Movie Review

Kalank Review

Banner Name: Fox Star Studios, Dharma Productions, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Producer: Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Director: Abhishek Varman
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Certified Type:  U / A
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty, Sanchit Balhara
Editor: Shweta Venkat Mathew
Language: Hindi
Story Writer: Shibani Bathija, Hussain Dalal (Dialogue)
Sensor Board: CBFC
Cinematographer: Binod Pradhan
Story Details
A complex love story set during India’s Partition era, where the young Roop (Alia Bhatt) is torn between respect for husband Dev (Aditya Roy Kapur) and her newfound love for Zafar (Varun Dhawan). While their back stories and heart-breaking love saga unfolds, the history of India takes an epic turn, from where there is no coming back.

The story is based in a town called Husnabad, near Lahore, a few years before the Partition of India and Pakistan. It's a town populated by blacksmiths and a majority of them are Muslims. Husnabad's most affluent family is the Chaudhrys - Dev and his father Balraj (Sanjay Dutt), who also run a liberal newspaper called The Daily News. Dev’s life takes a sudden turn when under strange circumstances he gets married to Roop. But the complexities in the story are just about to begin. Without revealing too much, during a visit to Bahaar Begum's chamber (where Roop is honing her music skills) Roop meets Zafar, the local blacksmith and after several meetings, they develop strong feelings for each other. The story seems like it offers something new, but the complex relationships and ill-fated romances are often predictable. What’s fresh about 'Kalank' is the treatment. This period drama is mounted on a lavish scale and whether it's the sets or the costumes, everything about the film brings the grandeur alive. 

The biggest highlight of the film is the star-studded cast and thankfully, the performances measure up to the epic ensemble. Alia Bhatt leads the way in a role that showcases vulnerability and strength in equal measure. Varun Dhawan, flaunting his superbly toned, the greased body looks great for the part and he shows the immense intensity that his conflicted character demands. Another stand-out performance comes from Aditya Roy Kapur, who excels in the stoic silences and reserved nature of his character. Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha chip in with moments of pitch-perfect drama, too. Kunal Kemmu as Zafar's friend Abdul brings in tension and thrills in his grey-shaded role. The joint efforts of the cast add the proverbial punch to the experience of 'Kalank'. 

An epic love saga based during the 1940s has so much scope for visual detailing and finesse. While 'Kalank' scales up to the production in every aspect, at times, the world that it recreates looks a little too plush and away from reality. The film features arresting frames full of grand visuals captured by cinematographer Binod Pradhan, and the music by Pritam has stood out songs like 'Ghar More Pardesiya' and the 'Kalank' title track. At 2 hours and 48 minutes, with a tighter edit, the story could have wrapped up much sooner though. 'Kalank' is a true labour of love that tells you a story laced with beautiful moments that will tug at your heartstrings.

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However, the actors, not the least Varun Dhawan in by far the meatiest role of his career, throw everything that they can muster into the mix, giving the plot both potency and pathos. In the blinding glow of Madhuri Dixit's presence as a Heera Mandi courtesan, the younger cast members pale somewhat in comparison. That is no reflection on their abilities. Alia Bhatt does not break a sweat in making her presence felt, while Sonakshi Sinha makes the most of the limited scope the screenplay offers her. Kalank has unmistakable contemporary resonance because it celebrates the transformative power of love in the time of rampant hatred. The film is worth a viewing not only for what it says but also for how it packages its pacifist statement.
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Direction 8
Editor 8
Casting Producer 9
Art Department 8
Music Director 8

Technical Department

Story Department 8
Choreography 8
Cinematography 8
Graphics 8
Field Publicity 8
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