Movie Review: Kalank is a visually overwhelming experience

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Amid much fanfare, Abhishek Varman’s Kalank finally hits the screens today. One of Dharma Productions’ most ambitious projects, the multi-starrer period drama features Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles. In the past couple of days, the high-budgeted project has been in the news for several reasons. From its extravagant scale to its highly popular star cast to its ear-catching soundtrack, everything about it has been making headlines.

But now is the time to know what Kalank is like. Is it worth your time and money? Or should it be given a miss? Our in-house film critic Amman Khurana is watching the first-day-first-show of the film. He is halfway through it and it’s interval time. Here’s what he has to say about the first half:

“In terms of visuals, Kalank is truly an overwhelming experience. The sets are grand, costumes royal and faces breathtakingly beautiful. It’s an ensemble cast but soon enough, the focus shifts to Varun Dhawan’s Zafar and Alia Bhatt’s Roop. By now, the two have had full-fledged songs dedicated to their respective characters. Others too get ample screen time.

It’s 1945 when India was on the verge of achieving independence. While the film is essentially about complicated human relationships, the Hindu-Muslim feuds serve as an apt backdrop.

There are too many songs, because of which the film appears to be running at a languid pace. The first half, however,  has ended at a point from where one can expect the film to pick up speed and get interesting.”

Kalank, co-produced by Fox Star Studios and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, brings the hit pair of Varun and Alia for the fourth time together after Student Of The YearHumpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Being a Wednesday release, the film will enjoy an extended five-day weekend at the box-office.


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