The Hindi Film Industry is not really known to churn out historic or period films at regular intervals. But, the humongous success of the Baahubali series (not a historical per se but set in an unknown time and a fictional place in ancient India nevertheless) has inspired several filmmakers to make period dramas. While Karan Johar will unleash his most ambitious film ‘Takht’, a period film, next year, his protégé Abhishek Varman is ready to release ‘Kalank’, which has been produced by Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala and Fox Star Studio.
While the teaser and three songs from the film had already been released, the trailer came out yesterday. The trailer gives a glimpse of the pre-partition era in British India and briefly introduces us to the main characters in the film. It is just two minutes and eleven seconds long which is a little surprising as one had expected the trailer of a film of this nature to be a little long. The idea was, perhaps, not to reveal too much about the storyline of the film. The makers do familiarise us with the basic conflict in the film though.
A voiceover by Alia Bhatt is heard at the beginning of the trailer. While she looks pretty, her accent is that of a South Mumbai girl and not something that one would identify with the character she is playing. Worse, she pronounces ‘gusse’ (anger) as ‘goosey’. That and the lack of believability of the sets in a few shots are the only things that come across as problematic in the trailer. The grand visuals make an impact and so do the well-accentuated emotions.