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Directed by : Abhishek Varman

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Set in 1945, the movie follows a married woman who falls in love with the man who is trying to destroy her family


“Grand visuals and good performances can't save Kalank from its lackluster screenplay”

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Visual grandeur can't save this painfully slow and insipid film

Rated 2.5 / 5
by Madan Mohan Marwah (8,083 DM Points) | See all my reviews

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Only the DOP Binod Pradhan and producer Karan Johar could have got an uncomfortable feeling halfway through filming that the film was shaping up to a disaster and probably it was too late. The writer, director, music director are too involved in the making of the project which is their baby and nobody calls their baby ugly.
As one sits through the first 30 minutes of the movie, one can feel the severe disconnect between the film and the audience . Inspite of the efforts of the actors the scenes leave no impact due to stagy presentation. What strikes one is that the emotions seem fake and there seems to be a lot of overacting. Another undesirable feature is the high screening time of 166 minutes.
Director Abhishek Varman has top class actors and an excellent DOP at his disposal but the screenplay and the dialogue let him down. Also the narrative is jerky and too many characters flitting in and out. Top stars are doing cameo parts.
A word of praise for the well shot and edited climax and the superb cinematography which is clearly the highlight of the film.
Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt have acted well while Madhuri Dikshit, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha have done bit roles in a pedestrian manner.
The genre of this film is tailor made for the likes of Sanjay Leila Bansali who would have worked on the screenplay/ dialogue and turned out a blockbuster.

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