A historical drama film directed by Abhishek Varman, starring Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles.Wikipedia
Just shy of three hours Kalank is ultimately tiring and heartbreaking even. You can see the talent on screen. If only there was a sharper script to harness it.
Kalank doesn’t really lift off the screen. The whole feels like a giant set, stately and ponderous and minus impact; the characters all costumed and perfumed and largely life-less, sparking only in bits and pieces.
Kalank often feels too much, and I only wish it made me do the same. It is a stunningly plated meal, but needed salt.
The Film Is Consumed By Its Commitment To Beauty And Boredom...The film decorates, pauses, gasps, whispers, sighs, romanticizes and ultimately chokes on its own derived sense of (slam) poetry
At the end of this rather long movie, Alia asks 'What do you see in this story? Kalank or love?'I saw beauty at its emptiest. You won't be able to look away. But you won't feel anything either.
Kalank has unmistakable contemporary resonance because it celebrates the transformative power of love and reconciliation in a time of rampant discord. It is worth a viewing not only for what it says, but also for how it says it.
While 'Kalank' scales up 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 stand 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.
Kalank is a visual treat. Three words to sum it up would be – it’s beautifully chaotic (incidentally, this is also Alia’s Twitter status). Anyway, some movies are best seen and less analysed. Go, watch it!
Kalank is the tale of forbidden love and star-crossed lovers. Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha star in a film that deserves a watch ONLY for its visual extravaganza.
Kalank is surely not from those “kuch daag” which are good. It’s a skid mark on every actor’s filmography associated with the movie. Stuns visually & that’s about it! Me to Karan Johar after this: Peeche dekho, peeche toh dekho (Baahubali).
KALANK is a visual spectacle that lacks soul and falters big time on account of its writing, length as well as music. At the box office, the film will suffer due to negative word of mouth and therefore the collections will drop after the initial euphoria subsides. DISAPPOINTING!
Despite the preponderance of sets and costumes spectacular enough to make Baz Luhrmann weep with envy, and a handful of thrillingly choreographed production numbers that sporadically quicken the movie’s pulse and boost its eye-candy quotient, the attractive yet underwhelming lead players are too hampered by the lethargic narrative to sufficiently distract viewers from their awareness of time passing and interest diminishing.
By no means is Kalank an unbearable film, but there is a constant tryst to divert our attention from its storyline.
It is tempting to not think of the troubling, damaging politics of Kalank because it is fronted by such a likeable cast and comes in such pretty packaging. There is nothing pretty though about the lack of nuance in its portrayal of Hindu-Muslim equations and the lasting image from this film of the ferocious Muslim who destroys not just the other but also his own in pursuit of a cause.
Kalank's all-out commitment to a consistently feverish emotional pitch makes it an anomaly. No one, save Sanjay Leela Bhansali, does this sort of gale-force melodrama anymore. In a Bollywood that’s trying to look more self-aware, emotion can be a lead weight. I'd be curious to see what audiences make of the film over the next week or two; the one I saw it with seemed to tire by the end of all the eloquence.
Audience Reviews for Kalank
Awesome movie.. great story butif you unable to link the story then this movie is not for you i.e don't watch if you have low IQ level.
Kaash ki 1946 ki movie banane se pahle ek bar uss wakt ke taur tareeke Jan lete. Over acting of Varun, aaliya. Kya style se chalte Hain Zafar Saab. Aur aaliya ka love start bhi na samajh me aaya. Madhuri Ji ka dance kuchh jyada hi tha. Ekdum pakaaoo movie.
Waste of money , too boring
It’s too boring and slow movie , totally waste of money