Kalank Movie Review

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Karan Johar’s upcoming period drama – Kalank – is releasing next week on 17th April 2019. There is a lot of anticipation about the movie with fans eagerly awaiting the release. Whether it’s Kalank’s movie story and cast that you are looking for or it’s the foot-tapping Kalank songs that you wish to listen to, here is everything you need to know about the movie.

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Everything You Need To Know About Kalank!

Here are a few interesting facts about Kalank that are sure to blow over fans:

  1. The plot of the movie was conceptualised by Yash Johar 15 years ago.
  2. Sridevi was originally slated to star in the film. However, after her untimely demise, Madhuri Dixit Nene stepped into her shoes.
  3. It was Sridevi’s daughter, Jhanvi Kapoor, who broke the news on Twitter that Madhuri Dixit Nene has replaced her late mother in the movie and thanked the actress for taking up the role which was offered to her mother.
  4. Anil Kapoor was considered was the role of Balraj Chaudhary after Sanjay Dutt almost opted out of the film.
  5. Part of the story is set in Old Delhi for which a whopping Rs. 15 crores was created in Mumbai’s Film City.
  6. The movie will bring together Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt onscreen after 22 years since the release of Mahaanta in 1997. Though they are not paired opposite each other, there will be scenes in the movie where they will be seen sharing screen space.
  7. Kalank will also bring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt together for the fourth time. The duo has worked together in three other movies before this – Student Of The Year, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
  8. Kriti Sanon and Kiara Advani have item numbers in the movie. While Kriti Sanon is featured in Aira Gaira, Kiara Advani will be seen grooving in the song First Class.
  9. Playing the rebellious Abdul, Kunal Kemmu has an important role in the film.
  10. The last sequence of the song, Tabah ho gaye, that features different types of Kathak spins, was shot in just one take by Madhuri Dixit Nene.
  11. To prepare for her look and diction in the movie, Alia Bhatt watched classic films like Mughal-E-Azam & Umrao Jaan for understanding grace and body-language and hit Pakistani drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai for Urdu diction.
  12. Though majorly shot in Film City, Mumbai, the movie was filmed in other locations like Kargil, Indore, Gwalior and Chanderi.
  13. The film was earlier titled Shiddat when it was announced.

Kalank Movie Synopsis

This mega multi-starrer produced by Karan Johar is one of the most awaited films of 2019. Kalank is a period drama set in pre-independence India. It is the story of an elite family and many of its hidden truths that begin to unfold as communal tensions rise and partition nears. Trapped between this situation are Dev, Satya, Roop, and Zafar who find themselves in the battleground of love.

Kalank Movie Release Date

The movie is slated to release on 17th April 2019 during Good Friday and Easter weekend. Pre-booking for movie tickets has already begun. Customers can avail great deals on Kalank movie tickets on PVR and BookMyShow.

Kalank Movie Cast

With a mega star cast that includes Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, and Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalank is the most awaited movie of 2019. Kunal Khemu and Hiten Tejwani also have pivotal roles in the film.

Directed by Abhishek Varman, this period drama is produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, and Apoorva Mehta. The screenplay has been written by Abhishek Varman.

Kalank Music Review

The music of the film is composed by Pritam while lyrics have been penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Featuring two peppy and foot-tapping dance numbers, two mesmerising raga-based, classic numbers and a soul-stirring Sufi ballad, the soundtrack of Kalank promises to be a treat for all music lovers.

Track Listings:

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1.Ghar More PardesiyaShreya Ghoshal, Vaishali Mhade5:19
2.First ClassArijit Singh, Neeti Mohan4:36
3.Kalank – Title TrackArijit Singh5:11
4.Tabaah Ho GayeShreya Ghoshal4:26
5.Aira GairaAntara Mitra, Javed Ali & Tushar Joshi5:41

Kalank Movie Video Songs

The songs of Kalank have been choreographed by Remo D’Souza and Saroj Khan and the mesmerising visuals of the movie have been shot by Binod Pradhan. The opulent costumes have been designed by Manish Malhotra, Maxima Basu Golani, Ajay Kmr.

Ghar More Pardesiya

Ghar More Pardesiya is a soothing classical number featuring the beautiful Alia Bhatt and the elegant Madhuri Dixit-Nene in one frame. Madhuri Dixit Nene’s and Alia Bhatt’s mesmerizing ‘jugalbandi’ are the main attractions of this song.

First Class

First Class is a peppy number that highlights Varun Dhawan’s character in the film with a subtle play on lyrics in a playful manner. Set in the historic Hira Mandi, this foot-tapping and zingy track features nearly 500 dancers.

Kalank Title Track

Kalank’s title track is a soulful, romantic number infused with soothing Sufi music. The song focuses on the innocent romance blossoming between Zafar and Roop in spite of the stark differences in their status and personalities.

Tabaah Ho Gaye

Tabaah ho gaye is a classical song picturized on the charismatic Madhuri Dixit Nene aka Bahaar Begum. Attired in a stunning orange Anarkali suit and traditional jewellery, the dancing diva casts her magic on fans with jaw-dropping and graceful Kathak moves.

Aira Gaira

This seductive number marks the special appearance of Kriti Sanon in the movie. The song’s vibrant colours, majestic sets, alluring dance moves, playful lyrics and chemistry between Aditya Roy Kapur and Varun Dhawan is sure to have fans dancing to its tunes.

Kalank Movie Trailer

The trailer of the most anticipated movie of 2019 – Kalank – was launched on 3rd April.

It gave the fans a glimpse of what’s in store for them – mesmerising lavish sets, larger-than-life characters, gorgeous costumes and amega star cast that’s sure to impress with their stunning performance.

As the trailer progresses, hard-hitting dialogues unravel the plot of the film. It also gives glimpses of some unexpected faces – Kriti Sanon and Kiara Advani who make special appearances in songs and Kunal Kemmu, who seems to play a pivotal role in the film.

Check out the trailer of the film and you’ll understand what we are talking about!

Kalank Movie Box Office Predictions

Since Kalank is slated to release on 17th April, over Good Friday and Easter weekend, it is sure to draw in hug crowds on opening day. The current buzz is that the movie could rake in Rs. 20+ crores on Day 1. The star-studded cast of Kalank is also expected to bring hordes to the cinemas to watch this anticipated film.

Kalank Movie Budget

With lavish sets, opulent costumes and a mega star cast, the budget of Kalank is rumoured to be approximately Rs. 125 crores. Industry insiders believe that a good Rs. 40 crores each has been spent on sets and promotions alone.

Kalank Movie Posters

Kalank Movie Teaser

The teaser of Kalank was launched on 12th March.

It introduced the cinephiles to the luxurious sets, stunning costumes, larger-than-life characters, emphatic dialogues, a thumping background score, and an intriguing plotline.

The 2-minute teaser takes you back in time with intricately interlaced stories of six characters who are connected by revenge and love. It hints at a love triangle between the characters of Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Varun Dhawan and a connection between Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt’s characters.

The teaser garnered the highest number of views for a teaser in a single day.

Watch the world of Kalank come to life below.

Kalank First Look Posters

Presenting the Men Of Kalank

The much-awaited first-look of the Men of Kalank was revealed on 7th March on social media.

Varun Dhawan as Zafar

The first poster revealed Varun Dhawan’s character, Zafar. Flaunting long dreadlocks, intense and kohl-rimmed eyes, Varun Dhawan leaves us spellbound with his never seen before avatar.

“It’s been a hell of a journey playing this gem of a character. So, guys, meet Zafar,” Varun wrote on his Twitter handle.

Alia Bhatt too took to Twitter to unveil the poster, captioning it as, “Fearless in love. Fearless for love. Super happy to present Zafar!”

Sonakshi Sinha’s post came with the description, “The flamboyant hero of our larger-than-life world. Presenting Zafar!”

The producer of the film, Karan Johar described him as someone who ‘flirts with life and danger!’

Presenting the first Madhuri Dixit Nene wrote, “Our world is grand and our hero is brave. Proud to present Zafar!”

Aditya Roy Kapur As Dev Chaudhary

The second look to be revealed was that of Aditya Roy Kapur who plays the character of Dev in the movie. Burning cars and buildings can be seen in the background with Dev holding what looks like a sword in his hand.

Presenting this first look Varun Dhawan wrote, ‘He defines the nobility of his era! Here’s Dev!’ 

Madhuri Dixit Nene described Dev Chaudhary as someone who is, ‘Regal. Righteous. Proud. Meet Dev!’

Karan Johar introduced him as someone who has, ‘A virtuous heart with an uncorrupted mind.’

Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinha too took to Twitter to launch his first look. Their posts described him as someone who, ‘He defines the nobility of his era!’ and ‘redefines compassion.’

Sanjay Dutt As Balraj Chaudhary

The third look to be revealed was that of Balraj Chaudhary who’s played by Sanjay Dutt. Balraj is the patriarch of the Chaudhary family. Looking pensive in the poster, Dutt can be seen sporting a salt and pepper beard look and wearing old school glasses.

While Varun Dhawan introduced him as someone who, ‘embodies the word formidable,’ Madhuri Dixit Nene presented him as, ‘The grand old authoritarian of this grand old world.’

Karan Johar described him as someone who has, ‘The most powerful voice of the table.’

Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinha too took to Twitter to launch Sanjay Dutt’s first look in the magnum opus Kalank. Alia wrote, ‘If Kalank was a kingdom, he would be king! Presenting Balraj!’ While Sonakshi captioned her post as ‘He runs this grand world with an iron fist! Meet Balraj Chaudhry! ‘

Presenting The Women Of Kalank

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the first looks of the Women of Kalank were revealed.

Alia Bhatt As Roop

Alia Bhatt plays the role of Roop in the movie. Her first look oozes elegance & grandeur and she looks nothing less than royalty. Shy and coy, Roop is seen dressed as a bride in red and traditional jewelry.  

Describing her role, Varun Dhawan tweeted, ‘Bold. Courageous. Strong-willed.’

Madhuri Dixit Nene introduced her as someone who’s, ‘Full of life and has a heart of gold.’

Captioning his tweet as ‘To love her is to love fire,’ Karan Johar presented her as someone who has been through a lot of pain in life.

Sonakshi Sinha too took to Twitter to introduce her co-star presenting her as someone who is, ‘Free, bound only by love!’

Sonakshi Sinha As Satya Chaudhary

The second look revealed was that of Sonakshi Sinha who plays the role of Satya. She is cast opposite Aditya Roy Kapur in the movie and is depicted as someone who, in a chaotic world, she holds the fort with her grace. In Sonakshi Sinha’s own words, Satya stands for, ‘Love, longing, integrity, and sacrifice.’

Karan Johar introduced her as someone who is, ‘Pure, elegant and filled with love.’

Going by Alia Bhatt’s tweet, ‘The one who holds the family together. Here’s Satya!’ Satya is the glue that holds the family together.

Madhuri Dixit Nene and Varun Dhawan too took to Twitter to launch Satya’s first look. While Madhuri portrayed her as ‘The one who is an ocean of love,’ Varun called her ‘The voice of reason in a turbulent world!’

Madhuri Dixit Nene As Bahar Begum

The producers left the best for last. The final Kalank look to be introduced was that of Bahar Begum who’s played by Madhuri Dixit. She plays a courtesan in the movie and looks mesmerizing and ethereal. Her timeless beauty leaves the fans asking for more. She is portrayed as someone who is headstrong and independent.

Expressing her gratitude on playing Bahar, Madhuri Dixit wrote, ‘It was my honor to play such an enchanting character.’

Karan Johar described her as, ‘Enchanting, ethereal & timeless. The true ‘Begum’ of hearts, Bahaar!’

Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinha too took to Twitter to launch this first look. While Alia portrayed her as ‘The ethereal and enigmatic enchantress.’ Sonakshi Sinha captioned her tweet, The most beautiful and enchanting Bahaar Begum is here.’

Earlier, producer Karan Johar took to Instagram to share the first look from Kalank and also penned an emotional post. 

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