KI AND KA: R. Balki’s Next With Kareena Kapoor & Arjun Kapoor
Despite the critical and commercial failure of ‘Shamitabh’, the most recent release of one of the most prolific Bollywood Directors today, R. Balki shows so signs of stopping or slowing. The director known for his quirky and innovative films, featuring unconventional stories and even more atypical subjects, announces the title of his next film, starring Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan; ‘Ki And Ka‘. The director explains the choice as highlighting the differences in the way the words ‘male’ and female’ words are pronounced in the Hindi language, claiming it to be the only language where this distinction exists.
‘Ki And Ka‘ is said to be dealing with the various gender disparity within the Indian culture, hence the choice of the unique name. Balki’s previous films have all dealt with similarly interesting topics, ranging from an elder man’s love story masked in a foodie movie (‘Cheeni Kum‘), to single motherhood and absentee fathers (‘Paa‘). So it should be very interesting to see the Director tackle the topic of gender differences, which is something that is very relevant today.
The film also marks the first time that Kareena Kapoor Khan, playing an ambitious working mom, is paired opposite Arjun Kapoor, a stay at home house dad. Having already had a pretty unique career in Bollywood himself, Arjun Kapoor has chosen relatively unique films as well. While working in mainstream films such as ‘2 States’, the actor has also dabbled in experimental films like ‘Aurangzeb‘ and ‘Finding Fanny‘. Getting to do an R. Balki film so early in his career will definitely be a feather in his cap.
Like almost all of R. Balki’s film, Amitabh Bachchan is also reportedly set to star in ‘Ki and Ka‘, although it’s not yet clear on how significant his role in the story will be. With such talented actors portraying gender roles that are definitely out of the norm, ‘Ki And Ka‘ looks like it may be Balki’s most intriguing film to date.