‘Kalank’ review: Grand sets and lavish costumes saves the day for not so good story

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Abhishek Varman’s highly anticipated movie ‘Kalank‘ has an ensemble cast of top actors of Bollywood and still failed to make an impact on the audience. The film narrates a complex love story of Roop (Alia Bhatt) and Zafar (Varun Dhawan).

The story is set a few years before India Pakistan partition, in a city called Husnabad. The small town is populated by blacksmiths, where lives the most affluent family, the “Chaudharys”. The father and son duo Dev (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Balraj (Sanjay Dutt) Chaudhary run a liberal newspaper called The Daily News. Under some unexpected circumstances, Dev is married to Roop. The relationship is just based on compromise and not love, which leads to Roop falling in love with a local blacksmith Zafar.

The love which is blossoming between Roop and Zafar will never be accepted in the society to which they belong but what is love if not complex?

The old and stale plot has its own freshness, but what takes away a viewer’s heart is the giant-sized sets and costumes which are lavish. The visual details are perfect to the “T”.

Some intimate moments between Dev and Satya (Sonakshi Sinha) are beautiful. Madhuri Dixit in her role as Bahaar Begum looks gorgeous and fits perfectly into the character of a dancer. No one can match the grace of the actress when it comes to dancing and here also she just wins our heart.

The surprise element of the film is Kunal Kemmu in the role of Zafar’s friend Abdul. The slightly underrated actor gave his best performance in the grey shade.

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