The first trailer of Bollywood film director R Balki’s Ki & Ka (Hers and His) starts on an interesting premise. Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor play a couple that don’t follow conventional gender roles in India

While Kareena’s Kia is an ambitious marketing manager, Arjun plays a stay-at-home husband who proclaims that all he wants is to be be a homemaker like mother. The concept isn’t revolutionary but Arjun’s decision to be a homemaker is portrayed as being socially taboo by his family

The trailer soon ends up reinforcing the very stereotypes it questions. Arjun cooks, cleans and takes off his wife’s shoes, while she pays the bills and is even called a “corporate robot”. There’s even a mandatory fight sequence to enforce Arjun’s heroic manlinessKi & Ka is part of Bollywood’s recent attempt at taking a more ‘progressive’ approach towards gender representation, but the trailer seems to reinforce stereotypes and miss the subtleties Read more…

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‘Ki & Ka’ reverses gender roles but ends up falling prey to stereotypes