Ki & Ka (2016) Hindi Movie Review | Critic Reviews

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Total Reviews - 12
Average Rating - 4.6/10
Yes - 2
No - 6
Neutral - 4

Critic Reviews Ki And Ka

  • CNN IBN | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-4/10
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. I’m going with a generous two out of five for Ki & Ka. It feels longer than its two hours running time, and you won’t be able to shake off the feeling that it delivers very little in the end.
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  • Times Of India | Review By -Meena Iyer Rating-7/10
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.
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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-4/10
The problem is the film’s unwillingness to go the mile and really explore what that ‘nikamma’ could do to the male ego. Ka, poor fellow, is a victim of confusion. He may say he wants to be like his mummy. He may adorn his wrist with a ‘mangalsutra’, hoho, but has no problem in using his legs to kick louts. He is shown hosting kitty parties and urging fat aunties into shape
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  • Rediff | Review By -Sukanya Verma Rating-5/10
R Balki’s Ki & Ka examines the shifting dynamics of this ancient institution through a contemporary marriage between a homemaker husband and his breadwinner wife. What it wishes for is praiseworthy -- to dispel chauvinism and prejudice. But in trying to erase gender stereotypes by reversing roles, he only reinforces them. This is a recurring problem in Balki’s filmmaking. Certainly, he comes up with the most unique ideas, infuses them with a whimsical energy but in his eagerness to impress, he loses all subtlety.
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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Rohit Vats Rating-5/10
Ki & Ka is literally about turning the tables. We actually see people in restaurants coming to Kareena and Arjun respectively with photo requests at two different junctures in the film. And, before you say Abhimaan, let me tell you that Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan also feature in the film, but those are the best moments of this film.
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  • Deccan Chronicle | Review By -Kusumita Das Rating-4/10
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.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Abhijit Badjugar Rating-5/10
The major reason of Ki And Ka’s disappointment is the script. The story starts off very well, depicting the views of both Kabir and Kia but their love connection has been shown hurriedly. However, their married life and adjustments for each other are narrated spontaneously, making the first half entertaining yet curious.
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  • India Today | Review By -Ananya Bhattacharya Rating-3/10
Ki And Ka, right from the time the trailer was released, looked interesting. However, Balki's treatment of the subject reduces the entire concept to a farce. The film tries so hard to be what it is not that it loses way badly. The writing is not a field which Ki And Ka excels in. The film, for most part, feels like a rehearsal of sorts. Both Arjun and Kareena look like they are mouthing sharp, one-tone dialogues to impress the conductor of this out-of-tune opera that is Ki And Ka.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-4/10
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. The director isn't content with establishing that Kabir is not a freak and like all 'normal' men, loves women and whiskey.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -BH News Network Rating-6/10
KI & KA is a cleverly crafted feel-good film that packs all the emotions. Though it has strong performances by both Arjun and Kareena, the film is bound to draw extreme reactions from the orthodox audiences who may find the premise difficult to digest. It is an urban progressive film and should appeal more to women and young married couples.
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  • Gulf News | Review By -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-5/10
Ki & Ka, the romantic comedy that claims to explore gender roles in a marriage, comes across as a concept that will give director R. Balki a chance to change the world — one good film, at a time. But sadly, the interesting premise is reduced to a banal Bollywood romance whose messages on gender equality and stereotypes attached to men and women are lost in translation.
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  • Masala | Review By -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-4/10
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!
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Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Swaroop Sampat, Rajit Kapur
R Balki
R Balki
R Balki
PC Sreeram
produced by: 
R Balki, RK DamanI, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Sunil Lulla
Comedy, Drama, Romance
run time: 
126 minutes
censor certification: