Director: Abhishek Varman
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha
Genre: Period Drama
Today, the much-awaited film ‘Kalank’ made a grand entry on box office. Directed by Abhishek Varman, the period drama is in talks since its first poster release, trailer and yes we agree it has all the elements to be talked about, may it be larger than life sets, huge star cast or the comeback of Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri together on-screen after years. The film set in the pre-independence era presents a mashup of parallel stories under the same canvas, smartly evoking the essence of 1945-46 political tensions and societal differences.
Title ‘Kalank’ in a true sense, justifies the story plot where the love, family and societal relationships are complex. Based in Husnabad, a town near Lahore where majority population are a blacksmith and belongs to the Muslim community, the film starts with Sonakshi Sinha as Satya Chaudhry dealing with Cancer and has barely a year of life left. This bitter truth makes her furious about husband’s future. Aditya Roy Kapoor is playing Sonakshi’s husband. Well, the real twist begins when Sonakshi forces Aditya to marry Alia Bhatt aka Roop.
In the parallel, Roop decides to practice singing under the guidance of Bahaar Begum (Madhuri Dixit), an ex-courtesan, ex-dancer who now teaches classical music in her chamber. At the same place, she meets Zafar, a blacksmith who is not less than a hero of his streets. As they meet frequently, both fall in love irrespective of the fact that Roop is already married. Kunal Khemu as Zafar’s friend is seen playing a grey shaded role who turns out the real mastermind of the political unrest in the town. Interestingly, Kalank has a lot to offer when you understand the real message writers wants to convey. The film loses its grip at certain points but it never really drops your expectations down brutally.
The chemistry between Aditya and Sonakshi felt way too natural and completely soothing. Similarly, Alia and Varun spread their own magical charm. Watching Varun Dhawan in dusky, greased look and Alia in classic yet subtle royal attire (which looks realistic too) is a feel-good moment and thankfully it lasted till the end. Madhuri Dixit as Bahar Begum gave us a major nostalgia of Chandramukhi from Devdas. Nevermind, the over-cakey makeup and underwritten screenplay lowered her overall impact in the story. Sadly, Sanjay and Madhuri are seen sharing screen only at the climax, so if you are waiting for the on-screen Jodi moment, bring your patience along!
Most noteworthy, Visual detailing, beautifully themed montage, larger than life sets are the important ingredients of Kalank. With some visual awestruck moments like the Roop Zafar’s first meet and the whole set of Mohalla, Dev’s mansion, the essence of the plot completely syncs. The background score and classical beats keep the audience engaged. Music for the epic saga is composed by Pritam. Arijit Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, Darshan Raval and Mohit Chauhan.
Overall, Kalank as a period drama about eternal love justifies most of its parts. Entire star cast made up to expectations. The dialogues, smart switch from theatrical drama to realism added value to the plot. As far the editing is concerned, the film could have been made with few lesser scenes as a more impactful bundle of entertainment. Song Ghar more pardesiya works as an elevating point in the film with a perfect blend of audio and visuals. Somewhere the connect with characters were missing, maybe strong narrative could have helped. Kalank’s royalness keeps you glued to the screen.
We recommend you to watch Kalank for stunning visuals, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.
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