Ki & Ka – A Modern Day Abhimaan
R. Balki is known for making movies which are path breaking and modern. For instance, his previous movies included Cheeni Kum (a romantic journey between a woman and a man who is almost her father’s age), Paa (a father-son relationship based on progeria – a rare genetic condition) and Shamitabh (story of a mute mega-star who used a drunkard’s voice to reign); how could Ki & Ka be not-so-different? Let’s see what Ki & Ka has to offer to its viewers!
Kia (Kareena Kapoor Khan) is an ambitious marketing manager in a leading company. She, in a flight, happens to meet Kabir (Arjun Kapoor), who idolizes his mom and wants to become like her – according to him “an artiste who creates and builds a home”. Love blossoms between them and they tie knots not-so-traditionally, where Kabir takes the house chore responsibilities and Kia leaps the corporate world ladder. First the couple makes people understand their relationship and then people start to idolize them. Rifts between the two start to occur when spotlight focuses on Kabir, for his not-so-traditional way of living, more than Kia. What happens next in the relationship of Ki & Ka is the movie is all about. It’s a perfect case of role-reversal. Go watch it, if you can dare to see something “out and before” of its time.
Performance wise, Ajum Kapoor excels and gives a power packed show. He gives a varied range of contrast in his acting, which is clap-worthy. The scene where he is interviewed is remarkable. His outburst on Kareena’s comment on his mom in their 3rd date was brilliantly written and acted with full justice. Kareena Kapoor Khan is good. In the last 30 – 40 minutes her character transforms a little bit which she handles with great ease and looks very natural. Rajit Kapoor (as Arjun’s father) has very limited scenes, but in every scene he is terrific. Swaroop Sampat (as Kareena’s mom) is effective.
Amitach Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan (as themselves) add great support and new life to the story and movie. They look phenomenal together; Jaya’s looks and expressions are fantastic. The story and writing by R. Balki is commendable.
Ki & Ka is somewhat based on a mega blockbuster of its time “Abhimaan” (Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan starrer, released in 1973); but Ki & Ka is written and conceived very nicely by keeping modern-day trends and lifestyle in mind. Ki & Ka might not be liked by masses, like Balki’s previous releases, this is a movie for progressive and not-so-seriously-bitten-by-ego audience. Currently the movie is receiving mixed responses. Go watch it for a change.
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