Ki and Ka: Yah or Nah?
Earlier this month, the much-awaited Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor starrer, Ki and Ka opened to much gusto and fanfare and rightly so! With its star-cast and unconventional story line, the movie grappled the attention of many. Of course it doesn’t go unnoticed that the leading lady of the film was the famed ‘Bebo’ so quite naturally, the movie would be topping the charts with its glam quotient no? Well, yes and no. At the helm of the styling and costume team was the husband wife duo Anirudh Singh and Dipika Lal, acclaimed stylists with movies like Kick, Munnabhai MBBS and Krrish 3 in their kitty. The styling and costumes synced with the modern taste whilst giving a slight fashion push. The expectations were slightly heightened keeping the stars in focus and the commercial make of Ki and Ka, however fell short due to the somewhat lacklustre styling.
Kia’s “corporate robot” look is nailed to a T with a plethora of sharp suits, smart collars, pencil skirts and the like. Keeping the somber formal palette in mind, we did see a lot of white, black and blue with interesting silhouettes and prints. Kia perfectly represented a career oriented woman who is unrelenting and uncompromising on her future and at the same time, impeccable style. ‘Ka’ a.k.a Kabir on the other hand, perfectly represented his goofy, somewhat man-child character. We love that this ‘house-husband’ was decked in hoodie jackets for the major part, including the scene where he’s felicitated on women’s day. The hoodie jacket was surely given a new avatar with the numerous ways they were styled throughout the film. Arjun Kapoor’s cheery persona surely pepped up the style and gave ‘casual cool’ a new face.
The chemistry of Ki and Ka also resonated in their outfits with many scenes displaying the two wearing outfits of the same colour in different shades. Especially the first half of the film, which showed the meet cute of the two. From the looks of it, the progress of their relationship was inversely proportional to the similarity of their outfits.
We also absolutely loved the make-up done in the film. The dewy and sculpted yet soft look given to Kia was perfect, along with the always on-point hair. Whether poker straight in the song ‘High Heels Te Nachhe’, in a boss woman ponytail in her office looks or simply running wild otherwise, it was surely envy-worthy. Not to mention, Kabir’s bearded and casual look was one women have always been a fan of. This has got two thumbs up!
The casual styling in the film didn’t do much for the actress who is known for her otherwise immaculate and fashion-forward style. Although the film did portray ‘Kia’ to be an individual who balances her work life perfectly with her social space, and is particular about her looks and style, the styling fails to inject any sense of individualism or character in its costumes with casual wear. Ki and Ka’s Kia may have projected a boss woman demeanour in the work space, but when it came to outside the office space, the styling does little to tell who she is as a person and fails in packing a punch. The styling of secondary characters like Kia’s mother or Kabir’s father is so-so yet does justice to the characters carved out for them.
Spotlight on the Highlight
Of course, giving us the party song of the season with ‘High heel te nachhe’ Ki and Ka gave us a whole lot of pizzazz in the end. We adore the coordinating black suit look donned by the leads, with Kareena Kapoor looking sharp as a knife and is as sexy as it gets in a Michael Jackson-esque look. Arjun Kapoor looked as good as a man should in a suit, there’s no denying that. (The printed shirt underneath gets our approval).
Ms. K’s look as a DJ was young and flirty with a white crop top and overalls, much along the lines of which we wish we had seen a little more of. However, the deal clincher is the stunning heavy beige beaded lehenga worn by Miss Bebo herself that restored her back to her former style diva pedestal. The Indian look on Mr. Ka was in sync with the character with an unusual yet fun layered Kurta-like look. All in all, it definitely won us over. Who knew a man could look that good in pink heels?
All’s well that ends Well
We’d give this one a 2.5-3/5. There was a lot to like but expectations fell short. The film’s creatives did promise grandeur, especially by roping in big leads like Mrs. Khan herself (who is known for being a muse to acclaimed designer Manish Malhotra and the iconic styling of ‘Geet’ in Jab We Met) however doesn’t entirely do justice to its appearance. We call a hit and a miss on this one! (Although High heels te nachhe gets full points in costume. And on the dance floor!)