Kalank (2019)

The film sets its period tone from the beginning, weaving its story slowly and introducing its characters.

The plot moves at a languid pace, some sequences are brilliant while others lack a punch. All actors have done their part well, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit and Varun Dhawan have a larger emotional spectrum. Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur lend able support. The story and dialogue don’t support them as they should have.

Director Abhishek Varman presents an aesthetic film which could have done with better editing and writing. It was sad to see many talents get wasted, their characters not well written and scenes and songs which drag on or are not required.

30-40 minutes shorter with crisper lines, the film would have had more appeal. As it stands it’s an average fare.



Lootera (2013)

Director of ‘Udaan’, Vikramaditya Motwane brings us a fine, period romance, set in the 1950s. Having assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali, you get glimpses of the aesthetics and detail which only SLB brings alive on the screen.

It is a delicate balance to make a film like this work on screen, and from the first frame onwards, the directors weaves a world, gently holding your hand, taking you along with his story. Once that is established, the story unfolds at a leisurely pace. I won’t call it slow, because it is appropriate for the period it is set in. There are dramatic and emotional high points in the film which are intense and heart wrenching.

Though I am not a fan of Sonakshi, I have to admit the girl looks the part, but more importantly does a complex role in an understated and confident manner. Ranvir Singh is in a very different avatar from his previous films, very soft spoken and restrained, which he does well.

The story is predictable but beautiful. Part of the plot is based on O’Henry’s short story ‘The Last Leaf’. The music is soft and melodious, supporting the plot well. Most times songs are part of the background and the expressions of the lead actors carry the tunes.

The locales that have been captured, the cinematography and the ‘visual story’ that runs parallel to the plot is the highlight of the film. The way the changing landscape and seasons have been presented shows the many levels this deep tale has.

Overall, it was a rich experience, definitely not for the masses. It would be like serving Creme Brulé to people who only like Jello.