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Kalank: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, review, budget, box office collection, controversy, story, cast, stills – all you need to know about the movie!

From Kalank’s story to the cast, review, budget, controversies, release date, posters, stills, trailer, songs, box office collection and much more, here’s everything you need to know about Varun Dhawan – Alia Bhatt’s period-drama!

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Kalank is one of the most exciting releases of the year. In fact, it is 2019’s first magnum opus. Starring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha and Kunal Kemmu, this one is surely expected to be a masterpiece for the big screen. The visuals, promos and songs have already left us enchanted. In fact, the twists, turns and suspense in the plot have us hooked until April 17. With the release date just round the corner, here’s a compilation of everything you need to know about the film. Read on and thank us later…

# Kalank Story

From what we know, Kalank is a period-family-revenge-drama, showcasing a different kind of love story. In fact, while the country is getting divided in the 1940s with India – Pakistan’s partition, Varun, Alia, Sonakshi and Aditya’s characters are also caught in a battle of love. While Sonakshi and Aditya love each other, Alia’s character (Roop) gets married to the Aditya’s character (Dev). However, she doesn’t get the love she wants! On the other hand, she runs into Varun’s character (Zafar) and they fall in love. The twists and turns will keep you at the edge of your seats. But who will Alia go with in the end and what are Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt’s charcaters hiding from all of us? Well, we’ll have to see the movie to know more!

# Kalank Cast

Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha play pivotal roles. Kunal Kemmu and Kiara Advani also play interesting parts, with several other actors supporting the cast.

# Kalank Crew

Abhishek Varman has not only directed but even written the screenplay for Kalank. While the film’s story is written by Shibani Bathija, and the dialogues are given by Hussain Dalal. Vicky Kaushal’s father Sham Kaushal is the action director. Remo D’Souza, Bosco-Caesar and Saroj Khan are the choreographers. Binod Pradhan is the DoP (Director of Photography). The film has been co-produced by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Fox Star Studios.

The film’s music has been composed by Pritam, while Amitabh Bhattacharya has written the lyrics for all the songs. Shweta Venkat Mathew has done the editing for this period drama. The costumes have been designed by Manish Malhotra and Maxima Basu Golani. It is a Dharma Productions and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment film with Fox Star Studios is presenting it.

# Kalank Controversies

Initially, Kalank was supposed to be directed by Karan Johar and his late father Yash Johar was going to produce it. In fact, the pre-production work had also begun and Yashji scouted places for the shoot too. However, the film ended up getting shelved after KJo’s father passed away. Karan had mentioned how he couldn’t gather the courage to make the film and hence, he passed it on to Abhishek Varman, who nurtured it well.

The first controversy that Kalank faced was accusations of plagiarism. As soon as the teaser dropped, a Twitter user pointed out how the background score was ripped off from a popular Television series, The Flash. But composer Sanchit Balhara quashed these accusations with his post on Facebook that read, “Let me inform you, what you and some other people are referring to ‘copied’ is a basic music technique called arpeggios. When an arpeggio is played by an orchestra, it’s supposed to sound very similar to your mentioned original music of ‘Flash’. And if you consider that ‘copying’ then I would request you to start listening to composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky to find how commonly this technique is used in classical music and film scores.”

Kalank makers were also accused of copying the story of a novel and movie going by the name of What the Body Remembers. There were several uncanny resemblances. However, Varun Dhawan denied the allegations and mentioned how he hasn’t read the book. He further revealed that Kalank is a love story with multiple layers, most of which are not in the trailer. The actor further added that if the makers were trying to copy or adapt a movie or book, they would have tried to hide it by changing the character names. The actor also added that people should watch the movie and only then jump to conclusions!

# Kalank Release date

Kalank is all set to release on April 17, which also marks the pious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. That means the movie will release on a Wednesday. And with that, the period- drama will enjoy a five-day extended weekend. It will also enjoy a partial holiday on its first Friday (April 19) as people observe Good Friday.

# Kalank Posters

The team of Kalank has released several posters. Some of them are showcasing the characters others highlight their emotions and situations. All these posters have caught everyone’s attention. Check each and every poster right here!



















# Kalank Stills

We have seen several movie stills of Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and the Kalank team. Each and every picture looks exquisite and we can’t wait to see those frames on the big screen. In the meantime, check out all the film stills right here!


























# Kalank Teaser

The very first promo to give us an insight into the world of Kalank was the teaser. And it was mind blowing! Keeping us at the edge of our seats, Kalank’s teaser took our expectations sky-high. Check it out right here.

# Kalank Trailer

The teaser might have given us a sneak peek, but it was the trailer that really set the tone of the movie. It not only revealed to us how the film will flow, but the twists and turns along with the suspense made us more eager to watch it. It was engaging and the dialogues packed a punch. Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Aditya Roy Kapur’s act were appreciated. Anyway, check out the trailer right here.

# Kalank Songs

The songs of Kalank are epic. From Ghar More Pardesiya to First ClassKalank Title Track, Tabaah Ho Gaye and Aira Gaira, each track has impressed us. In fact, you will play all of them on loop! Check out all the songs right here.

# Kalank Promos

Apart from the trailer and songs, the makers have dropped several promos of the movie. From dialogue promos to the making videos, each one will leave you captivated. Check them out right here!

# Kalank Budget

The budget of Kalank is around Rs 100 crore, which includes the making and promotional costs. This puts the movie in the mid to big-budget film bracket.

# Kalank Screen-count

While there is no confirmation on the screen space, Kalank should get 3200 plus screens across India. The movie will surely work in both multiplexes as well as single screens. So it will get a fair share of both!

# Kalank Box Office Predictions

Tradewise, Kalank is expected to make a marvellous start at the box office. According to Super Cinema, Varun Dhawan – Alia Bhatt’s film might open to a collection of Rs 23 crore (approximately) on day 1. Considering that it is releasing on a Wednesday and it is predicted to earn more than 20 crores is a big deal. Obviously, the long weekend will help and the film might translate to a 100 crore plus weekend. But it remains to be seen how much the movie will earn at the box office in its lifetime run!

# Kalank Box Office Collection

The box office collections of Kalank are still awaited. Make sure to stay tuned to this space as we get you all the collections as well as reports right here.

# Kalank Review

We still have to review Kalank. Stay tuned for our mid-movie and full movie reviews right here.

# Kalank Public Review

The public review of Kalank is still awaited, but what do you think? How will it be? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below!

So there you have it! That was everything you needed to know about Kalank. How excited are you about Varun Dhawan – Alia Bhatt’s film? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news, updates and gossip about Kalank.


Aamir Khan reverses his decision; decides to work with Subhash Kapoor in Mogul

In a major development today, Aamir Khan has reversed his earlier decision to step aside from Gulshan Kumar biopic.

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In a major development today, Aamir Khan has reversed his earlier decision to step aside from Gulshan Kumar biopic. Talking on the same to a daily newspaper, Aamir has definitely set a new precedent by working with the Director and shares that his intrepid step comes from the fact that a person is innocent until proven guilty and the courts will serve the ultimate justice. Last year in October, Aamir Khan had tweeted that he would not be a part of ‘Mogul’ and this bold step of reversal is the most recent development.

Talking about why this sudden change to return to ‘Mogul’, Aamir Khan shares, “Well, Kiran and I were producing Mogul and I was acting in it. When we were doing the film we did not know that there was a case against Mr Subash Kapoor. I believe it is a five or six year old case. We are not too much in the media space, so I guess it slipped our attention. Last year, during the Me-Too movement, mention of this case came up. That’s when we got to know about it, and we were most disturbed. Kiran and I spoke about it at length. We were in a big dilemma for more than a week”.

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He further expresses, “Mr Kapoor was denying the charge. This was not a case where there was a complaint about misconduct in the workplace. Had it been such a case, it would have gone to the ICC, and the ICC would have ruled on the case in a stipulated amount of time. However, this matter was in a court of law. ICC would have ruled within 3-6 months. Courts of law are known to take longer. Kiran and I have zero tolerance for any sexual misconduct. But without an ICC ruling, or a court ruling, how are we to decide whether the accused person is guilty or not. We are in no position to do that. Who are we to believe? The person making the accusation? Or the person who has been accused? And how long will the case go on? How long are we to wait to decide? In the end, we reached the conclusion that, in this disturbed state of mind, and with so much discomfort, we will not be able to do the film. It was more of a personal decision, a decision we took for ourselves to distance ourselves from the film. So, without casting aspersions on anyone involved in the case we stepped away from the film.”

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With letting the due course of legality to prevail even after withdrawing previously from the film, Aamir throws more light and says, “Subsequently, Mr Kapoor was removed from the film. T-series terminated his contract. Then, we heard that Mr Kapoor was also dropped from some other projects which were in the development stage, which were in the pipeline. Subsequently, we heard that whatever steps he was taking to put together a film didn’t go through, because nobody wanted to work with him.”

Taking of the effects on Subhash Kapoor’s life, the actor was quoted saying, “That really troubled us because we felt that our action had inadvertently cost a person – who is yet to be tried in a court of law – to lose his livelihood. And for how long? Is it for one year? Or ten years? We don’t know. What if he is innocent. We were very troubled. Laws of natural justice consider a person innocent until he or she is proven guilty. But until such time that the courts reach a conclusion, is it that he or she should not be allowed to work? Is he to just sit at home? Not to earn for himself?”.

“And so, we were in this troubled state for many months. I could not sleep at night because I used to constantly feel that my actions have inadvertently caused a person, about whose guilt I have absolutely idea, to lose his right to work and earn a livelihood”, Aamir expresses on how unfair it is to deny someone of professional opportunity without the verdict yet been served.

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Aamir further was quoted saying on how he zeroed upon this bold step, “Earlier this year in the month of May, that’s about four months back, I got a letter from IFTDA. IFTDA is the director’s association. I think Mr Kapoor in his efforts to get work had written to his association, IFTDA.  So, they sent me a letter saying that his matter was subjudice, and that I should wait for the courts to decide on his matter. And until such time he should not lose his right to earn a living. In all fairness he has not been proven guilty. So, please don’t do something which will destroy him. He’s a member of our association. You are a member of our association. And it is very unfortunate that he’s not getting work. What is he going to do? They appealed to me to reconsider my decision. When I read that letter I felt even more guilty. Perhaps, we are doing the wrong thing.”

“And, then we decided to do one more thing to allay our discomfort. We decided to meet a lot of women who had worked with Mr. Kapoor. This was to just get an idea and verify it for ourselves, that are other women also uncomfortable with him? Has any other woman had any experience that was uncomfortable? If so, then that would make us certain that we don’t want to go into it. So we started that exercise. We met or spoke with around 10-12 women who had worked with him. Heads of Department, assistant directors, costume assistants etc”, as told by the actor who will work in ‘Mogul’ with the director.

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With the right call to go further deep into the case and then come to the decision, Aamir also shares how the findings were, “What we found is that, without exception, all of them spoke very highly of him. Not only did they not feel any discomfort with him, but rather they went out of their way to praise him. They said that he looked after everyone on his set with great care. Caring, sensitive and supportive were the words used to describe him.  Mind you, both Kiran and I are fully aware that these particular women may have had a very good experience working with Mr Kapoor, but that does not mean that he could not have misbehaved with some other woman. However, I cannot deny that this interaction with women who had worked with him, did give us comfort. And so, taking everything into account, I wrote back to IFTDA saying I have reconsidered my decision, and that I would come back on to the film.”

Aamir Khan has definitely taken the courageous decision despite being a personality in the public eye to bring in a new wave. With this, Aamir is all set to play a central role in Gulshan Kumar’s biopic which will be directed by Subhash Kapoor in ‘Mogul’. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates and news.

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Sacred Games Season 2: Anurag Kashyap blamed again for insulting a religion

This time it’s a few Sikhs who seem to be offended by a particular scene in Sacred Games

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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has been blamed again for insulting a religion. Akali Dal leader Manjinder Sirsa has alleged that ‘Anurag Kashyap has deliberately put a scene in Sacred Games 2 of Saif Ali Khan who plays a Sikh officer throwing his Kada (a sacred ornament) for Sikhs as something that is ordinary.’ Sirsa took to Twitter and wrote, “I wonder why Bollywood continues to disrespect our religious symbols! Anurag Kashyap deliberately puts this scene in Sacred Games S2 where Saif Ali Khan throws his Kada in sea! A KADA is not an ordinary ornament. It’s the pride of Sikhs & a blessing of Guru Sahib.”

Sirsa has demanded immediate removal of the scene from the show and threatened legal action against the platform. There have instances in the past when Netflix has removed scenes after objections have been taken by concerned parties. Netflix had deleted the explicit depiction of suicide of a character from the show 13 Reasons Why after medical experts expressed concerns. The platform had removed a real life disaster used in the film Bird Box.

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One will have to wait and watch if the scene from Sacred Games Season 2 goes out or stays. For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!

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John Abraham shows Vice President Venkaiah Naidu glimpses of his controversial film Batla House

The Vice President of India met the cast and crew of John Abraham’s Batla House and shared his encouragement on Twitter

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The entire team of Batla House met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday evening to apprise him about Batla House and show him some portions of the film.  After the meeting the Vice President wrote on Twitter, “They explained to me that the motivation for the film was to uncover the truth of the incident that took place 11 years ago in the Batla House area in Delhi. My best wishes to the entire team.”

It is being reported that John Abraham plays the police officer who was martyred in the encounter. But knowing how Bollywood functions, it is very likely that a lot of creative liberties will be taken. On the other hand, two of the accused in the case have complained in court against the film’s release. The Batla House encounter was questioned and even labelled as a fake encounter by various political parties like Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party.

In the controversial encounter two alleged terrorists from Indian Mujhahideen were killed. The Batla house encounter happened a week after five serial blasts on September 13, 2008 that killed over 30 people and left over 100 injured. According to reports, Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged chief of IM had fled Batla House before the encounter took place. For more Bollywood news and updates, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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