kalank movie review 2Kalank Movie Director: Abhishek Varman

Kalank Movie Cast: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur, Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Kunal Kemmu

Kalank Movie Review Rating: 3/5 three stars out of 5

At the onset of this Kalank movie review would like to say that Im a Madhuri Dixit fan and if you are too then Kalank is the film for you.

Having said that I  would like to add here that the fact that Madhuri is Kalank’s glow does not take away from the fact that both Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt shine out in what could be one of the toughest best roles of their careers so far.

The story is set in the time India is rolling into independence around 1946. These are turbulent times and it is here that love flickers  blossoms  and then rides a wave of passion, to what conclusion I won’t answer as that would be telling

Roop played by Alia Bhatt is BFF with Satya played by Sonakshi Sinha, in fact, they live together as Satya is suffering from a fatal disease and this is her request. Roop also works in a newspaper with Satya’s husband Dev played by Aditya Roy Kapur. While at the newspaper she meets with Zafar Varun Dhawan in the film

He as well as Madhuri Dixit live in the area of Husanabad known as Hira Mandi, where Madhuri is a courtesan.  Kalank is therefore very reminiscent of Madhuri’s role as  Chandramukhi from Devdas. All I can say from frame one onward Madhuri is transfixing . in fact at the time I get lost often believing I’m watching the Bollywood version of a fairy tale where Madhuri is the princess.

Now on to the other two characters on whose shoulders  Kalank rests Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. The two work  Student Of the Year, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, in Kalank too they take forward the same chemistry and ease while dealing with very emotionally charged times.

While other like Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt don’t have big parts to play they too look a million bucks in a film that all through its 3 hours run time looks like a million bucks. Then again this is a Karan Johar film and if it didn’t look picture perfect I’d be surprised.

Screenwriter-director Abhishek Varman has certainly worked overtime to give us a beautiful. Every frame looks perfect every twist in the tale measured every tear falls perfectly too perfect Id say

Therein lies my minus for the film. In a film that is 3 hours long, every scene looks like taken from a fairy tale and placed on the screen. it all to perfect for me.

I want to know more about Zafar and what goes on in his mind I don’t go there. This is a love triangle set in turbulant partition times here I neither buy into the passion of the love story nor the tensions that gripped the subcontinent during the time.

I dare say this is as close to a Bhansali film as any can get cinematography has been given much attention and every frame is large and beautiful.

But a large and beautiful frame an engrossing film doesn’t make. What Kalank lacks is a buy into the characters and their stories. I may identify with the beauty but Do I  say yes here is a character I relate to. Except for Varun Dhawan, I just don’t buy into the characters and the story of themselves they are enacting on screen. IN a film that is this long this tends to be boring at times.

I still stick to my guns when I say long movies are out  and Kalank is a long movie that gives me pretty pictures  but I would have liked more  to bite on  than pretty pictures

I will give my Kalank movie review rating  3/5 three stars out of five.


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