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Not Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol were the first choices for Kalank

While the Kalank teaser is garnering appreciation, we bring to you a lesser known fact about the period drama



Kajol and SRK were the first choice for Kalank

Today, the much-awaited teaser of Kalank was launched and it was everywhere in no time. While there is no doubt that the film is looking beautiful and magnificent, we are going to reveal a fact about Kalank that not many of you may know. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt weren’t the first choices for the magnum opus but Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol were. Yup, you heard that right? Read on to know more details about the same.

As we all know Kalank is one project that is very close to Karan Johar’s heart. Last week, while introducing the period drama on social media, KJo penned down an emotional message about how this film was his father’s dream and how it has been with him since the last 15 years. Similarly, Karan has spoken about this in his book An Unsuitable Boy where he has also mentioned about his first choice as a cast of the dream project. According to his book, the original cast that he had in his mind was of Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Ajay Devgn and Rani Mukerji. But sadly things didn’t work out initially and the film was shelved.
Finally, after all these years, Karan revisited the film and today the teaser saw the light of the day. Though KJo’s late father Yash Johar couldn’t direct this love saga, his son eventually did it for him. So kudos to the Dharma Productions head honcho.

Kalank, which is slated to release on April 17, now stars Alia, Varun, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles. Directed by Abhishek Varman, the multi-starrer is co-produced by Dharma Productions, Nadiadwala and Grandson and Fox Star Studios.