Kalank Movie Poster


April 17, 2019
2hr 48min
Status: released

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Kalank Movie Details:

Country India
Language Hindi
Release date17 April 2019 (India)
Running time2hr 48min
StarringMadhuri Dixit
Sonakshi Sinha
Alia Bhatt
Varun Dhawan
Aditya Roy Kapur
Sanjay Dutt
Directed by Abhishek Varman
Written byStory:
Shibani Bathija
Hussain Dalal
Screenplay byAbhishek Varman
Produced byKaran Johar
Sajid Nadiadwala
Hiroo Yash Johar
Apoorva Mehta
Cinematography by Binod Pradhan
Edited by Namrata Rao
Music bySongs:
Background Score:
Sanchit Balhara
Ankit Balhara
Production CompanyDharma Productions
Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Distributor Fox Star Studios

Kalank Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Madhuri Dixit as Bahaar Begum: Balraj’s former lover; Zafar’s mother; Roop’s teacher
  • Sonakshi Sinha as Satya Chaudhry: Balraj’s first daughter-in-law; Dev’s first wife; Roop’s friend
  • Alia Bhatt as Roop Sami: Dharam pal’s daughter; Satya’s friend; Balraj’s second daughter-in-law; Dev’s second wife; Zafar’s love interest; Bahaar’s student
  • Varun Dhawan as Zafar: Bahaar and Balraj’s illegitimate son; Dev’s half-brother; Roop’s love interest; Abdul’s friend; Lajjo’s lover
  • Aditya Roy Kapur as Dev Chaudhry: Balraj’s son; Satya and Roop’s husband; Zafar’s half-brother
  • Sanjay Dutt as Balraj Chaudhry: Bahaar’s former lover; Dev and Zafar’s father; Satya and Roop’s father-in-law
  • Kunal Khemu as Abdul Khan: Zafar’s friend
  • Achint Kaur as Saroj: Chaudhry household’s housekeeper
  • Pawan Chopra as Dharampal Sami: Roop’s father; Dev’s father-in-law
  • Hiten Tejwani as Ahmed Razi: Dev’s colleague
  • Kiara Advani as Lajjo: Zafar’s lover; Bahaar Begum’s student
  • Kriti Sanon in the song “Aira Gaira”
  • Pavail Gulati as Aditya Khanna: a journalist who interviews and documents Roop’s life story


Set in 1945, in Pre-Independent India, the elite, opulent and solemn world of the Chaudhry family, and the wild, mysterious and musical underbelly of the town, Hira Mandi, clash when Roop Chaudhry encounters Zafar, a daredevil from Hira Mandi, unleashing deep-buried truths, secrets of betrayal and affairs that threaten to bring the both worlds crashing down.

Kalank Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget₹130 crore
Worldwide Collection ₹146.31 crore

About Kalank Movie:

Kalank was conceived by Karan Johar and his father Yash Johar about 15 years prior to its release.

Actress Sridevi was initially supposed to play the role of Bahaar Begum, but post her demise, the role was played by Madhuri Dixit.

Production designer Amrita Mahal was brought on board to work on the production design and structure that represented Old Delhi mohalla with a mahal in Film City, Mumbai.

Sajid Nadiadwala, owner and producer of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, and Karan were present during the clap shot of Kalank. The estimated cost of the set was reportedly ₹15 crore.

Nadiadwala and Sanjay Dutt collaborated after 24 years, having last worked on Andolan (1995).

Principal photography commenced in Film City, Mumbai on 18 April 2018. Madhuri Dixit and Aditya Roy Kapur joined the cast on 31 May 2018.

Filming of an introductory song featuring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, and Kiara Advani with nearly 500 backup dancers was completed on 7 May 2018.

Rehearsals for a second dance number featuring Dhawan, Kapur and Kriti Sanon began on 31 May 2018.

On 2 June 2018, a few leaked stills from the film showed Dixit donning an Anarkali outfit and pasa/jhumar (hair jewelry).

Sonakshi Sinha joined the cast on 14 June 2018 for a 15-day filming schedule. She is paired opposite Kapur in the film.

The third schedule of filming was postponed due to injuries to Bhatt, Dhawan and Kapur and was rescheduled to commence two weeks later.

Alia Bhatt announced the film wrapped on 19 January 2019.

The film’s budget has been inconsistently reported. The producers announced a budget of ₹150 crore, which includes print and advertising costs not typically included in budget figures. Other sources published budget estimates in the ₹80 crore range.

Kalank marked the first film distributed by Fox Star Studios following the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney.

Kalank released on 17 April 2019 on 5,300 screens worldwide, making it the widest Bollywood release of 2019. The film grossed around ₹146.31 crore, hence emerging as a commercial failure at the box office.

It received mixed reviews upon release, with criticism towards its direction, story, screenplay and length, but praise for its soundtrack, cinematography, production design, costumes, and performances of the ensemble cast.

At the 65th Filmfare Awards, Kalank received 9 nominations, including Best Supporting Actress (Dixit) and Best Music Director (Pritam), and won 2 awards – Best Male Playback Singer (Arijit Singh for “Kalank”) and Best Choreography (Remo D’Souza for “Ghar More Pardesiya”).