The recently released Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit, and Sanjay Dutt starrer Kalank is all over the internet. First, its intense, fierce and spellbinding posters made way, then the trailer, and then the songs. The filmmakers did everything right to promote the movie. The netizens enjoyed them all. But what they did not enjoy as much is the movie itself which apparently is getting fairly mixed reviews from the audiences.
The movie was anticipated to be one of the biggest releases of the year, owing to its rich ensemble star cast, amazing set design, and a mammoth budget but so far, the movie has been disappointing. The Kalank team created a different world for the movie, huge sets were made leaving everyone including the cast spellbound with its beauty and precision to bring the era of the 1940s back. All in all, the grandeur of the film has left everyone impressed, even if the story failed to do justice to the film. But all of it sure cost enormous to the producers. And though the budget earlier was rumored to be somewhere between 80 to 110 crores, it has now been revealed to be a massive 150 crore. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on Twitter the budget and wrote:
“Is it ₹ 110 cr? Or ₹ 140 cr? Or is it ₹ 160 cr?… There’s tremendous speculation about the cost of #Kalank… Various numbers are floating on social media… Let’s clear the doubt… The makers had officially shared the costing on the day of release: ₹ 150 cr [CoP + P&A].”
The movie, though on the first day opened big, faced a significant drop the second day of the release. Sharing the statistics via a tweet on Twitter, Taran Adarsh posted:
“#Kalank has a fall on Day 2… A decline was on the cards, but the drop is much higher than expected… Will be interesting to see how it fares on Day 3 [#GoodFriday]… Wed 21.60 cr, Thu 11.45 cr. Total: ₹ 33.05 cr. India biz.” [sic]
This drop in footfall is sure not a good sign and if the movie fails to get people to watch the movie in theatres this weekend then it might just become a flop. But since the movie is earning well at overseas market, it may become a saving grace. Taran Adarsh tweeted further:
“A midweek release [Wed], #Kalank opens well #Overseas… Wed total: $ 740k [₹ 5.14 cr]… North America: $ 270k UK: £ 141k Middle East: $ 115k Australia: A$ 128k, biggest opener of 2019,”
As soon as the movie’s trailer hit the internet, it was instantly compared with the vintage Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie sets. A source, in fact also revealed to an entertainment portal,
“The love saga is set in the 1940s. Recreating that era gave the makers an opportunity to create looks and sets that have a vintage vibe to it, which would remind one of the look in SLB’s movies.”
Director Abhishek Varman has given an ode to Sanjay Leela Bhansali with this film, with whom he worked as an Assistant director in some of his movies. The audiences may not be as happy with the movie but we are sure, the look, vibe and vision definitely would have impressed Bhansali.