R Balki's KI & KA is no PAA
! The movie does have it soft moments but overall it's like an Advertisement that keeps going on and on. The message should be subtle, but the plot does not leave any room for subtlety. Balki makes his premise crystal clear in the very first scene in the flight where Kareena Kapoor (Kia) and Arjun Kapoor (Kabir) cross paths.
In a very frivolous scene, Ka is shown stifling a sob as he sits alongside Ki. We later come to know that he is missing his mom on her birthday and he wants to be like her: an artist who takes care of the house.
An MBA who comes from a rich family, Ka is convinced that he wants to be the house husband. Ki, on her part is an ambitious woman, three years older to Ka. She also has to run her house. Ka proposes marriage, tells her that he will take care of the house, while she can pursue her dreams.
Welcome to role reversal in a marriage. I'm sure there are plenty of husbands who are doing this in real life, but Balki has no meat in his script once he establishes that very important fact. Ka is happy, Ki is working and getting her promotions and soon we see Ka becoming a household name. Then comes in the jealousy factor and again, a very frivolous scene in an aircraft towards the end.
Even if there is a role reversal, the dynamics of a marriage does not change. The woman of the house will not be such that she will never enter the kitchen, or never even make a cup of tea for a husband. After all, being a housewife, oops house-husband, is no easy job. It is tougher than working in a multi-national.
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.
I'd say there was plenty of CHEENI KUM
in this flick!