Kalank first posters: Varun Dhawan is the fearless Zafar, Sanjay Dutt’s the head of the family
Actors Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinha have shared the first posters for their upcoming ensemble drama, Kalank. On Wednesday, producer Karan Johar had teased a big reveal for Thursday. The first day, it seems, was given over to the “Men of Kalank” -- Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapur.
The first poster reveals Varun’s character’s name as Zafar. “It’s been a hell of a journey playing this gem of a character. So guys, meet Zafar,” Varun wrote in a Twitter post. Sharing the same poster, Alia wrote on Twitter, “Fearless in love. Fearless for love. Super happy to present Zafar!” Meanwhile, Sonakshi’s post came with the caption, “The flamboyant hero of our larger-than-life world. Presenting Zafar!”
Shortly afterwards, the character poster for Aditya Roy Kapur was also revealed. Alia wrote, “He defines the nobility of his era! Here’s Dev!” Sonakshi wrote, “Meet the man who redefines compassion... This is Dev.” Madhuri took to Twitter and wrote, “Regal. Righteous. Proud. Meet Dev!”
Sanjay Dutt’s character Balraj’s first look was shared later. “If #Kalank was a kingdom, he would be king! Presenting Balraj!,” wrote Alia while Madhuri Dixit called him “the grand old authoritarian of this grand old world.”
Karan in his Wednesday post had written that Kalank was a “A film that was born in my heart and mind 15 years ago....a film I passionately believe in...the last film my father worked on before he left us....it was his dream to see this film come through....I couldn’t fulfil his dream then....my spirit was broken....but today his wish has found a relationship with celluloid....the story of turbulent relationships and eternal love has found a voice....the film has been woven,nurtured and visualised by ABHISHEK VARMAN....and the film Is KALANK! Set in the 40’s but it’s heart lives on.....TOMORROW the journey begins.....am excited ...anxious and emotional about this one...I do hope you join us on our path to undying love.”
The film also stars Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur and others.
Madhuri was signed for Kalank after Sridevi’s death, who was originally supposed to star opposite Sanjay Dutt. “When I was on the sets, I looked at it as just another role. But, yes, I was extremely emotional when Karan (Johar) asked me to take up her role. I hope I make her proud,” Madhuri had earlier told DNA.
Varun and Alia have previously worked together in their debut movie Student of the Year, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania; Kalank is their fourth movie together. Speaking about working with Alia on Kalank, Varun wrote in an Instagram post, “It’s my fourth film with Alia Bhatt. Wow, and it always feels like it’s new. She is amazing in the film but one thing she has done great is run very well, and I’m proud of her. Lol. She knows she is my favourite but Shanaya, Kavya, Vaidehi and... wait for it, you guys are going to be as blown away as I was by her. All our fans, we work damn hard just to make sure we don’t let you down and hope we don’t.”
Kalank is a period drama set in 1940s and is being directed by Abhishek Varman who has earlier helmed 2 States. Karan Johar’s father, the late Yash Johar, was supposed to produce Kalank but the film was shelved after pre-production.
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