The 'Kalank' Experience - It Ain't Just A Title...
Kalank has all ingredients of a Hit Commercial entertainer Compelling story, Big Budget, Item numbers, Star Cast, Action, Except a Good Pace. Leave the pauses between dialogues of different characters, here the pause between consecutive dialogues of same character are so long that you could quickly check your phone notifications in between.
Set in the backdrop of pre-independence, Kalank happens as biographical narration by Alia Bhat’s character to a journalist who is chronicling unknown stories of partitions. In the beginning, The movie doesn’t waste time and quickly establishes the terminal disease condition of Sonakshi Sinha. As per her death wish her husband Aditya Roy Kapur marries Alia Bhatt. But their marriage only has respect not love, so it creates room for a romance between Alia’s character and Varun Dhawan’s. from here onwards the movie too invests too much on the lead pair and pre-independence backdrop takes a break till pre-climax. The motives of Varun Dhawan's character behind this love affair is the crux of Kalank and the remaining movie is just about dealing with the consequences of his vengeance.
Kalank has many evident inspirations from many contemporary movies of this genre. The most evident is the Sanjay Leela Bhansali style of set designs and Visuals. There is an uncalled for VFX bullfight sequence, that many would arguably say is inspired from Baahubali. Bull fight sequence in the Baahubali was one of the few weak VFX scenes in the movie, but after watching the one in Kalank you would feel that it was way better in Baahubali.
The BGM could have made the melodramatic theme of the movie interesting, but it's just okayish. The Scores provided by Pritam are good but often makes you feel it could have been better. The only attraction in terms of music would be Arijit's vocals. Interesting trivia, Every important character or special appearance except for Sanjay Dutt has a song or at least has danced once in a song. Also, there are item numbers despite Karan johar's promise to not have one in any of his future productions
Kalank is a compelling story with all ingredients added if not perfectly but adequately, but the only problem with the movie is its slow narration and pace and some glitches in VFX. If you are a fan of tragedies and melodrama’s then you better not miss the show but if you are a fan of fast-paced action adventure then you better wait for Avengers Endgame.