The good news is that Ki and Ka is a well-intentioned film which carries some interesting perspectives and message. The bad news is that it fails in execution and presentation.
The technical aspects of the film are mediocre and fail to leave a mark. As a result, the positive message carried in the film seems lost. The script is loose, and the treatment lacks depth and intensity. Gender stereotypes are challenged in over simplified scenes which only look like public service announcements. The entire film appears to be a series of loosely connected social media memes or viral videos. There is a dash of weak humour sprinkled all through the script which makes it difficult for audience to take the message seriously.
So readers may want to go ahead and spend 300 bucks to see how gender roles are reversed, what messages they carry and is was the big conclusion. But for benefit of those who don’t want to spend money on a film which is not well made, let me give the crux of the points it makes. (Spoiler Alert)
The film challenges our own imagination of masculine and feminine through some interesting visuals. A woman’s face on the cover of all business magazines as the Marketing Person of the Year and a man’s face on women’s magazine like Femina, Griha Shobha; A handsome man being surrounded by lots of pretty women not in the kind of narratives we saw on posters of ‘Desi Boyz’ but in narratives of ladies kitty party or ladies shopping day out when their husbands attend a conference. A stay at home husband being the brand ambassador of healthy cooking oil, these are just few such scenes.
The film challenges the practice of women wearing signs of matrimony. The scene where Kiya ties a mangalsutra around her husband’s neck seems comical because of the way the scene is treated, but it raises the question, why is it not equally comical or ridiculous when it is tied around the women’s neck?
The film effortlessly introduces an older woman younger man couple without making much issue of it.
Wife’s stereotypical qualities of being sweet, shy, soft, sacrificial and nurturer is replaced by unreasonable anger, jealousy and crankiness. While the husband is quiet and non-reactive. I particularly liked the scene where Kiya loses her mind in jealous rage and goes on a vicious ranting spree saying the most hurtful things to her husband and yet Kabir doesn’t utter a word in retaliation. I thought it was a very unique take on relationships.