Movie Name: Kalank
Average viewer ratings: 4/5
Critic's rating: 3.5/5
The film is set in the pre-independence India where the residents of Husainabad (Lahore) are fighting for their rights. This Abhishek Varman film is primely focused on the rift between the two communities and its after-effects. In the middle of it, the epic love tale blossoms between Zafar and Roop. How they met and what happened next, this film is all about that.
The much-awaited film of the year ‘Kalank’ has finally hit the screens. The film is set in the year 1945 in Husainabad, Lahore of then British India. It was a time when India was on the verge of achieving independence from the British rule and feuds between Hindus and Muslims were rising day by day.
Amid these tensions, blossoms the love story between Roop (a Hindu girl) and Zafar (a Muslim blacksmith). But things are not as simple as they look like. Roop is a married woman, whereas Zafar is an illegitimate child and in some way, they are connected with each other.
Right from its beginning, Kalank overwhelms
you with its sheer grandeur. The sets are outrageously lavish, the costumes
royal and faces breathtakingly beautiful. Each and every frame of this period
drama is a visual treat.
The foundation of Kalank are the emotions of love and hate. The love track between Zafar and Roop remains sparkless right till the end. You are clueless as to why they would destroy themselves in love, as Roop claims in the narration.
In the second half of this magnum opus story seems to be losing its focus. Hardly you understand the hatred between Hindus and Muslims, who, by the end, are after each other’s blood. There is barely any scene that stands out because the characters are not explored to their fullest potential for you to feel for them.
Varun and Alia carry the film on their responsible shoulders and manage to shine despite a half baked script. Varun has given Zafar his all and that shows in every scene he appears in. While his supremely chiseled body adds to the film’s commercial value, his intense kohl eyes say more than words can ever do. Alia imparts fragility to Roop, a young woman who is swaying between moral values and her love for Zafar.
Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt play their parts well but the poor characterization fails them after a point. I wonder why we haven't seen more of them in the movie. Madhuri Dixit, on the other hand, makes her Bahaar Begum a little too caricaturish. She still appears to be stuck in the Devdas zone.
Kalank, in a nutshell, is a royal misfire. It’s a film that tries to accommodate too much but delivers little in the end.
The film has taken Box-Office by storm and has become the biggest opener with around 21.60 crores on its first day. The epic love saga has beaten Kesari, Gully Boy and Total Dhamaal's first day collections and is expected to make 150 crores in its extended weekend.
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