Cast:Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Madhuri Dixit, Kunal Khemu, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt
Movie Review:Kalank was the most awaited movie of 2019. This is the first-period drama film by Karan Johar. The film is set in the pre-independent era and showcases a love triangle. The film begins in Husnabad, Pakistan where Chaudhary family is a reputed family. Aditya Roy Kapoor or Dev is married to Sonakshi Sinha (Satya). They love each other, but for some reason, Dev has to get married to Roop essayed by Alia Bhatt.
The story takes a flip after marriage when Alia become the daughter-in-law of the Chaudhary family. She falls in love with Zafar essayed by Varun Dhawan. When it comes to roles, then it appears that the first half entirely focusses on Alia Bhatt, but as the movie proceeds to the second half you would see other characters of the film emerging and creating impact. Zafar is shown as a man with, and he has some plans to execute, but that is the surprise element of the film.
On the related note, Kunal Khemu emerges as a strong character in the film. It won’t be wrong to say here that at certain moments, his performance is even better than the main characters of the film. Sonakshi Sinha has a small but important role to play. She is decent, Alia Bhatt excels when it comes to displaying emotions, drama, and dance. Varun also looks good. But for me, its Madhuri Dixit steals the show. It is after 22 years that you would see Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt together. Sanjay Dutt also justifies his role, his silence speaks volume in the film.
If you really want to enjoy the film, you have to wait until the second part, especially the last 15 minutes which unfolds wild drama and action. The film excels in cinematography, dialogue delivery, and costumes. But a bit more emphasis on the storyline could have made things better. Well, this was the dream film of Karan Johar’s father, and it’s a decent approach. If you are willing to enjoy a period of drama, then you can watch Kalank.