A must watch for moviegoers who like intense love stories
When we think about a movie that is mounted on a huge scale and is a period love story, the first thing that comes in our mind is Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The filmmaker has set a scale for period love stories. But this time it is Abhishek Varman who has tried his hands on this genre with his directorial Kalank. So, did Abhishek succeed in giving us a good film? Well, partly yes…
Watch it If you like -
If you like intense love stories than this movie is a must watch for you.
But Beware of -
It drags a lot. The film’s runtime is 168 mins which is quite long.
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Karan Johar has directed many big films, but this time he is just producing this one and his protégé Abhishek Varman has worn the director’s hat. It is a film made on a big scale and that we can clearly see while watching the movie. But what doesn’t much impress here is that Varman could have got more emotional factors. He tries hard to make us cry in many scenes but apart from a couple scenes where you might feel choked, nothing else happens here. However, moviegoers who love intense romantic films will be impressed with this one.
Alekh (Story) – Patkatha (Screenplay)
So, what is Kalank all about? Satya (Sonakshi Sinha) is suffering from cancer and before she dies she wants her husband, Dev (Aditya Roy Kapur) to get married to another girl. The girl is Roop (Alia Bhatt). Roop after getting married decides to learn singing from Bahaar Begum (Madhuri Dixit) who stays in Hira Mandi. There she meets Zafar (Varun Dhawan). Love blossoms between the two, but will this love be accepted or it will be called as Kalank?
Story by Shibani Bathija is quite good. A proper one for a period love story. The love story is very well gelled up with partition, but it’s the screenplay of Varman that falters here. There are scenes that seem to be too long and even there’s too much of Varun and Alia on the big screen. At some point, the other characters just vanish away and we wonder were they even there in the film, especially Sonakshi’s character.
There are scenes that would have clearly been edited out and were not required. The runtime of 168 mins is just too long for a movie like this.
Actors are the soul of the film especially Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Madhuri Dixit. Alia Bhatt is simply outstanding. I wonder if there’s any other actress in Bollywood who can cry the way she does. Aditya Roy Kapur is the big surprise here. He is wonderful as Dev and we can clearly call this one his career’s best performance. Madhuri Dixit steals the shows whenever she comes on the big screen. Varun Dhawan is strictly average here and Sonakshi Sinha does a good job in her small role. Sanjay Dutt too leaves a mark and Kunal Kemmu impresses.
By the way, I am not much impressed with the chemistry between Varun and Alia. More than their chemistry I loved the chemistry between Aditya and Sonakshi. The two have a scene that will surely make you emotional.
Geet Sangeet (Music)
The songs of Kalank are already chartbusters, but when you leave the theatre you might come out humming the title track.
Nirnay (FilmyCurry Verdict)
Kalank might not be a great period love story, but it surely deserves a watch especially for Alia and Aditya.