Kalank Movie Review: Kalank Review : Sab 3rd Class Hai!
While the world was going gaga over the trailer of Kalank, I was among the select few who didn’t have high hopes from the movie and the film turned out be even worse than what I had imagined. Satya Chaudhary (Sonakshi Sinha) is dying and she wants to get her husband Dev Chaudhary (Aditya Roy Kapur) married to Roop (Alia Bhatt) before her demise. Roop marries Dev only to fulfill her duties towards her younger sisters and Dev also tells her immediately post marriage ‘Is shaadi mein izzat hogi, pyaar nahi’ as he loves his darling wife. Roop moves to Husnabad post marriage and starts learning music from Hira Mandi’s famous tawayaf, Bahaar Begum. There she falls in love with Zafar, a blacksmith, and what happens then forms the rest of the plot. This movie has no head or tail and while some sequences will remind you of Gadar, other will take you back to Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The story is predictable and clichéd and I wonder what urged the makers to make it fifteen years after its inception.We have seen better films on the topics that this film touches upon. The germ of this idea came to Karan 15 years ago and that’s a lot of time to perfect a script however, Karan took his audiences for granted and served a half-baked and tedious story. KJo has brought nothing new to the table as this movie is neither informative nor entertaining. The film is a visual spectacle and has been mounted on a massive scale but the sets lack authenticity. The production value is high but there’s no realism. The first half has its flaws but it keeps you engaged. However, this movie couldn’t avoid the curse of the second half. The film has been stretched and the makers torture you even more with unnecessary songs. This movie will certainly test your patience. Some scenes are so funny and mindless that you would surely wonder how much this nepotism-infested Bollywood takes us for granted. This is a project worth Rs. 80 crore and yet, the VFX and CGI are below par. Varun Dhawan is fantastic as Zafar but his overdrawn abs attract more attention than his performance. That said I thoroughly enjoyed watching him. Alia Bhatt is strictly ok and she really needs to slow down while delivering her dialogues. Sonakshi has a very small role, which ends with her death in the first half itself. Sanjay Dutt is seen in a special appearance and he done a good job. Madhuri has only one expression thought the movie and the layers of makeup on her face makes her look very old. Aditya Roy Kapur is a looker and he has give a great performance. Kunal Kemmu is a good actor but his character is very confusing. Kiara Advani is just like a showpiece in this movie and the only thing you see her doing is sleeping with the villain. Kalank lives up to its name and is nothing less than a Kalank on Bollywood. This much-anticipated movie turned out to be a costume drama with a banal story. Some scenes are good, they make an impact however, you can count them on your fingertips. Music is nice but I wish they had deleted a few songs as that would have made this film a bit tolerable. Screenplay and editing are poor and Abhishek Varman, could neither handle the movie nor the star cast. This film needed to be cut short by at least 40 minutes. Cinematography is fantabulous. All I want to say is that Kuch filmein karzon ki tarah hoti hai unhe dekhna nahi jhelna padhta hai. I had no other choice but to watch this movie, but you can avoid it.
Release Date : 19 April 2019
Director : Abhishek Varman
Genre : Drama , Period