It’s been more than a hundred days in 2019 and the KALANK of not having seen a single movie on a first day, first show basis was beginning to get darker. I decided that today was going to be the day for me to erase that KALANK, and I did that by watching the first show of Karan Johar’s KALANK (co-produced by FoxStar Studios and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment).
In less than an hour of my beginning to watch KALANK, my mind began to wander and speculate on a hypothesis as to why this movie was called KALANK. In 1993, Subhash Ghai delivered a super hit called KHALNAYAK, starring Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit. The same team comes together after more than 25 years. A Khalnayak is not expected to be greeted with a friendly “HAY”, and so hoping for the same box-office result like KHALNAYAK, the makers wanted to retain the same letters of KHALNAYAK, but dropping “HAY”…KALANK is an anagram of what remains! There was another interpretation which crossed my mind. One of Karan Johar’s successful and well made movies was KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA (KANK). Karan wanted to replicate that hit and since KANK as a title made no sense, he played around by introducing LA (a musical note) in KANK and got KALANK. Do you find these explanations far fetched? The story of the 168 minutes long KALANK is something like that!
And since my mind wandered so early on, you would have probably guessed by now, that a certain amount of boredom had set in. The only time KALAK springs to life is when the screen becomes alive with the songs. Clearly, KALANK has the best songs we have heard in 2019; the music director Pritam, the lyric writer Amitabh Bhattacharyya and the singers Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal deserve kudos for their efforts. The title song sung by Arijit is very haunting and will remain as a chart topper for quite some time. Some of the sets depicting Madhuri’s abode remind one of the grandeur which we have come to associate with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s productions. In a weak script, Alia does emote well and so does Varun Dhawan. The rest of the cast (Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Choudhry, Sonakshi Sinha including Madhuri Dixit) sport dead pan expressions for most of the time. Director Abhishek Varman, who had so neatly crafted 2 STATES has actually created an uninteresting and a very, very long presentation.
RATING: 2 out of 5
April 17th, 2019
#KalankBoring #KalankArijitShreya

About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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