A blind critic reviews Ki and Ka
April 7, 2016
A blind perspective:
Ki and Ka is a romantic comedy-drama film directed by R. Balki. The film features Kareena Kapoor Khan (Kia) and Arjun Kapoor (Kabir) in lead roles. Kia, an aggressive and aspiring corporate person, has a grand vision to be the CEO of a company believes in being an independent woman. On the contrary, Kabir, a topper of IIM-B, a son of a reputed businessman, wants to be like his mother, an artist, a homemaker.
A beautiful and modern world chemistry between duo, a brave concept of the film, great performances by the leads and humour, especially in the first half, help us enjoy the movie. However, the second half of the film just goes haywire. The script fails to justify the beauty of an amazing concept. In such a gender role reversal, it fails to enlighten societal views, perception of people and misunderstandings. Instead, it concentrates more on Ki and Ka's personal issues.
Visually impaired audience recognises 'something funny' on the screen with watchers' laughter but goes unaware of humorous scenes without a sighted friend throughout the movie. Important scenes such as Ki and Ka's marriage, Ka's home management, the small train running in their home, their success stories through the magazines, etc. either come during the songs or are silent and so, need audio description or else VI minds lose the track and are left disconnected.
The film never reaches a conclusion of the concept. Watch it only for a new concept or if you swear by Kareena or Arjun; otherwise this is just a good idea spoilt by bad execution.
A sighted perspective:
In Ki and Ka, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor play characters who challenge the traditional roles of man and woman. Kabir or Ka (Arjun Kapoor) prefers to stay home and take care of the house while Kia or Ki (Kareena Kapoor) is a career woman. The idea is good, but the film does not execute it well, often getting into speeches about what is right and what is wrong. It does not show but keeps telling. It is an entertaining film, but it could have been better.
My experience of watching this film was different because I watched it with two visually impaired friends. There were many instances where the scenes were not clear to them due to the lack of audio description and sometimes the fast pace at which the settings of the scene changed.