While on paper the numbers do look strong, the film, made reportedly on a budget of Rs 150 crore, needs a much better performance just to break even. The whole feels like a giant set, stately and ponderous and minus impact; the cast all costumed and perfumed and largely life-less, sparking only in bits and pieces. “That would have been the best thing,” she added. But finally, despite Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s histrionics (the former looking as if he could well belong to that era, and Bhatt staying watchable, if increasingly, exasperatingly familiar), and Dixit’s wondrous dancing abilities (nobody can touch her when it comes to the grace she displays when she is on the floor), Kalank doesn’t really lift off the screen. Directed by Abhishek Varman, Kalank stars Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt. India biz.”
The movie’s critical reception is nothing to write home about either. The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it one-and-a-half star. Shubhra wrote, “There is enough and more here, plot-wise, for a bunch of films. He wrote, “#Kalank is clearly underperforming… Dips on Day 4 [Sat]… Trending is weak, so big biz on Day 5 [Sun] is ruled out… Wed 21.60 cr, Thu 11.45 cr, Fri 11.60 cr, Sat 9.75 cr. Total: ₹ 54.40 cr. As a character says, two-thirds into the film, ‘yeh kissa yahin nipat jaata’. 0
Comment(s) Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh posted the film’s box office figures on Twitter.