Abhishek Varman's Kalank is all about Dev Chaudhry (Aditya Roy Kapur), a newspaper editor, whose first wife Satya (Sonakshi Sinha) is terminally ill and wants to see her husband settled before she dies.
In walks Roop (Alia Bhatt) who is married off to an already married Dev. Stuck in a loveless marriage, Roop is drawn towards Zafar (Varun Dhawan), a local blacksmith and the illegitimate son of a courtesan named Bahaar Begum (Madhuri Dixit) and Balraj Chaudhary (Sanjay Dutt). Uff!!
From here on starts a never-ending melodrama which is just like a television soap and just goes on and on and on. With a stellar star cast, one would expect that the story would have something new to offer. But the ill-fated romances and the relationships follow a predictable route.
The dialogues are heavy, and the screenplay is just all over the place. To make matter worse, the film just refuses to move. It just goes on and on and all you can do it pray for this saga to end. Despite the multi-star cast and the extravagant sets, Kalank is painfully empty beneath its glitzy shell.
Directed by Abhishek Varman and shot by Binod Pradhan, Kalank is just a visual extravaganza. To me Kalank is another Saawariya, a film that looks good, has a great cast, lovely sets but no soul. SAD BUT TRUE!!
All in all, Kalank is laced with loads of melodrama, the costumes and sets overpower the telling and last but not least, most of the characters look out of place.
Do want the film if you are desperate to see this one because I am sure you will end up getting hugely disappointed as Kalank has nothing to offer. It's just all about some scenes that have been stuck together by loads and loads of money.
Rating: One And A Half