themselves), who mull over the hypothetical supposition of how the Big B would’ve reacted to his spouse being a bigger star than him. In the acting department, both the leads are equally disappointing. While Kareena sways between loud and excited and loud and frustrated, Arjun Kapoor seems consistently listless — like a turtle going through mid-life crisis. It’s great to see the talented veteran, Swaroop Sampat, return to the big screen, but it’s upsetting that it had to be in a film like this.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Kareena Kapoor as the ambitious wife and Arjun Kapoor as the happy to be at home husband then face faker and faker problems of gender reversal. As she works hard, she comes home late, and he watches TV alone, waits by the food at the dining table, is jealous to be left out at office party… The novelty has worn off, but the filmmaker plods on and on. As the lad finds fame on social media as a house-husband (and gets featured as cover on Femina), she gets jealous and asks him to live within the confines of the house. You wonder whether to choke on the fakeness of their fights or the shameless product placements. You’d rather watch Batman fall into the well and face bats for a hundreth time instead. This is an urban film, and the audience knows that both husbands and wives need to work to make ends meet.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
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.
Review by IANS on Sify
Writer-director R. Balki’s characters are perfectly chiselled with the right amount of emotional overtures, making them convincing and relatable. The plot, set in a hassle-free society, is taut, formulaic and evenly paced with no overtly major dramatic twists. It does not navigate through a cliched path, which is what makes the film questionable, yet refreshingly acceptable.
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