The movie starts off on a hopeful note and the prelude shows glimpses of its crux. An illegitimate son is rescued from the clutches of violence and hate by a woman riding a train. The harrowing story of her life is then woven throughout the film and one moment of her decision changes everything. However, the climactic chase is the film’s high point.
While the production values are impressive, Kalank doesn’t live up to the hype it deserves. Its cinematography and production design are reminiscent of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s work, but the film lacks authenticity and realism. Though the cast is top-notch, Kalank is far from a masterpiece. For this reason, a mediocre movie rating is in order. For those who are interested in the film, though, it’s worth seeing.
There are some highlights to the movie, including the title track and background score, which make the film’s soundtrack soar. However, despite its stars, the script is flawed, and the movie’s production values fall short of superlatives. Even superlative performances can’t elevate a movie above average. However, if you’re a hopeless romantic, Kalank may be worth your time. If you love the acting of these superstars, Kalank is definitely worth a watch.
The film takes place in Lahore, a city in northwest India and Pakistan. While the film depicts a Hindu minority whose life is threatened by Muslims, the Muslim minority is the real disruptive force in the story. The Muslim antagonists play up the tension and stir the Hindus’ ire. And the movie is packed with crowded multi-star cast. It’s not surprising that the film was made to appeal to a worshipful fan base back in the 1970s.
While the film’s setting is ancient, it does have contemporary resonance. It celebrates the transformative power of love and pacifism and is worth a watch. Despite its shortcomings, the message is one that’s worth considering. It’s an excellent movie despite its flaws, but only if you’re prepared to put in the time and effort. Once you see it, you’ll want to watch it again.
Unfortunately, the film’s direction lacks soul. While Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Aamir Khan did a great job in making two STATES, Abhishek Varman makes a mess of Kalank. While he could have done better, the visual grandeur of the film is impressive. The film’s music is great, and the film’s cast is impressive. Ultimately, though, Kalank’s narrative falls short of expectations.