The much-awaited trailer of the Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan starrer Kalank is finally out and honestly speaking, we cannot keep calm.
Directed by Abhishek Varman, the man behind the refreshing 2 States that released back in 2014, is back with the majestic-looking film, originally conceptualised by the late Yash Johar about 15 years ago.
The sets are all kinds of grandeur, the costumes define stunning while the characters seem larger than life in a film that deals with a doomed love in the times of a bygone era.
The trailer makes it clear that Alia’s Roop is in a loveless marriage with Aditya Roy Kapoor’s Dev, who is in a turmoil of his own after being forced into the marriage by his beloved first wife Satya (Sonakshi Sinha). Roop meets Zafar (Varun Dhawan) and from thereon begins the tale of a love that would forever change everyone’s lives.
Against the backdrop of it all is, what seems like a heavy political turmoil — which perhaps, is a foreshadow to a possible partition period — as Roop tries desperately to pull Zafar in a train full of injured people as he runs towards her as fire looms and a fight ensues in the background, in what is a gripping final scene of the trailer.
Alia looks beautiful in the film, while Varun is on song as the intense Zafar. Their chemistry is almost palpable as you can’t help but get invested in the glimpses of their illicit-from-the-eyes-of-the-outsider yet brave-when-you-seek-inside kind of love. Sonakshi is radiant as a loving but conflicted wife in a look that would instantly remind many of her Lootera days. Aditya Roy Kapoor as Dev looks like the surprise package in the film, torn between his two wives, trying to do justice to both. Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit have a very limited screen presence but manage to look powerful and effective in their portions.
The background score is haunting and goes very well with the intensity of the trailer. It keeps you glued till the end — honestly the film fan in me sees it as a tribute to the iconic Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge climax even as it’s shown in a completely different context. The soundtrack has been creating waves, especially the title track sung by Arijit Singh, which makes a short — and impactful — appearance in the trailer too, leaving you wanting for more.
P.S. Do watch out for the talented Kunal Khemu as the actor looks promising in a negative role.
Produced by Karan Johar, Kalank releases on April 17, 2019 in a theatre near you.
Watch the trailer here –