A show name ‘Mrs.Tendulkar‘ by Hats Off Productions – that aired on SAB TV five years back – had Deven Bhojani and Marathi actress Kishori Godbole playing an adorable quirky couple, Suhas and Vibhavari Tendulkar, who challenged the notion set by Indian society.
Contrary to the notion that man must earn and woman should remain a housewife taking care of her family, Suhas was a writer-house husband managing while Vibhavari served as a successful bank manager and this gender reverse role earlier didn’t go down well with the members of housing complex they lived in, however, with time everyone warmed up with the couple and were accepting of it with affection.
Just like Hats off Production’s earlier brilliant gem Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai, Mrs Tendulkar – despite being unique in content filled with genuine dose of humor – couldn’t survive for long as a result of dipping ‘TRP’. Yet this was one such show that dared to be different and remained way ahead of it’s time.
Yesterday Filmmaker R.Balki (Cheeni Kum, Paa, Shamitabh) released the trailer of his’s fourth film ‘Ki and Ka’ starring clever and fresh pairing of Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor.
It was a DELIGHT to watch and it instantly reminded me of Mrs.Tendulkar.
Kareena Kapoor Khan is Kia, a highly ambitious marketing manager with strong desire to be at the top league and Arjun Kapoor is Kabir, who – much to our surprise and (shock to many) – pursue to be a house husband akin to his mom, who was a housewife and not even once he display any signs of discomfort when he reveals it because it is something he has chosen to do and not a product of any unfortunate circumstances. He doesn’t intend to get sex changed, not a gay, loves to have drink but cannot be driven by rat race to achieve an ambition and work on his career.
I do believe that today no men are ambitionless for sure. Just like women, most of them too opt for multitasking of managing home and working simultaneously, proving to be a huge helping hand for the better half.
Truth to be told, Ki and Ka trying to send across a message that men like Kabir do exist, who lacks the very burning desire to strive on career and simply would want to settle for a rather peaceful life AND it is absolutely fine for them as long as his future partner has no issue with it.
What I take away is, there is a refreshing emphasis on ying-yang balance in a man and woman and going by how the plot unfolds, we can expect to see the imbalance occurring and how it can be restored with progressive mindset.
No one can doubt Kareena‘s caliber as an actor, she is amazing. Arjun, meanwhile, turns out to be a pleasant surprise, he seems wonderfully restrained and at ease as Kabir. It’s been a while we haven’t had the opportunity to see Swaroop Sampat onscreen and glad she is back (she was last seen in Shaad Ali’s remarkable ‘Saathiya‘)
R.Balki’s Ki & Ka releases on 1st April, 2016.
Link to trailer below: