Ki & Ka (transl. Her & Him) is a 2016 Indian romantic comedy film written, directed, and produced by R. Balki. The film follows a young, married couple contradicting the gender roles placed upon women and men in Indian society, by making the man as the wife and the lady as the husband. It stars Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor.
The film released worldwide on 1 April 2016. Made on a budget of 20 Crores ₹200 million (US$2.8 million), the film has earned over 102 Crores ₹1.02 billion (US$14 million) worldwide.
Kia (Kareena Kapoor) is a motivated, driven woman who aims to become successful in the business world, and also wishes that more women aspire to prosper in their careers. Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) is the laid back son of a successful building constructor (Rajit Kapoor), who does not wish to take over his father’s company or inherit his wealth.
The pair meet, quickly become friends, and gradually fall in love. They realise that Kabir’s preference to stay at home fits perfectly with Kia’s wish to climb up the corporate ladder. The couple marry and Kabir becomes a Gharjamai after the disapproval of his father. Kia & Kabir establish a relationship where Kabir handles the daily household affairs, while Kia is the main breadwinner. Kia rises quickly in her career, and she is soon interviewed about her success. During the interview, Kia mentions her ‘unusual’ marriage and her husband’s role in their household. The interviewer is impressed by this, and requests a meeting with Kabir. While being questioned, Kabir explains that it does not matter if ki (feminine) takes up the role of ka (masculine), and ka takes up the role of ki.
The interview is very well received and Kabir is asked to hold many more seminars and speeches on Gender Equality and modern marriages. Kabir’s busy schedule causes a strain in the marriage, causing Kia to become jealous of her husband’s new found fame. She accuses Kabir of using their relationship to get recognition and publicity, and asks him to stop making public appearances.
While Kia is in the US, attending a work event, Kabir is invited to his college reunion, and is pressured by a friend into giving another interview, which is broadcast on TV. Film actress Jaya Bachchan sees this interview, and asks her husband, superstar Amitabh Bachchan to call Kabir and organise a meeting with him. Jaya is highly impressed with the story of the couples unconventional marriage. Kia receives news of this meeting while in the US, causing more arguments between her and Kabir. Meanwhile, Kia’s mother (Swaroop Sampat) is taken to the hospital after collapsing, causing her to rush back to India.
Once back home, Kia accuses Kabir of using her, saying that he used their relationship for his own profit. Kia further condemns Kabir for gaining fame without working, as she feels that her hard work and successful career are going unnoticed. Dejected, Kabir does not defend himself and starts packing to leave. Kia comes across a gift that Jaya gave to Kabir for his wife, and also a letter written by the actress, in which she congratulates the pair and says that to be a man who maintains a household rather than work is a brave choice, but to be the wife of such a man is an even harder choice. Kia’s mother also confronts her about her jealousy, and says that it is the reason for the couples many fights. Kia realizes that she has been unfairly tough on Kabir and apologizes to him for her behavior and temperament. The couple reconcile and find a happy compromise. Kabir’s father, who has come to appreciate Kia’s business acumen and drive, decides to make her the CEO of his company.
Kareena Kapoor as Kia Sahni/Kia Kabir Bansal/Ki (Kabir’s wife)
Arjun Kapoor as Kabir Kamlesh Bansal/Ka (Kia’s husband)
Swaroop Sampat as Mamta Sahni (Kia’s mother)
Rajit Kapur as Kamlesh Kumar Bansal (Kabir’s father)
Amitabh Bachchan as Himself (special appearance)
Jaya Bachchan as Herself (special appearance)