Abhishek Varman’s much-anticipated film Kalank, despite the mixed verdict from critics, opened to a good audience turnout. Yours truly, who had missed out on the morning show found it practically impossible to get tickets for an afternoon show as theatres were completely booked. It was kind of reassuring.
Kalank, a pre-Partition drama about star-crossed lovers Roop (Alia Bhatt) and Zafar (Varun Dhawan) is the millennial reprised version of films like Yash Chopra’s Waqt that settle for historical events as a backdrop to family sagas.
The story set in a fictitious city Husnabad close to Lahore is about Zafar, an ironsmith and also the illegitimate child born of an affair between Bahaar Begum (Madhuri Dixit-Nene) and Balraj Chaudhary (Sanjay Dutt).
Roop, born to a poor musician, is expected to marry Dev Chaudhary (Aditya Roy Kapur), the aristocratic owner of a newspaper to change the family fortunes. When Dev’s cancer-stricken wife Satya (Sonakshi Sinha) shows up asking for her hand as a companion of sorts, it’s just too tempting an offer to be passed up. This arrangement is agreed upon and Roop finds herself in a new home and an awkward relationship. Zafar, on the other hand, seeks revenge. He wants to destroy Balraj Chaudhary’s family name and in the restless Roop, he finds the perfect opportunity to do so. It’s the perfect recipe for a love story with disastrous consequences.
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s grandiose, operatic influence in songs and set design is more than evident especially in the way that Hira Mandi, the abode of Bahaar Begum, is designed. Costumes by Maxima Basu and Ajay Kumar are the last word in ethnic chic and are likely to set a few trends.
(Source :- News18)