Seriously, what’s up with Karan Johar and his films just on broken, disastrous and impossible relationships?
I fail to understand his ideology behind all his recent stories. Is he going through a bad phase? A depression, perhaps? Literally, it is the most lingered on film of this year. The story is lengthier than the time you take to get rid of that chewing gum, that you had accidentally stepped on while walking. It is tortoiselike, too. The speed of a dial-up internet would be more rapid than it.
Kalank fancies a couple of well-choreographed scenes, gorgeous and sumptuous sets, dazzling costumes and a tempting star cast. But, and that is a big but, it is shattered into a thousand pieces from within. Vacuous, mostly. Predictability rate is hiked at ninety five percent. Some of the critics and editors mentioned that the film’s principle ideology and genre are very similar to that of Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s. Well, at least SLB films consist of a refreshing story line every time. It was too big a responsibility for Abhishek Varman (director and story writer) after making a small-scaled 2 States.
Arijit Singh with the title song, ‘Kalank‘ and Shreya Ghoshal with ‘Ghar More Pardesiya‘ & her help in the background score, is the only music [by Pritam] which is favourable in the whole film.
About the actors in the film, it is really not hidden as to how good all of them are, except Varun Dhawan [his improvisation is always over the top]. They are either experienced or skillful. Their input is pretty good, yet, doesn’t help the plodded plot in any measure. I really didn’t like the fact that the makers of the film mentioned, in the start, that the role of Sanjay Dutt (as Balraj Chaudhry) is of a ‘special appearance’. Why would you do that when there isn’t any actor in the film apart from Madhuri Dixit (as Bahaar Begum) who can take the responsibility of carrying a film on his/her shoulder. It is the little things that matter. I really loved the bits of Hiten Tejwani (as Abbas) and Achint Kaur (as Saroj) on the big screen, after a long time.
The characters built for the actors are a bit too fragile. There is just this one character, of Kunal Khemu, which is thought of and played, very honestly. It seemed strong and rigid.