Set up in the pre-independence era, Kalank is a period drama story of eternal love of a girl and vengeance of a boy. Directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Hiroo Yash Johar, and Apoorva Mehta, the movie is the grandeur of veteran and Gen X actors. Budget, Cinematography, Sets, Performances, Location and everything else was extravagant but this 168-minute long movie failed to do justice with the public. How? Let’s find out:
Kalank, as the name suggests, is a story of an illegitimate son who is burning inside for revenge from his father. Zafar, played by Varun Dhawan, is a love-affair child of Balraj Chaudhary (Sanjay Dutt) and Bahaar Begum (Madhuri Dixit). Being a child of the madam of a brothel, he is abandoned by his father after his birth which sows the seed of revenge in him. On the other hand, Roop (Alia Bhatt) is compelled by her then-dying childhood friend Satya into marrying her husband Dev (Aditya Roy Kapoor), the legit son of Balraj Chaudhary. Having a loveless marriage with her husband, she finds shoulder in Zafar who is plotting revenge using Roop. The entire story revolves around these characters living in a small town Husnabad showing a lavish lifestyle of the Chaudhary’s, mob fighting for independence and individuals struggling for happiness in their lives.
Relying on the hype created during promotions and fabulous music, the movie directed by Abhishek Varman was expected to make the audiences awestruck, however, the reality is entirely different from the expectation. Without a doubt, the movie is full of shiny and glittery houses, beautiful scenes and a little too plush but the plot fails to match up with the grandeur. The dialogues are deep but too heavy for the actors to fit-in. Despite a stellar cast, Kalank fails to gel the actors together and seems like a story which is stretched without any suspense. With no one to hold onto, Kalank is a little more cliché love saga which ultimately fell flat and bored the audience.
First Class, Ghar More Pardesiya, Tabaah Ho Gaye are surely some of the blockbuster hits of the week. The lyrics and video of the songs are fresh and entertaining to the eyes however the placement in the movie is a bit overrated. Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan are looking extremely graceful and joyous in their songs while Madhuri Dixit still maintains her charm of “Dancing Diva” in her songs. We can say the only good thing about Kalank is the songs to tap your feet onto.
Box Office Collection
It is pretty evident that Kalank lacks lustre and fails to amaze the audience which is clear in the box office collection within 2 days. Released on 17th April 2019, the movie has earned only Rs 33.05 crore in India including Rs 21.60 crore on Wednesday and Rs 11.45 crore on Thursday. Predicting a rapid decline in the collection, let’s see if the movie manages to cover the costs or simply fails to even reach midway.