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Movie Review: Kalank (2019)

★★☆☆☆
Box Office: TBA

Set in 1946 in Husnabad which is apparently close to Lahore in the Dharma-world (but in reality, it’s in Telangana), and we can see snow-clad mountains as Zafar (Varun Dhawan) plays the sport of Bullfighting in Spanish-style. Roop (Alia Bhatt) while running after a falling kite starts dancing with the villagers and complains about how hard it was to catch the kite. Satya (Sonakshi Sinha) is dying because of a fatal disease and wants Roop to marry her husband Dev (Aditya Roy Kapur), because why not?

Roop agrees because she has two ‘unmarried’ sisters and her father will not be able to ‘take care’ of them alone. Don’t underestimate Roop! She also has some demands to stay in Dev’s castle after getting married to him and being his second wife – she wants to learn singing from a brothel owner Bahar Begum (Madhuri Dixit). Balraj Chaudhry (Sanjay Dutt) is head of the house and does nothing apart from doing nothing. All of these ingredients mix together to make that thing which our mothers warned not to take from strangers on the road.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur’s film is beautifully chaotic”
DNA India
3.5 “Rests on three strong pillars – Story, dialogues and performances”
Planetbollywood
3.0 “Kalank is a true labour of love that tells you a story laced with beautiful moments that will tug at your heartstrings.”
TOI
3.0 “An Extravagant Costume Drama for Millennials”
News18
3.0 “Watch it for the performances and the opulence”
Filmfare
3.0 “Karan Johar’s Message of Love in the Time of War Is a Cinematic Treat”
Masala
3.0 “The Artificiality Works Because The Emotions Feel Real”
Anupama Chopra
Average Reviews
2.5 “Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan film paints a beautiful canvas.”
Gulfnews
2.5 “High on aesthetics, low on content; Varun-Alia’s chemistry holds the ground”
Indiatvnews
2.5 “Love conquers all in this period drama”
Sify
2.5 “You won’t be able to look away. But you won’t feel anything either.”
Rediff
2.5 “Just wants to go home, and don’t care why this film is called Kalank”
Nowrunning
2.5 “Not Love, It’s The Weak Story Which Ends Up As A Bane!”
Filmibeat
2.5 “Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt shine in Abhishek Varman’s dull film”
TNN
2.5 “Varun Dhawan and Madhuri Dixit can’t salvage this beautiful, hollow film”
Hindustantimes
2.5 “A great cinematic experience, but is it worth a watch?”
Mid-Day
Negative Reviews
2.0 “KALANK is a visual spectacle that lacks soul and falters big time on account of its writing, length as well as music. “
Bollywoodhungama
2.0 “Sab 3rd Class Hai!”
Movietalkies
2.0 “Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan excel in tale of star-crossed love”
Indiatoday
1.5 “All show and no go”
Indianexpress
1.0 “Kalank is surely not from those “kuch daag” which are good. It’s a skid mark on every actor’s filmography associated with the movie. “
Koimoi
1.0 “The Film Is Consumed By Its Commitment To Beauty And Boredom”
Filmcompanion

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