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Kalank Poster.jpg
Directed by Abhishek Varman
Produced by Karan Johar
Sajid Nadiadwala
Written by Abhishek Varman (screenplay)
Shibani Bathija (story)
Starring Madhuri Dixit
Sonakshi Sinha
Alia Bhatt
Varun Dhawan
Aditya Roy Kapur
Sanjay Dutt
Music by Pritam[1]
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Fox Star Studios
20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 19 April 2019 (2019-04-19)
Country India
Language Hindi

Kalank (transl. Blemish; Hindi pronunciation: [kələnk]) is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language period drama film directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala and Fox Star Studios. It stars Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Kunal Khemu, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles.[2][3] Principal photography began in April 2018 and the film is scheduled for release on 19 April 2019.[4]




The film was conceptualised by Johar and his father Yash Johar around fifteen years ago.[9] The period drama film is set against the partition and Indian independence struggle in the 1940s.[10] Actress Sridevi was initially signed for the character role played by Madhuri Dixit.[11][12] Production designer Amrita Mahal was brought onboard to work on the set’s design and structure that represented old Delhi mohalla with a mahal in Film City, Mumbai.[13] The cost estimate of the set was reportedly ₹15 crore.[13]


Principal photography commenced in Film City, Mumbai on April 18, 2018.[14] Madhuri Dixit and Aditya Roy Kapur joined the cast from May 31, 2018.[15][16] Filming of an introductory song featuring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Kiara Advani[8] with nearly 500 backup dancers was completed on May 7, 2018.[17] Rehearsals for a second dance number featuring Dhawan, Kapur and Kriti Sanon began on May 31, 2018.[8] On June 2, 2018, a few leaked stills from the film showed Dixit donning an anarkali outfit and pasa hair jewellery.[18] Sonakshi Sinha joined the cast from June 14, 2018 for a fifteen-day filming schedule.[19][20] She is paired opposite Kapur in the film.[21] The third schedule of filming was postponed due to injuries to Bhatt, Dhawan and Kapur and was rescheduled to commence two weeks later.[22]


  1. ^ Mathur, Kajol (April 23, 2018). "Here's an interesting update from Varun Dhawan on Kalank". Filmfare. Retrieved June 15, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Kalank: Madhuri-Sanjay To Reunite On Screen Along With Alia, Varun, Sonakshi and Aditya". CNN-News18. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Kalank: Varun-Alia, Madhuri-Sanjay to share screen space in Karan Johar's next". The Indian Express. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Check out the 'men in red and black' as Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan's 'Kalank' goes on floors today". Daily News and Analysis. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Kunal Kemmu Clamps Cast Of Karan Johar's Multi-Starrer Kalank". Mid Day. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018. 
  6. ^ Coutinho, Natasha (21 June 2018). "Hiten Tejwani to feature with Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur in Kalank". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 21 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "Kiara Advani shoots a special song for Kalank". Daily News and Analysis. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  8. ^ a b c Coutinho, Natasha (31 May 2018). "Kalank: Kriti Sanon to grove with Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur in a special song". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "Kalank movie announcement highlights: Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt to share screen space after 25 years". The Indian Express. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  10. ^ "Karan Johar announces Kalank: Twitterati cannot stop gushing over the 'massive ensemble cast'". The Indian Express. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  11. ^ "Karan Johar's Kalank Stars Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt And Many Others. Sridevi, You'll Be Missed". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  12. ^ "Madhuri Dixit replaces Sridevi in KJo's upcoming film 'Kalank' - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  13. ^ a b "Kalank: Karan Johar recreated Old Delhi in Mumbai but it cost him a fortune". The Asian Age. 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  14. ^ "As Karan Johar's Kalank begins filming, pictures and updates from first day on set". Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  15. ^ "Madhuri Dixit begins shooting for Kalank". The Asian Age. 2018-04-28. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  16. ^ "Karan Johar gatecrashes Kalank dance rehearsal; Fawad, Mahira Khan on magazine cover: Social Media Stalker's Guide- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  17. ^ "Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt shoot for the first song in Karan Johar's Kalank with 500 back-up dancers". Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  18. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (2018-05-30). "LEAKED! Madhuri Dixit's look as a courtesan from the sets of KALANK - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  19. ^ "Sonakshi Sinha joins 'Kalank' cast after wrapping 'Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi' shoot". Deccan Chronicle. 2018-06-14. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  20. ^ "Sonakshi Sinha joins Aditya Roy Kapur in Abhishek Varman's Kalank - Mumbai Mirror -". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  21. ^ "Kalank: Looking forward to pair up with Aditya Roy Kapur for the first time, says Sonakshi Sinhha - Mumbai Mirror -". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  22. ^ Darade, Pooja (26 July 2018). "Kalank: Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt's film's 3rd schedule gets postponed; find out why". pinkvilla.com. Retrieved 30 July 2018. 

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