Ki and Ka: Movie Review

Ki & Ka: Has the Spice but still remains bland…

Ki_and_Ka_Movie_ReviewBeing different is R Balki’s forte, and “Ki & Ka” is no different. It tells us of role reversal of genders in Indian Society. Abroad house husbands are quite common, but not in India, hence a movie on house husband is a novel idea for India….

R Balki tells us the story of Kia and Kabir. Kia (Kareena Kapoor) is a high flying marketing manager who meets Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) son of a reputed builder, in a flight and subsequently they fall in love and get married..But they were a different couple, where Kabir took the responsibility of taking care of the household chores and Kia took the responsibility of being the bread earner. The movie chronicles whether the love of Kia (Ki) and Kabir (Ka) remain intact in a role reversal of sorts in a society where a “Man” is supposed to be the bread earner and the “Woman” to be the support for the “Man”…

Story & Screenplay by R Balki has a new age feel, and depicts the characters accordingly whether it is Kia’s character of a high flying corporate executive who is ambitious and a go getter or Kabir who is today’s youth who does not have any qualms of adapting to the responsibilities of a house maker or Kia’s mothers character a modern day woman who is comfortable of his daughter being an ambitious go getter and her son-in-law being the house maker. Though the characters are extremely well etched but where the writing fails is its screenplay, Balki fails to create an interesting premise for these extremely strong characters. The screenplay is flat throughout the movie not peaking even once. Rather the screenplay looks like a collaborations of incidents in the couple’s life and their tiffs which does not add any meat to the screenplay. There is not a single scene which stands out from cinematic stand point. Overall the screenplay pulls down the film, and the concept loses its inherent novelty….

It is the dialogue which tries pull up the screenplay a bit through its witty and extremely realistic lingo. The dialogues are believable and blend well with the modern theme…especially all the dialogues pertaining to gender equality and relationship sound extremely natural and realistic, something which today’s viewers would connect to…

The biggest highlight of the movie is its crackling performances by the ensemble cast. Starting with Kareena Kapoor who plays the ever ambitious Kia, well it is good to see a remarkable performance from her after a long time. Kareena again proves her mettle with her portrayal of Kia; she keeps the complexity of the character subtle which brings the freshness in her performance. Arjun Kapoor as Kabir is the scene stellar; his portrayal is effortless and makes the character endearing and lovable through his performance. Arjun shows that he can portray a sensitive character even with his rugged look. But one thing that stands out is the apt chemistry of Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, I just hope that someone should repeat the pair in a matured love story. It was a delight to see Swaroop Sampat after a long hiatus, and mind you she does not disappoint at all, rather she adds the panache to the movie. Swaroop Sampat’s performance is effortless and brings the necessary balance between the two principal characters beautifully; I hope film makers should cast her more often now. Rajit Kapoor as the Kabir’s businessman father has a small role but he shines with his portrayal of high handed businessman who disapproves his son’s approach to life. The cameo by Amitabh Bachchan & Jaya Bachchan is the biggest highlight of the movie, the banter between Jaya and Amitabh was cute, especially Amitabh’s sulking act won our hearts over. Rest of the support cast does not disappoint as well…

P C Sreeram yet again gives us brilliant cinematic visuals through his excellent camera work. Though with this movie which was shot substantially indoors the cinematographer had absolutely no scope to show his talent, but not with P C, he captures the love and chemistry with absolute élan…

Production Design by Rupin Suchak is innovative, especially the flat of the couple which looks like a railway station….something different from the usual home settings….

Music has never been a strong point in Balki’s movies, so is “Ki & Ka”…. Other than “High Heels” which is the revamped version of Yo Yo Honey Singh’s runaway hit and to some extent “Ji Hazoori” by Mithoon, other tracks are easily forgettable…

Just having a good concept does not suffice for a Good movie but it needs to be backed by a equally brilliant writing which unfortunately is the biggest flaw in R Balki’s screenplay, which is flat throughout the movie…But where Balki scores his getting some brilliant performances from the lead pair and other cast, something which he has been doing brilliantly in his previous movies as well. But Balki’s writing which was brilliant in “Cheeni Kum” and “Paa” was unfortunately seen missing in “Shamitabh” and in “Ki & Ka”, but knowing Balki we are sure he will bounce back with an excellent story again… till then give me “Paa” or “Cheeni Kum” anyday….

For its novel idea and brilliant performances I will give “Ki & Ka”….3 stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

 

Official Trailer: Ki & Ka

Ki_and_Ka_Official_TrailerTrust R Balki to come up with something extremely different right from his first movie “Cheeni Kum” (2007), Paa (2009), Shamitabh (2015) and now “Ki & Ka”….

“Ki & Ka” as the name sounds different so is the plot wherein Kia (Kareena Kapoor) and Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) our quintessential urban modern couple do a role reversal, where Kabir decides to be the house husband and Kia decides to be the career woman who will take care of house hold expenses. So will our Indian society accept this unusual couple is what the movie is all about….R Balki himself has written the script….

R Balki has taken an unusual pairing of Kareena Kapoor & Arjun Kapoor and the rest of the cast comprises of Swaroop Sampat (making a comeback), Rajit Kapoor and Amiabh Bachchan & Jaya Bachchan in a cameo….well quite an interesting cast I must say…

R Balki again teams up with P C Sreeram for cinematography and for music he again teams up with Illaiyaraja, but to give a contemporary sound Balki has also used Mithoon and Meet Bros Anjan to score the music for Ki & Ka…

The movie has been produced by R Balki, Sunil Lulla, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala & R K Damani….under Hope Productions and distributed by Eros International….

The movie releases on “Fools Day”, 1st April’16….till then enjoy the Official Trailer…..

Movie Review : Shamitabh

Shamitabh: A good concept but an average execution stops it from becoming a classic

R Balki’s movie has been different in concept and content right from his first film “Cheeni Kum” and then “Paa”. Balki is also responsible for presenting Amitabh is various avatars and with “Shamitabh” he continues with his endeavor with a new concept and again presenting Amitabh in a different avatar.

Written by Balki the concept of the movie is unique and tells us the story of a dumb actor Danish (Dhanush) who wants to make it big in Shamithah ReviewBollywood but his handicap of being dumb fails him every time till he meets Akshara (Akshara Hasan) who is an AD and who sees a potential in Danish and helps him medically to solve his problem of speech but even after the surgery they still have an issue of a voice for Danish. After an extensive search they come across Amitabh Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) who is convinced by Akshara to become the voice of Danish and hence the Star “Shamitabh” is born, what happens after Danish becomes Shamitabh forms the rest of the movie.

The concept is new but the screenplay fails to justify the unique concept as the pace becomes slow in parts and some of the sequences look too convenient to take the movie ahead like the sequence of how Akshara & Danish discover Amitabh which looks too clichéd. The good part of the script is that the all the three protagonists Danish, Akshara & Amitabh are etched out well and some sequences especially between Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan are the highlight of the movie. The main highlight of the script is the chemistry between the two protagonist Danish & Amitabh. The main flaw is the climax which looked quite hurried and the movie ends abruptly keeping many questions unanswered. Another flaw is that some sequences are stretched unnecessarily slowing the pace.

The performances are the highlight of the movie and makes it watchable. Amitabh Bachchan as Amitabh Sinha is good and it showed on screen that he enjoyed playing the role. Dhanush as the dumb actor Danish excels and rises above the script in his portrayal. The chemistry of Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan is the highlight of the movie. Debutant Akshara Hasan is impressive but she needs to work on her diction and dialogue delivery. Rest of the cast is impressive.

P C Sreeram as usual is top notch. Music by Illaiyaraja sounds fresh though most of the songs are situational.
Balki with such a brilliant idea could have done wonders but he falls short in executing the idea on the silver screen. Rather at the end it seemed that Balki was confused on how to end the movie and it showed. I will go with 3 stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Official Trailer : Shamitabh

shamitabh-261214After their brilliant collaboration in “Cheeni Kum” (2007) & “Paa” (2009) R Balki and Amitabh Bachchan are back this year with “Shamitabh”….

Written & Directed by R Balki, not much has been revealed as far as the plot is concerned. But looking at the promos it seems it is a story of a yester year Super Star played by Amitabh Bachchan and a New Super Star of today played by Dhanush…

The movie has an interesting cast comprising of Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Introducing Akshara Haasan (Kamal Haasan & Sarika’s daughter), Rekha, Abhinaya, Rukmini Vijayakumar & Rajiv Ravindranathan,, it also has cameos of lot of film makers like Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Anurag Basu, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Rajkumar Hirani, Gauri Shinde, Boney Kapoor, Javed Akhtar & Ekta Kapoor..

“Shamitabh” is being produced under the banner of Hope Productions, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Wunderbar Films, Balaji Motion Pictures and being presented by Eros International & MAD Entertainment Ltd.

Music is by Illaiyaraaja and cinematography by P C Sreeram….

Will the director actor combination of R Balki & Amitabh Bachchan re-create the magic…well we have to wait till 6th Feb’15 for the verdict…till then enjoy the Trailer

Review : English Vinglish

Good Movie Shuvie, GR8 Performance Sherformance

“English Vinglish” Sridevi’s most awaited come back film wherein she again proves why English Vinglishshe is thenumero Uno of Bollywood. She creates an impact & how.

“English Vinglish” is a story of a simple house wife Shashi Godbole (Sridevi) whose life surrounds aroundher husband Satish (Adil Hussain) and kids (Navita Kotia & Shivansh Kotia). She runs a small business ofmaking Ladoo’s, but her not knowing English creates a gap between her husband and kids. Her daughteris embarrassed to take her to her school’s Parent Teacher meeting, her husband keeps on making fun ofher that she was born to make ladoos. This makes Shashi go into her shell, she comes to her own onlywhen she is interacting with her son Sagar. Everything changes for her when she goes to New York toattend her niece’s wedding and enrolls herself in a 4 week English Learning Course. How Shashi re-gainsher confidence and comes to her own, forms the rest of the story.

The Story by Gaurie Shinde is simple but the screenplay is mind blowing, there are small moments in themovie which takes the movie to the next level like when Shashi goes to her daughter’s Parent TeacherMeeting, her interview at the Visa Office, when Shashi goes to a coffee shop in New York, when she callsher husband from New York to tell that she is an Entrepreneur, Shashi’s interaction with her classmateLaurent, the climax speech and many more brilliantly written moments which builds Shashi’s characterfrom a not so confident house wife to a confident entrepreneur. Gaurie has done a splendid job. All thecharacters are so real that it connects, like Shashi’s character can be any Indian housewife who is takenfor granted. The dialogues add the zing to the scenes. The only flaw is that the pace slows down in thesecond half, but does it affect the overall impact….

No, absolutely not, please applaud Sridevi for her impeccable performance which binds the screenplayall throughout. She is brilliant and the impact that she makes proves that she was aptly called the ladyBachchan. Rest of the cast Adil Hussain as Shashi’s husband, Navita Kotia & Shivansh Kotia as Shashi’skids, Priya Anand as Shashi’s niece, Sujata Kumar as Shashi’s sister, Cory Hibbs as her teacher and herclassmates are brilliant, especially Mehdi Naebbou as Laurent is stands apart with his sensitive portrayal.Surprise Amitabh Bachchan cameo is watch out for…

Music by Amit Trivedi compliments the movie, Editing by Hemanti Sarkar is crisp though it could havebeen a bit tighter, Cinematography by Laxman Utekar captures the mood of the movie well.

In a nutshell “English Vinglish” is a Sridevi movie but kudos Gaurie for making a movie on a simple housewife….I give 4 stars….