Kalank is way too long but is still watchable.
Set in the mid 1940s in Husnabad, the film focusses on a few characters & their lives. Dev (Aditya Roy Kapoor) & Satya (Sonakshi Sinha) play a married couple. Satya proposes a plan which Roop (Alia Bhatt) accepts with a condition. Varun Dhawan plays Zafar, a blacksmith who works for Abdul (Kunal Kemmu). Balraj Chaudhry (Sanjay Dutt) is Dev’s father while Bahaar Begum (Madhuri Dixit) is a music teacher.
With a length of 168 minutes, Kalank is way too flabby. There are many portions, songs & dialogues that weren’t required. The first half is mainly spent in character introductions, cheesy dialogues by Zafar and a revelation just before the intermission. But the second half surprisingly manages to keep you involved.
Kalank is full of heavy dialogues like ‘Ishq ki galiyan badi geeli hoti hain, Zafar miyan. Aksar ashiiq phisalkar mooh ke bal girta hai’ or ‘Ishq ka andhapan akal ke darwaje band kar deta hai’. They just get to you after a point.
Kalank works mainly because of its story. You are interested and want to know how it’ll all end. There are actions and drama to keep you engaged. Not to forget the many twists.
Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt are excellent and have good chemistry. Aditya Roy Kapur acts well. Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha don’t have much to do. Madhuri Dixit deserved a meatier role. The jugalbandi between Alia & Madhuri is to die for. Kunal Kemmu is superb.
Kalank is definitely not flawless but is yet worth watching because of its decent story and good performances. We give it 3 stars with a kalankit kink.
Feature name: Kalank Starring: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kemmu Director: Abhis...3.0