Kalank Movie Review: A Tale of Eternal love laced with partition and Bhansali-sque brand of grandeur.Modified On: 17 April 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
The film is high on drama with a song dance routine, heavy lifted dialogues, and solid performance of ensemble cast but tests your patience because of its screen timing.
After watching the film, it is understood that the film is an ode to all the drama-laced films Yash Chopra, Nasir Hussain, and Raj Kapoor used to produce back in days.
Kalank has it all which these yesteryear filmmakers used to make. The songs, romance, betrayal, revenge, and dialogue-baazi( this film is a crash course to learn Urdu for the millennials) you name. But audiences have grown with the kind of content-driven films are been made in today’s contemporary Hindi cinema, Kalank is a bit outdated.
But the makers smartly based the story in the pre-independence era so that the audience doesn’t feel the lack of connectivity.
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The film begins with the introduction of Alia Bhatt’s character Roop which is quite similar to the introduction of Aishwarya Rai in the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
Roop is an ambitious young girl but circumstances make her get married to Aditya Roy Kapur’s character Dev Chaudhry who is already married to Satya (Sonakshi Sinha).
Dev declares, Iss Rishte Mein Izzat Hogi Pyar Nahin Hoga (This relation will have respect not love) to Roop.
Disheartened Roop finds solace in the court run by Bahaar Begum (Madhuri Dixit proves once again why she is a legend) learning singing from her.
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Roop meets Zafar (Varun Dhawan) who is a blacksmith and is been discarded from the society for him being an illegitimate child. They fall in love amidst religious tension occurring around them and how it affects their relationship is the crux of the film.
The film has everything expected from a typical Bollywood masala film and Kalank is one of them. But the problem is it’s tiringly long (2hrs 46 mins) and somewhat you lose your patience after you reach the pre-climax.
The ensemble cast of the film has given a commendable performance.
Varun Dhawan has given a fine performance. As Zafar, he has shown the pain and grief of the character with a tinge of vengeance. It’s his meatiest role after Badlapur.
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Alia Bhatt is great to watch and this film boosts her stardom.
Aditya Roy Kapur after a long time got a significant role, he is good but scenes his deadpan face reduces the emotions the character needs to express.
Sonakshi Sinha has a brief role in the film but she is okay in the role but not a noteworthy performance.
Madhuri Dixit, she is undoubtedly the most respectable actress in the industry and she sparkled in the character of Begum Jaan. Due to her grace and personality, the other co-actors seems to be weak in front of this veteran actor.
Watch out her performance in the song Tabaah Ho Gaye, she is truly a legendary dancing diva.
Sanjay Dutt has justified his role but he too briefly appears in the film but makers have justified this by showing special appearance by Sanjay Dutt on the title cards.
A stand out performance in the movie is from Kunal Khemu as Abdul who is cunning, brutal and can do anything for his community. This actor is less utilized by Bollywood and he should get a meatier role in future reducing his role in brainless madcap comedies.
This film is rich in its grandeur, the film is noteworthy for its cinematography and Abhishek Varman has the director is quite improved and evolved compared to his previous venture.
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The scene was Zafar fights with the bull is unnecessarily imposed to give a cinematic feel but turned out to be a bad imposter of a scene from Bahubali.
At last, Kalank is a film which celebrates love in amidst of hatred, sorrow and pain. As Roop asks in the end to us, either their love was a disgrace or not. You can too decide is this film a Kalank to your intellect or a tale of eternal love.
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