If you are an avid 90s Bollywood movie fan then you would have noticed that the formula of making a movie hit was pretty simple back then. All you had to do was shoot on some great locations, get a big Bollywood star, set-up amazing sets and clad the actresses in lovely chiffon sarees. Hum aapke hain kaun, DDLJ, Ishq, Kuch Kuch hota hai, and Hum Dil de chuke sanam garnered great Bollywood success through this time-tested formula. But is it applicable now? We must say no because otherwise SRK starrer ZERO and Salman Khan starrer Race 3 would have been a Bollywood hit.
There is only one director in Bollywood who can still create a dreamy world of opulence and charm that no one can match—Sanjay Leela Bhansali. His movies take you to a whole together different world and as an audience, you have no other option but to surrender to his creative perception. Director Abhishek Varman tried to create the same kind of magic through Kalank but failed miserably because even good Bollywood sets and designer clothes can’t bring about the magic if they are not woven in a good script.
As per the latest Bollywood news, the movie may have garnered more than 60 crores during its first week but its loose storytelling is a disappointment to both critics and general public.
All in all, Kalank is a turbulent love story between Roop (Alia Bhatt) and Zafar (Varun Dhawan) at the backdrop of independence era which is also spiced up with forced marriage, religious bias, extra-marital affair, and much more. In an attempt to accommodate so many things in a single script, the film becomes excruciatingly long and audience is bound to feel miserably bored.
Kalank movie starts with Alia Bhatt (Roop) forcibly getting married to Balraj (Aditya Roy Kapoor) because his first wife (Sonakshi Sinha) asked him to do so as she is suffering from cancer. Roop is bound to accept the compromise as it comes with the security of giving financial backup to his family. Roop arrives in the city and meets Zafar where there forbidden tale of love starts.
This movie also came with a promise of Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt working together after 25 years but their roles are not substantial enough. After all, in a movie where Brothels looks like Palaces what can we possibly expect? The only redeeming number in the movie is Ghar more Pardesiya but it would have been better if Madhuri Dixit would have danced to this number. Her talent is thoroughly wasted in Tabah ho gaye and the two item numbers—first class and aira gaira Nathu Gaira starring Kiara Advani and Kreeti Sannon is completely forgettable.
Kalank is a perfect example of how even big-budget Bollywood movies do not bring about good results if there isn’t anything solid about them.