Be it Tabu’s Cheeni Kum or Amitabh Bachchan’s Paa, R Balki’s films are all about breaking stereotypes. However, with his latest outing Ki and Ka starring Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, the filmmaker may have lost quite a few fans.
Ki and Ka, that has had an average opening at the box office, aims at turning the tables and breaking gender stereotypes. However, Balki’s film ends up reinforcing the very regressive ideas it claims to break.
Here, we take a look at some of the irritating moments in the order of their horrific gender stereotyping .
Read: Ki and Ka review
1. Definitions of wife and husband
A proud Kareena (who essays the lead role of Kia) tells her mom quite early in the movie, “Husband nahi, ye (Arjun playing Kabir) meri wife banana chahta hai.” The term wife does not denote genders in the world of Ki and Ka, it denotes financial dependence. Since Kabir aspires to be a homemaker like his mom, he is called the wife. And what about all the contribution a ‘wife’ brings to home, Mr Balki?
2. Ambitions - Career and home
Kia is an ambitious marketing manager while Kabir’s ambition is to manage the household. So far so good, but we see the earning member getting violent with the non-earning one. What were they trying to portray in a film that is about role reversal? That the earning member will be violent and beat up his/her spouse? Kia and Kabir’s fears add insult to injury in the film - while Kabir believes he will be unbearable if he starts working and it will end his marriage, Kia fears having a kid will end her career.
3. Shopaholic Kabir
Because one cannot be a homemaker unless one spends at least half the household income on shopping for clothes. No, seriously. Kabir ‘justifies’ his expenditure with his wonderful and impressive skills of homemaking.
4. Kitty parties integral to gender definitions?
Arjun, the ‘wife’, is also seen enjoying kitty parties which do little for the ladies involved except for reinforcing some of the worst stereotypes of women as housewives.
5. Arjun Kapoor taking off Kareena’s shoes
Because asking the wife to take off her husband’s shoes is regressive but treating the man in a similar manner is just cool? What were you smoking, Balki?
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